It includes a fantastic directory of local arts, cultural clubs and organisations with contact details for everything from painting lessons and dance groups to choirs, along with those offering online sessions. It is free for groups to register and appear on the directory, details are on the website.
There is a map and details of all the public art around town including temporary installations, trails and permanent artworks. As well as links to cultural attractions including Maidstone Museum, Hazlitt Theatre and event listings.
Ann-Marie Langley, Arts and Culture Officer at Maidstone Borough Council said:
“The arts.maidstone website is for anyone interested in the arts. Residents can find out about the wide variety of clubs and classes available, and where to find our incredible collection of artworks. I don’t think people realise just how much there is to see and do in Maidstone.”
“It will also appeal to local creatives, with guidance on where to find help and advice to grow their business, alongside details of forthcoming projects and commissions. A different artist will be featured quarterly, and there are links to venues available for hire for anyone looking to organise events or activities. We hope it will become an invaluable resource for the creative sector, as well as a useful tool for residents to find out more about the arts and cultural scene in Maidstone.”
The new website can be found at https://arts.maidstone.gov.uk or by searching arts in Maidstone from the Maidstone Borough Council website.