I was asked for my views on the potential re-opening of The Open venue on Bank Plain. This is what I said in full.
“The Open building is a fantastic and lovingly converted historic space. I would love to see it brought back into use as soon as possible. Our city’s live events and creative sector have been hit hard by the pandemic. Re-opening ‘The Open’ would be a fantastic boost as would the return to the building of the fabulous in-house and outreach services for young people.
This could also be the opportunity to do things even better next time. I’d like to see any successor to the Open Youth Trust again run not-for-profit. This time, though, a governance structure with democratic input and control by users, tenants, and funders.”