The Home of Norwich Fashion Week
With OPEN once again providing the perfect backdrop to Norwich Fashion Week we decided to explore the rich history of our incredible home… delving back over 200 years.
The current building, Bank Plain Barclays Bank was erected 1927-30, architects Brierly and Rutherford of York and Edward Boardman of Norwich.
In 2003 the bank began to transform into the OPEN we know today, the Lind Trust purchased the old bank and handed over to the Open Youth Trust in 2005. Following an extensive 12 million restoration and redesign by Hudsons architects the venue was relaunched in 2009.
The Trust set up a youth forum to involve young people in the strategic development of the youth venue involving 42 young people aged between 13 and 25. They helped from the very beginning – visiting Earls Court trade show and choosing design/furniture and colours. They worked with the staff of the OPEN Youth Trust to create the venue which you see today.
The charity, based in the heart of Norwich, is also home to a multi-purpose venue which provides live music and venue hire for conferences, meetings and events as well as secure storage through CLOSED. The profit from these commercial activities enables the charity to offer a diverse range of different activities, most of which are free to attend, for young people aged 7 – 25.
OPEN aims to provide diverse and innovative ways to engage young people with focus on four key areas: participation, learning, employability and progression. All four underline the way in which they engage with young people to make a positive difference to their lives.
To find out more or to book tickets visit: http://www.opennorwich.org.uk