Current and recent arts projects

Our arts development officer supports and initiates arts projects across the district.

Some recent and current examples are below:

Railways and Art

Local community artist Nick Garnett will be working with 90 children from Stephen Freeman Primary School in Didcot to get inspiration from Didcot Railway Centre and Cornerstone’s ‘Industry to Art’ exhibition in Autumn 2014. The children will then create their own designs for a railway-themed sculpture that could be displayed in the new forecourt of Didcot station.

B-field Dog Fight

Working with residents from the village of Berinsfield, Vanmanrouge and Berinsfield Information and Volunteer centre developed a street level sculptural performance inspired by the village’s history as a WWII air base.

The arrival of a lost aeronaut required the residents to build aircraft and pit these aircraft against one another in a test of speed and beauty at the ‘world famous’ Berinsfield Dog Fight.

Intensive workshop and building culminated in the “Dog fight’ at the Berinsfield village fete on the 14 June 2014, where visitors witnessed a race between the two flying machines around a pre-determined course.

Children’s Theatre at Thame Library

Cornerstone has programmed a delightful piece of children’s theatre all about the magic of books, which will take place in Thame Library. There will also be a book-themed craft workshop for all children to take part in.

I believe in Unicorns will be presented at Thame Library on 29 October, with performances at 11am and 2pm. Book via Cornerstone, www.cornerstone-arts.org or 01235 515144.

Access all Areas

Cornerstone’s Access All Areas event took place on 25 July, and was presented in conjunction with Style Acre, a local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, and HFT, a housing service for people with learning disabilities.

The day offered opportunities for adults with a variety of learning disabilities to enjoy the arts, from singing to drama and dance, with a drop-in art workshop all day as well as jewellery and pampering in the afternoon.

A highlight of the day was the pop-up performances by dance company Anjali. This Banbury-based professional dance company is entirely made up of dancers with learning disabilities who performed short works around the building throughout the day. Audiences enjoyed a tongue-in-cheek take on the Dance of the Cygnets from Swan Lake as well as some beautiful duet work in the gallery, and cabaret-style humour in the café bar.

The day was rounded off by a speed dating session held by charity Mates N Dates, and a Strictly-themed dance in Cornerstone’s auditorium.

Last reviewed: 06 - 10 - 2014

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