Celebrating 50 Years of the Shift Dress

on Tuesday, 06 October 2015. Posted in Events

ShiftWorks Exhibition Open Evening 5 November - Continues until 24 December

Celebrating 50 Years of the Shift Dress

Trowbridge Arts invite you to ‘ShiftWorks’, an exhibition from the contemporary textile collective, Seam. The group of nine makers are based in Bath and cross a broad range of textile techniques including print, embroidery, knit, weave, dye, fashion and eco-design.

Looking for a way to demonstrate the many different working methods within the group, they took inspiration from the concept of the shift dress. This straight-lined simple dress shape has become ubiquitous since its emergence in 1965. Each member of Seam has taken the basic pattern and used their own unique processes to showcase textile design. The dresses, not all of which are wearable, have become a canvas for their ideas.

To celebrate the fifty years since the mainstream adoption of the shift dress Seam invited members of the public to send in photographs of their favourite shift dresses. Fifty of these collected photographs accompany the dresses in the exhibition.

Trowbridge Arts Festival Coming Soon

on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. Posted in Events

16 October to 1 November 2015

Trowbridge Arts Festival Coming Soon

Promotion of this years Trowbridge Arts Festival is in full swing with 10,000 brochures going out across Trowbridge and the surrounding area. It features over 50 events for the Arts Festival which runs from 16 October to 1 November, with new events being added to the website as they’re confirmed.

There are even more opportunities for people to take part this year, many of them free; including Bell Ringing at St James’ Church, Open stage at Trowbridge Town Hall, a Big Weave Day at Trowbridge Museum, Poetry reading, and arts workshops. There is also a chance to take part in the Photo Marathon organised by Leykers Coffee Central, an Acting Masterclass with professional actress Lizzie Stables, Zumba on a chair, drawing and dance workshops and many more, for a small fee.

Trowbridge in Bloom by Wiltshire College Students

on Tuesday, 09 June 2015. Posted in Events

Wiltshire College Students Display Artwork in the Cells for Trowbridge in Bloom

Trowbridge in Bloom by Wiltshire College Students

Wiltshire College Trowbridge have challenged their students to respond to the Trowbridge in Bloom initiative currently running in Trowbridge.

An important part of the brief was that the work would be shown off-campus, and following the highly successful exhibition of Dying Matters in which second-year students responded to a brief given to them by Dorothy House Hospice Care, which was held in Trowbridge Town Hall cells last month Trowbridge Arts are delighted to be hosting this next exhibition in the same space.

Review of Unearthed

on Saturday, 23 May 2015. Posted in Events

Unearthed by Folio Theatre Company

Review of Unearthed

Unearthed Folio Theatre Company
Trowbridge Arts at Trowbridge Town Hall
7 May 2015

Unearthed is the debut play by West Country-based Folio Theatre Company in association with Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre which, following previews, premiered at Trowbridge Town Hall on 7th May.

Unearthed tells the story of estranged twins, Eliza (Lizzie Stables) and Ben (Jeremy Lloyd), who are thrown together in order to carry out unusual quests from their late father’s will.

The play explores the many memories and secrets which are uncovered as the twins find themselves in various absurd situations, accompanied by the watchful Daisy (Alana Ramsey) and ambiguous Simon (Edward Mitchell).

The Company is comprised of professional actors with many stage and screen credits between them, including the Company’s Artistic Director, Lizzie Stables, who studied in Trowbridge before moving on to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, is known for her roles in TV programmes such as The Inbetweeners.

The Crucible at Odeon Trowbridge

on Friday, 22 May 2015. Posted in Events

Special one-off performance of The Old Vic’s The Crucible

The Crucible at Odeon Trowbridge

Trowbridge's Odeon will be screening a special one-off performance of ‘The Old Vic’s The Crucible’ on Thursday 25th June at 2pm.

From London's West End - Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.

For those who missed out on seeing ‘The Crucible’ (or just want to see it again) it’s an opportunity to see this great play in the comfort of your local Odeon Cinema.

Mini Beasts are Magnified for Trowbridge Arts Exhibition

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Events

Be prepared to be astonished by the hidden beauty of insects - explore Infestation at Trowbridge Town Hall.

Mini Beasts are Magnified for Trowbridge Arts Exhibition

Large creepy crawlies crafted from wood are exhibited by sculpture artist Alex Jones this summer at Trowbridge Town Hall

Alex is a traditionally trained wood sculptor who has been based in Winchester since 1992 where he has been carving a menagerie of large creatures and bugs for thirteen years. Alex is inspired by many different sources from the figurative beauty of Grinling Gibbons, through the humour of the medieval misère chords, to the otherworldliness of Jeff Koons.

Infestation exhibition at Trowbridge Town Hall for Trowbridge Arts runs from Friday 29 May to Saturday 11 July. Entry is free. There is an Evening View and Meet the Artist Event on Thursday 28 May from 6-8pm which is also free but please RSVP to

Trowbridge Arts Raises Awareness of Dying Matters Week

on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. Posted in Events

Dorothy House and Trowbridge College hold an Art Exhibition in Trowbridge Town Hal

Trowbridge Arts Raises Awareness of Dying Matters Week

As part of Dying Matters Week 2015, Dorothy House and art students from Wiltshire College Trowbridge College have worked in collaboration on a project to explore the subject of death and dying.

The project culminates in an exhibition of the Artwork being exhibited by Trowbridge Arts at Trowbridge Town Hall.

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from the 18 – 24 May. Its purpose is to encourage people to talk openly about their feeling and experiences around dying, death and bereavement. It is part of a movement by a national coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales.

This year’s campaign line is #YODO (You Only Die Once) a play on the recent trending hashtag #YOLO, which means You Only Live Once.

Unearthed a new play for Trowbridge Arts

on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted in Events

Lizzie Stables Returns To Trowbridge

Unearthed a new play for Trowbridge Arts

A touring production of a new play called ‘Unearthed’ starring ‘The Inbetweeners’ actress Lizzie Stables is to visit Trowbridge this May.
Miss Stables, who grew up in Bulkington, will star in the show, which is being produced by her own company, Folio Theatre, in association with The Brewhouse Theatre. The actress, who has also appeared in TV shows such as ‘Miranda’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doctors’, plays lead role Eliza in the touching comedy drama, which has been written by Royal Court Young Writer Alys Metcalf.
Miss Stables, who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has previously performed at the Arc in Trowbridge and the Wharf Theatre in Devizes, teamed up with Miss Metcalf, from Somerset, for the production after the pair worked together on a project for Film 4.

Wiltshire young people encouraged to step back in time

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Events

Bringing history to life through dance

Wiltshire young people encouraged to step back in time

Young people in Wiltshire will be stepping back in time, with style, because they will be learning dances from the First World War period, as part of an arts initiative to help bring history to life.

Wiltshire Council has been awarded £34,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Dancing Back to 1914 – a project combining dance with learning the social history of 1910 to 1920. The council will be working through its Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership together with Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on the venture.

The project is aimed at secondary school age children between 12 and 19 years old across the county of Wiltshire.

There will be regular dance sessions in Trowbridge, Tidworth, Salisbury and Malmesbury, to inspire young people, their families and communities to engage in sharing and learning about the social history of 1910-20, focusing on the First World War.

Trowbridge Arts is pleased to be welcoming the event to Trowbridge Town Hall from the 27 April.

Trowbridge Arts Director Tracy Sullivan says:

We are delighted to be kicking off the event in the Town Hall, and we hope young people will be inspired to have a go and learn something new.
The dances of this period were an important part of the social calendar, and were the primary way that people were able to socialise and let off steam in a difficult social period.Dance is a great way to engage with young people and for them to share what they have learned with others.

The project will include pop-up dances and performances, plus celebrations of learning and achievement which will be shared with other students, family members and the wider communities.

Anyone who wants to learn the dances are being invited to attend. Also if you are interested in getting involved in preparing for performances - including costume and stage design you are also encouraged to come along. You don’t need to have any previous dance experience to take part.

As well as preparing dance performances, young people will gain an insight into the social history of that decade by visiting museums and historic buildings, and talking to inspirational people who will be relaying stories from the time, as well as reading letters from the frontline.

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member with responsibility for heritage and arts said:

This is a unique way to bring a crucial period of time in our history to life for people living today.
By covering the whole decade we can understand how society changed during this time, what happened to people who went away and the changing role of women. I’m looking forward to watching this exciting project evolve.

The project will run for a year, during term time, with performances in the summer, Christmas and Spring 2016.


Young people are able to sign up for one term, or for the whole year. Please email for more information or to sign up.

Studio Space to Let at Trowbridge Town Hall

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. Posted in Events

Small artists' studio avalable for short term let

Studio Space to Let at Trowbridge Town Hall

Following a successful period of free studio residencies last summer Trowbridge Arts are now able to offer artists affordable studio spaces during the next phase of our development.

There are four studio spaces on the first floor of the Town Hall, three of which are already let. The studios are arranged around a central ‘gallery’ space which will be the location for periodic public exhibitions and events.

There is one studio available to rent now. Known as the Interview Room it is a small room, 57 sqft, and is available for £30 per month.

Our studios are let out on a month-by-month basis and applications are invited from artists at any stage in their career.

Trowbridge Town Hall is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1889. It has had various functions over the years and until recently housed the local magistrates courts. In its un-renovated state it has been home to Trowbridge Arts for 18 months during which time the venue has mainly been used to show professional theatre productions.

To apply please contact Visual Arts and Exhibitions Manager, Fiona Cassidy –

You can also use this email address to apply to be placed on the waiting list for a larger studio space.

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