Wiltshire Creative sets up new 'connections' while they're closed

Wiltshire Creative sets up new 'connections' while they're closed

Published at 6:13am 28th April 2020.

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The arts venues want to 'entertain and inspire' us, while also giving us an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.

The Covid-19 pandemic means Wiltshire Creative's sites at Salisbury Playhouse and the city's Arts Centre are closed, while the Salisbury International Arts Festival has been cancelled for 2020 too.

So they've come up with Wiltshire Creative Connects, keeping us up to date with some of the arts activities by taking them online, for free, throughout the summer.

Gareth Machin, Wiltshire Creative's Artistic Director, said:

"We know that culture has a vital part to play in these uncertain times, offering entertainment, perspective and inspiration. While we are busy planning for when we can welcome everyone back to our venues, we want to stay connected with our loyal community of audiences, participants and local artists, as well as engage with those at home who may discover us for the first time."

"Wiltshire Creative Connects presents what we do in a new and accessible way, offering both the familiar and the new, and bringing that into everyone's homes."

Salisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse is among the Wiltshire Creative venues that have had to be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak


Some of the regular events being put online as part of the programme include:

  • Artist of the Week - profiling some of the artists who live locally or work with Wiltshire Creative, starting with their Head of Visual Arts and ceramic artist, Mirka Golden-Hann
  • The Big Interview - a conversation with those who have a close connection with Wiltshire Creative, beginning with stage and screen writer Chris Chibnall, who created TV's Broadchurch, is the Head Writer on Doctor Who and wrote Worst Wedding Ever, which had its premiere at Salisbury Playhouse
  • Films, photo galleries and interviews about the history of Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and the Salisbury International Arts Festival
  • smARTies activities for under 5s
  • Mind the Gap Connects offering 'creative challenges for older people'
  • Writing workshops for young people
  • Script reading, masterclasses and advice surgeries for those hoping to get into the arts industry
  • What to Watch - a member of the Wiltshire Creative staff will share their favourite theatre, performances or art available to see online
  • Looking Ahead - a series of previews for shows and productions currently being developed for WIltshire Creative, for when the venues are able to re-open

We're being encouraged to take part as well:

We can find out more about the Wiltshire Creative Connects series on their website or by following their social media feeds.

Their Facebook and Instagram pages can be accessed through the links above, with their Twitter feed also available @WiltsCreative 

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