We have so much to celebrate when it comes to culture and the arts, with numerous dramatic, dance and musical societies in Swindon some with a very strong foothold.
Probably our most historical theatre company and one born out of the Great Western Railway is the Western Players. Originally known as the “Mechanics’ Institute Amateur Theatrical Club in 1854, several name changes later it became the Western Players
The Swindon Light Opera Society (SALOS), have been performing since 1951 and the Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society since 1969.
Sixth Sense, Swindon’s only professional theatre company, will celebrate its 30th birthday next year and Swindon Festival of Literature is now 20 years old.
Relative newcomers to the circuit, Liberatus School of Performing Arts with patrons Arlene Philips and Bruno Tonioli, The Chocolate Theatre Company, the Shoebox Theatre and Theatre Ink are also very prominent on the map and there’s simply not enough room to mention them all.
Create Studios is Swindon's award-winning digital media organisation with a track record spanning over 30 years. As well as delivering professional commissions, Create has always had participation and education at its heart, with an illustrious alumni including David Yates who went on to direct several Harry Potter films.
For Swindon 175, the team at Create Studios delivered the Digital Journeys exhibition celebrating the diversity of experience and shared aspiration for Swindon, already enjoyed by 20,000 Swindon people through its touring exhibition of public spaces.
The autumn will see a retrospective of Create's critically acclaimed "Portrait of Swindon" exhibition at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery especially for Swindon 175. The exhibition features the film and photographic portraits which were commissioned and presented in person to Her Majesty in the Jubilee year, and were enjoyed by thousands at that time.
Swindon is also very proud of its extremely talented art scene and with great names like Ken White and David Bent.
Ken’s talent for murals is famed and his work for Virgin Group still survives today, with his famous Scarlet Lady adorning Virgin Atlantic’s aircraft.
David’s reputation as an aviation artist is recognised across the world and his work has been exhibited widely including private showings for the Royal family.
Our local artists are a very important asset for the town and exhibitions large and small are always found on display.