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WOKINGHAM LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR 2015

More Arts promotes arts throughout Wokingham Borough More Arts collaborates with Wokingham Town Council Love Wokingham More Arts collaborates with Wokingham Town Team Click for more information

A FREE performance took place each evening 1st to 24th December, 2015

Donations collected at all of the performances will be shared equally between these charities:

Visit Dingley website Visit JAC website Visit Macmillan website

2015 was the 4th annual Wokingham Living Advent Calendar.

DONATIONS HANDED TO CHARITIES

The total amount donated in the 24 events of the 2015 Living Advent calendar far exceeded any previous year. The total amount collected was £2,212.56 so 1/3 of the total (£707.19) was handed to each of the 3 charities at a presentation ceremony led by Wokingham Mayor Cllr. Philip Mirfin in Wokingham Town Hall on Wednesday 3rd February, 2016.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to all the performers who gave their time to entertain us, the volunteers who helped to marshall the events and collect donations, and especially members of the public who came out every evening and so kindly donated money for these three very worthwhile 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.

More Arts promotes arts throughout Wokingham Borough Visit The Hands-On Company website

'more arts.' LEGACY FUND SUCCESS STORY

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 'more arts.' LOCAL ARTS LOAN PROGRAMME

Sample art from the collection

Sample artwork by students at Luckley House School, The Holt School, St Crispin's School and Ranelagh School. (All work copyright protected)


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.

For more information and to get started see the Local Arts Loan catalogue (opens in a new window) or send us an email or send us a message using our Contact Us page.

Schools participating in
Local Arts Loan include:

 

Supporters of
Local Arts Loan include:

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
Reading College  
More Arts, The Studio, Broad Street Walk, Broad Street, Wokingham RG40 1BW More Arts promotes arts throughout Wokingham Borough

'more arts.' GALLERY

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

More Arts promotes arts throughout Wokingham Borough

COULD YOU BE ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS?

The Cultural Partnership: 'more arts.' needs more Volunteers.

Get in touch with us using the Contact Us page and discover the world of volunteering!

'more arts.' Chosen by Wokingham Mayor 'more arts.' Chosen by Wokingham Mayor

MAYOR'S FUND AVAILABLE NOW

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.

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COULD YOU BE ONE OF OUR TRUSTEES?

The Cultural Partnership: 'more arts.' needs more Trustees. Could you be a Trustee?

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Find out what Arts Council England does

WHAT WILL 14P BUY YOU THESE DAYS?

This is the amount that each person in England contributes per week via the Arts Council to investment in arts and culture. It benefits all of us by making our lives richer, bringing communities together and helping drive economic growth.

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HANDS-ON-ARTS WITH 'more arts.'

Hands-on-Arts pavilion at Spencer's Wood Carnival

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:

Quote 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.Quote

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QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE FRIEZE UNVEILED

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.

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You can read the complete story here.

Find out more about the Wokingham Virtual Museum

WOKINGHAM VIRTUAL MUSEUM

Where: Online

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.

Find out more about the Peacock Gallery

CALLING ALL ARTISTS & CRAFTSPEOPLE

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.

For further information please contact us by email or follow this link maidenerleghschool.co.uk.

More details about Woodley Library

CALLING MUSICIANS, DANCERS, ARTISTS, MAGICIANS, THEATRE GROUPS

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.

Events at Wokingham libraries

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.
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SIGN UP FOR THE 'more arts.' E-BULLETIN

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More details about the WEB Camera Club

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.

READING BACH CHOIR MAKES VIDEO

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.

Click to see larger copy of the artwork by Este MacLeod

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'.

Find out more about The Earley Charity

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Watch online video from Maiden Place Art Project

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Maiden Place Art Project

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.

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