Heritage Open Day 2018 - Explore Art Trowbridge
September 08, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
On 8 September, to coincide with Heritage Open Day, Town Hall Arts will be taking part in Explore Art Trowbridge (EAT). EAT events showcase the cultural offer in Trowbridge, and promote activities at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge Museum and Court Street Galleries as well as Town Hall Arts.
At Town Hall Arts there will be guided tours of the building which will include areas not always open to the public such as the basement Cells. We also have an Artist in Residence, Angel Greenham, who joins us on our second Summer Residency Exchange with artists from Bath Artists Studios, plus an exhibition in our main gallery which has a rolling programme of art exhibitions throughout the year.
Tours will be available at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm. There is no charge and you can just turn up but if you want to secure a place then please do book.
Victorian Tea Party - Summer Residency Exchange
Join Angel Greenham between 2 - 4pm for a tea party with a difference at Town Hall Arts! Angel has been exploring the history of the building throughout her residency in the Basement Cells. Now she invites you to explore the Victorian tradition of the tea party within our magnificent building, which was built to commemorate Queen Victoria in 1887-9.
Exhibition – Open 2018
The exhibition in the main gallery will be the Town Hall Arts ‘Open 2018’, featuring a variety of works from over 40 artists.
This is the second open call exhibition held at the Town Hall, and features drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Heritage Open Day will be the final opportunity to vote for your favourite piece of work. The artist who wins the ‘People’s Choice’ vote will be presented with a prize of £250 on Saturday 15 September.
English Historic Portraits with Paul Workman
Artist Paul Workman will be holding talks about English Historical Portraits and explaining the process and inspiration behind his painting of Baron Francis Seymour, which hangs in the Foyer at Town Hall Arts.
Talks start at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm and are held on the ground floor of the building. They will last for about 10-15 minutes. There is no need to book and they are free to attend
Dark Room Demonstrations
Visit Glen Phillips in the Houlton Studio on the First Floor at Town Hall Arts, to see a demonstration of ‘real’ photo processing in Glen’s photography studio. These drop-in demonstrations will take place throughout the day from 10.15am to 3.30pm (with a break for lunch between 12.30 and 1pm). Space is limited so 4 visitors at a time please. No need to book, and spaces are free. Glenn is offering photography courses from his studio, please ask him for more details.
Trowbridge Town Hall is an imposing Victorian ‘Romantic’ building with a magnificent clock tower located in the heart of Trowbridge, on Market Street, opposite the pedestrian district of Fore Street.
The building was commissioned by William Roger Brown a local, hugely successful mill owner. Work began in 1887 to coincide with Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee it was opened in 1889 by HRH the Duchess of Albany, for “the benefit of inhabitants of the Town”.
Until 1974 the Town Hall was the centre of Trowbridge local government as well as the home of the local magistrate’s court. During that time it became a major venue for cultural, artistic and entertainment activities. Around 1975 following a Council re-organisation Trowbridge Town Hall became the home of the District Magistrates Court until it was converted into a Coroner’s Court, specifically for service personnel coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan via RAF Lyneham. When Lyneham closed in 2012 the Trowbridge Town Hall Trust was formed to breathe new life into this iconic and well-loved building, and formed Town Hall Arts to run the programme of events which now enliven the building once more.
The building has steps at the front door but there is a ramped access, please ring the bell at the front of the building and a member of staff will open the side door for you. The exhibition is on the first floor and access is via stairs or a lift. Access to the basement Cells is via stairs and so is unfortunately not fully accessible for those who cannot use stairs.
There is an accessible toilet.
There is no parking on site, but there is on-street disabled parking a short distance away.
Please book your place on a guided tour here: