What's on in Elmbridge

Find out about arts events taking place around Elmbridge.

2023 Elmbridge Literary Competition

The 18th Elmbridge Literary Competition launched at the Sam Beare Bookshop on Weybridge High Street.

Find out more: Literary Competition 2023.

Elmbridge Moving Art 2022-2023

Elmbridge Moving Art is a bi-annual community arts exhibition run by the council in partnership with Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre and The R C Sherriff Trust. Half of the artworks are currently on display at the Civic Centre, Esher and half at the House of Killik on High Esher Street until 30 January,

For further information on the work of the 81 local artists, visit the Elmbridge Moving Art exhibition website or the online exhibition developed in partnership with Elmbridge Museum.

Walton Court public art project

Crest Nicholson are redeveloping the former Birdseye Headquarters in Walton to create 375 homes, comprising a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Works are due to be completed during 2023. As part of the development, we are working with the developer to complete three separate, but linked projects to improve the public realm and recognise the historic significance of the site:

War Memorial

In 2000, a memorial was established for Flight Sergeant Charles Sydney RAF who was killed on 27 September 1940. This was removed for safe keeping while the development is ongoing. We are working with voluntary groups from local history societies, the RAF and the family of Charles Sydney to produce a new war memorial to be in keeping with the new development. This is due to be installed towards the end of the construction.

Menhirs

A series of menhirs (large human-made upright standing stones) designed by Alan Collins were originally arranged around the rectangular pools in the central courtyard. These have been stored and are being reintroduced as part of the landscaping of the new development

Public art

A standalone of sculpture depicting rising birds by the artist John McCarthy once stood next to the pool at the sites entrance. Unfortunately this was stolen. As part of the new development, a competition will be organised to produce a new piece of public art to be displayed on the site, being sympathetic to both the menhirs and the war memorial.

Further updates will be posted on this page as the project progresses during 2023.

Nothing About Us Without Us exhibition

This project is a celebration of the lives of 20 people in our community who have been most isolated throughout the Covid pandemic. As part of the project, they have given a series of interviews and had their portraits painted by local artist Erika Flowers. All sitters will keep their portrait but have agreed for them to be featured in an online exhibition. 

View the online exhibition

This project was managed by ‘It’s Not Your Birthday But’ in partnership with Elmbridge Museum and funded by Community Foundation for Surrey and The National Lottery Community Fund. 

Royston Pike Lectures 2022-2023

The series is running at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre from Wednesday 14 September 2022 to Wednesday 19 April 2023. Read the full programme:

Royston Pike Lecture Series

More information

To find out about other arts projects and events taking place in Elmbridge, contact arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or follow the Elmbridge Arts Forum on Facebook.

Find out more about what's on in Elmbridge by checking the Arts Focus published by the R C Sherriff Trust or the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre programme.

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