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New life for church [The Ipswich Advertiser]

2 November 2011

[from article in The Ipswich Advertiser, published 2nd November 2011]

ONCE it was the home to holy worshippers, but the Congregational Church in Ipswich's city centre is now the hub of visionary arts and antiques precinct.

It is the brainchild of John and Heather Mildwaters, who purchased the church and hall at the corner of Roderick and East Sts as a superannuation investment two years ago with long-term plans.

The couple transformed the buildings into four retail areas, hoping to attract antique dealers and artists to rent the space.

The precinct's newest addition will be launched on November 7, with the official opening of Naked Arts Gallery and Studio, managed by Booval residents Tom and Lyn Mason.