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.

Stay safe

The trustees of the Douglas Centre Trust operating the cornerHOUSE community arts centre
March 2020

Live events at The cornerHOUSE

For the last two months the cornerHOUSE has welcomed the public to talks, comedy, films, poetry and drama, and we’re confident we have a good system in place as a Covid-safe venue. We’ll be taking a cautious approach to the imminent relaxation of Covid-related laws for entertainment and hospitality venues. For the present we will continue to limit the sizes of audiences for events, and to offer distancing between separate groups. We will encourage the wearing of masks on the premises, except when seated with refreshments, and will operate a one-way system. We anticipate that legislation will be replaced with advisory guidance and we will consider this, and our response to it, as the circumstances require. We will review our short-term operating strategy in the autumn and make any necessary changes after that review.

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cH online continues to host a  selection of material from across all of the art forms represented at the cornerHOUSE. Go to the cH online pages to find out more.

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"Write it...and then write it better" A four part workshop for playwrights

“Write it…and then write it better” A four part workshop for playwrights

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26sepallday07novWhere Dark Meets Light - Art ExhbitionTuesday 19th October - Meet the Artist(All Day) Event Type :Art,Exhibition,Social

01oct7:45 pm10:00 pmPoetry Evening7:45 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Poetry,Theatre

02oct8:00 pm10:00 pmWhole Lotta Comedy - New Comedy Night8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Theatre

03oct7:30 pm10:00 pmcornerHOUSE Film Club - Evening Screening7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Film,Social

05oct7:30 pm9:00 pmThe Tale of Colonel Blood and the Theft of the Crown Jewels - Talk by Matthew Bowma7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Spoken Word,Talk

06oct7:15 pm10:30 pmKingston Arts Festival : Film Night7:15 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Film

09oct7:30 pm10:00 pmKingston Arts Festival : Eclectic Cabaret7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Music,Stand-up,Theatre

11oct7:00 pm9:30 pmWrite it...and then write it betterA series of 4 face to face workshops for playwrights led by Susannah Finzi7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Event Type :Course,Social,Workshop

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We are one - Live event featuring cornerHOUSE poet

We are one – Live event featuring cornerHOUSE poet

Hilary Walker, one of the poets from the cH, has been shortlisted and selected to read her poem ‘We Are ...
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Picture Corner online exhibition

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Picture Corner presents its first photographic event, an online exhibition of water themed photos. Click here to see today’s photo ...
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I Wish – available through Channel 4 catch-up

I Wish [ PG ] 128 minutes 2011 Japan director Hirokazu Koreeda “Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his ...
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Every night can be Friday Night at the cornerHOUSE!

Thank you to everyone who watched Friday Night at the cornerHOUSE on 5th March. If you missed it, or if ...
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