About Us

Arlington Arts is the best choice 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 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.

Creative Writing

During lockdown, Arlington Arts Centre launched our first creative writing competition with the theme of ‘positivity’. Going forward, we will be running a competition each season with the winners work being visible both in our physical Poetry Corner but also here online.

If you would like to find the details of the current competition or catch up with the winners of previous competitions, you can find them all below.

Creative Writing: ‘My Story’

This Autumn we are running another competition entitled ‘My Story’.

For full competition details and on how you can enter, please visit the link below.

Creative Writing: ‘Positivity’

Thank you to everyone who entered our first creative writing competition: ‘Positivity’.

You can find details of the competition and the winning entries via the button below.

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 The Mary Hare Foundation.
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 hearing impaired 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.

Visual Arts

Structures of Faith

With paintings and photographs, the exhibition Structures of Faith by Paul Forsey, with sculptures by Jim Crockatt, records a personal journey to investigate a plethora of human endeavour that strive to give meaning to the human condition.

“There has been a lot to test our faith since this exhibition was first planned, much of it still unexplained and hard to understand, but we each continue on our journey, indelibly marked by our experiences and beliefs. Looking at structures, both physical and spiritual, that possess the mystical power of enlightenment shared with human interaction, from Neolithic formations to tin mines to Runic symbols to Churches, there is an overwhelming sense that they have seen it all before . . .”

Structures of Faith is open to the public from 16 September, every Monday to Friday 10am-4:30pm. Please contact us if you wish to view the exhibition outside of these times.



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