Review of Quilos and the Windmill

on Thursday, 21 May 2015.

The Prospector Trowbridge Town Hall 23 April – 23 May 2015

Review of Quilos and the Windmill

The Prospector is a character conceived by Quilos and the Windmill, comprising artist duo Michele Whiting and Linda Khatir, used to portray a sense of breaking into the unknown. The character was influenced by a quote the artists came across in American history books, stating, “equipped with all kinds of gadgets, many of them useless, a prospector comes west”.

The artists cite the character of the prospector as the starting point for much of their work, due to their personal affinity with the character heading off into the unknown, just as they headed off to the then unfamiliar Oxbow, Michigan, to take up their first joint residency.

The work is largely influenced by their time in Oxbow; the places they have been and the people they have met, as well as the history. The artists’ joint practice involves finding objects and reworking them in response to their environment, in order to explore the themes of fixed reality and illusion.

The dual nature of their practice enhances the interplay between their portfolios and therefore embraces a variety of mediums in their exploration of space and place; these include writing, drawing, photography, sound, and film.

Mini Beasts are Magnified for Trowbridge Arts Exhibition

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Events

Be prepared to be astonished by the hidden beauty of insects - explore Infestation at Trowbridge Town Hall.

Mini Beasts are Magnified for Trowbridge Arts Exhibition

Large creepy crawlies crafted from wood are exhibited by sculpture artist Alex Jones this summer at Trowbridge Town Hall

Alex is a traditionally trained wood sculptor who has been based in Winchester since 1992 where he has been carving a menagerie of large creatures and bugs for thirteen years. Alex is inspired by many different sources from the figurative beauty of Grinling Gibbons, through the humour of the medieval misère chords, to the otherworldliness of Jeff Koons.

Infestation exhibition at Trowbridge Town Hall for Trowbridge Arts runs from Friday 29 May to Saturday 11 July. Entry is free. There is an Evening View and Meet the Artist Event on Thursday 28 May from 6-8pm which is also free but please RSVP to

New Work at Trowbridge Arts - The Bunker

on Friday, 15 May 2015.

New Work at Trowbridge Arts - The Bunker

On Friday 17 July at 7.30 Trowbridge Arts presents Not Alone’s production of a new play by Glyn Dilley.

THE BUNKER is a new play based on the true story of a local woman who faced a terrifying ordeal but survived to tell the tale.

If you found yourself trapped in the dark, with only strangers for company…what would you say?

In a war zone a woman is trapped in a bunker with people who may not even speak her language. Not knowing whether any of them will ever get out, she struggles to hold her sanity, her past, her sense of humour…and to hope.

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.

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