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University of Birmingham researchers looking for a sustainable future for Bromsgrove's Artrix

Tristan Harris 2nd Feb, 2021 Updated: 2nd Feb, 2021

TEAMS of postgraduate university researchers will pitch their ideas for a sustainable future for Bromsgrove’s Artrix.

The Virtual Consultancy Challenge, run by the Careers Network at the University of Birmingham, will see inter-disciplinary groups meet with and ultimately pitch their proposals to their ‘client’ the Artrix Holding Trust, through a series of virtual meetings and video presentations this spring.

Through the specialist training programme, the researchers will tackle the real-life challenges facing Artrix and spaces like it.

The challenge will teach them about teamwork, project management, creative problem solving and pitching.

The students’ ideas and expertise will also be passed on to the trust so they can be considered when considering the future options.

Artrix opened up last Monday as Hereford and Worcestershire’s first Covid vaccination centre.

Margaret Sherrey, Chair of the Artrix Holding Trust, said: “We’re delighted to lend our support to the NHS and the fight against this pandemic at this time, but work doesn’t stop on finding a sustainable future for our beloved venue.

“Working with the university is just the latest step in that work.

“We’re working with people in the community, we’re working with the industry, and now we’re working with the university, where postgraduate students can hone their creative and business skills using Artrix as a practical example, and the Trust can receive their input.”

Katie Hoare, PGR Entrepreneurial Development Officer and organiser of the Virtual Consultancy Challenge, said: “I was specifically seeking a client from the arts and culture sector and Artrix is perfect.

“It presents a fantastic opportunity for our researchers to address a very real challenge whilst developing their enterprise and employability skills and helping the Trust at the same time.

“I’m excited to get started.”

It’s the third such Virtual Consultancy Challenge and follows exploring the creation of an education centre at Worcester Cathedral’s Undercroft and the development of small business support from the Centre for Mental Health.

Artrix, owned by the Artrix Holding Trust, has been closed since Covid-19 restrictions began, with its former operator having gone into administration shortly afterwards.

The trust, supported by the national Theatres Trust, is currently working on plans to find a sustainable future for the centre.

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