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Arts service

The arts cover a wide range of creative opportunities including visual arts and crafts, media arts, performing arts and literature.

We aim to help and encourage everybody in the community to have equal access to a range of high quality arts opportunities, either as participants or audiences. 

We work in partnership with other organisations to make sure the arts opportunities on offer reflect the needs of the local community.

The arts service hosts its own blog The Arts In Wiltshire. The blog is used to help identify and share opportunities and ideas that come to the arts service from the arts sector, and help those with a great project to reach out across the county to connect with other artists and communities. As well as being a creative space, the blog is a place for those working in arts and culture to keep up to date with jobs, opportunities, funding, resources and training.

If you would like to contribute please visit The Arts in Wiltshire blog or contact arts@wiltshire.gov.uk

You can also join our arts service database to keep in touch with opportunities in arts and culture in Wiltshire.


Information, advice and signposting

The Arts Lead is based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham and also works from the Salisbury and Trowbridge hub offices.
You can keep up-to-date with the service and opportunities in the sector on The Arts In Wiltshire blogsite.

Email: Meril.Morgan@Wiltshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01249 705531

Meril is based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham and also works from Trowbridge and Salisbury hub offices. Meril is responsible for the strategic direction of the service and for developing partnerships that promote the role of the arts within society. She is also responsible for supporting arts organisations and activities including the management of the key funding relationships with: 

  • Pound Arts Centre in Corsham
  • Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon
  • Salisbury International Arts Festival
  • Salisbury Playhouse

Meril also leads on Art and Design in the Public Realm and is engaged with a number of special projects.

The Arts Service works closely with The Young Gallery, Salisbury, Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership (WYAP) and Wiltshire Music Connect.

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Email: Peter.Riley@wiltshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01722 343275

The Young Gallery has five art collections:

  • Edwin Young Collection
  • The John Creasey Museum
  • Edgar Barclay
  • Robin Tanner
  • Mick Maslen

Two of the three galleries have been refurbished in 2016 and the exhibition programme displays work from the permanent collection as well as from contemporary artists. This is complemented by innovative participatory arts programmes inspired by the art collections and working with target communities.

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Contact : Carrie Creamer, Lead coordinator

Email: WYAPinfo@wiltshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01380 826530

Based in the Early Help Service, Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership’s purpose is to work with children and young people to enrich their lives through accessible, high quality, arts activity. WYAP’s focus is to support new ways of working, present exciting arts initiatives and to reach out to children and young people in challenging circumstances.

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Contact Nick Howdle, Leader for Wiltshire Music Connect Music Education Hub

Email: nick.howdle@wiltshiremusicconnect.org.uk 

Telephone: 07917 235291

Our music education hub, has a strategic overview of provision and providers across the county and provides support and resources to those who deliver music. It can also connect schools, community groups and anyone wanting to learn to providers all across Wiltshire, including former music service tutors now working on a freelance basis. Wiltshire Music Connect also provides training and support and subsidies for young musicians.

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Last updated: 23 February 2017 | Last reviewed: 23 February 2017