Berkshire

Arts performance facility opens at Greenham Common

101 Project Image copyright Farrows Creative
Image caption It is hoped national and international artists will use the facility

A new performing arts space has opened on a former Cold War airbase in Berkshire.

The 101 project will offer production facilities and rehearsal space for outdoor performers in a former warehouse building on Greenham Common.

The 10,000 sq ft warehouse also provides artist accommodation and access to aerial circus apparatus.

Director Katy Griffiths said the former military building was a "unique space".

'Vital resource'

It is hoped the project, run by the Corn Exchange Newbury, will become a hub for national and international artists creating large-scale outdoor performances.

The venue said the warehouse would become a "vital resource" following the recent Arts Council announcement of £6m backing for outdoor arts provision.

Ms Griffiths said: "It offers us the opportunity to explore new ways to support the development and creation of the very best possible outdoor work in this country."

The project has been funded by Greenham Common Trust and Arts Council England.

The base on the common opened in 1942. In the 1980s it was the scene of protests when the US Air Force stationed nuclear missiles there during the Cold War.

It was designated public parkland in 1997.

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