Located next to The Bagnall Project, this ambitious project aspires to restore the derelict, iconic former printing press building to create a vibrant cultural centre in the heart of Chesham. With a small pot of funding already secured for initial phases of the restoration, renovation works are underway and a range of projects and activities are being planned, pending the outcome of a community consultation, a planning application and fundraising bids. Our vision is to ideally be up and running within 12 months – so that more people can benefit from our new community resource.
The Printworks plans to host a large Art Box workshop, an art gallery and exhibition space, and a Community Café that can be utilised by people accessing our services. We hope to hold regular pop up events and sessions that the general public can also participate in. We are working in partnership with Amersham Mens Shed, aiming to turn part of the Printworks into the Amersham and Chesham Community Shed, a craftsman led workshop aimed at bringing people together, promoting health and wellbeing through social interaction and practical activities.
We plan to collaborate and work with many local creative individuals and groups in order to provide a great and useful community resource. We are currently collaborating with Sustainable Chesham to offer a Pop Up Repair Café in July and Artful Menders will be providing ‘repair and repurpose’ sessions every Monday lunchtime. We look forward to developing new relationships with others and enhancing opportunities as we open our doors in June.
In early July we are planning to hold a community consultation session at the Bagnall where we will engage local people in a discussion about our ideas and plans, and hear from others about how we can develop our project so that it meets the needs of the local community.