Arts and Community Projects

Mole Valley District Council's Arts Development team invest in and develop artistic and cultural experiences in our district that enrich people's lives, by:

  • Delivering an inclusive arts programme for Mole Valley, focusing on people in hard-to-reach or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) groups
  • Coordinating and implementing the annual Mole Valley Arts Alive festival
  • Project managing and overseeing the development of public art across the district
  • Providing Mole Valley-based artists with information and support
  • Helping members of the public with creative and art-related enquiries
  • In order to carry this out, MVDC is a member of Arts Partnership Surrey

Arts Partnership Surrey

Arts Partnership Surrey is a strategic alliance of nine local authorities within Surrey who have a remit to provide leisure and artistic provision for their residents. For an annual membership fee, district, borough and county councils work together to shape and deliver a cultural offering for Surrey that addresses social, economic, learning and health needs, driven by national initiatives from Arts Council England.

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Current Arts and Communities projects

Intergenerational Music Making

Have you seen 'Old People's Home for Four Year Olds' on Channel 4?

As part of their Inclusive Arts Programme, MVDC Wellbeing Team are facilitating an innovative and exciting music project inspired by the Channel 4 experimental show 'Old People's Home for Four Year Olds'.

In the programme, four year olds from a nursery setting spend an hour a week in a care home being paired with an elderly person for playful activities, with benefits to wellbeing on both sides.

Our project sees chosen SEND children from local schools across the district taking part in music sessions with residents of a nearby care home. The first participants were Woodlands School and The Beeches Care Home next door. It was a great success.

The project has received national coverage in both the Daily Express and the BBC Education website, and we look forward to rolling out the programme at four other locations in Mole Valley over the next year.

BBC coverage our project

Drumming Circle

Our Drumming Circle for mental wellbeing completed its 6th and final session on Tuesday 2nd July. 13 participants were involved over 6 weeks. All had varying levels of mental health challenges. The drumming session was 45 minutes long and was facilitated by Sandro Granda, a Peruvian drum circle facilitator.

We completed the last session with a special guest drummer - Iranian drummer Farhang, who played an Iranian drum. Comments from the sessions included "This is Wellbeing with a capital W" and "I see these sessions as a big part of my mental health recovery."

Art Sessions with Artist Alison Carlier at Dyscover

MVDC funds the provision of a six week art course for residents affected with aphasia connected to Dyscover, a charity based in Leatherhead. The next is due to start in September 2019.

Stretch and sketch walks at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

MVDC and Dorking-based charity PSDS, which runs social activities for teenagers with Downs Syndrome, have funded a group ticket to the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden for PSDS members and their families over summer 2019.

Whatever the Weather

Whatever the Weather

Whatever the Weather was a 12 week art project run by established sceneographer Alison Neighbour, and young people from the Amber Foundation, Ockley, supported by MVDC Arts Development in association with Arts Partnership Surrey.

The project premise was 'What does Empowerment Look Like?' and the young people created an artwork led by their own interests which enabled them to explore and visualise a goal going forward. The project culminated in a celebration day in spring 2019 where pots were decorated and planted with seedlings to be cultivated over the next few weeks and months. Hopes and dreams were written on tags and planted in the pots.

Leatherhead Youth Project

MVDC funds art materials for craft sessions at Leatherhead Youth Project, most recently for children to make Mother's Day cards.

The Barn Dance Effect

This Arts Partnership Surrey project aims to encourage community cohesion and social connections by funding Glimmer theatre to deliver a community dance event in each district in Surrey. Cabareilidh is coming to Leatherhead High Street on Saturday 21st September between 10am and midday. Come and join us! You don't need to come with others. This event coincides with Heritage Open Weekends and the Arts Alive Festival launch.

Ceramic Workshops

MVDC is working with Ashtead Cancer Group to organise Friday evening ceramic workshops with artist Jo Hannah, for those living with a cancer diagnosis or supporting someone with the disease. These are due to start in September 2019.

Arts Alive Festival

Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival is an exciting, six week-long collection of local arts events in the fields of music, literature, theatre, dance, poetry, creative writing, the visual arts, culinary, modern and traditional crafts, film and comedy. This year's patron is Dame Judi Dench. Find out more about the festival.

Theatre workshops for SEND schools

MVDC Arts has part-funded two workshops at Christmas for Woodlands and West Hill schools in Leatherhead with the sensory and autism friendly theatre group Head2Head theatre.

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Last Updated: 18/10/2019

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