A college is looking to the public to help raise funds to build a new facility to benefit the community.

Weymouth College aims to create what it has described as a 'sustainable, community gallery' at its campus on Cranford Avenue.

The college is hoping to raise £15,000 for the project - starting an online crowdfunding campaign ahead of an official launch event set to tie in with an end of year art show put on by the students.

Plans will see the gallery built from recycled and reclaimed materials using 'community volunteers' in order to create a minimum impact on the environment.

Asked why the college is not funding the project themselves, a spokesperson said: "We have chosen to crowdfund for this project and carry out the build voluntarily as the gallery will be used by and for the benefit of the whole community; we hope this approach will help to involve the community and give them a sense of pride in the project.

"There are also several ‘rewards’ available, in which donors can leave their legacy on the new building."

It is hoped that work to the gallery will begin at the start of the summer holiday, on currently unused land on the college campus, close to the art department and Bay Theatre.  

The venue will be used to showcase the work of the college’s art students, as well as local artists and a programme of touring professional exhibitions.

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College artwork is currently displayed in the art department and occasionally in the reception area. The spokesperson said that the new gallery 'will create a far more dynamic space to showcase the work of our students to a wider audience.'

A spokesperson for Weymouth College said: “We need your support to bring this vision to life. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

“Whether you're a skilled builder, an artist or simply passionate about our cause, we welcome your involvement. Join us in creating something truly special for Weymouth.

“By coming together as a community, we can build more than just a gallery – we can build a legacy of creativity, sustainability and inclusivity that will enrich the lives of generations to come.”

At the time of writing, the college has raised £1,050. 

The college is currently planning a merger with Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester and according to the spokesperson the proposed merger 'has not impacted' this project.

Donations from £50 to £1,000 will give the donor opportunities to be involved with the project including the chance to etch names into tiles on the gallery, to being the official sponsor of art shows in the next five years. Donations of any size are welcome at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/weymouth-college

The college is also keen to hear from local businesses or organisations interested in support the project, as well as artists, those with building skills, surplus building materials or those who would like to volunteer in the community building project. For more information or to get involved, email marketing@weymouth.ac.uk