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Save Rufford Ceramics Centre

Petition published by Katie Greenfield on Dec 13, 2007
1586 Signatures 
Target: Nottinghamshire County Council

Petition Background (Preamble):

For the past 20 years Rufford has earned a reputation as an internationally recognised centre of excellence in Ceramics, staging exhibitions by world-class potters, offering residencies to artists, providing a program of challenging and stimulating workshops for members of the public, selling the work of contemporary ceramic artists and exhibiting an enviable permanent collection of British 20th century studio pottery.

Each year Rufford hosts the renowned Earth & Fire ceramics fair which represents all the major ceramic artists in Britain and beyond, and provides the public with an unprecedented opportunity to meet the artists and buy their work.

Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) is changing the services it provides at Rufford without holding a proper public consultation and has begun implementing these changes. It is cutting staff, closing the current workshop programs at the end of March 2008, and will no longer support the magnificent exhibitions which have been held at Rufford for 20 years.

The Centre no longer sells ceramics and NCC's long term commitment to holding the internationally recognised ceramics selling fair, Earth & Fire at Rufford is under question.

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Petition:

We believe that Rufford Ceramics Centre is a tremendously important resource for local residents and the tens of thousands of visitors to Rufford each year.

We believe that the services being removed by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) from Rufford are material to its success and its value to the community.

We believe that these changes are being implemented without adequate public consultation.

We hereby urge Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) to halt the change program at Rufford and to hold a proper public consultation to determine the future of the Centre.

The Save Rufford Ceramics Centre petition to Nottinghamshire County Council was written by Katie Greenfield and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags:

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