10:15AM, Wednesday 02 May 2012
An explosion of creativity will hit the town centre next weekend.
Buskers, living statues, bellydancers and bands will bring Maidenhead to life as part of Art on the Street.
They will join a bumper group of 120 artists that will be displaying and selling their work in the High Street on Saturday, May 12.
The bi-annual event is fast becoming one of the biggest in Maidenhead's calendar and has been ramped up a gear since it was last held in December.
A huge programme of creative activities has been organised to complement the art sale which will run from 10am-5pm.
It includes a stage by the Boy and Boat statue that will host bands, musicians and performers including Natalie Beth Earl, Mercia, Sophie Leavy, Sam Brett, Carl Komuro, Lisa Kenny, Undercovers, Busker Rhymes and Trailing Wake.
More music will be played at three busking hotspots outside Lloyds TSB, the former Phones 4 U and Vision Express.
Sytner BMW will be parking a blank white BMW outside Natwest for visitors to draw and doodle on and human statues will be appearing all over town throughout the day.
Art on the Street co-director Marie Leonard said: "It's going to be the most fun art gallery you've ever visited."
In the Nicholson's Centre the former Waterstones will be taken over by 20 pitches of fine art and ceramics, a vintage cafe from Happy Cakes and a series of art workshops by Claires Court Schools.
The school, which is sponsoring the event, will also host workshops in the former Art premises opposite Argos which include cartoon drawing, printmaking, fashion design and jewellry making.
Leading interactive white board provider Promethean World will also be teaching children the basics of digital art in the former Tchibo shop and sponsoring a treasure hunt.
And Norden Farm will invite people to help them make jubilee bunting in the former Calendar Club shop.
Visit www.maidenheadartmarket.org for details.
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