Ironworks Arts Centre

Mission

To be a community keystone, a leader in the development of emerging and established contemporary artists, as well as a hub for “Life Long Learning” programmes, activities and events.

 

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Recent History

The Ironworks Arts Centre was developed specifically as a host facility to showcase art and for the production and presentation of entertaining programs, seminars and workshops. At the turn of this century, Michael Pocock purchased the property. Then, with the support of the community and the Town of the Blue Mountains, Michael dedicated finances and time to develop the grounds and the building’s physical structure. From its inception, the Ironworks Arts Centre was intended to be a community keystone.

Today, having transformed what was once a very utilitarian space into an intimate and unique venue which showcases artists from the region and serves as a stunning backdrop to a variety of public events, private events and fun workshops.

Since Michael began development, the Village core of Clarksburg has changed dramatically toward Art and Leisure. Having reinvented itself as “Artsburg”, the village is home to four galleries: Loft, Matilda Swanson, Curio, and the Marsh Street Gallery. Add in the Marsh Street Community Centre and The Ironworks Arts Centre, it is evident that this tiny community is burgeoning with talent and a dedication to the arts.

 

Local History of the Ironworks Arts Centre Facility

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 “The blacksmith was an essential part of life for centuries. In southern Ontario the earliest villages were often of two general classes. One grew up at a crossroads where there was a blacksmith shop and a country store, which was also the post office. The other grew up around a dam site, where there was a gristmill that ground grain into meal and flour, perhaps a saw mill, and a blacksmith shop. Clarksburg would fall into the latter category.

 Mark Currie is widely recognized as one of the first and most prolific Blacksmiths in Clarksburg. His original shop began in the heart of Clarksburg around the turn of the Century, right beside what was the historic “Lake’s Garage”. Lloyd Lake was a machinist and successful business owner. He and Mr. Currie would often work cooperatively to solve customer’s problems.

 By the late 1920’s “The Creamery” purchased Mr.Currie’s building, precipitating the move to 108 George Street, the current location Of “The Ironworks” There, Mr. Currie continued serving the community as a farrier and “Smithy” until he retired in the mid-thirties.

 Alec Heron took over the blacksmithing duties in the mid-thirties. Known for his forging skills, on most weekdays Mr. Heron’s anvil could be heard ringing throughout the town.

 After Mr. Heron’s retirement, there was not another blacksmith in the shop until the turn of the next century. A farrier since I978, Michael Pocock purchased the blacksmith shop. Over the years he restored the grounds and building, renamed it the “Ironworks Arts Centre”, then used his blacksmithing skills to create metal furniture and sculpture for a new era in Clarksburg.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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