Civic Society launches 'Maidenhead and Me' art competition

Civic Society launches 'Maidenhead and Me' art competition

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James Preston

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Civic Society launches 'Maidenhead and Me' art competition

An art competition aimed at getting people thinking about what they love about the town was launched this week.


Maidenhead and Me is the brainchild of the town’s Civic Society. It is calling on the public to put pencil to paper, paintbrush to canvas or even focus a camera lens to show what the town means to them.

The resulting paintings, drawings and photographs will be exhibited in the Nicholsons Centre in June and entrants can win up to £250 in prize money.

Civic Society chairman Bob Dulson said: “Maidenhead is changing. The town has embarked on a major regeneration programme and the council is drawing up a new local plan for the borough.

“The Civic Society thought this was an appropriate time to consider what’s important about Maidenhead – to reflect on ‘what Maidenhead means to me’.

“Maidenhead and Me is designed to raise awareness of the town and the community and, we hope, restore a little pride in the place we love.”

There are two categories – adults and under- 16s and entrants are asked to portray what Maidenhead means to them in the medium of their choice, including photography.

Completed art works should be no larger than 30cm x 30cm.

The competition ends on Saturday, June 21 – national Civic Day – when Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May will hand out the prizes and formally open an exhibition of all the entries in the Nicholsons Centre.

Civic Day is a chance for communities to show they value where they live. It is organised by Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement to which Maidenhead Civic Society is affiliated.

Helping the Civic Society stage the event are Bovilles Art Shop, Enjoy Maidenhead, The Nicholsons Centre, The Maidenhead Advertiser and the Louis Baylis Trust.

Bob said: “We are very grateful indeed for all the help and support.

“The generous sponsorship also means we are able to offer some attractive cash prizes in both categories.”

Full details, terms and conditions are contained in entry forms available from Bovilles Art Shop, The Nicholsons Centre, or online at www.artonthestreet.org.uk

You can also enter using the form here:

 

 


Terms and conditions:

  • Maidenhead and Me is open to all in two categories: adult and under-16s.
  • Entries, with completed forms, should be delivered to Bovilles Art Shop, with the appropriate fee per entry – adult £2.50, under-16 £1.
  • Submissions of completed work can be made at any time during May and June, up to the closing date of Saturday, June 14. Entries should be ready to hang with a wire or cord.
  • Entries will be judged by representatives of the sponsors, including an independent art expert.
  • Three prizes will be awarded in each category: adult: 1st £250, 2nd £100, 3rd £50; under-16: 1st £50, 2nd £20, 3rd £10.

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