If you are an artist interested in taking part in the Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail, please read the rules below, which includes details of the selection process.  If you are happy with the rules and would like to take part you can apply here by completing the online application form in the link below.


The Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail is a non-profit making community event.  It is an opportunity for artists to showcase their art in their working environment or selected exhibition spaces. The trail allows the public to meet the artists and learn about the processes involved in the development of the work. The event is free and everyone is welcome, the venues are located within a 5-mile radius and are open from 10am till 6pm Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th 2020. There will be a group exhibition showing a selection of work at Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead from Monday 7th September – Sunday 20th September 2020.

Purpose of Camat

  1. To promote high quality visual arts in the Cookham and Maidenhead area.

  2. To encourage participation in the arts by inspiring the public with work by high quality artists and makers, demonstrating artistic practice and process.

  3. To educate the public in the processes involved in the production of art.

  4. To facilitate the sales and marketing of artists in the area.

  5. To demonstrate the talent found in the area.


Event Details

The Trail will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September between 10am and 6pm. All venues must open for the whole of the designated time. Venues must be within the boundary of Maidenhead and Cookham. Artists are expected to have a small selection of work available for the exhibition at Norden Farm which will not be available to show at their venues.


Artists must abide by the following rules

  1. It is free to apply for the trail. All artists accepted to take part must pay a fee of £35, before the deadline of Tuesday 31st March 2020 if they want to be included in the Trail in the September of the same year. 

  2. Venues must be within the boundary specified by the committee but artists do not have to reside in the area.

  3. Venues must be suitable for the public to visit; new venues may be inspected for suitability by members of the committee.

  4. Artists must be prepared to open their studios for the whole time period i.e. 10am to 6pm over both days.

  5. Artists must provide a venue or join up with existing venues. It is not the responsibility of the committee to source suitable venues.

  6. Artists can only display at their venue the work of other artists who have been selected through the application process, even if it is a group application. Failure to comply with this may jeopardise your own participation and the acceptance of the group as a whole.

  7. Artists must have Public Liability Insurance. (We suggest obtaining this though AN. www.a-n.co.uk/register-artist.) Artists are responsible for the health and safety at their venue and for insurance of their own work.

  8. At least four images preferably in landscape format must be submitted for the brochure before the deadline (Friday 31st January 2020). These images must be good quality, high resolution jpegs of at least 1MB. (we suggest you use wetransfer.com a free file sharing site which you don’t need to sign up to. Address the file to cam.art.trail@gmail.com ) Please include your name in the file name eg. ‘SJones Yellow Gate’. They may be cropped or manipulated before publication. By submitting the images the artist is giving permission for the material to be used in the brochure, the website and social media. NB. The brochure images are an important tool for the public to decide which venues to visit.  Please remember that your photos must be high resolution to make them useable.

  9. Artists must include an artist’s statement on the application form.

  10. Fully completed application forms and images must be received by Friday 31st January 2020. 

  11. Artists must contribute to publicising the event by distributing leaflets in advance of the Trail weekend.

  12. Artists must be prepared to provide 3 pieces of work that will potentially be hung at the joint exhibition at Norden Farm.   


Selection Process

  1. All Artists applying to take part in the Trail will be subject to the selection process, even if they have participated in previous years.

  2. Selection is made by the Selection Panel and is based on points 3 to 8 below. The decision of the panel is final. The panel will be made up of committee members. There is no interview process.

  3. All artists (including each member of exhibiting groups) must submit four images of recent work, preferably landscape format (no more than five years old) for consideration by the panel. They must be high resolution jpegs which can be emailed to cam.art.trail@gmail.com or sent via wetransfer.com

  4. All work must be of a professional standard, good draughtsmanship and of a high skill level.

  5. All work must be original.

  6. Artists must be able to exhibit their practice during the trail, for example prototypes and sketchbooks or similar should be available for the public to see.

  7. Artists’ demonstrations are encouraged.

Applications are currently closed.

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