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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 appointee 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.

Kerry Doyland

Leigh-on-Sea Town Council are delighted to announce a years residency for local artist Kerry Doyland commencing in April 2019 at Leigh Community Centre.

Kerry is primarily a painter of life. As part of her residency Kerry aims to set up an atelier-style "room set" that can be left and added to between painting sessions allowing herself and fellow painters to create and complete their work. Having access to the loft space as part of the residency provides Kerry the space and time to work directly with a model.

Kerry is also a Mindfulness instructor and author of The British Standards specification for managing stress in the workplace, Kerry is eager to share the proven benefits of expression through art with people who have not yet discovered their own creativity. As part of the Town Councils initiative for the Artist in Residence to contribute to the artistic life of the town, Kerry will begin a scholarship scheme, inviting new students to join her for life drawing sessions at the Community Centre, with tuition and fees paid.

Working alongside the Town Councils Art Group, Kerry will assist in the creation of exhibitions of all art forms on the Community Art Wall, within the Community Centre. Also, as part of the residency, Kerry will be commissioned by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council for a legacy piece of art during her year at the Centre.

"Im thrilled to be given an opportunity to set up large atelier-style roomsets, and to be able to share the joys of painting from life, with other artists."- Kerry Doyland, Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Artist in Residence 2019-20.

Kerry Doyland - Artist in Residence

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View more of Kerry'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... 

2017 - 18 - Leigh Art Trail 

2016 - 17 - Mary Lister

2013 - 16 - Madelaine Hanman-Murphy

Mary Lister's Legacy Piece