Arts Centres in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.
Arts, Community, Enterprise
UK Registered Charity 1137037
to see the Hall creatively used by community groups, schools, businesses, entrepreneurs and artists of all genre as a base for enterprises of all kinds.
to offer an accessible, suitably equipped and low cost venue for classes, functions, seminars, arts and community events.
to provide a platform for local talent and experiment.
to connect with the local community.
to add to the variety and cultural vitality of Newbury.
to stay viable by fundraising, sponsorship and your support!
St Nicholas Road
Arlington Arts is a first class arts and conference facility set in a beautiful location within rural West Berkshire. All profits from the centre go to Mary Hare, the national charity for young deaf people.
Bohun Gallery in Henley-on-Thames specialises in contemporary British fine art. Work shown includes paintings, sculpture, watercolours, drawings, original prints, and ceramics.
Artists represented range from the young and promising to recognised and respected figures such as John Piper, Elisabeth Frink, Donald Hamilton Fraser, Mary Fedden and Eric Rimmington. The Gallery also represents the estate of Julian Trevelyan.
Bohun Gallery holds a lively and varied exhibition programme with up to nine feature exhibitions every year, plus an annual show of sculpture in the garden. Since it was established in 1973, the Bohun has become known for its friendly, welcoming and personal service.
Director: Patricia Jordan Evans
Patricia Jordan Evans
15 Reading Road Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire
City Arts Newbury is a new Local Community Space for all ages and levels.
We provide an environment for Artists and Craftspeople to show and sell their work.
We are also running Workshops and Exhibitions, as well as providing a creative space for people to come and join in. Some of our events are free, please check our Website or Facebook Page for more details.
So, why not come along and meet the team, have a coffee and share your creative ideas, skills and work.
10 Hampton Road
The magnificent Town Hall and Corn Exchange building lies in the Market Place in the very heart of Hungerford’s High Street. It is only 200 metres from the Western Region train station.
This excellent facility was built in 1870, but the facilities have continued to be kept up-to-date, and the rooms provide a suitable venue for a wide variety of functions, including weddings, for which a full licence is held. There are four rooms available for hire within the Town Hall and Corn Exchange complex.
Follow the links below to find out more on each area:
The Corn Exchange is the largest room in the building. It is ideally suited to the larger function, seating up to 160 people for a banquet or up to 240 for a conference. It can hold up to 360 people for dancing, with all furniture removed.
Town Hall Keeper
The Corn Exchange is situated in the historic market place in the centre of Newbury.
The Corn Exchange aspires to be a real place of adventure and experience, a flagship venue for West Berkshire. Somewhere where you can go and experience an exciting range of live events and film all year round; where you can be challenged or surprised one week or laugh and be entertained the next. Somewhere welcoming and open, where you can take part as much as watch: a vital part of the life of local community and of the South East region.
Closed for four years, the Corn Exchange reopened in September 1993 after a £3.5 million refurbishment programme as a professional 400-seat theatre. On 1 June 2000 the operation of the Corn Exchange passed from West Berkshire Council to Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust, an independent charity. In 2001 Corn Exchange took up the management of New Greenham Arts. Today The Corn Exchange receives more than 100,000 visitors a year from across West Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and beyond.
Ideal for parties, receptions, lunches, theatre, talks, exhibitions, cinema, workshops, etc. Full performing and dancing authorisation and a bar licence can be provided.
Used regularly by many local groups and is a principal location during the Hungerford Arts Festival.
Holds up to 140 people. Air Conditioning. Stage Lights/Sound. Cinema Screen. Automatic blinds. Cooking facilities. Car parking. Wood floor. Disabled access/WC.
Monday: Closed but sometimes open - Phone first
Tues: Closed but sometimes open - Phone first
Wednesday: 9am – 6pm 18th March closed until 3.30pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: By appointment
Muddy boots and Time Out Guide walkers welcome & other walkers are welcome. Children encouraged.
For further information and requests regarding gallery access for visiting schools please contact the gallery.
Gallery Prop: Peggy Gibson Brodie
Gallery Chief Engineer: David Brodie
Gallery Creative Director: Peter Watson
Curator/Artist include Anita Austwick, Sue Bartlett, John Bauer, Stuart Buchanan, Alice Cescatti, Mark Hall, Ashley Hanson, Kate Kessling, Paul Kessling, Dave Morris, Lucy Orchard, Sonia Rollo, Angela Smith, Steve Whitehead, Frank To, Gillian Trotman, Paul Wright and Paula Zimmerman.
Peggy Gibson Brodie
Whitchurch on Thames
As the studio space of the Corn Exchange, New Greenham Arts houses a 120 seat Auditorium, a gallery, 10 resident artists' studios and a studio space for workshops.
Formally known as ‘Building 113’, New Greenham Arts (NGA) was originally constructed c.1965 by the Ministry of Defence (RAF) for use as the NCO’s club until the base was declared redundant for military purposes in the early 1990s. A number of proposals for use of the buildings on the site were suggested, including developing the whole area with housing and turning the site into a commercial airport.
The charity ‘Greenham Common Trust’ was founded by a group of local residents and businessmen to find a positive solution for the use of the land and buildings which would benefit the community. A business park was developed (Greenham Business Park) which would preserve the majority of the common and the former military buildings were put to use to generate sustainable income for local charities and the community. Commercial tenants started to occupy the empty buildings from 1993 onwards; for example, the adjoining building to NGA – which is now demolished – started out as the Officer’s Club and was converted into a gym.
NGA remained untenanted and in 1997 the Trust bought the site. The need for performance, exhibition, rehearsal and workshop space was identified and due to the auditorium space (which had been added to the building in the 1980s by the MOD), ‘Building 113’ was established as an arts centre. There is also a restaurant attached to the venue, which now accommodates the ‘New Greenham Tandoori’.
New Greenham Arts opened in 1999 and was managed entirely in-house. The Corn Exchange took over the running of the multi-purpose venue in July 2001. NGA consists of ten resident working artists’ studios (Studio 8), a studio to accommodate workshops and community arts-based projects (Studio 2), spaces for hire for business conferences and seminars, a gallery space for exhibitions and installations and a theatre which is used for various community and commercials events.
Arts Centre Assistant
113 Lindenmuth Way
Greenham Business Park
The Old Chapel Textile Centre is the home of the National Needlework Archive and the Country Wife mural.
This superb venue has an exhibition gallery, workrooms, library, small gift shop and tearoom.
Do see our ‘Exhibitions and Workshops/Courses pages for details of exhibitions, classes and events, and for the latest and last minute details, see our Facebook page.
OLD CHAPEL OPENING TIMES between February and December
Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
First Saturday of the month 10am to 4pm
- visits outside these times by appointment
Open some other Saturdays, Sundays, and evenings as advertised for workshops, classes and events.
Greenham Business Park
World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure – an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.
Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a medical orderly at the Beaufort Hospital in Bristol and both orderly and soldier on the Salonika front. It is peppered with personal and unexpected details and uniquely shows the everyday activities rather than the horrors of war. Inspired by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua and made possible through the generous patronage of Mr & Mrs Behrend Spencer realised his "Holy Box". The 19 oil paintings covering three walls of the chapel took six years to complete and are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement.
The chapel holds services throughout the year, the most important of these being the annual Remembrance Day event, monthly First World War poetry readings and talks in the Chapel about its creation and the paintings themselves.
There is an exhibtion area in one of the originial almshouses - decorated in period colours and style - with a short film, copy archival material, handling kit, and panels contexualising the chapel, Spencer, the Behrends, Harry Sandham in whose name the chapel is now known, Spencer's contemporaries and those artists influenced by Spencer's work.
Outside the front of the chapel you have views across to Watership Down which glows in the late evening sun, the originial orchard with old apple varieties and a beautiful wildflower meadow containing many important flora and fauna.
At the rear of the chapel the new garden professionally designed but inspired and created by volunteers provides a place to reflect, or amble around the borders or simply to enjoy a leisurely picnic.
Addtionally, and if you are feeling more energetic you might like to follow a walk around the village - "In Spencer's Footsteps" and take in some of the sights and places where he lived, loved, and was inspired by whilst completing his masterpiece.
The Nature Discovery Centre is surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats with fantastic wildlife to see all year around.
Wander along the paths beside the lake, visit the internationally-important Thatcham Reedbeds nature reserve or explore some of the nearby woodland.
There is large network of footpaths, perfect for family days out or for the more adventurous. A bird hide provides stunning views over the reedbeds. You can collect a key for the bird hide from reception at the Nature Discovery Centre.
West Berkshire Heritage is a service provided by West Berkshire Council committed to safeguarding the local heritage whilst supporting education and encouraging community involvement. The service includes Shaw House, the West Berkshire Museum, archaeological and cultural information, advice and guidance.
What we do
Manage a community-led museum with plenty of volunteering opportunities, including archaeology expertise, resources and information. Provide a year round programme of cultural and heritage events and activities. Provide a professional service for conferences, seminars and training and manage venue hire for Shaw House and West Berkshire Museum. Work with local schools and community groups.
West Berkshire Museum is housed in two of Newbury’s best loved historic buildings - the 17th century Cloth Hall and the old Granary/Corn Stores in the Wharf.
The museum explores stories of life in our area, from pre-history to today. We do this through our 10 regularly changing galleries as well as through activities and events. We are a modern, community museum working with, listening to and welcoming everyone who lives, works in or visits West Berkshire. Our friendly team is a mixture of staff and volunteers working together to give visitors a fun visit.
We encourage everyone to enjoy their visit in their own way. We welcome photography and sharing on social media, we want to hear your comments and we provide family-friendly activities throughout the galleries.
Visitors can buy a range of books and souvenirs in the museum shop. These range from pocket money gifts to specialist books on local topics.
The museum café serves hot drinks, including freshly made coffee and hot chocolate. Cold drinks in adult or child portions are also available. We offer a range of cakes and slices made by a local baker in addition to several gluten free options. Allergy advice is available from our staff. The café operates a loyalty scheme so don’t forget to pick up your card.