New arts centre for Newbury

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Greenham Common to be site for £1.7m facility

Greenham Common, scene of major anti-war protests in the 1980s, is to be the site of a new £1.7m arts centre.

The state-of-the-art facility will be funded by Greenham Common Trust (GCT) in partnership with the Newbury Corn Exchange and will replace the ageing New Greenham Arts building, which is no longer fit for purpose and would cost more than £1m to repair.

The existing arts building, converted from a former RAF airbase, was built as a temporary facility more than 40 years ago.

The trust, which took over the rest of the common when it ceased to be a US airbase, hopes the new arts centre will become a hub. The Corn Exchange is also planning a dedicated Learning Centre for its participatory arts programme in Newbury town centre. it is also backed by the Greenham Common Trust.

The Learning Centre will be launched in September 2017 with an extended programme of cultural and creative activities.

Greenham Common Trust’s chief executive Chris Boulton said, “We’re delighted to be able to offer financial support for these exciting new projects which will benefit those living in Newbury and the wider community. It will put Newbury firmly on the map as one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions for the arts.”

For those artists who are currently resident at New Greenham Arts, the Corn Exchange has committed to helping them form a co-operative to secure their future.

 

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