Housed in an 18th-century Georgian mansion near Chesterfield, the space will be used by contemporary curators and aims to facilitate new media production. It will offer a library, archive and research facilities, studios, accommodation and a gallery.
English Heritage, which owns the building, has asked the Derbyshire Arts Development Group to make use of the space. DADG has, in turn, looked to exhibition curator The Centre of Attention to seek help from the creative community.
The Centre of Attention is now seeking proposals from designers, architects, artists and curators to propose a ‘re-imagining’ of the space, which it says is currently ‘a dilapidated wreck of a structure [which] you enter at your own risk’.
To launch the project, The Centre of Attention needs to raise £1.25m to ensure work can start next year on reconstruction and refurbishment. Completion is scheduled for 2011.