New Design Academy Wins £2.5m Funding

DA-mountpleasant-web.jpg£2.5m Objective 1 funding for Academy

The Academy will be a launch pad for new talent and exciting business ventures

Liverpool John Moores University’s plans to build a £23.5 million Art and Design academy received a further boost after a crucial piece of funding was confirmed today.

The Merseyside Objective One programme today announced a £2.5million grant to create the showcase building alongside the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Due for completion in 2008, the Academy will not only house LJMU’s School of Art and Design, it will be a catalyst for a wide range of design activities and business start-ups, driving growth in Merseyside’s creative industries sector.

The director of the Merseyside Objective One programme, Richard Nutter, said: ”We are delighted to be helping to fund LJMU’s Design Academy, which will be much more than a landmark building. The creative industries sector on Merseyside employs some 16,000 people in around 4,400 firms, with around 80 per cent of them small and medium sized businesses. At the same time there is an identified skills shortage in architecture, product and graphic design, printing and photography in the region, which the Academy will address. And local firms will be able to use the workshops and gain access to high-tech equipment normally beyond their means.”

Professor Michael Brown, LJMU’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Merseyside Objective One funding sends out a strong signal about the importance of investing in art and design. The Academy will be a launch pad for new talent and exciting business ventures, and through it the University will be able to work more effectively with businesses, government and creative industries.

“It’s highly appropriate that the Academy will open during 2008, when Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture but its impact will extend far beyond this year of celebration. The Academy will ensure that LJMU, future generations of students and the city continue to play an influential role in the creative arts in the decades to come.”