Trowbridge Arts Raises Awareness of Dying Matters Week

on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. Posted in Events

Dorothy House and Trowbridge College hold an Art Exhibition in Trowbridge Town Hal

Trowbridge Arts Raises Awareness of Dying Matters Week

As part of Dying Matters Week 2015, Dorothy House and art students from Wiltshire College Trowbridge College have worked in collaboration on a project to explore the subject of death and dying.

The project culminates in an exhibition of the Artwork being exhibited by Trowbridge Arts at Trowbridge Town Hall.

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from the 18 – 24 May. Its purpose is to encourage people to talk openly about their feeling and experiences around dying, death and bereavement. It is part of a movement by a national coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales.

This year’s campaign line is #YODO (You Only Die Once) a play on the recent trending hashtag #YOLO, which means You Only Live Once.

Bank Holiday Exhibition was a hit with Trowbridge People

on Tuesday, 05 May 2015.

Cloth Road Art Week Preview Pop Up

Bank Holiday Exhibition was a hit with Trowbridge People

Trowbridge Town Hall played host to to a successful exhibition over the bank holiday weekend from the 2-4 May 2015.

Twenty-one Cloth Road artists took part in the exhibtion, each displaying one piece of work in the Courtroom at Trowbridge Town Hall. Works included painting, sculpture and textile art.

The intention behind the pop-up was to publicise the 2016 CRAW, and there were over 100 vistors over the weekend.

Many of the people who visited knew about Cloth Road, and two artists made sales of their work.

Paul Workman of the Cloth Road Artists said:

"Thank you to all those who contributed to the pop up exhibition at Trowbridge Town Hall, particularly those who gave up their time to help supervise the show.

We had two artists who visited us who are now keen to take part next year, and many members of the public who told us they were looking forward to CRAW next year."

Cloth Road Preview Exhibition

on Friday, 01 May 2015.

Cloth Road 2016 Preview Show at Trowbridge Town Hall

Cloth Road Preview Exhibition

Previewing the 2016 main Cloth Road Arts Week open studio trail, this ‘pop up’ exhibition will feature  the work of some of the artists and makers who will be taking part next year.

Twenty-six West Wiltshire artists will be showcasing their work over the bank holiday weekend.

The show is free to enter, and the work spans painting, glass, photography, textiles and jewellery.

There will opportunites to both talk with the artists and purchase items of their work. 

Unearthed a new play for Trowbridge Arts

on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted in Events

Lizzie Stables Returns To Trowbridge

Unearthed a new play for Trowbridge Arts

A touring production of a new play called ‘Unearthed’ starring ‘The Inbetweeners’ actress Lizzie Stables is to visit Trowbridge this May.
Miss Stables, who grew up in Bulkington, will star in the show, which is being produced by her own company, Folio Theatre, in association with The Brewhouse Theatre. The actress, who has also appeared in TV shows such as ‘Miranda’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doctors’, plays lead role Eliza in the touching comedy drama, which has been written by Royal Court Young Writer Alys Metcalf.
Miss Stables, who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has previously performed at the Arc in Trowbridge and the Wharf Theatre in Devizes, teamed up with Miss Metcalf, from Somerset, for the production after the pair worked together on a project for Film 4.

Classical Musician Required for Trowbridge Arts Event

on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

Would You Play for us at our Exhibtion Opening?

Classical Musician Required for Trowbridge Arts Event

TrowbridgeArts would like to hear from you if you are a classical musician able to play for us at the Town Hall in Trowbridge while we welcome people to our next Exhibition Opening event.

We are looking for a Classical Musician to perform from 6-8pm on Friday 15th May during our open evening for the Dying Matters Exhibition, which is programmed with Dorothy House Hospice Care and Wiltshire College Trowbridge.

We are able to provide a grand piano but would consider any suitable instrument/s. So please do get in touch if you are interested.

There is a small fee available - please email or call 01225 774306 and ask to speak to Tracy, Rachael or Philippa.

The Wave washes over Larkrise School

on Thursday, 23 April 2015.

Nottingham Play House bring Tempest Inspired Play to Trowbridge School

The Wave washes over Larkrise School

Trowbridge Arts and The Pound Corsham brought a Nottingham Playhouse production of Wave to Larkrise School last week.

Wave is a vibrant multi-sensory play, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest aimed at teenagers and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and autism.
Written by Gill Brigg this is the third show specifically for this age group who have (PMLD).

Wave explores the relationship between a father and his daughter as she reaches adulthood and leaves the family home. It utilises Gill’s extensive PhD research into making narrative theatre with strong emotional content pitched at the physical age of the audience, rather than their developmental stage.

The production is performed by just two actors to a small audience, it offers an experience rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion. The students at Larkrise thoroughly enjoyed the experience and all involved felt it was a huge success.

The set includes an indoor tent to create an intimate environment and the students are encouraged to get really ‘hands-on’ by paddling in a rock pool, fishing, getting caught in a storm and setting small boats off to sail.

Wiltshire young people encouraged to step back in time

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Events

Bringing history to life through dance

Wiltshire young people encouraged to step back in time

Young people in Wiltshire will be stepping back in time, with style, because they will be learning dances from the First World War period, as part of an arts initiative to help bring history to life.

Wiltshire Council has been awarded £34,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Dancing Back to 1914 – a project combining dance with learning the social history of 1910 to 1920. The council will be working through its Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership together with Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on the venture.

The project is aimed at secondary school age children between 12 and 19 years old across the county of Wiltshire.

There will be regular dance sessions in Trowbridge, Tidworth, Salisbury and Malmesbury, to inspire young people, their families and communities to engage in sharing and learning about the social history of 1910-20, focusing on the First World War.

Trowbridge Arts is pleased to be welcoming the event to Trowbridge Town Hall from the 27 April.

Trowbridge Arts Director Tracy Sullivan says:

We are delighted to be kicking off the event in the Town Hall, and we hope young people will be inspired to have a go and learn something new.
The dances of this period were an important part of the social calendar, and were the primary way that people were able to socialise and let off steam in a difficult social period.Dance is a great way to engage with young people and for them to share what they have learned with others.

The project will include pop-up dances and performances, plus celebrations of learning and achievement which will be shared with other students, family members and the wider communities.

Anyone who wants to learn the dances are being invited to attend. Also if you are interested in getting involved in preparing for performances - including costume and stage design you are also encouraged to come along. You don’t need to have any previous dance experience to take part.

As well as preparing dance performances, young people will gain an insight into the social history of that decade by visiting museums and historic buildings, and talking to inspirational people who will be relaying stories from the time, as well as reading letters from the frontline.

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member with responsibility for heritage and arts said:

This is a unique way to bring a crucial period of time in our history to life for people living today.
By covering the whole decade we can understand how society changed during this time, what happened to people who went away and the changing role of women. I’m looking forward to watching this exciting project evolve.

The project will run for a year, during term time, with performances in the summer, Christmas and Spring 2016.


Young people are able to sign up for one term, or for the whole year. Please email for more information or to sign up.

Studio Space to Let at Trowbridge Town Hall

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. Posted in Events

Small artists' studio avalable for short term let

Studio Space to Let at Trowbridge Town Hall

Following a successful period of free studio residencies last summer Trowbridge Arts are now able to offer artists affordable studio spaces during the next phase of our development.

There are four studio spaces on the first floor of the Town Hall, three of which are already let. The studios are arranged around a central ‘gallery’ space which will be the location for periodic public exhibitions and events.

There is one studio available to rent now. Known as the Interview Room it is a small room, 57 sqft, and is available for £30 per month.

Our studios are let out on a month-by-month basis and applications are invited from artists at any stage in their career.

Trowbridge Town Hall is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1889. It has had various functions over the years and until recently housed the local magistrates courts. In its un-renovated state it has been home to Trowbridge Arts for 18 months during which time the venue has mainly been used to show professional theatre productions.

To apply please contact Visual Arts and Exhibitions Manager, Fiona Cassidy –

You can also use this email address to apply to be placed on the waiting list for a larger studio space.

You and The Arts in Trowbridge

on Monday, 16 March 2015.

Help us to develop the arts in Trowbrigde

Trowbridge Arts has secured a second phase of funding through the Arts Council England’s Grant For The Arts. This means that they can continue to provide professional theatre and dance performances in Trowbridge Town Hall, weekly youth theatre and dance classes, and visual art exhibitions from national touring collection and local accomplished artists. Trowbridge Arts are also able to support the work the community does in bringing an annual Arts Festival to Trowbridge which starts on 17 October this year.

Trowbridge Arts is carrying out a survey to find out your opinions and attendance of professional and visual arts, and also to find out how the development of Trowbridge Town Hall into an Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre would benefit you and the town.

To help us please complete the survey that can be completed online or is available from the Town Hall, until the 15 April 2015.

By filling out surveys in the past you have helped us to develop the programme of professional theatre and visual arts events at the Town Hall.

Trowbridge Arts Festival present Gigspanner

on Saturday, 07 March 2015. Posted in Events

The first event of Trowbridge Arts Festival for 2015

Virtuoso violinist and Fiddle player, Peter Knight, stalwart of British Folk-Rock pioneers Steeleye Span is bringing his own trio, Gigspanner, to Trowbridge as part of their current tour on 19 March 2015.  This is the first event for Trowbridge Arts Festival for 2015, with the full Festival fortnight taking place from the 16 October to 1 November 2015.

Peter, who has been with Steeleye Span for the past 43 years, originally formed the trio as a fairly casual arrangement when he was still living in Hastings. However, the Band's unique chemistry and outstanding musicianship won an army of loyal followers, and it became obvious that the music was worthy of a much wider audience.

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