WHAT IS WADHURST CULTURE?
Wadhurst Culture is a registered charity and as such is a not-for-profit organisation We have no staff although professional arists are obviously paid at the appropriate rate.
We originated as the Cultural Committee of Wadhurst Parish Council. With ambitious plans to broaden impact, and in particular with plans to stage a major event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915, when 25 young men from the village lost their lives, it was proposed that a separate entity be established, which would enable the necessary fundraising.
Wadhurst Culture was set up in 2012, with some members of the Parish Council as initial committee members. An application was made in 2013 for charity status, which was granted in October that year.
The overarching aim is to broaden the engagement and participation of our whole community in the arts (in their widest form), irrespective of age, income or disability. We believe art can inspire creativity, heal hearts and celebrate the moments that make our lives wonderful.
The oak leaf was chosen as the logo in view of its importance in the history of Wadhurst. Oak and iron made what was a very small rural village into a much larger and more prosperous area some 400 years ago.
As well as putting on a variety of participatory photographic and literary events we have brought a number of professional touring theatre and music events to the local community.
In addition, we have developed and funded two major events; In the Field and When the Oak Spoke, again including local participation and professional artists. Over £70,000 has been raised for these two projects from local and national funders.
The charity is run by a small group of people who sit on the committee and is supported by a much larger group of volunteers who work to organise creative arts events. We are very keen to involve more people in a number of roles (see Get Involved page), so if you have an interest do please get in contact with our Chair, Di Newham at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have successfully showcased many wonderful programmes in Wadhurst including:
Professional theatre in the Commemoration Hall; The Iranian Feast, Gloriator, Brilliance and Our June’s Wedding.
Innovative community art and photography projects; Wonderful Views, A Weekend in Wadhurst and A Weekend to Remember in Wadhurst.
Large scale creative multidisciplinary projects;
When the Oak Spoke and In the Field
CHARITABLE STATUS & AIMS
Wadhurst Culture is a registered charity with number 1154252. See Charity Details Here
Our stated charitable aims and activities are:
"The advancement of education in the arts and the promotion of the arts and culture in Wadhurst (and surrounding areas), in particularly but not exclusively, through:
The presentation and promotion of professional arts and cultural activities to a high standard, such as exhibitions, plays, readings, music and literature events, open to the public, in a village where there is little access to professional arts activity;
The involvement of the community in the arts events, working with professional artists and, where possible, involving an educational experience.
Through working with local schools to introduce young people to professional arts activity, and to make the work of young people visible to a wider public."