SeaChange Arts moves to new home in Great Yarmouth

Earlier this year SeaChange Arts moved in to its new permanent home, the Drill House. We discover how it's helping to put Great Yarmouth on the international cultural map.

In the last 15 years SeaChange Arts has been helping put Great Yarmouth on the cultural map, working with the community for the community to nurture the town's creativity.

Earlier this year SeaChange Arts moved to the Drill House – a 9,000sq ft listed building in York Road, marking the start of an exciting new era.

As executive director Sarah James explains, it is a building with lots of potential.

'We have been peripatetic before and never had a permanent base,' she says. 'It's a wonderful opportunity for us to have our own space to hold workshops.'

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That includes the opportunity to develop the town as an international centre for circus and street arts. Great Yarmouth is home to the Hippodrome, the country's only remaining purpose built circus building.

SeaChange Arts recently announced they have secured �180,000 funding from Arts Council England, which will enable the venue to be fitted out with circus rig and equipment.

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'We're looking to develop it in to what we are describing as a creation centre,' says Sarah. 'It's a European idea – they have them in France and Spain. It's about people coming together and making and developing work.'

The equipment can also be used to encourage local talent through circus skills workshops.

In addition the Drill House offers a packed programme of community workshops including music, media and parkour. Plus it provides an administrative base for the SeaChange Arts team.

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