New Greenham Arts

As the studio space of the Corn Exchange, New Greenham Arts houses a 120 seat Auditorium, a gallery, 10 resident artists' studios and a studio space for workshops.

PERFORMANCES

The auditorium at New Greenham Arts can house many different performances and events. If you are interested in hiring the venue for private events, corporate events, local company events, conferencing, youth groups and rehearsal spaces, please contact the New Greenham Arts Office. All programming enquiries will need to be directed to our Programming Department.

For more information on our facilities, please visit our Visiting Company Information page.

For more information on technical specifications of the auditorium for performances, please visit our Technical page.

STUDIO 8

Studio 8 are our artist studios, housing up to 10 artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, mixed media, textiles, ceramics and stained glass. Collectively they present an annual exhibition and many of the artists are involved with our workshops programme.  For information about hiring a studio please contact our Centre Assistant. 

HISTORY

Formally known as ‘Building 113’, New Greenham Arts (NGA) was originally constructed c.1965 by the Ministry of Defence (RAF) for use as the NCO’s club until the base was declared redundant for military purposes in the early 1990s. A number of proposals for use of the buildings on the site were suggested, including developing the whole area with housing and turning the site into a commercial airport.

The charity ‘Greenham Common Trust’ was founded by a group of local residents and businessmen to find a positive solution for the use of the land and buildings which would benefit the community. A business park was developed (Greenham Business Park) which would preserve the majority of the common and the former military buildings were put to use to generate sustainable income for local charities and the community. Commercial tenants started to occupy the empty buildings from 1993 onwards; for example, the adjoining building to New Greenham Arts – which is now demolished – started out as the Officer’s Club and was converted into a gym.

New Greenham Arts remained untenanted and in 1997 the Trust bought the site. The need for performance, exhibition, rehearsal and workshop space was identified and due to the auditorium space (which had been added to the building in the 1980s by the MOD), ‘Building 113’ was established as an arts centre. There is also a restaurant attached to the venue, which now accommodates the ‘New Greenham Tandoori’.

New Greenham Arts opened in 1999 and was managed entirely in-house. The Corn Exchange took over the running of the multi-purpose venue in July 2001. New Greenham Arts consists of ten resident working artists’ studios (Studio 8), a studio to accommodate workshops and community arts-based projects (Studio 2), spaces for hire for business conferences and seminars, a gallery space for exhibitions and installations and a theatre which is used for various community and commercials events.