Benefits of membership
Arts Richmond is an independent charity with 100+ affiliated societies based in and around the borough of Richmond upon Thames.
We represent the voluntary arts sector on the Richmond upon Thames borough council's Arts Advisory Forum and provide a wide variety of services and events aimed at promoting local arts and cultural activity including:
- Regular information about What's On and How to Get Involved in the thriving local arts and cultural scene through our website and monthly 'What's On' Events Listing Newsletter.
- Showcoach: We run monthly excursions to plays, musicals, operas, concerts and places of interest with coaches from pick-up points across the borough.
- Literature: We run literary events throughout the year including our annual Book Picnic and Young Writers' Festival as well as events in the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival.
- Drama: We promote the performances of local professional and amateur theatre companies and run the Swan Drama Awards - our version of the Oscars - rewarding amateur talent in the borough and a biennial New Plays Festival.
- Music: We promote the extensive programme of concerts organised by concert societies, choral and other music groups throughout the borough and run an annual Choral Workshop with eminent conductors.
- Visual Arts & Photography: We promote the work of local artists and run exhibitions and competitions offering the opportunity to buy paintings, prints and photographs at affordable prices, including the Affordable Art Tent at the Richmond May Fair.
- Heritage & Museums: We promote the events and exhibitions taking place at the large number of historic places in the local area.