What's On in Wokingham & beyond
Find theatre, music, creative arts, art history, photography, film or other arts events in and around Wokingham, Reading, Bracknell, Henley, Twyford.
Whether you want
to sing or act or paint or dance or go to a performance or visit a community gallery to browse and shop, explore this site and enjoy More Arts.
Discover what's on in the local area. Enjoy More Arts.
What's New in What's On?
On the What's On pages, recently added events are marked with:
We've added these events to the site in the past 7 days:
To list your event, send us information by email.
Or go to the Contact us page.
We normally add events to the What's On pages within 24hrs of receiving your information.
more arts Galleries
At our art galleries we run art exhibitions and arts events.
To follow what's happening in our galleries, keep an eye on the Creative arts page.
Our galleries in Wokingham are at:
More Arts, 43c Peach Street More Arts, 38 Market Place
The SATURDAY GALLERY at 38 MARKET PLACE is OPEN EVERY SATURDAY 9am-5pm. ...more info
Calling Musicians, Dancers, Artists, Magicians, Theatre Groups
has started a new programme called Saturday Sessions where one Saturday afternoon a month we host a cultural event.
So far Este Macleod held one of her Big Red Nose Interactive Art Sessions with us and Chris Esling did a live painting session.
Now we're looking forward to Caroline Crawford doing a drawing workshop and some choirs performing.
We're looking for musicians, dancers, artists, magicians, theatre groups. Anyone who would like an opportunity
to promote themselves, or just enjoy performing!
If you'd like to take part, contact Laura Doggett on (0118) 969 0304 or
Our Big Gig - Together Through Music
Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th July
Our Big Gig is a community music celebration which takes
place across the UK from the 11th - 14th July 2013.
This annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people
involved in music making.
All Our Big Gig events are organised by local volunteers,
on the ground, in their communities with support from Superact's Regional Managers. All events need to be at least 4 hours long,
be free for people to attend and should provide opportunities for people to participate in a range of musical activities.
Superact is looking for over 275 local Community Event Organisers across the UK to be part of the Our Big Gig in 2013.
This is your chance to organise an amazing musical celebration in your local community; bringing together diverse groups
of people to celebrate your achievements as a community.
Apply NOW at www.superact.org.uk/ourbiggig/apply-now.
The CLOSING DATE for applications is Sunday, May 12th.
The main funder for the event is the
Department of Communities and Local Government.
Submit Your Film to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013 allows filmmakers to connect with
new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest industry personalities.
Over 200 short films will be screened
at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across York from 7-10 November 2013.
This year's prizes include:
- £750 Festival Winner
- £250 People's Choice Award
- Festival screenings at ASFF 2013
- Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine
- Opportunity to be included on the festival sampler DVD
- 12 month membership to Shooting People
It's a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work in an impressive setting to an international audience.
High profile ASFF attendees in 2012 included representatives from Warp, BAFTA, Channel 4 and Raindance.
Entry is just £15 and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2013.
Find out more.
Baroque Concerts in Wokingham Town Hall
Enjoy a series of eight professional concerts in Wokingham's magnificent town hall.
The concerts are on the last Wednesday of each month (except Dec, Jan), starting in September, 2012. Each concert lasts 60 minutes.
Tickets for each concert cost just £12.50.
Read the What's On in Music page for details of each concert in the series, and how to get tickets.
Events at our Libraries
Every library in the Borough has organised activities for all the family. Don't miss the fun.
There's something for every age group.
Find out more.
Wokingham & East Berkshire Camera Club
As an inspiration to all amateur photographers, WEBCC now publishes
a 'Winner of the WEBCC Monthly Competition'.
Take a look at this month's winning photo, 'Tiger's Eye' by Ron Simpson.
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You can now subscribe for the FREE More Arts e-bulletin, published by
The Cultural Partnership every few weeks.
Just go to the
Contact Us page and enter your details.
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Full Story Behind the Jubilee Frieze
As part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, Wokingham Art Society
painted a giant, 34-metre Frieze, depicting selected highlights and important events during the Queen's reign. The Frieze consisted
of 17 panels, 2 meters wide connected by a "ribbon" through all panels as a timeline, showing the relevant dates of the scenes depicted
on each panel, e.g. 1977 - Silver Jubilee.
The frieze was on show in the Council Chamber, Wokingham Town Hall in June, 2012.
In case you missed it, you can now see the full story behind the frieze: how it was created, what it looked like and who painted it.
The Earley Charity helps local groups within
the Earley & Reading area to secure grants for arts, cultural and heritage activities.
Get more information at www.earleycharity.org.uk.
Interactive Artwork Auctioned
Wokingham Borough Council commissioned The Cultural Partnership: More Arts to arrange a seasonal exhibition in The Mall Gallery,
Shute End. Este MacLeod was the artist chosen to make an Interactive Painting for Wokingham.
The Mayor, Councillor Bob Wyatt, made the first mark and two hundred staff from Wokingham Borough Council, Wokingham Town Council, elected members and
members of the public painted their doodle for posterity over the next ten days. The Right Honourable, John Redwood, MP made the final marks.
Este then spent a week creating a cohesive piece which is absolutely stunning whilst retaining all the individual contributions.
The finished, framed work has been auctioned for charity; proceeds being divided between
Link (The Link Visiting Scheme), which is the Mayor's chosen charity this year, and
Starfish Greathearts Foundation (the Artist's chosen charity).
The Cultural Partnership wish to thank Este MacLeod & WBC for the opportunity and the contributors for their magnificent 'Marks'.
Local Arts Loan.
Transform business spaces with artwork from local secondary schools
Rent framed, original works of art created by young people, presented to gallery standards. Serving business
locations across Berkshire.
Choose from an online collection of paintings, printmaking, photography, textiles, mixed media, and from
a wide range of styles and sizes.
Artwork is delivered ready for installation and available to hire for 6 to 18 months.
Link Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as you enhance office spaces, meeting rooms, and reception
areas and add community benefit to:
- Employee environment and image
- Local schools and young people
- More Arts (registered charity no. 1129471)
For more information
send us an email
or send us a message using our Contact Us page.
Special thanks to Johnson and Johnson Medical Ltd
for their support of the Local Arts Loan project.
Hands-on-Arts at recent local events
The More Arts 'Hands-on-Arts' pavilion at Spencer's Wood Carnival, September, 2012.
Making copper keyrings and pendants at the More Arts 'Hands-on-Arts' pavilion at the Shinfield Jubilee Bash, 4th June 2012.
At the Spencer's Wood Carnival, September 2012
people tried re-cycled t-shirt tag-making in the Hands-on-Arts marquee.
At events throughout the summer The Cultural Partnership provided
its Hands-On-Arts pavilion, for families to try arts and crafts activities. What one artist said:
I have been aware of Wokingham's Hands-On-Art Pavilions for a number of years
and have visited it with my family a few times at local events. We have enjoyed trying out new activities that we
would not otherwise get opportunity to do. I feel privileged to have run a glass painting activity at two of these
events this year and have found it very interesting to meet like minded people. It is a great opportunity for
local residents of all ages and abilities to be able to try all sorts of different art and craft skills in a
relaxed and friendly environment, and at no great expense. I hope that this project will continue for many years and
I look forward to being a part of the team next year with my glass painting activity, which has certainly
proved to be very popular.
Watch online video from Maiden Place Art Project
Maiden Place Art Project
In the Spring this year the Cultural Partnership arranged an art workshop for young people,
in an empty shop in Maiden Place, Lower Earley. We are grateful to Real Time 21 South Street Reading RG1 4QU
for providing access to the video clip.
To view the Quicktime video in a small pop-up window
It may take 2-3 minutes to retrieve the video clip.
If you don't have the free Quicktime player (most computers do have it), you can download it by clicking the logo to the right.
More Arts Volunteer Cheese & Wine Evening
Could you be a More Arts volunteer?
Thursday, May 30th at 6pm
More Arts Gallery, 38 Market Place, Wokingham RG40 1AT
Volunteers help run our arts events & many other aspects of the organisation so whatever your skills are
drop in for cheese & wine and learn how you could be a volunteer.
Meet other volunteers. Learn about More Arts.
For more info send us an email.
Sunny Saturdays 2013
Every Saturday: May 4th to September 28th
Wokingham Town Council presents
Sunny Saturdays 2013
FREE entertainment in Wokingham Market Square from May to September.
Most performances are at 11am-1pm with some in the afternoon 2pm-4pm.
For a full list please download the schedule.
And you can download now the complete information about
performers for May.
Starting in June 2013. Could you perform on a Sunny Sunday? Contact Shelley Mountain on 07949 858480
or by email.
Saturday 25th May 10am-4pm
Howard Palmer Gardens, Wokingham
Wokingham Town Council is organising a Fun Day.
FREE entertainments for children, fairground rides, face painting, magic shows, mini farm & petting zoo.
Be creative this summer!
The MORE ARTS Hands-on-Arts pavilion will be at all the local events this summer:
Wokingham May Fayre
Monday 6th May
Twyford Donkey Derby
Saturday 2nd June
Saturday 15th June
Hurst Horse Show & Country Fayre
Saturday 29th June
Spencers Wood Carnival
Saturday 21st September 12-5pm
Try creative arts activities under the guidance of local expert artists.
Joel Park Residents Association (JPRA)
JPRA is raising funds for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.
SUPPORT THESE EVENTS
8pm Tuesday 21st May
Annual General Meeting at Dog 'n Duck, Matthewsgreen Road, followed by Q &A. Refreshments provided. All very welcome.
2pm Sunday 16th June
JPRA 50th Anniversary Garden Party at Holt Copse, Holt Lane. Bring your own drinks, barbecues and refreshments and equipment.
8pm Saturday 22nd June
JPRA Charity Auction at Dog 'n Duck, Matthewsgreen Road
More information: www.jpra.org.uk.
Wokingham Bikeathon 2013
Sunday 23rd June
Register from 1st March
As in previous years there will be 2 routes one of 15 miles and one of 35 miles. Both routes will start at Wokingham
Borough Council offices in Shute End Wokingham and the Bikeathon will finish in Market Place Wokingham. The ride starts at 9.45am.
On line Entry Fees: Adults £15, Children 12 to 17 years of age £5, Children under 12 free.
For further information contact Stan Hetherington on 07831 130610 or