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Welcome to our fresh new look site and welcome to the passion to be found in Cheltenham Arts Council’s Member Societies – an extraordinary colourful world beyond the office and the home – a kind of life enhancing parallel universe for like minded souls. These Societies are repositories of all that is good about ‘community’: they reveal depth of commitment, sincerity of interest and downright expertise that exists just beneath the surface of Cheltenham’s stoical facades. So, which Society will you join?

Cheltenham Arts Council

A vibrant centre of creativity

Cheltenham Arts Council

More than 60 member societies representing all branches of the arts: music, drama, visual arts, history, languages and literature.

Cheltenham Arts Council

A registered charity supporting and promoting the work of the many voluntary arts societies in Cheltenham.

Supporting local arts

Via our arts newsletter, Perspectives, Grants and Awards.

A LITTLE ABOUT Cheltenham Arts Council

We are a committee composed of member societies. Here's a little more about what we do:

We exist to support and foster the arts in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s vibrant voluntary arts sector provides many opportunities to enjoy, experience and appreciate all branches of the arts.Chair


With so many societies under one umbrella, there's something for everyone. Click on the members link in the top menu to find out which interest groups we represent

Cheltenham Arts Council and our remit

Since 1992 the Cheltenham Arts Council annual awards have recognised outstanding contributions to the arts in Cheltenham made by members of affiliated societies.

Supported by three Cheltenham Borough Councillors, the Arts Council Executive Committee is responsible for and annual distribution of grants to member societies, with funds provided by Cheltenham Borough Council. In addition they administer the The Trafford Memorial Fund, set up after a bequest by Ann and Cecily Trafford for the advancement of education by promotion and encouragement of music and the arts.

For regular updates on the arts in Cheltenham pick up a copy of 'Perspectives' or click the 'News' menu to download.