Bright art has adorned the decaying walls of an 18th century merchant’s house in Great Yarmouth.

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Work by local artist John Kiki was on show at 133 King Street today (Saturday), ahead of the historic building’s transformation into an artists’ hub at the heart of Yarmouth’s developing cultural quarter.

The building, near the recently refurbished St George’s Theatre, has been described as a “rare survival”, an elegant example of a lavish 18th century home.

It was converted into a shop and accommodation in 1885 and most recently home to Skippings, a drapers shop, but has been empty since 1998.

The Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment by the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust will see it transformed into the coastal town’s first art gallery, with four artists’ studios and a three bedroom family unit - the revenue from which will pay for the building’s ongoing maintenance and help subsidise the gallery.

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  • Re: the following comment from the article. "Work by local artist John Kiki was on show at 133 King Street today (Saturday), ahead of the historic building’s transformation into an artists’ hub at the heart of Yarmouth’s developing cultural quarter." Question? What Cultural Quarter? The surrounding area of St. George's Theatre is full of grubby second hand shops and mini markets along with a few pubs and places to eat. Can someone explain how on earth it can be classed as a Cultural Quarter anywhere in King Street?

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    Spooky

    Sunday, April 21, 2013

  • I agree with you ,Kings street is grubby and dirty ,i very rarely walk along there. I think the Art studio is a good idea but its in the wrong area .

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    skunky

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

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