USAF Greenham Common warehouse transformed into arts creation space
PUBLISHED: 16:14 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 28 October 2014
Corn Exchange Newbury has officially opened the doors to 101, their new outdoor arts creation space to a fanfare of fireworks, fine food, live music and entertainment. The launch welcomed several hundred people through the doors, including many arts practitioners, funders, producers and makers working in the outdoor arts and cultural sector.
Pyrotechnic artist Mark Anderson presented a thrilling firework display to kick off proceedings and guests were treated to music and performance from the likes of Salt the Band, Ray Lee’s sound installation Chorus, disabled aerial artist Mel Stevens, and a delicious organic feast from Fivepenny Farm.
The 10,000 sq ft warehouse building based on the former USAF Greenham Common cruise missile base has fully equipped large-scale rehearsal and performance spaces, production and fabrication facilities, on-site artist accommodation in the form of reconditioned vintage caravans and access to aerial circus apparatus, making it a unique resource for practitioners and artists making outdoor work.
Corn Exchange Newbury’s Director Katy Griffiths:
“The Corn Exchange is hugely excited to be launching 101. It is a unique space and offers us the opportunity to explore new ways to support the development and creation of the very best possible outdoor work in this country. We’re incredibly proud to see our vision for 101 become a reality, and huge thanks are due to our funders Greenham Common Trust and Arts Council England for their continued support of this exciting venture.”
101, Corn Exchange Newbury’s dedicated outdoor arts creation space, will serve as a base for artistic residencies, for creation of new work in public spaces and for innovation in site-specific and outdoor performance including the development of Corn Exchange’s own outdoor productions and that of visiting companies. A fully developed and integrated programme of participation and community engagement projects and activities will also be available.
Following the news that Arts Council England will be investing £6 million of strategic
touring funds towards outdoor arts provision across 2015 - 2018, it is hoped that 101 can work towards becoming a flagship outdoor arts creation space that will provide a vital resource for artists and makers working locally, nationally and internationally.
Simon Chatterton, Head of Outdoor Arts at Corn Exchange said: “101 is a landmark in the development of outdoor arts in the UK. It’s the kind of space that has been talked about in this country for 20 years and which has finally become a reality. 101 will make a significant difference to the ability of artists to produce high quality large scale outdoor work.”