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Keep the Lenkiewicz Museum in his original studio

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Plymouth has needed a cultural attraction for many years and the original Lenkiewicz studio at 25 Parade has been long planned to be an important focal point for the City. People have been visiting the Lenkiewicz studio for decades and during his life time it attracted thousands of people each year. It is well known that the studio space of a charismatic artist can act as major draw for tourists. Additionally, Lenkiewicz work is traded in the city and economic benefit accrues to the region from its Lenkiewicz association. The plans to re-open the studio [which has been empty since his death] were well advanced and have suddenly been halted by the owners of the building, the Plymouth Barbican Association. We believe that this decision is extremely shortsighted and that it would be a disaster for Plymouth if this building, historically so associated with Lenkiewicz were to go to another tenant. We the undersigned beg the Trustees [Board of Directors] of the Plymouth Barbican Association to reconsider their decision and honour their agreement to rent the building to The Lenkiewicz Foundation.

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