The arts are seen as an indicator of a healthy society with a positive social, economic and environmental impact.  The arts can benefit people’s lives on many different levels, with far reaching effects that are deeply fulfilling for both individuals and communities alike making healthy, happy communities in which people want to live, work and visit.

South Oxfordshire District Council supports the arts and uses the council’s resources to stimulate new activity and increase access to high quality arts. The arts development officer oversees this activity, generating projects to increase residents' access to high quality arts activity, whether as audiences or as participants. Our arts development officer is always happy to hear from organisations and individuals who would like to include arts in a project or activity but needs advice or support to make it happen.

The arts development officer is also available for artists and arts practitioners based in the district, and is able to offer advice and support on a case by case basis. Artists are encouraged to register on, a website set up and run by the Oxfordshire Arts Partnership, as many jobs and opportunities for artists in Oxfordshire will be posted via this site.

The arts development action plan adopted by the council in 2014 has the following two main concentrations:

  • Enabling a diverse audience to access high-quality arts experiences at Cornerstone
  • Enabling access to high-quality arts experiences across South Oxfordshire

Download the Arts Development Action Plan 2014-17 (107.2 KB) PDF .


Cornerstone arts centre opened in August 2008 and is owned and run by South Oxfordshire District Council.

The venue has a fantastic array of facilities for you to enjoy; an auditorium for theatre, shows, gigs and performances, a visual art gallery, a welcoming cafe/bar, a dance studio, plus high quality multi-purpose spaces used for our own programme of classes and workshops - also available to hire for conferences, meetings, classes and children's parties.

Visit the Cornerstone website

Last reviewed: 15 - 02 - 2018

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