Pick of the month
Wokingham Cultural Month May 2015
Throughout May in Wokingham
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.'.
Throughout May in Wokingham
On the What's On pages, recently added events are marked with this symbol:
We've added these events to the site in the past 7 days:
May 2015 will again be Wokingham Cultural Month and we have a great many Wokingham-based, Arts and Cultural events for you to enjoy during the month.
The final event will be another International Street Concert on Saturday 30th May. Take a quick look back at the 2014 International Street Concert on YouTube.
To find all the events scheduled for 2015 look out for the What's on Guide distributed to every household in Wokingham Town. Copies are available from the Wokingham Information Centre and other venues within the town. Or read an online copy of the What's on Guide.
Look at the live Cultural Month online programme which will be updated as new events are added.
If your organisation is based in the Town and has an event in May and we didn't know about it, it is not too late to be involved. Events can be added to our online programme. Please contact Gemma Cumming, Arts and Culture Officer on 0118 974 0889 or via email here.
Monday 18th May, 5.30pm-7.30pm.
more arts. Local Arts Loan and The Art house invite you to a drinks evening to celebrate the creative talents of school children (who provide pieces to the LAL Programme) and local artists.
The Art House, Broad Street Walk, Broad Street, Wokingham RG40 1BW (How to get there (Bing Maps)).
All are welcome. If you can come, let Flo Kipling know by email.
Thursday 28th May, 11am-4pm.
An opportunity for members of the public to look around our historic Town Hall and see the wonderful architecture and paintings.
Talk at 2pm: 'Where do I come from?'
This Open Day will have a focus on Family History, The Berkshire Family History Society will be present to offer help and advice, including some family tree templates to help get you started. Activities for children too! Entry FREE.
From our Legacy Fund (voluntary donations from our Local Arts Loan Programme) The Cultural Partnership funds projects to help vulnerable young people in the local area.
A recent project we funded was delivered by The Hands-On Company working with Just Around the Corner (JAC). The Hands-On Company uses puppetry to help build confidence in young people. Read more about the Hands-On and JAC Project.
To find out more about the 'more arts.' Legacy Fund, including a form to apply for funding, go to the About Us page and see how you may be able to benefit.
Created by 12 young people from ASPIRE 'Our Stories' playfully explores the power of imagination, youth culture and what it means to be free.
View the video at http://youtu.be/b7wXXti82Jw.
Generated collaboratively through games and adventure, the group worked together as a company to design and fabricate the puppets, negotiate storyboard ideas, perform and film this puppetry short.
The 'more arts.' Legacy Fund (voluntary donations from our Local Arts Loan Programme) funds projects to help vulnerable young people in the local area. To find out more about the Legacy Fund, including a form to apply for funding, go to the About Us page and see how you may be able to benefit.
The MORE ARTS Hands-on-Arts pavilion will be at all the local events this summer.
We've already lined up 4 events, with more to come.
Look out for Hands-on-Arts at:
Try creative arts activities under the guidance of local expert artists. Nearly FREE entry.
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:
Wokingham town centre is changing. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news on Wokingham town centre's regeneration plans and the latest proposals and have your say, especially for arts and leisure, by following this link to The Regeneration Company.
At our art gallery we run art exhibitions and arts events.
To follow what's happening in our gallery, keep an eye on the Creative arts page.
Our gallery in the Town Hall closed in December, 2014. But we welcome you to The Art House, Broad Street Walk, just off Broad Street in Wokingham. The Art House, Broad Street Walk
The Cultural Partnership: 'more arts.' needs more Volunteers.
Get in touch with us using the Contact Us page and discover the world of volunteering!
Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr. UllaKarin Clark has announced:
"a fund, in association with More Arts, to empower and mentor talented 14 to 19 year olds without the resources to reach their potential"
We are looking forward to working with the Mayor to inspire youngsters in their artistic endeavours, providing leadership in creative arts, dance, music, drama, photography and more. ... find out more.
The Cultural Partnership: 'more arts.' needs more Trustees. Could you be a Trustee?
The 'more arts.' 'Hands-on-Arts' pavilion at Spencer's Wood Carnival, September, 2012.
At events throughout the summer The Cultural Partnership provides 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.
You may have wondered whatever happened to Queen's Diamond Jubilee Frieze, painted by 11 main artists of the Wokingham Art Society, 34 metres in length, depicting highlights of Her Majesty's reign.
During the display week, visitors were invited to add their own little likenesses to the lower border, thus creating a crowd of more than 500, watching the events pass by.
Well, we're pleased to say that it has been granted a permanent place in Wokingham town, outside the new Railway Station, transferred to glazed tiles for easier display, in a double-sided oak framed installation, 7 feet tall.
It was unveiled on 26 March 2014 by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester.
The Frieze is now visible to all, upon exit and approach to the station and, if you painted your own little likeness at the time, I'm sure you'll be proud to be included in this historic display.
See full sized picture for more detail.
You can read the complete story here.
The Wokingham Virtual Museum web site will become the virtual home of Wokingham Town Hall's treasures.
It is a work in progress with new items being added all the time. In the future we hope to extend the virtual museum to include the wider history of Wokingham Town.
In due course it will be possible for some of the items on display here to be viewed at the Town Hall.
If you have any queries about this web site please contact us by email.
To visit the Wokingham Virtual Museum online go to www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum.
The Peacock Gallery are currently looking for artists to exhibit from September 2015.
We have put together an exhibition information pack for artists and crafts people who are interested in promoting and exhibiting their work.
Our aim is to look for new up and coming and established artists and crafts people to inspire and breathe some new life into the gallery space and help further promote artists in our local and wider community.
Community Arts at Maiden Erlegh School which runs The Peacock Gallery, is a non-profit organization and take no hiring fees for exhibiting. However, we do ask for 20% of sales to go towards our running costs. The artist is also asked to provide a short talk, presentation or demonstration of their work to a small group of students and offer the opportunity for the artist to run paid workshops for the public.
Woodley Library 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 by email.
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.
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.
We will never disclose your email address to anyone else.
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.
The Reading Bach Choir have made a short film about themselves and their aspirations for the 2013-14 season.
We're really quite excited about it and the coming season is going to be particularly exciting because we have commissioned a new piece from Gabriel Jackson which we will be performing in the summer of 2014 at St. James, near the Forbury and Abbey ruins in Reading.
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'.
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.
In the Spring 2011 the Cultural Partnership: 'more arts.' 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 click here.
It may take 2-3 minutes to retrieve the video clip.