Woodstock, Fanshawe negotiate transfer of art gallery building to college

April 29, 2011

Woodstock city council is contemplating transferring the new art gallery building to Fanshawe College, diverting its planned use from art galley to educational facility. Woodstock's mayor says a downtown college expansion, based on enrolment figures, would generate an extra 60,000 visits to the downtown core, surpassing the 26,000 visitors anticipated for the new gallery. Having identified "an urgent need for expansion," Fanshawe's Woodstock campus is "delighted to explore the opportunities open to us" with the city's announcement. One city councillor is "deeply opposed" to the use of the facility for other than its original intent as an art gallery, and says negotiations with the Thames Valley District School Board would be more appropriate. Woodstock Sentinel-Review