In praise of remarkable individuals

on Friday, 30 August 2019. Posted in Events

People are important. We know that. Or we think we do. But actually….
In the last few months, I’ve been struck by the number of times wise people have said “let’s depersonalise this” or “we should refer to job titles not people”. I get it. It’s a sensible way of taking personal feelings out of business decisions, to remain logical rather than being swayed by empathy.
I’m not so sure it is that wise though. Here’s why.

Cells Residency - Offenders

on Tuesday, 02 July 2019. Posted in Events

by Fiona Campbell

On Saturday I took down my last remaining piece - a huge Tongue sculpture - from the Cells.  Town Hall Arts had kindly allowed me to extend my residency for a few weeks so that I could stagger the process of de-installation.

My solo exhibition in the Cells at Town Hall Arts, ‘Offenders’ (9-31 May) was the culmination of an art residency there in April.  The incredible atmospheric basement holding cells date back to the Victorian era, historically used for suspected offenders (the grand magistrates court is on the floor above).  If convicted, prisoners would usually be sent to Shepton Mallet Prison.  My work responded to the site while confronting some world environmental horrors we are facing - factory-farming, plastic oceans, animal extinctions.  It posed a question ‘are we all offenders given the state of our world?’  The labour-intensive process of my work - weaving, wrapping, sewing - is a form of suturing, a cathartic attempt to repair in response to world destruction.  Ironically, it was such a pleasure to be given free rein in the Cells by Town Hall Arts, so I could test out new ideas and take risks.

People's Projects Results

on Thursday, 18 April 2019. Posted in Events

It’s with great sadness that I’m writing to say we were unsuccessful in the public vote for the People’s Projects. We were alongside four fantastic charities, all of whom were equally deserving of funding but, of course, we wished we’d had the funds to make the substantial changes to the building to make it more inviting, practical and accessible.

Trowbridge Town Hall Public Meeting

on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. Posted in Events

Good afternoon

I’m David Lockwood. I’m the new Director of Trowbridge Town Hall. And I need your help.

As you’ll likely know, Trowbridge Town Hall has proudly stood in the centre of the town since 1887. It’s survived two world wars, two Diamond Jubilees and The Who performing in the Great Hall. It’s been transformed into a Magistrates Court and then, a few years ago, reverted back to public use.


on Thursday, 28 March 2019. Posted in Events


Town Hall Arts is calling for your vote to secure up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. Town Hall Arts, which is based in Trowbridge provides opportunities for people of all backgrounds to be inspired by arts, culture and heritage in a building at the heart of its community and is one of five groups in the region in the running for a share of a life changing pot of £3 million up for grabs across the UK.



on Friday, 01 March 2019. Posted in Events

Getting Together Through Films is presenting the documentary film Even When I Fall as part of the events sponsored this year by West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The film screening will be on Saturday 30th March at 2pm at Town Hall Arts, Market Street, Trowbridge and it will be followed with light refreshments and Moroccan tea. This will be a free event as WWMFF works to offer accessible activities to the whole community. However, it’s highly recommended to book tickets in advance as the venue capacity is only 80 seats. Bookings can be made online at, by phone 01225 774306 or in person at Town Hall Arts.

New Director appointed for Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge

on Friday, 22 February 2019. Posted in Events

Town Hall Arts has appointed David Lockwood as its new Director, confident it has found a replacement for founder Director Tracy Sullivan who understands and shares the charity’s passion and vision to reimagine the historic building’s place in the town’s future.

Fest West 2019 Line-up Announced

on Saturday, 26 January 2019. Posted in Events

Fest West runs from 14 February to 2 March 2019

The programme for the eighth annual Fest West festival has been announced with film and dance in the mix alongside theatre performances.

Fest West sees Wiltshire Creative venues Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse collaborate with The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham and Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge to present some of most interesting arts from across the South West.

Gaza Surf Club - Getting Together Through Film

on Thursday, 03 January 2019. Posted in Events

The last film of the season...

The third season of Getting Together Through Films is coming to an end on Saturday 19 January at 2pm at Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge, with the film screening of the award-winning documentary “Gaza Surf Club” by Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, and the premiere of the short documentary film “Six Days” by Samiha Abdeldjebar, a French-Algerian filmmaker living and working in Wiltshire.

Black History Month

on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. Posted in Events


For a second year, Town Hall Arts will open its doors to the public to celebrate Black History Month.

This year the Black History Month Celebration will be a tribute to the legacy of the Windrush Generation. It is 70 years since the arrival of the HTM Empire Windrush which was carrying more than 1,000 migrants from the Caribbean who were invited to come to help rebuild war-battered Britain.

The free event will start on Saturday 6th October at 12.00 pm with the opening of the exhibition ‘Wiltshire Remembers the Windrush Generation.’ This exhibition consists of eight panels reflecting the story of those who came decades ago to this county: stories of leaving their birth-place, their integration and their identity. This project has been designed by the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

Traditional Caribbean food will be served from 12.30 pm and people can enjoy live music. There will be a crèche and activities for children will also be available.
During the afternoon, the popular female Quadrille dance group ‘JANUKA’ will be performing and encouraging the audience to participate in a dancing workshop. They will be travelling from South East London especially for the event.

At 2.00 pm there will be the screening of the classic film ‘Pressure’ (1975) by Trinidad-born director Horace Ové. ‘Pressure’ is considered the first feature-length fiction film by a black director in Britain and the first British film with an all-black cast.

Set in Ladbroke Grove, West London, an area with a large Caribbean population since the 1950s, the film shows the spirit of the 1970s through the life of Anthony, a black teenager born in Britain of parents from Trinidad and his struggles to find his way and identity in a white-dominated society. The film is suitable for anyone over 15 years old.

In addition, two short films will be shown prior to the screening of ‘Pressure’: ‘Hairitage’ (2016) directed by Aisha Sanyang-Meek, and ‘Beneath the Surface’ (2017) directed by Yero Timi-Biu. These short films directed for two talented young women, explore different aspects of black struggles from a contemporary point of view.

Seats are limited so those wanting to see the films should book tickets in advance online at, in person at Town Hall Arts, Market Street, Trowbridge or by phone on 01225 774306. There is no charge for the tickets.

This Black History Month celebration has been made possible with funds from Heritage Lottery Fund and it is supported by the Film Hub South West through the BFI Audience Network. This organisation has made it possible to run a third season of the multicultural community project ‘Getting Together Through Films’ in October and November 2018 and January 2019.
The Celebration has been organised by a partnership between Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum and Town Hall Arts.

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