The Nerve Centre:
Working Towards a Better Community.
"I’ve been left wanting more. I honestly think it has been special and I wonder if that has been because the people involved have had so much to say and do, but with so little time to cram it all in."
Rocky from Mashemon
After 4 full-on weeks of cutting edge art, poetry, music, film, performance and discussion, it became clear that, there was not only a demand for a permanent space but there is a definite need. With over 100 events, organized entirely by volunteers on a shoe string budget, and over 2000 people attending the Centre, many staying around to get involved, it became more and more apparent that the Nerve Centre had a future, or at least needs a future. All of those involved delivered an amazing, creative and positive 4 weeks. With openness, passion and commitment, we created, as many people said, ‘something special’.
"(This is) the big one. This stuff works, for me, because there's no one interest - something like Nerve covers a lot of interests, a very lot- it's informal, and it's open. People seem to respond to that."
We should have a genuine grassroots arts and culture Centre run by the people for the people, a space were all those who are trying to improve our city have a space to exhibit, perform and discuss. A space that promotes mutual learning, self help and self organisation. A space that is genuinely, like the Nerve Centre, inclusive, that can lift the spirit of not only local artists but the city and its people, a space of genuine empowerment.
"It was great to see so many people from different walks of life mixing and sharing ideas. That's the most valuable thing to me."
(Dan Lynch, Rathole Radio)
The Nerve Centre passed over to the Biennial on September 11th but since then around 30 people have been meeting, looking at buildings, funding, aims, community and legislation, building a vision and a plan. If you are committed to promoting grassroots arts, cultural and critical discussion and would like to play a part in the future of the Nerve Centre then let us know.
Leave your comments and suggestions here.
"Let’s find other places for it to exist and keep it moving so it reaches as many people as possible!"