The cultural life in Corsham has always been a vibrant one and today the area has a thriving arts scene.
• The significant Fine Art collection including Italian Old Masters at the historic Corsham Court
• The festivals organised by The Pound Arts Centre in the summer and autumn
• A thriving community arts scene involving many local people in a range of art forms
• The Peacock Arts Trail www.peacockartstrail.co.uk
The Pound Arts Centre is the hub of Corsham’s arts, promoting a year round programme of performances, cinema, participatory events and exhibitions. Community arts thrive at The Pound, which is home to many groups including Corsham Windband
Association, Corsham Arts Society and Film @ The Pound. Featured in South-West Arts, Muse magazine, Mish-Mash, a group of writers, creators and visual artists meets regularly at The Pound.
Other community arts groups include Adhoc Theatre, Corsham Choral Society and Corsham Town Band. A range of artists work in small studios in the area including sculptors, painters and stained glass makers, who open their studios and exhibit their work.
As a visual arts college, Corsham School is a centre of excellence for arts learning and creativity. Through their community outreach programme, a variety of workshops for children, families and adults are run including photography, kite making and bicycle powered paintings.
Bath Spa University has returned to Corsham to establish a centre for postgraduate, masters and doctorate level study in arts and humanities. Also based in Corsham is NSEAD, the National Society for Education in Art and Design.
Creative Corsham Strategy
In 2016, the Town Council began work on its Creative Corsham Strategy.
The research included a survey and workshop where anyone working in, or with an opinion on, the Arts in Corsham was invited to share their views. The Strategy, and its associated Action Plan, are now complete and were approved by the Town Council's Community Service Committee at its meeting on 16 November 2016.
In early 2017, all those who took part in the survey and workshop will be invited to comment on the Strategy and the proposals in the Action Plan will be explored in more detail. You can download a copy of the Creative Corsham Strategy here.