Background


Maidenhead and District Arts Council (MA) was formed in 1977 by a group of people who thought that the arts generally were being neglected in the town. The belief, then and now, was that things can be achieved by working together that cannot be done separately. The main founder members were Jack Widgery, Michael Bowley, Martin Kempton, Heather Butters, Marjorie Lee, Sarah Waller, Philip Love, Len Reynolds, David Lunn, Josephine Wilding and Rudi Sheldon.
 
The main aim was to find suitable premises in Maidenhead which could be adapted as an Arts Centre. Many schemes later, and with the help of Lottery Funding, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts was built.
 
In memory of all the people who supported the idea of an Arts Centre, with hard-work and fund-raising, Maidenhead Arts member groups staging events at Norden Farm receive a substantial discount.
 
Projects completed over the years include sculpture and poetry competitions, the results of which can be seen in the town – the sculpture The Boy and Boat in the high Street and the Tribute to the Thames stone plaque on the river bank near Boulters Lock.
Recent projects include our involvement in the Arts Bursary awards run by the RBWM, the Festival (Carnival) and the setting up of this website.

Maidenhead and District Arts Council is a registered charity number 277100. We are grateful to recieve grants for specific projects from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/Home/Why-the-Advertiser-is-Special/

Our Mission Statement:

Maidenhead and District Arts Council works to promote and support a thriving amateur arts and cultural scene within the district of Maidenhead.
How we achieve our aims:
  •   We support local initiatives that fulfil our mission statement
  • We provide a website on which information can be shared  in order to market local cultural events, e.g. shows, exhibitions,classes, clubs.
  • We actively encourage new audiences and participants.
  • We encourage training events where a need has been identified or as requested by local organisations.

Benefits for members include: 
  • Annual exhibition in Maidenhead to publicise the member groups
  • Venue hire Discount at Norden Farm Arts Centre for local arts groups
  • Publicity for your forthcoming events via the diary pages
  • Publication of your organisation contact details in a leaflet, to be distributed throughout the  Royal Borough
  • Publicity for your organisation via our website www.Maidenhead-Arts.org.uk 
  • Publicity via our social media channels

Membership Options
There are two classes of membership:
 
      (i)         Full. This is open to any not-for-profit individual, group or organisation, based and operating primarily in the Maidenhead area of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, who or which is interested in furthering the Objects of MA. Full Members have access to hiring the facilities at Norden Farm according to the special scale for members of MA agreed with Norden Farm.
Full Members will also be entitled to a dedicated page on the MA website together with access to the MA events diary and social media pages.
 
      (ii)         Associate. This is open to any individual, group or organisation, whether corporate or unincorporated, including commercial and professional artists, who or which is interested in furthering the work of MA. Associate Members will be registered on the Associate Member listing but will not have a dedicated page on the website; they will also have access to the MA social media pages.

For full details please read the Constitution here
To apply for membership email info@maidenhead-arts.org.uk
 

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