Visual Arts

Current Exhibition: A Broader Canvas

We are pleased to announce that the Arlington Arts Centre will be featuring the work of Ben Hônisett during the summer and into the autumn.

Local artist Ben Hônisett studied at Swindon College of Art and Design in the 1990’s before taking up a long career in the graphic design industry. After leaving the industry and spending some years in France he returned to the U.K. where he continues his work as an artist. He uses a multitude of mediums and styles from the graphic landscapes of his travels to abstract street photography, from bright mix media soundscapes and simplified coastlines to erratic compositional collages, he likes to explore and experiment freely with his ideas, materials and subjects.

Now, Ben has a solo exhibition at Arlington Arts Centre from Monday 26 July to Sunday 10 October. The exhibition is free to view every Monday to Friday, 10am to 4:30pm. Please call the box office on 01635 244246 if you would like to view the artwork outside of these times.

Little Red Car Crafts

In addition to A Broader Canvas, Little Red Car Crafts will be exhibiting some of their lovely products in the glass cabinet next to our box office.

“My name is Rob and my business is Little red car crafts, a name from a car I once had. I am a father of 2 and a marine Engineer who has travelled widely and for the last 16 years a Design and Technology teacher who has always loved making thing’s and enjoys teaching others to make as well. What started as a hobby with woodturning as soon as I could afford my own lathe turned into a love for the craft, that I would like to turn into a business.”

About Us

Arlington Arts is the home for live music in West Berkshire. Our line-up is always introducing you to up-and-coming blues and folk artists, as well as veteran craftspeople of their scene. Alongside this we have a vibrant programme of Theatre, Dance and Comedy – as well as being available to hire for conferences, meetings, art galleries and team-building days. The venue has had some massive names perform on our stage; some of our most notable performers have been K.T. Tunstall, Michael Mcintyre, Russell Howard, and King King.

All proceeds from Arlington Arts go to the Mary Hare School For The Deaf Charity. To find out more about this cause please visit the Mary Hare page and see what your money can go towards in the life of deaf and hard of hearing people. You can also find out more information about The Mary Hare Foundation via their own website.

The box office is open between 10am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday. We are occasionally open later/at weekends, depending on whether we have an event on. Please call on 01635 244 246 for ticket bookings and general enquiries.

For accessibility information, please click here.

Mary Hare

The Mary Hare Foundation

The Mary Hare Foundation was established in 1991 by Sir Philip Wroughton supported by a group of individuals who wanted to help Mary Hare School by raising funds. The Foundation is a registered charity (number 1002680). All profits from Arlington Arts go to Mary Hare School.
Since the Foundation was established, it has raised over £8 million for development projects at Mary Hare School, including an indoor heated pool, a Year 11 boarding house, and the Arlington Arts Centre.  The school is the biggest school for the deaf in the UK.  Whilst the school receives funding from local authorities and the government, these only cover the teaching and care of pupils.  Development of new facilities and updating of existing ones depend wholly upon fundraising and donations.  The work to raise much needed funds is therefore key to the future of Mary Hare School and its ability to supply excellent provision to so many deaf pupils  going forward.

If you’d like to learn more please visit the Mary Hare website. To find out more how you can donate through Arlington Arts, visit the How To Book page.

The Legal Bits

As a separate registered charity, (number 1002680), The Mary Hare Foundation has been established to raise funds for deaf and hard of hearing children. It depends on the support of donations, grants and other fundraising activities to develop its work in the field of educating deaf children.

The Primary School Appeal

We’re moving to a secure and even brighter future, and we need your help!
Our current primary school is based in a Grade 2* listed building on the edge of Greenham Common in Newbury. It is a beautiful building set in wonderful grounds but it no longer meets our needs, and is difficult to maintain and expensive to modernise.  We are passionate about the children in our care and know that we could do so much more for them if we had a purpose built, modern learning environment, situated on the same site as the secondary school at Snelsmore Common.

To find out more please visit the appeal page or view the appeal brochure.



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