Artist in Residence
Cranleigh Arts Centre’s Artist in Residence (A.I.R) scheme is one part of Cranleigh Arts... Creates, an initiative that aims to support and develop local artists through residencies, workshops, talks and events at the centre. Artist residencies offer the artist free studio or rehearsal space plus advice and support from the team, in return for commitment to promoting and developing the targeted art forms and increasing audiences attendance at the centre.
Potter in Residence
Penny, a local artist based in Dorking, trained at the Slade School of Art in London and has exhibited her highly decorative ceramic figures extensively in London and the UK.
Interview with the Artist…
We asked Penny a few questions so that you could learn more about our Artist in Residence.
What is the best thing about being our Artist in Residence?
What is your most memorable event at the Arts Centre?
What is your greatest achievement as an artist?
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
What do you find most challenging about being an artist?
The pottery re-launch in Feb 2009 was made possible thanks to donations from One Forty, High Street, Cranleigh and Gatwick Airport Community Trust.
Previous Artist in Residence
Shalini Bhalla (Previous A.I.R)
In the 3 years that Shalini has been Dancer/Choreographer in Residence, she has re-worked and taken a show to the Edinburgh Festival and initiated weekly Bollywood classes that, due to demand, increased to 6 classes a week.|
The residency has spawned a youth Bollywood dance project (Naach), an adult Bollywood dance group (Saffire Dance) and led the 2009 Cranleigh Arts Centre Lantern parade down the high street with flash-mob Bollywood, danced to the strains of Slumdog Millionaire’s Jai Ho!
It’s been a productive and fun relationship for both Shalini and all of us here in the team running the Arts Centre. Shalini now steps down as Dancer in Residence at Cranleigh Arts Centre to enable her to devote more time to Just Jhoom! her new company promoting Bollywood dance-fitness. We won’t be losing Shalini completely as she’ll still be running Just Jhoom! classes at the centre (see our workshops for details).
“I’d like to thank Jenny Squire and her team for all their support over the years and I look forward to working with the Arts Centre in the future in my capacity as a freelance artist and JustJhoom! Director.” Shalini Bhalla
Meanwhile, we’ll be recruiting for a new Artist in Residence shortly which will be advertised on our website and other key locations. If you would like to find out more about our Artist in Residence schemes then please email firstname.lastname@example.org