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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. 

"Art in the Attic" Art Wall Exhibition


We are so excited to announce that our Community Art Wall is back up and running!!!

The corridors in Leigh Community Centre form our community exhibition space, showcasing the talents of local artists. As the centre has been closed to the public over the majority of the last 18 months, we are thrilled to once again welcome some colour in our corridors!

The first exhibition since last year has been curated by our past and present Artists in Residence, Kerry Doyland and Susan Allen.

“Art in the Attic” will be running at the centre from 26th July - 10th September.

Susan Allen and Kerry Doyland come from very different creative backgrounds, but they share a love of painting and drawing from life. Their residencies in our attic studio at the Community Centre have afforded them the space to be able to design backdrops in which to set the human form or arrange a still life.

This exhibition will showcase a variety of work created by both artists in the attic here at the Centre. It will also show some of their plein air landscapes done further afield, some as part of Susan’s art teaching and some as a record of Kerry’s time spent painting with Sky Arts.

There will also be pieces painted by local artists who were invited as guests, to the painting sessions in the attic, hosted by Kerry during her residency and now Susan during hers.

Stay tuned for more details about an exhibition and studio open evening on 3rd September 7pm - 9pm to showcase the artwork on offer.

Follow @leightowncouncilartsgroup on Instagram for more updates about our art projects in the town

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" 

2020 Writing Competition 

Back in April the Council launched its first Writing Competition. Open to everyone, the competition called for short stories or poems to be submitted about our town, Leigh-on-Sea.

A group of our councillors read through every submission and have chosen their winners!

5 - 7 yrs category - Teddy Giles

8 - 11 yrs category - Seren Smith and William Hutley

12 - 15 yrs category - Ryan Fey-Whitman

Over 18's - Sophia Faraway

These winners will all get their poems printed in Issue 12 of our magazine and when safe to do so they will be displayed on our Community Art Wall. 

We have got a town full of wonderfully creative people, and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's entries. Well done everyone!

Colours of Leigh-on-Sea by Teddy Giles 

Lovely Leigh-on-Sea by William Hutley 

Untitled Poem by Seren Smith 

Leigh-on-Sea by Ryan Fey-Whitman

My Old Leigh Town by Sophia Faraway

‘My Old Leigh Town’

by Sophia Faraway (Over 18)


A squawking seagull

A familiar breeze

A sky so clear

As beautiful as the seas


A coastal walk

Ice creams in the sun

Picnics in the park

A whole day of fun


A centre of creativity

That sparks the imagination

A daily retreat

A lifetime vacation


Community at heart

A feel-good town

Here I was born

And my heart is bound