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Disused public toilets in a Somerset town could be turned into an art cafe if residents can raise enough funds.

The toilet block in Frome currently houses a series of glass blocks containing historic local artefacts, created by a local artist in 2000.

But Frome resident Katy Duke said the display was deteriorating and that she came up with the art cafe idea to both protect it and include more exhibits.

It is hoped the £11,000 needed can be raised through a crowdfunding website.

The Frome project, Loop De Loop, would see the block turned into four micro-galleries and a local food kiosk. The glass block artwork already there – the Singers Links – would also be repaired.

The Singers Links were created for a millennium project by local artist Helga Watkins-Baker.

The glass blocks contain artefacts from former Frome businesses, including Singers, which have since closed or moved away.

Sites like Spacehive allow the cost of community projects to be met through online contributions.

Anyone who pledges money on the website only gets charged when projects hit their funding target.

The project has already attracted the support of resident Kevin McCloud who hosts Channel 4’s Grand Designs show and has contributed £300.

The Loop De Loop project has until 30 April to raise the money.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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