Newbury’s Corn Exchange has announced major new development plans, which include a new learning centre aimed at widening participation in the arts.
The venue has also been awarded £747,250 in National Lottery funding by Arts Council England to support artistic development at its 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre.
Other plans include a £1.7 million gallery, visual art and craft-making studios and a cafe, funded by grant-giving organisation Greenham Common Trust. It is set to open in summer 2018.
The learning centre for the Corn Exchange’s participatory arts programme will open in a rented building in the centre of Newbury in September 2017, with an extended programme of cultural and creative activities.
These will include activities for under-fives, a base for the centre’s programme for people aged 55 and over, and skills-based training for young people.
As a result of the ACE funding, Greenham Common Trust will provide an additional £298,000 in funding to undertake work to extend the 101 building over the next six months.
Grant Brisland and Katy Griffiths, co-directors of the Corn Exchange, said: “These are hugely exciting announcements for the arts locally, but also for outdoor artists nationally, where 101 has become an integral part of their artistic development.
“Our unique partnership with Greenham Common Trust is truly enabling us to develop ambitious plans with significant impact and the support of Arts Council England further recognises the national role of the Corn Exchange.”