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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


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: arts@wiltshire.gov.uk

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

The arts service 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,and Wiltshire Music Connect.

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Email: Peter.Riley@wiltshire.gov.uk


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 Nick Howdle, Leader for Wiltshire Music Connect Music Education Hub

Email: nick.howdle@wiltshiremusicconnect.org.uk 


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: 30 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 30 April 2020