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The Corn Hall is focused on the promotion and development of arts and heritage in the community, and we are proud to run an exciting and eclectic programme of outreach projects to engage the local community including workshops, performances, and creative learning activities.

Our exciting community project with The Keeper’s Daughter called Wind Back Time is fully underway having received development funding from Arts Council East. During 2017 the project got members of the local community to share memories of living in the Diss area which have provided inspiration for a new theatrical ghost story, with Diss as its back drop. Young and old have worked together, engaging with the Heritage Triangle and the Corn Hall; to show case the town’s heritage in a unique way. The final performance of the Wandering Spectre production which has evolved from the Wind Back Time project will take place in 2018.

During 2018 we’re collaborating with the Garage in Norwich having gained funding from Awards for All. We’re running family singing workshops, Discover Arts Award sessions as well as drama workshops throughout the year at the Corn Hall. Alongside this we’re bringing members of the local elderly community together on a regular basis at the Corn Hall to form a community hub where friendships can be formed over a cuppa while taking in the exhibitions on in our upper and main galleries. Further to this we’re offering Diss High School students the change to take over the Corn Hall for a special work experience day in the summer. For more info or to book on these events please email [email protected]

Singing for all runs from 13th January on Saturday mornings 10.30am-12pm. These free workshops will cover pop music as well as gospel and folk. All abilities welcome, especially families.

Discover Art! Runs on Tuesday evenings 4pm-6pm from 16th January 2018. This 15 week programme gives you the chance to have a go at lots of different types of art and earn your Arts Award Discover qualification. You’ll get the chance to try your hand at cartoon creation, animation and film, sculpture, textiles and drama. To sign up contact [email protected] Open to ages 8-13yrs. Places limited. £10 tuition, materials and certificate fee.

Audition with our in-house theatre company Keeper’s Daughter on 9th January 2018 at the Corn Hall at 7pm for get involved with a unique community community promenade production of Romeo and Juliet. Learn physical theatre, verse speaking and stage fighting!

Come along and discover the world of Winnie and Wilbur with illustrator Korky Paul on 24th February with a special workshop. For more info and to book tickets click here

The Corn Hall now has an extended film screening programme kindly supported by the British Film Institute which means we now offer toddler friendly screenings as well as morning screenings. For more details see our What’s On section.