One of the first things to strike visitors to Westbury is the potential for development of the site to make better use of the extensive grounds and proximity to Shenley Wood, as well as provide better facilities for visitors and spaces for showing artists’ work. One of our studio holders, architect Michele Ragozzino, created a visualisation of our plans, some details of which are shown above and below. Commenting on the plans our chairman Tony Bates says:
Although Westbury has always provided artists studios, and more recently a full arts program for the public, much more could be provided for the community – with investment.
The Grade 2 listed buildings, moat , and gardens could be restored to their former glory for people to visit and enjoy, and the history of the former manor house and farm could be presented as a permanent heritage exhibition. A new extension could create space for performances, meetings, or exhibitions, as well as a cafe. Specialist teaching facilities could be incorporated, such as a ceramics teaching area, or a painting studio. Outside there could be a covered stage for open air performances in the summer, and a community orchard and gardens. The drawings show what could be achieved, but Westbury needs your views – What would you, or your organisation like to see?
We’ll have the plans on display to visitors but in the meantime we want to hear from you so please use our contact form to give us your views or to find out more about what we want to do.