Growth for city’s arts charity

New Yorkshire Artspace chairman Paul Hougton and artist Lianne Mellor, pictured in front of the charity's new  Exchange Place Studios, where she will be based.
New Yorkshire Artspace chairman Paul Hougton and artist Lianne Mellor, pictured in front of the charity's new Exchange Place Studios, where she will be based.
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Sheffield arts charity, Yorkshire Artspace, has appointed Grant Thornton partner Paul Houghton as chairman and added a landmark buildings to its portfolio.

The six-storey art deco Hambleden House in Exchange Place opened in 1922 as a wholesale branch of WH Smith and later became South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s headquarters.

Once scheduled for demolition, it is providing studio, project and exhibition space for 80 artists, including Lianne Mellor, whose popular homewares are sold by Liberty’s of London and independent retailers across the United Kingdom.

They are also exported to Hong Kong, South Korea and the USA.

Paul Houghton, who takes over as chairman from Surriya Falconer, consultant director of PR agency MK Things Happen, said: “The addition of Exchange Place Studios is a huge coup for the charity and for local artists as well as saving an important part of Sheffield’s heritage.

“I am looking forward to offering my financial expertise as the charity continues to flourish.”

Yorkshire Artspace director, Kate Dore, said: “Having a supportive and enthusiastic board gives us the confidence to tackle major projects like the creation of Exchange Place Studios.”

The new studios’ first exhibition will open on April 1 and examines the history of the landmark building and its surroundings.