NAME and status: Kendal Arts Community is a not-for-profit organisation operating as an unincorporated association. It was set up in 2011.
AIMS: On the 14th December 2011 a small group of Kendal based artists artists, artisans, craftsmen and writers met at Ruskins bar to chat about the idea of creating a Kendal based art community which is open to all.
We aim to incorporate as many people as we can across a wide range of disciplines and abilities to encourage artistic development in the loca, artisans, crafts people, musicians and writers met at Ruskins bar to create a Kendal-based arts community, which is open to all. Its aim is to incorporate as many people as possible across a wide range of disciplines and abilities to encourage artistic development in the local area.
PARTNERS: Kendal Arts Community works with partner organisations to further its aims. These are many and varied. They include other arts groups, individuals and potential funders.
MEMBERS: Membership is on the Facebook page bearing the organisation’s name. Delegated core members scrutinise the members and their postings to ensure they are genuine and non-exploitative.
ORGANISATION: The organisation is run by an ad hoc committee of volunteers, which draws on other volunteers to help with organisation as and when necessary. Any member is entitled to attend the committee meetings which are held monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month, except by agreement, to agree strategy, tactics and actions. A co-ordinator, meeting chairman, secretary, treasurer, and other positions are re-elected annually. Minutes of these meetings are posted on the Facebook page and available on request by potential funders and others. Officers may resign at any time verbally to the committee or in writing to the secretary. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held within fifteen months of the previous AGM. All members will be notified in writing (on Facebook) at least 3 weeks before the date of the meeting, giving the venue, date and time. The AGM is normally held in conjunction with the monthly meeting in December.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES: Kendal Arts Community will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age. Any offensive behaviour, including racist, sexist or inflammatory remarks, will not be permitted. Anyone behaving in an offensive way or breaking the equal opportunities policy may be asked not to attend further meetings or to resign from the group if an apology is not given or the behaviour is repeated. The individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by a designated appeals committee, accompanied by a friend, before a final decision is made.
ACTIVITIES: Kendal Arts Community can organise exhibitions, training sessions, demonstrations and one-off events, to promote the arts, for instance Kendal Summer Arts.
FINANCES: Kendal Arts Community is registered with Cumberland Building Society as a non-profit making organisation, with a current account. Grants may be sought from authorities, arts funders and individuals, as necessary to finance activities. Income is also obtained from fees paid by participants in exhibitions. Copies of bank statements are available on request, by potential funders and other interested parties. Two cheque signatories will be nominated by the committee. For cheque payments, the signatories will sign the cheque. For other payments (such as BACS payments, cash withdrawals, debit card payments or cash payments), a requisition note will be signed by two signatories, and held by the treasurer. Records of income and expenditure will be maintained by the Treasurer and a financial statement given at each meeting. All money raised by or on behalf of Kendal Arts Community is only to be used to further the aims of the group, as specified in item 2 of this constitution.
Amendments to the Constitution: Amendments to the constitution may only be made at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.
Any proposal to amend the constitution must be given to the Secretary in writing. The proposal must then be circulated with the notice of meeting.
Any proposal to amend the constitution will require a two thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote.
Dissolution: If a meeting, by simple majority, decides that it is necessary to close down the group it may call a Special General Meeting to do so. The sole business of this meeting will be to dissolve the group.
If it is agreed to dissolve the group, all remaining money and other assets, once outstanding debts have been paid, will be donated to a previous funder or local charitable organization, as deemed appropriate at the meeting which agrees the dissolution.
This constitution was agreed at the annual general meeting of Kendal Arts Community on December 2017.