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.
Dip into our Poetry page for a selection of poems from Poetry Cheese, if you want to read some of the most popular plays from one ACTS festivals head to our Drama page. On our music page we have two tracks from Flloyd Kennedy, and on the visual arts page there are three clips of work by Terry Cripps. Finally, on the Film page as well as recommendations from the cornerHOUSE film club there is also access to a full length feature film by kind permission of its director Claude Green, a Surbiton resident and member of the film club.
Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll be looking to get more new content pieces, and pieces you may not be familiar with, onto all of the pages, alongside more of the poems, plays, music and art that haVE been seen and heard at the cornerHOUSE.
We hope you enjoy what you find here so far and check back regularly to see what’s been added.
Take care. We look forward to welcoming you back in the cornerHOUSE when it’s safe to open our doors again.
More added to CH-Online this week! On the visual arts pages there's an exhibition by Caroline Webber and on the poetry pages there's some great writing resources David Loffman. Check out all that's online at the cornerHOUSE at thecornerhouse.org/ch-online/
More music on cH-online as we're delighted to bring you tracks from Joe Hawkes and Jason Lake courtesy of Out Of The Corner, the highly regarded monthly showcase for emerging local musicians thecornerhouse.org/ch-online/…
All 5 pages of cH-online are now up and running. Check out some great poetry, plays, music, film and art at thecornerhouse.org/ch-online/ and a big thanks to all who have contributed their work and helped us get it up and running. More to come soon!