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Financial boost for rural centre
Artist impression of Rural Life Centre, Bala
The 2.3m centre is due to open in April 2008
A Gwynedd centre celebrating rural life has received a 200,000 grant boost from the Arts Council of Wales.

The funding for the Rural Life Centre at Bala will pay for an education centre, amphitheatre, and work by two artists.

The 2.3m development hopes to show visitors, and local people, the skills traditionally needed to live in a rural community.

Already under construction the centre is due to open at Easter 2008.

The centre is backed by environment and culture development agency Antur Penllyn and will eventually create seven full-time and four part-time jobs.

Local talent will also be given a chance to shine
David Llewelyn Williams, Antur Penllyn

"This innovative centre will hopefully put not just Bala on the map in Wales, but also across the world," said Antur Penllyn director David Llewelyn Williams.

"It will definitely give Bala a boost, will raise confidence locally, improve the economy and give tourism a boost.

"Local talent will also be given a chance to shine," Mr Williams added.

Nia Hughes, the centre's marketing and education officer said the grant had enabled two artists from Wales, Howard Bowcott and Angharad Pierce Jones to begin work on projects based on a countryside theme.

"We'll have chairs shaped like ploughs, metal hedge weaving, pieces of art which will be unique to this centre.

"Some of the work will also include input from the area's school children, so will be uniquely local," she added.



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