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Going from the bookies to the bard

Ladbrokes in the Market Place could be transformed in to a new arts and education venue.

A planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire Council by the Corn Exchange Trust.

They are hoping the ground floor of the building will become a hub for leisure classes and activities in the field of the visual and performing arts.

It was recently revealed that just under £750,000 will be given to the Corn Exchange from the Arts Council.

The Corn Exchange will use the money to embark on an ambitious new programme of activity for 101 – the UK’s principal centre for the creation of outdoor arts. As well as developing the range of facilities at 101, the funding will also provide essential talent and skills development opportunities, alongside a series of residencies. The work will help to create a significant change in the level of support available to outdoor artists in the UK.

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