Wadhurst Midsummer 2017 – Through a Dark Glass

by Wadhurst Culture

About the project


Tipping Point £3,000
Final Goal £30,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Although Wadhurst is located in the affluent South East of England, for many people in the village there is little or no opportunity to see professional arts events, and even less to participate in making work with professional artistsw.  Wadhurst Culture aims to change this. Wadhurst is a commuter village, meaning that house prices are high, and there is a danger that the village will become fragmented as the gap widens between those who use the village as a base to commute, and those who struggle to live here.  Projects like this appeal across the whole community, and build cohesion.


Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

20% of people in the village live below the official poverty line.  On the day we set up this appeal, however, only one of the sixty-three houses offered for sale in Wadhurst met the Government’s official definition of an “affordable” home - £250,000.  

What is your solution?

Wadhurst Culture’s projects are inclusive, and build bridges throughout the community




Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Forward this Buzzbnk appeal to all your contacts on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin
  • 5 minutes
    Email us on wadhurstculture@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list. Like us on Facebook and Twitter
  • 15 minutes
    Tell your friends about us, and remind them to put Midsummer 2017 in their diaries.
  • A few hours
    Find out if your group can be actively involved in the project – the artists will be working with local schools, clubs and societies to make the work, so please contact Wadhurst Culture if you think your group would like to be involved.
  • Regular time commitment
    We will need lots of people to make the project happen. Whether it’s helping us to create the experience, or being there to make sure everyone’s having a good time, we will need you. Wadhurst Culture already has a great group of volunteers – if you want to join us, do get in touch.

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Claire Siegel 29 July 2016 - 09:34

So excited to be a part of this project. Roll on Midsummer 2017 - let the intrigue unfold...

Jan Brown 29 July 2016 - 08:16

I think it is a great idea.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Wadhurst Culture is one of the smallest arts charities in the country. Its ambition is to develop professional projects on a large scale, involving local people in both the development and delivery. We are a small community-based charity with no full time staff, and wish that to remain our basic model so that our ideas and projects grow clearly from the community. We wish to work only with artists of the highest calibre and we aim to promote cross-generational and community collaboration in our village and the local area. We have established ourselves through various projects, of which the largest to date has been In the Field, which is described below. Other projects have included photographic outreach projects such as A Weekend in Wadhurst in the summer of 2012. For this we put out an open call for local people to take photographs in the village over the Jubilee weekend; “whether you’re hanging out the flags or hanging around on a street corner”. We had more than 200 submissions, from which a selection was made by a professional curator for an exhibition in the village. After the exhibition, images were given to the local History Society to form a permanent record. We are proud of this because even at such a very early stage in our existence we pioneered a new way of working in the village, which involved both professionals and local people of all ages and engaged a large group of volunteers.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

IN THE FIELD in 2015 was Wadhurst Culture’s largest project to date. May 2015 was the centenary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in which 25 young men from the village were killed in a single morning. In order to commemorate this event, we commissioned Artmusic to carry out the project: • 4 “Field Day” weekend workshops, through which a “Field Choir” was developed – including all ages from primary school children people in their 80’s. There were also speakers on related themes, opportunities to experiment with vintage photography, collection of sounds and memories, and the planting of white tulips which formed a setting for the final concert and installation. • Commission of a new work by Helen Ottaway of Artmusic • A sell out concert of entirely English music with strong links to Sussex, incorporating the world premier of Helen Ottaway’s A Field In May, settings by Helen of songs written by Primary School pupils, the world premiere of Stuart Fifield’s Aubers Ridge, A Concert March, and performances by the Field Choir, the Wadhurst Bellringers, the Brass Band and the handbell ringers, supported by the Bernardi String Quartet and conducted by Howard Moody. • A month-long sound installation in the village church, with music from the concert, and voices and sound recordings both from the village and from our twin town of Aubers. 1300 people visited the installation, and it was stewarded by a group volunteers who helped with interpretation. It was a fantastic achievement for us to involve so many people, of all ages, raising over £50,000 to deliver the project. In a relatively short period of time, we have established ourselves in the village, and people now understand better the benefits that a collaborative approach can bring.