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Artist in Residence 

Leigh Community Centre offers the use of its attic space to house an Artist in Residence. This position is appointed by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council who hope to work with the artist to provide creative ideas and artistic services to the Leigh-on-Sea community. All types of art will be considered on a yearly lease for the space.

Applications for the position of Artist in Residence from 2022 - 2023 are now open! The deadline is Friday 31st December 2021, with interviews being held in early 2022. The residency will be due to start from April for one calendar year. 

When making your application please ensure you complete the application form, read the details of the Artist in Residence brief and supply sample images of your work. We welcome applications from anyone aged over 18, from all backgrounds and diversities and all types of artist. 

 Susan Allen - Artist in Residence 2021 - 2022 

Leigh-on-Sea Town Council are extremely pleased to announce their new Artist in Residence  for 2021-2022. Local artist, Susan Allen will be taking on the position, based in the studio space at Leigh Community Centre.

Life in Leigh-on-Sea is a source of endless inspiration for Susan, who has lived here since the 1980’s when she moved from her home country of Canada. She has been part of the Leigh Art Trail since 1999 and also regularly teaches in the area and runs life drawing sessions.

Susan has exciting plans for her time at the centre. Keen to share her love of the local landscape with the community, Susan will be offering on-location drawing sketching and painting groups throughout the summer. Small groups will then be guided through the process of developing sketches into completed works, exploring different media and techniques in a safe environment. Making these skills accessible regardless of age or ability sits at the core of Susan’s teaching philosophy and approach to art, and it’s clear through her time spent in the classroom with everyone from young children to retired students that this is something she’ll be continuing throughout her residency. Susan will also continue to offer the Life Drawing Scholarship for students and adults to learn and experience life drawing.  “I truly believe that art is for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or more experienced. Art is great for your mental health too, the relaxation and positivity that it encourages can have a really deep and lasting effect.”

Working alongside the Town Council’s Art Group, Susan will also assist in the creation of exhibitions of all art forms on the Community Art Wall, within the Community Centre.

View more of Susan's work by visiting her Instagram page.

Artist in Residence History 

Leigh Community Centre had been an arts hub for Leigh-on-Sea since the Town Council took over the building in 2012. We ask each of our Artist's in Residence to leave behind a legacy piece to mark their time at the Centre. Our previous artists in residence at Leigh Community Centre are as follows... 

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's Legacy Piece