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Erith’s Carnegie building to reopen ahead of Christmas

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 November 2018

How Carnegie basement will look when opened. Picture: Bexley Council

How Carnegie basement will look when opened. Picture: Bexley Council

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Erith’s iconic Carnegie building will be open to the public for an exciting array of events before Christmas, prior to its official opening in February next year.

Local company The Exchange, who are managing the building, will be hosting a free exhibition organised by arts project Centrepieces from November 19.

The exhibition will encompass painting, sculpture, mask making and photography, and an auction of the art will take place on Saturday December 1.

Tickets for this don’t need to be pre-booked, and exhibition opening times will be publicised ahead of the auction.

A pop-up cinema showing poetry, classic literature, short stories, comics and graphic novels will also be held in the building from December 6 - December 21, from 6pm until 11pm.

Films scheduled to be shown include Black Panther, Pulp Fiction, O Brother Where art thou and more.

Tickets can be purchased online and cost £4 per adult.

Cllr Louie French, Bexley’s deputy leader and cabinet member for growth, said: “It’s wonderful to see this beautiful old building being brought back into use for the benefit of the local community.

“Erith is one of the main locations that will benefit from our ambitious growth strategy for the borough, and we have an ongoing programme of regeneration aimed at developing the town into a thriving riverside community.”

Following its official opening on February 1 2019, the lower ground floor of the building will be available for use by the public.

This will house The Conversation Room, an area for creativity and community events, as well as The Bookstore Cafe, a new space for freshly produced food and drink.

London Borough of Bexley and The Exchange have received National Lottery Funding to further develop the regeneration project at the Carnegie building and will use this development funding to progress their plans to apply for a full grant in 2019.

For more information and to book tickets for the Pop-up Cinema go to www.the exchangeerith.com.

The improvements to the Carnegie Building are part of the Greater Erith Programme funded by Bexley Council and the Mayor of London.

For more information go www.greatererith.com/.

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