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Artist in Residence 

Leigh Community Centre is home to the Council's annually appointed Artist in Residence. Through this programme the Council works with the artist to provide creative ideas and artistic services to the Leigh-on-Sea community. All types of art is considered for the rent free space.  

 Our previous artists in residence at Leigh Community Centre are as follows... 

  • 2022-23 Susan Allen and Kerry Doyland
  • 2021-22 Susan Allen 
  • 2019-21 Kerry Doyland (extended due to COVID-19)
  • 2017-18 Leigh Art Trail 
  • 2016-17 Mary Lister
  • 2013-16 Madelaine Hanman-Murphy


Mary Lister Legacy piece

Legacy Piece by Mary Lister

Applying for the Artist in Residence Scheme 

Leigh Community Centre offers the use of its attic space to house an Artist in Residence.

The closing date for 2023 residency commencing in April is 30th January 2023 with interviews taking place early February.

Application form

Artist brief

Artist in Residence 2022 - 2023 - Susan Allen and Kerry Doyland 

Leigh-on-Sea Town Council’s Art Group has gone from strength to strength over recent years, and one of the jewels in its crown is the Artist in Residence scheme. The scheme encourages local artists to use Leigh Community Centre’s attic studio as a base for taking creativity out into the local community.

Current Artist in Resident Susan Allen, and her predecessor Kerry Doyland between them started a Life Drawing Scholarship. Over the 2 years that the scholarship has been running, over 300 students of varying ages have been given private tutorial, paper and drawing tools, and an evening of life drawing with a live model, working alongside artists who offer encouragement and advice.

For A-level students looking to expand their portfolio and art lovers who have never felt brave enough to give it a go, this is a game changing opportunity. Drawing is a mindful activity and can be incredibly therapeutic, stilling the mind, slowing the heart rate and calming the nervous system; all of which are ways to switch from fight or flight into that blissful state of healing and rejuvenation. The scholarship is open to applications from schools and individuals alike.

The success of the scholarship programme and the interruptions that both artists have faced during their residencies has led the Town Council to invite Susan and Kerry to join forces and share the 2022-23 residency. It is hoped that this extended opportunity will give them the chance to build on the enthusiasm and passion that both artists share, which has been sadly disturbed by the many lockdowns and restrictions that have been in place over the last two years.