Pick of the month
WOKINGHAM LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR 2015
1st-24th December at 6.15pm
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.'.
1st-24th December at 6.15pm
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:
A FREE performance 6.15pm (4pm Sat/Sun) each day 1st to 24th December, 2015
Performances at venues throughout Wokingham. Follow us on Twitter @wokingham_tc.
SPECIAL EVENT: Wokingham Theatre presents The Live Nativity 4pm-5.30pm Sunday 20th December.
YOU CAN TAKE PART in the Live Nativity. ...find out more.
FREE tickets for The Live Nativity must be reserved at Wokingham Theatre or call 0118 978 5363.
Pick up your copy of the Living Advent Calendar leaflet from Wokingham Town Hall Information Centre or Wokingham Library.
Donations collected at all of the performances will be shared equally between these charities:
The Wokingham Living Advent Calendar is a partnership between Wokingham Town Council and More Arts with support from Wokingham Town Team, Wokingham Borough Council, Rotary Club of Wokingham, Wokingham Lions and Cantley House Hotel.
More information: www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/advent.
Do you know anyone who makes a real difference to Community Life in Wokingham?
This is your opportunity to nominate them for a 2015 Civic Award.
An official ceremony will take place on Friday 29 January 2016 when the Mayor will present awards to successful nominees.
Submit your nomination at www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/civic/civic-awards.
Closing date for nominations: Monday 30 November 2015
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.
The Local Arts Loan scheme was is set up by and is managed by 'more arts.'.
Hire framed,original works of art to enhance your office, created by art students at local schools and presented to gallery standards.
Choosing artwork from Local Arts Loan supports the community by generating funds for creative projects to help vulnerable young people and by raising money for art development in schools.
Schools participating in
|St Crispin's School, Wokingham||GAM, London|
|The Holt School, Wokingham||Woodborough Dental Practice, Pangbourne|
|The Forest School, Winnersh||Field, Seymour and Parkes, Reading|
|Luckley House School, Wokingham||Wokingham Borough Council|
|Waingels College, Woodley||Earley Town Council|
|Maiden Erlegh School, Earley||Punter Southall, Wokingham|
|The Emmbrook School, Wokingham||Mantle Ltd, Wokingham|
|Ranelagh School, Bracknell||Oracle, Reading|
|Bradfield College||Johnson and Johnson|
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.
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!
In 2014 the then Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr. Ulla Karin Clark 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"
During the 2014-15 year money was raised through events and generous donations from local people, and we have now received the proceeds. All the money raised through the Mayor's charity appeal is held in our Legacy Fund. If you know of someone we can inspire in their artistic endeavours, whether it be in creative arts, dance, music, drama, photography or any other artistic activity, then contact us.
To apply for funding from our Legacy Fund see the About Us page.
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.