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October 25, 2002
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre marks first phase of redevelopment with opening of refurbished Paper Mill
  
Culture - The City of Toronto Culture Division is pleased to announce
the official opening of the newly refurbished Paper Mill building at Todmorden
Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, this Saturday, October 26, from 2 to 5
p.m. Opening remarks will begin at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Todmorden Mills is being redeveloped as a multidisciplinary cultural complex to
take advantage of its unique industrial, historical and natural setting. It
will offer a range of programs that promotes learning about the arts, the
natural environment and industrial history.

Having completed the first phase of redevelopment, the Paper Mill now has
exhibition space available for artists and artistic organizations. Museum staff
are actively seeking submissions.

The site celebrates this new exhibit space with its inaugural showing of
Natural Expression: Works from the permanent collection of The Museum of
Contemporary Canadian Art. Featured artists include Paterson Ewen, Richard
Kaplan, Doug Kirton, Allan MacKay, William Ronald, Tony Scherman and Richard
Storms.

The City of Toronto has committed $1.9 million to the site's redevelopment. The
newly refurbished Paper Mill is the first phase of the redevelopment. With the
recent awarding of $365,000 from the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the
Department of Canadian Heritage, one of the upcoming projects will be the
upgrading of the Paper Mill's theatre space.

In the future, the Paper Mill will provide a facility for both professional and
local amateur theatre productions. It will increase the capacity for public
access as well as diversify and broaden the scope of presentation and
programming at the site. This intimate venue will appeal to smaller theatre
companies serving under-served audiences such as youth and children. The
upgrades include the installation of professional quality audio-visual
equipment, seating that can accommodate a range of users and a portable stage.

Situated in the scenic Don River Valley at 67 Pottery Rd. between Broadview and
Bayview Avenues, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre is a complex
of historic buildings that is operated by the Culture Division as a historic
site museum with arts-related and outdoor environmental programming. The
facility includes millers' homes, the Brewery Gallery Paper Mill Gallery and
Theatre, and the relocated Don train station.


Media Contact
Linda Irwin,
Culture Division,
416-338-0435

Rita Russell,
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum,
416-396-2819

 

 

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