The NatWest bank building in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, which could become and arts club. Picture by Peter Boam.
A NEW arts club could be heading to Ventnor.
Plans have been submitted to convert the former NatWest bank into Ventnor Arts Club, hosting live entertainment, films and exhibitions.
Bonchurch resident and media and marketing executive Stephan Izatt and his wife, Liz Bonser, an events manager, are behind the idea.
It follows on from the building being used as a venue during this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival.
Those behind the project said they were in discussions to work with arts events in the town, including Ventnor Fringe Festival, Isle of Arts and the Isle of Wight Film Festival, and to work with businesses, including the Island Wine Company.
There are plans to retain the building’s historic features.
A planning, design and access statement said: "The club will provide a comfortable, premium environment, unique to Ventnor and possibly the Isle of Wight, where our clientele can enjoy the company of like-minded people involved or keenly interested in the arts and culture."
Joining Mr Izatt on a management team will be his wife and club co-owner, who is an events manager who has worked in the film, media and entertainment industry, and Tracey Simmonds-Bland, who has a background in the entertainment and hospitality industries.
Food and drink would be served and there would be culinary and drinks events, according to the planning, design and access statement.
The team hopes to employ up to four people all year round, with more temporary jobs.
People have until Friday to comment on the plans, which can be viewed here.