Queens Park Arts Centre has been named a ‘top arts hotspot’ in an article listing the twenty best cultural places to live in Britain.

Queens Parks Art Centre, Aylesbury
Queens Parks Art Centre, Aylesbury

Aylesbury was named 18th on the list, with Queens Park high-lighted as the top venue in the town thanks to its extensive range of workshops.

Queens Park Arts Centre has been named a ‘top arts hotspot’ in an article listing the twenty best cultural places to live in Britain.

Aylesbury was named 18th on the list, with Queens Park high-lighted as the top venue in the town thanks to its extensive range of workshops.

Queens Park opened in 1980 and is the largest independent arts centre in the UK. It runs more than 70 weekly drop-in, pay-as-you-go classes in the creative and performing arts, covering everything from pottery and painting & drawing to drama, dance and music.

The Centre is also the home of the Limelight Theatre, which hosts an eclectic programme of live music, comedy and drama, including in-house productions presented by the Centre’s storytelling company Unbound.

Also housed at the Centre are a variety of gallery spaces offering free-to-view exhibitions throughout the year, plus a Coffee Bar and Art Shop. Queens Park also runs regular events including Craft Fairs and Open Days, and has worked with hundreds of local children as part of its WanderHouse Outreach Project.

Sarah Lewis, the Centre’s Artistic Director, said of the article: “It’s wonderful to see Queens Park recognised in the national press for its huge contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape. The Centre has become the hub, heart and home for the arts in Aylesbury Vale and is a vital resource for the local community”.

The Centre is always open to new students and attendees –regardless of previous experience in the arts. Anyone wanting to try their hand at a new artistic hobby can attend a workshop and work with an experienced tutor.

“The Centre operates a policy of ‘arts for all’”, says Sarah, “we’re lucky to work with some incredibly talented and experienced artists, but it’s important that the arts remain accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. We work hard to ensure the Centre and its facilities are open to everyone in our local community to encourage as much engagement with the arts as possible”.

Full information on the Centre’s programme of activities can be found at www.qpc.org

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