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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 Exhibitions

April 12th - May 16th - Inside/Outside - a mixed media exhibition by Hannah Faraway, Sophia Faraway and Mary Lister

This exhibition is the result of a collaboration of three local artists emphasising the unconscious links between creative people as their separate work comes together in concept and curation. It is an exploration of the combination of various elements of the organic, breaking down the barriers of inside and outside and playing with scale and perspective. It does this by isolating parts of various natural forms to create new amalgamations in a playful way and the artists use paint, pen, aquatint, lino and clay to explore and celebrate biology of flora and fauna.


May 19th - June 21st - Leigh Art Trail   

An exhibition of the work of students attending courses at Southend Adult Community College. We are very pleased to have been asked again to be a venue in the highly successful Leigh Art Trail. This year’s exhibition will include ceramics as well as a range of 2-D work.


June 21st - July 19th - Calling all local artists! To be part of an exhibition inspired by Leigh Library Gardens

Over the next few months, members of the ‘Drawing in the Park’ Art Group will be using the Library Gardens as inspiration for pieces of work for this exhibition. There will be plenty of room for any other local artists, crafters and photographers who would like their work to be included. Keep your eye on the Leigh-on-Sea Town Council website or on our Instagram for more information.


July 19th - September 6th  - Create98 Young Artists

Create98 is proving to be a very successful local arts hub and provides a range of classes for people of all ages. This year’s exhibition will focus on work generated by the Young Creatives and Kids Classes that run throughout the year. Visit their website to find out what is on offer for children and young people - you never know, it may well be the start of a career in the arts!


September 6th – October 4th - Local Writing Exhibition

The Arts isn’t just about paintings or photography, so Leigh-on-Sea Town Council are keen to showcase writing works on the Art Wall, as a change of pace, and anyone can apply to take part!

We are asking for written submissions to be sent to (scans of works also accepted) no later than Friday 31st July 2020. The exhibition is open to everyone, there are no age limits, and any piece of writing can be submitted whether its poetry, short stories or articles, however there is a 500 maximum word limit.

When sending your submission please include your name, age (if under 18) and an email address or phone number (or a parent/guardian if under 18) so we can get in contact with you.


The Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Arts Group will choose their favourite pieces to be printed in Issue 12 of the LTC News Magazine due for release in October 2020.

2019 Exhibitons

27th May – 22nd June - Southend Adult Community College

Southend Adult Community College will be taking part once again in Leigh Art Trail 2019 at Leigh Community centre.  The exhibition will be displaying the creative talent of those attending courses at Southend Adult Community College.  It will show case students at a range of levels, working in a variety of media, exploring and developing techniques to progress their skills.

24th June – 19th July - Malcolm Blake-Lawson                                                  

Malcolm is a self-taught artist working mainly in watercolours.   He told us that he only discovered he could paint in his early thirties whilst studying for professional qualifications for the Civil Service.  In his own words… ‘there is very limited scope for artistic interpretation in internal audit and management and my somewhat latent but starved creative side began screaming for an outlet. So, on one occasion, I took away a box of my Grandfather’s watercolours and I began put pencil and brush to paper. It was like waking up and finding I could fly!’   He has recently taken early retirement and can now concentrate on painting. ‘I tend to paint intuitively, for the love of it and for where it takes me. I’m somewhere else when I paint, I’m not conscious of what I’m doing, it simply flows from the brush and the heart. And Leigh provides such a perfect subject; it’s full of character, history and atmosphere.’

22nd July – 7th September - Create98

This exhibition will provide a taste of the artistic achievements of people who have attended classes offered by Create98 and inform you of the variety of classes you can take.  You can read more about this new art and craft studio based in Leigh Broadway elsewhere in this newsletter.

9th September – 19th October - Darren Jones

Darren sees his exhibition as an opportunity for a bit of self-indulgent in his favourite interests – the music, culture and fashion of the 60's and 70's and also his love for his hometown.  He works mainly in acrylics and hopes that people enjoy his paintings and that fond memories are jogged!