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.
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!