15 February 2014 - 22:56
The Duchess of Cornwall to visit the hub of The Arts in Wiltshire


Senior Reporter

On Tuesday 18th of February, the Duchess of Cornwall will pay a visit to The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham, Wiltshire.

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The Pound Arts Centre is a community hub for music, dance and theatre, and offers a year round programme of performances, workshops and youth exhibitions. It was officially opened by the Duchess in 2007, following an extensive refurbishment that cost around £1.2 million. The Arts Centre boasts a 100-seat auditorium, a gallery space, a café bar, and three studio spaces. It promotes three seasons of performances, films and participatory art events, as well as housing a number of resident emerging artists and community groups.

During her visit, Her Royal Highness will view the newly completed acoustic and artists’ studios, where she will meet some of the current piano students involved in practice sessions there. She will also go on a tour of the facility to view an exhibition on Wiltshire Landscapes by Bath Textile Artists.

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The Duchess will then visit the rehearsal room to watch the Pound’s youth theatre, ActNow, reciting extracts from some of Shakespeare’s plays. Alongside this, Camilla will also be able to see some young children participating in ‘Adventures Under the Sea’, which is a storytelling workshop organised by the Pound.

Afterwards, the Duchess will observe an art class taking place in the Art Wet Room, and meet photographers, illustrators and ceramic artists from the local area who are active members of the Arts Centre.

The Duchess of Cornwall will conclude the tour by joining a reception with supporters, volunteers, trustees and friends of the Arts Centre. Before leaving, she will unveil a commemorative plaque to mark her visit.

Photo credit: Shaun Amey Photography via photopin cc



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