05:23PM, Thursday 16 June 2016
Why do you love Maidenhead? That’s the question the town’s civic society will be asking of people on Saturday when it launches its third Maidenhead and Me art competition.
This year, organisers are inviting artists and photographers to portray ‘Why I love Maidenhead’ as a painting, drawing or a photograph.
Prizes of up to £250 are on offer, as well as the chance to see all the entries exhibited in The Nicholsons Centre for two weeks in September.
Maidenhead and Me is organised by the Civic
Society with support and sponsorship from the Maidenhead Advertiser and The Louis Baylis Trust, the Nicholsons Centre, Enjoy Maidenhead and Art On The Street.
Application forms will be available on Saturday from the Friends of Maidenhead unit in Queens Walk in the Nicholsons Centre, near the entrance opposite Marks & Spencer.
They will also be available in Bovilles Art Shop or to download from the Advertiser website.
Saturday has been chosen for the launch as it is National Civic Day, when communities across the land celebrate where they live.
Maidenhead Civic Society chairman Bob Dulson said: “Maidenhead and Me was inspired by the town centre regeneration project, the biggest makeover in its history, and the fact that we have a very vibrant art scene, including some very talented youngsters.
“Now the diggers and cranes have moved in, we thought it was appropriate to consider through the artist’s eye what Maidenhead means to us and why we love it.”
The civic society hopes Maidenhead and Me will help to raise awareness of the town and its artistic community and restore civic pride.
The competition is open to all in two categories – adults and under-16s. Winners will be announced on Saturday, September 24, when Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May will present the prizes and open an exhibition of all the entries.
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