Penarth Arts & Crafts Ltd (PACL) is a registered charity, established as a social enterprise in 1998 to provide a range of education programmes especially targeted at disadvantaged members of the community, to organise exhibitions of art and craft, and to renovate and sustain heritage buildings.
Throughout its history PACL has played an important role in the Penarth and wider South Wales community by providing education, art, and community services, supporting artists and art appreciation, offering a meeting and eating place at the in-house café, and spearheading the effort to renovate and rehabilitate the Penarth Pier Pavilion building.
Until early 2013, the majority of the charity’s activities were based at the Washington Gallery, a former art deco cinema located in the centre of Penarth and from September 2013, PACL's education, exhibition and entertainment programmes will continue at Penarth Pier Pavilion, a grade 2 art deco listed building, following completion of a four million pound refurbishment programme funded from a range of sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Vale of Glamorgan council, Cadw, the Coastal Communities Fund and the Welsh Government.
PACL took the decision to close the Washington Gallery to concentrate its resources on the Pavilion Project. The charity is looking to ensure the sustainability of the Pavilion as an on-going concern through a mixture of sponsorship and commercial ventures including venue hire, a café, restaurant and cinema to enable us to deliver a comprehensive programme of educational and community based activities and initiatives in partnership with a range of organisations.
Penarth Pier Pavilion
In 2006, PACL began developmental studies towards the refurbishment of the Penarth Pier Pavilion Building which is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and had fallen into disrepair. The organisation has been successful with the bid to raise over £3million for the conversion and the Grade 2 Art Deco building opened to the public in December 2013.