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If you want to join in an arts activity or attend a show or performance, we'll give you all the information you’ll need.

Stevenage Arts Guild

The Arts Guild is an umbrella organisation that links a range of Arts Organisations in Stevenage.

There are currently 24 member groups who engage in activities ranging from singing, dance, arts and crafts, photography and heritage.

Membership is open to societies and groups which meet within the Borough of Stevenage or individuals living in Stevenage who wish to develop their creative output. A small annual subscription is required.

Arts Guild - member groups and their activities

The Arts Guild website includes a calendar of upcoming events.

Arts Guild - What's on?

Community Arts Centre

On our behalf, the Arts Guild manages the Community Arts Centre in the Roaring Meg Retail Park. The Arts Centre is a purpose built facility which can be used for rehearsals and meetings.

For further details about hiring the Community Arts Centre for rehearsals and meetings, contact the Chairman of the Arts Guild, Hilary Spiers on 01438 350217 or email, chair@stevenageartsguild.org.uk.

Arts Guild - Community Arts Centre

Gordon Craig Theatre

The Gordon Craig Theatre has been entertaining audiences from across the home counties since it first opened its doors in 1975. This 500 seat theatre provides live entertainment, one night variety music shows, week long drama productions, first rate opera, dance and orchestral concerts.

The venue is available for hire for theatre hire, parties and functions, weddings and conferencing.

The Gordon Craig Theatre
Arts & Leisure Centre
Lytton Way
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1LZ
Box Office: 01438 363 200
Email: enquiries.gordoncraig@sll.co.uk

Please note that due to Government guidelines concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, there are currently no theatre performances.

Grants and Awards

On our behalf, the Arts Guild administers grant aid to arts organisations based in, or organising events in Stevenage.

Arts Guild - Grants

The Arts Guild has also set up the Arts Guild Talented Young People Awards for young people aged 16 to 24 for personal development in the Arts. Awards may be applied for on an individual basis and to support performance or presentation by groups.

Arts Guild - Talented Young People Awards

What else is happening on the arts front in Stevenage?

Music and drama

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra is made up of musicians from Stevenage and the surrounding area. The orchestra performs typically 3-4 public concerts each season.

The Lytton Players are an amateur dramatic and musical society with a youth theatre group for 8 to 18 year olds..

Choral

Stevenage Choral Society is a mixed voice choir whose mission is to bring classical music to Stevenage. Anyone who wants to sing is welcome to come along and give it a try. The choir performs a wide range of traditional and modern classical music with both professional and amateur orchestras and soloists.

Stevenage also has a Ladies Choir and a Male Choir.

Dance

There are lots of dance classes held all over Stevenage ranging from ballet to hip hop, street and jive. You can search for a dance class near you on the Herts County Council website.

Craft, public and visual art

The Stevenage Arts Society meets at Springfield House in Stevenage High Street.

Media, digital, photography, video and film

Rewind is a community media project whose principal aim is to offer hands on skills in a variety of media to the community. Rewind focus on young people and those at risk of social exclusion.

Are you a developing artist?

We also want to celebrate local talent and hard work so if you’ve got a story you’d like to share, please get in touch.

If your group would like to have a link from these pages, get in touch and let us know what you are doing.