Arts and Culture in the Royal Borough

Public Art

In November 2011the Council adopted a Masterplan for Public Art in the town of Maidenhead which provides core principles for either developers or the Council to follow when installing art in the spaces and streets of the Borough. A copy of the plan can be seen at Public Art Masterplan.

Arts Centres

Both The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture in Windsor and Norden Farm Centre for Arts in Maidenhead have an exciting and varied line-up of events, including cinema, live music, theatre, comedy, workshops, dance and exhibitions.


Windsor Guildhall

Theatres & Tourism

The web pages for Windsor Tourism on the right have a wealth of information covering every aspect of culture, activities and a diary of events for residents and visitors. We maintain close links with our two key tourist attractions, Windsor Castle and Legoland as well as with the Theatre Royal in Windsor.

There is also a Children's Theatre at Sunninghill called the Novello Theatre, please visit the Novello Theatre website for further information

Windsor also boasts the Guildhall which has been used for some significant civic ceremonies. Local groups can also book the Magnet Leisure Centre and the Desborough Suite at Maidenhead Town Hall for performances.


Carnivals & Festivals

Maidenhead and District Arts play an important role in the Borough by promoting local cultural groups. The renowned Windsor Festival is held in September with a short festival in the Spring. For further information about both of these, please see the related links on the right.

For information on Maidenhead Carnival email maidenhead.tm@rbwm.gov.uk


Local Art and Artists

Art on the Street, a successful street market venture in Maidenhead, is a great opportunity for local artists to show their work and for the public to buy.

Artworks are sometimes also seen in the café area at Maidenhead Town Hall. Find more information at http://www.maidenheadartmarket.org/

In Windsor there is also a street market opportunity called Windsor Street Gallery http://www.windsorstreetgallery.com/ run by the Windsor & Maidenhead Artists' Co-operative. The Co-operative is a group of professional visual artists, working together to develop art and exhibition opportunities.

A significant annual event is taking place this November in Windsor. The event is run by the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-Contemporary-Art-Fair/194298903934242

Look out for a local group Artable - an arts and creative group run at the Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre which also exhibits locally. You can see some of their work here http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/artable.htm


Heritage and Works of Art

Heritage services span the Borough and we have a cultural heritage strategy in place involving museums, local studies and local organisations which includes information about local Blue Plaques, Commemorative Plaques, listed buildings and places of interest.

The Borough owns a large collection of paintings, some of which are part of the Civic Collection. Some of these paintings are on display at the Guildhall in Windsor. The Borough also owns paintings which are held at the Town Hall in Maidenhead and the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum Store. The Museum Collections Officer can answer questions about buildings and local places of historic interest, please click on the link or e-mail museum@rbwm.gov.uk. If you have an enquiry or would like further information about Public Art contact arts@rbwm.gov.uk

The Windsor & Royal Borough Museum collection, plan to make more art works and prints available through our web pages. Oil paintings in our collection have already been digistised through a special project, and you can find information on the web pages of the Public Catalogue Foundation, where the Berkshire listings have recently been added.

There is limited gallery space run by the Borough, but Norden Farm and the Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture both have a rolling programme of exhibitions by current artists. There is a small gallery at Elizabeth House in Cookham, where local artists have work on display. Please look at the Cookham website for more details.


Arts in Schools & Colleges

The two arts centres work closely with schools in the Borough. East Berkshire College also run a variety of creative courses.


Libraries

The Borough's libraries also play a part in providing inspiration and access to a wide range of cultural experiences, through wide ranging stock, online services, groups, outreach and events. Please click on the Library Events link in our related links for further information.


Anniversary Projects

The Borough has plans for local projects to commemorate the centenary of World War I in 2014. More projects are planned for June 2015 to commeorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta which took place just over the border in Runnymede.

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