Havering Arts Council
  Registered Charity No: 248171  
 Our history and statutes


Many who open this page may well not be familiar with the purpose or function of an Arts Council. I trust that the following may help in clarifying what we are and what we do.

Havering Arts Council was formed in 1965 following over a years’ work in consultation and dialogue between local arts organisations, Havering Borough Council and the National Council for Social Services, which in those days was a responsible body for the formation of local arts organisations.

It was formed to help develop the practise and appreciation of the Arts throughout the London Borough of Havering. Most of its activities are concerned with the growth of the amateur arts but it can also be responsible for professional promotions from time to time, and in its early days it was.

The Arts Council is divided into three main tiers of organisation:
i. Council
ii. Executive
iii. Sub-committees

The Council meets once a year and is, constitutionally, the governing body. It is regulated under The Constitution of the Havering Arts Council. Its members consist of two representatives from each of the member organisations, individual associate members, five councillors nominated by the London Borough of Havering and the annually elected officers of the Arts Council. Its main task is to decide on general policy considerations and to form the electoral college of the Havering Arts Council.

The Executive Committee has delegated powers to conduct the normal day to day business. It consists of the Officers, the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer, together with the five nominated Borough Councillors, the five Chairmen of the respective sub-committees (noted below) and four elected members from the body of the General Council elected through the sub-committees. It meets approximately six/seven times a year and much of its business is taken up with dealing with grants and guarantees from corporate projects and such other matters as may be required by the sub-committees.

The Sub-Committees are a means whereby every member organisation of the Arts Council can be represented. The five sub –committees are music, drama, visual arts, dance and diverse (other) groups. Each of the member organisations is entitled to send representatives to the sub-committee which represents its particular interest. Each sub-committee meets between four and five times each year and its business is to debate, decide and recommend to the Executive Committee matters falling within their particular field of interest and related to the overall work of the Arts Council. The bulk of their work is related to matters referred to it by the Executive or matters raised by their members.

An annual grant is given to the Havering Arts Council by the London Borough of Havering to be spent in accordance with the aims and objects of the constitution. Member groups also pay a subscription.

The Arts Council acknowledge the importance of the grant aid provided by the Borough by the presence of the five nominated Borough Councillors together with the Treasurer of the Arts Council being, constitutionally, the Borough’s Chief Finance Officer. The Arts Officer for the Borough also is a co-opted member of the Executive.

One of the Arts Council's functions is to act as a grant aiding body to arts groups in Havering and to the various arts projects taking place in the borough this is done by a system of grants and guarantees. In order to qualify for Grant Aid it is first necessary to become a member of the Arts Council. This involves adopting an approved constitution, payment of membership fee and the production of annual accounts. Once accepted into Arts Council membership the society may apply for Grant Aid through its allocated sub-committee. The application may be made twice at specified times during the financial year.

Societies may request grants or guarantees against loss on specific projects planned for the forthcoming financial year. Estimated balance sheets for such projects must be submitted with the application form, together with an annual statement of accounts for the previous financial year.

For further information on grants and guarantees or any other aspect of the Arts Council not given here contact may be made with the Hon. Secretary, Jill Luff at haveringartscouncil@live.co.uk or on 01708 641718.

Fairkytes Art Centre

Fairkytes Art Centre opened in 1973 as a workshop, rehearsal and meeting facility for amateur arts groups. It has been refurbished since and also has included additional facilities taken over from other council departments located alongside. The facilities offered include workshop facilities for pottery and sculpture, art rooms together with a number of rooms for drama, dance and meeting space for arts organisations.

The Art Centre is administered and funded by the London Borough of Havering and payment by those using it. A number of the member groups of the Havering Arts Council meet there on a regular basis. The centre is open throughout the year for regular meeting and workshop activities including tuition in drama and dance.

For more information about the centre and the societies that meet there and the facilities available contact should be made with the centre either by visit or telephone contact to the member of staff on duty on: 01708 456308.

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Richard Williams