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Community Art Wall

Leigh Community Centre host their own Community Art Wall with regular art exhibitions from local artists and groups. The Community Art Wall is open to those who have sufficient pieces of work to fill the space. There is no charge but applications are subject to the Community Centre's Terms and Conditions. 

Interested? Request an application pack from the Community Centre reception or e-mail us directly.  Artists and groups with a connection to the Leigh-on-Sea area will be given priority. 

The Artist in Residence and Art Wall initiatives are part of Leigh Town Council's commitment to promote the provision of accessible social, recreational, educational and cultural facilities within the town for the benefit of the community and visitors. 

Find out more about our current exhibitions by visiting our Instagram page. 

2020 Writing Competition 

What’s this all about?

It’s about having a bit of fun and using the unexpected amount of free time that some of us have on our hands at the moment. Leigh-on-Sea Town Council is inviting local residents of all ages to put their fingers to the keyboard and enter our writing competition.  

Your inspiration?  

We live in an interesting and vibrant town. So much goes on here but we all have our own individual responses and views on what it is like to live in Leigh-on-Sea. Parents - your children may have completely different opinions of course, and we would love to hear from them too (it might be useful as a focus for an activity while you are educating them at home.) Your piece of writing can be from your own perspective or how you imagine it to be for someone else.  A working title could be something like ‘My Leigh-on-Sea’ but feel free to change it if you want to. 

What do I do?

Create a piece of prose of around 250 words or a poem that would take up no more than an A4 page. Or some of you might like to create something using a graphic novel approach or a cartoon strip. Whatever it is, it needs to be sent to us in an electronic form. You may decide to send us a photo or illustration for us to look at alongside your work. Scans of hand drawn works will also be accepted. 

Tell us your age and we’ll enter you into one of the categories below:

  • 5-7 years
  • 8-11 years
  • 12-15 years
  • 16-18 years
  • 18 and above

What happens then?

A group of Town Councillors will be waiting eagerly for entries.  We will read your work and select pieces that we will put on the Leigh-on-Sea Town Council website so that everyone else can see them too. 

And then what?

Our plan is to have a writing exhibition in the Community Centre throughout September (of course, due to the current situation, this date may need to change). Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote on pieces of writing from all the different age groups.   

There will be prizes for the winners and we will publish the winning entries in each category in the autumn edition of Leigh-on-Sea Town Council News.

Please send your entries to:

2020 Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are currently suspended until it is safe to reopen the Leigh Community Centre. 

Past Exhibitions 

  • 2020 - Nicola Osborne and Amanda Westbury
  • 2019 - Leigh Community Centre Art Groups 
  • 2019 - The -5 Community Collective 
  • 2019 - Darren Jones 
  • 2019 - Create 98
  • 2019 - Malcolm Blake-Lawson
  • 2019 - Southend Adult Community College (part of the 2019 Leigh Art Trail) 
  • 2019 - Claire Atherton
  • 2019 - Ann Chadwick and John Pearman 
  • 2019 - John Harwood
  • 2019 - Youth Market Collaboration with with works by Faith Beswick, Alfie Winters, Amy Lambert & Alicia Hodson
  • 2018 - Drawing in the Park Group 
  • 2018 - Face2Face Arts Chapliancy 
  • 2018 - Leigh Art Trail Members "Drawing to an End" 
  • 2018 - Leigh Art Trail Members "Painting with Light" 
  • 2018 - Leigh Art Trail Members - “Our Rebellious Artists Summer Show”
  • 2018 - Southend Adult Community College 
  • 2018 - Leigh Art Trail Members "Figuratvely Speaking" 
  • 2018 - Leigh Art Trail Members "Ley of the Land"