Visual and performing arts

Surrey Arts aim is to support and development opportunities for artists of all ages and abilities. Working closely with local artists and arts organisations, theatre makers and dance artists across Surrey, to increase participation and initiate projects.

Visual arts

We aim to develop visual arts opportunities for the whole community and connect artists of all ages and abilities through workshops, clubs and open studios.


Performing arts

We are working in partnership with the Farnham Maltings to deliver performing arts by providing support to theatre makers and dance artists across Surrey.


Disability arts

Under the umbrella Disability Arts in Surrey (DAISY), members and charities come together to promote and celebrate the works of disabled artists and disability arts organisations in Surrey.


Surrey Hills Arts

This partnership between Surrey Arts and Surrey Hills AONB aims to engage and inspire people in this outstanding natural landscape through an imaginative programme across the arts. The programme explores the rich heritage of the Surrey Hills, it attracts tourism and promotes health and wellbeing. Working with multiple partners, the adventurous programme includes site responsive sound works, events and installations with accompanying walks, talks and workshops. Find out more on the Surrey Hills Arts website.


Arts Partnership Surrey

Arts Partnership Surrey is a strategic alliance of local borough councils working together to shape and deliver a cultural offering for the whole county.


Culture Box Surrey

Culture Box Surrey offers support to schools that are passionate about equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Support includes:

  • Case Studies about inspiring projects that have been delivered in schools across Surrey and beyond
  • Collaborative school clusters working on joint programmes that create funding opportunities
  • Resources website, with links to arts organisations which have experience of working in Surrey Schools
  • Help with Artsmark and Arts Award

Calling all Early Years Creative Practitioners

As part of our new Making and Believing project, Surrey Arts is looking for two Early Childhood Creative Practitioners to work on a freelance basis with us in an Early Year setting in Dorking, Surrey. You need to have a passion for Early Years creativity and could be working in any art form including dance, theatre, music, visual and digital arts. Artists will be working in pairs and are welcome to apply as a pair or as an individual. The initial contract is for a 10-week project.

Making and Believing: Early Childhood Creative Practitioners' brief

Making and Believing is a partnership project between Take Art, Somerset, Derby Theatre and Surrey Arts and builds on previous Take Art early years programmes including: Little Big Bang and Creative Elements as well as our touring initiatives and Early Years festivals; Kindergardens, Hopper and Little Big Dance. There are two key delivery strands: Participation and Performance.

This opportunity is focusing on the Participation strand and the delivery of artist in residency projects in a Surrey Early Years (preschools/nurseries) settings in the autumn term 2021.

Our aim is to provide under-fives with the opportunity to work with artists, whilst at the same time supporting the Surrey Early Years workforce, for both adopting a playful, open ended and child-centred approach to creativity.

This is a three-year programme and we will be offering a series of residencies. For each residency Surrey Arts is looking to recruit two Early Childhood Creative Practitioners with an interest in working collaboratively.

We are particularly keen to find two artists who offer complementary skills and expertise across one or several art forms including music, dance, performance, digital art, visual arts and crafts.

There are two ways in which you can apply:

  • As an individual artist: Successful artists would then be matched up with other successful applicants with complementary skills.
  • As a pair of artists: collaborators who have a track record or ambition to deliver projects together.

Each residency involves the two artists working collaboratively in the same setting across 10 x half days sessions. The first residency will start week commencing 20 September 2021.

During the project we will expect the Early Childhood Creative Practitioner to:

  • Work alongside another Early Childhood Creative Practitioner, the EYs setting staff in a setting to provide high quality creative experiences for very young children
  • Contribute to the project evaluation through reflection with EY staff and participation in a learning seminar convened by project evaluator Dr Susan Young
  • Attend professional development and networking opportunities as part of the wider project
  • Devise one CPD session
  • Attend an initial training day at Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham at the beginning of September

We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who have an understanding of the EYFS, proven creative practice with under-fives and mentoring skills.

Applicants must hold a current DBS, along with a full, clean driving licence. Access to own transport is essential.

To apply please email your CV (you may include a link to a portfolio of your practice) along with a covering letter outlining your skills, knowledge and experience.

This is a freelance opportunity with a project fee of up to £1400 per artist to include travel and meeting/training attendance.

The fee for each project allows for your preplanning, reflection on the activity with Early Years practitioners and our evaluator, jointly producing documentation and delivering one twilight CPD session for staff.

In addition, there is a modest budget for the purchase of materials/equipment and travel expenses.

How to apply

You can apply online:

Early Childhood Creative Practitioners application form

  • Application deadline: 27 August 2021
  • Interviews: 3 September 2021

If you have any further queries please contact karl.newman@surreycc.gov.uk


Online learning and resources for artists

With the current climate as it is, Surrey Arts, Surrey Hills Arts and Surrey Artists Open Studios have liaised with local, experienced Surrey artists to provide a collection of online creative classes for all ages, to support artists learning at home.

Classes include papier mache, printmaking, wood carving, sketchbook club, drawing and pyrography.

Visit the Surrey Hills website for further details. Please contact the artists directly for bookings and materials list.

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Dance, drama and music resources in Ewell Library

Held within Ewell Library, the performing arts section offer a range of material covering different aspects of the performing arts including books, audio visual and scores.


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