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New Artist in Residence - Susan Allen

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.