18th August 2016



sculpture of hands clapping

Bronze veneer sculpture by Mark Amis, 2003.

Hello listeners. A quick share of another blog post pointed out to me on social media just this morning. Doing what it’s title says it’s an overview of 60 yrs of  Swindon Arts Centre.

I’m not entirely sure who’s behind it but it’s a lovely blog post about the Arts Centre. I rather enjoyed reading this section. Swindon is always surprising me. So it was pleasing to read that our Arts Centre was the first one in the country to be municipally funded.

Swindon Arts Centre was the first municipally funded Arts Centre in the country, and I consider it’s impact on the cultural life of Swindon to be hugely important. It has provided a professional environment for so many performing societies over the last 60 years, many of which are still thriving today. Young performers such as Jamie Cullum and Billie Piper have developed their craft at the  Arts Centre, and I remain enormously proud of the tradition of live theatre, comedy and music which audiences have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, at this special place. The list of performers is huge, but just a few acts which people have seen on the Arts Centre stage are Michael McIntyreEdward FoxBrian BlessedPaul YoungDara O’Briain, Charlie WattsRobert PowellLee MackEddie IzzardFrank SkinnerSylvia SymsMiranda HartJill Halfpenny…”

But the rest of it is here so read on:  https://insideswindontheatres.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/60-years-of-the-swindon-arts-centre/   There’s some super images in it too.

See also: https://swindonian.me/2014/05/14/swindon-arts-centre/

See their Facebook event for the 10th September here: https://www.facebook.com/events/680901198750546/


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