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Major arts redevelopment plans announced



A brand new arts venue is going to be built in Newbury.

The state of the art facility will replace New Greenham Arts and will be made up of £1.7m gallery, visual arts and makers’ studios and café facility. It will open in spring 2018.

To be built at the entrance of Greenham Business Park, the new venue will become a central hub, providing a home to some of the finest artists and makers in the country.

It is hoped that the new venue will establish an exciting new destination for the district, attracting huge numbers of visitors to the area and will be a real hive of activity.

Other news from the Corn Exchange and Greenham Common Trust teams who are both funding the projects included a new Newbury-based Learning Centre to house Get Involved activities that will open in September.

The new facility will see plans to develop and launch a series of activities for under-5s and a bigger Youth Theatre programme. It will also be the home to Newbury Youth Theatre as well as the existing Youth Dance programmes.

Chris Boulton, the Chief Executive for Greenham Common Trust, 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. The town centre development will allow the Corn Exchange to seek significant national funding in order to support the increased activities provided by the venue. This is good news for residents, artists, community groups and for local businesses as we attract more visitors to our town. It will put Newbury firmly on the map as one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions for the arts.”


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