Statement from the Douglas Centre Trust
The unprecedented events following the spread of the virus have left us struggling to keep up with what is possible at the cornerHOUSE. Most of our users have already cancelled activities for the foreseeable future.
As a volunteer-run activity, at the best of times we are dependent on people coming forward to make the place happen. Many of those volunteers fall into the “elderly” classification and some are also scheduled as “vulnerable”. Correctly they are listening to government advice to self-isolate.
Government advice is also for us all to avoid “unnecessary social gatherings”; which may describe just about everything that goes on at the cornerHOUSE ( although we would argue that “art” and “community” are far from being unnecessary.).
So we have taken the difficult decision to close the building for the present. All planned and booked events and activities are cancelled. The Annual General Meeting will still formally take place on April 3rd, although consultations will only be in advance in e-correspondence .
We will keep a shadow diary to preserve timeslots already booked, although this does not mean that those events will necessarily go on when things allow the centre to be re-opened. We are taking no new reservations for the present.
As far as possible we will be keeping alert to changes in the government’s guidance, and also for opportunities identified by existing partners, which may mean that the building can be re-opened for some uses. Currently we have no idea when that might be. We are also looking at ideas which may keep the cornerHOUSE ethos alive on-line
We recognise absolutely the important role that the cornerHOUSE plays in the lives of so many in our community, and the potential that it has to be so in the lives of many more. As soon as we can we aim to get back to offering that role. For now, though, we ask your patience and understanding.
The trustees of the Douglas Centre Trust operating the cornerHOUSE community arts centre
cH online – keeping the spirit of the cornerHOUSE alive – online
We know you can’t come to the cornerHOUSE right now, so we’ve decided to bring the cornerHOUSE to you!
We’re delighted to announce the launch of cH – online a new section of our website that we’ll be using to post a selection of material from across all of the art forms represented at the cornerHOUSE and to keep the spirit of the cornerHOUSE alive on-line until we can re-open the doors again.
There’s Poetry and the Written Word, Drama, Music, Comedy, Visual Arts and Film pages as well as our Get Involved page that has some practical exercises and tips for inspiration as well as details of Lockdown 100 and the Under 18s Summer Art Exhibition, two opportunities to see your own work on the cH-online pages.
More is being added to each of the pages, including new content pieces and pieces you may not be familiar with alongside more of the poems, plays, music and art that have been seen and heard at the cornerHOUSE, so we hope you enjoy what you find here so far and you come back regularly to see what’s been added.
Take care, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the cornerHOUSE when it’s safe to open our doors again.
Aspiring storytellers out there? This interactive workshop for beginners is for you! This Sunday, 11:00. surbitonsalons.com/oral-story… Sign up and receive the Zoom link by emailing moc.snolasnotibrusnull@ofni.