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Programme Coordinator

Programme Coordinator                  Closing date: Tuesday 2 May 2017 

Full time, permanent 37.5 hours per week   Salary: £19,000 

Cranleigh Arts Centre is seeking a Programme Coordinator to assist the Arts Centre Manager in the implementation of the creative policy, artistic vision and mission of the centre through the development of the arts programme. 

You will create a vibrant programme to meet the needs of the diverse local communities, ensure the generation of income through high ticket sales, and define the creative identity of the venue. 

Main duties include implementing, coordinating and contracting performing arts events and the visual arts programme, workshops and outreach projects. 

You will need a degree or an appropriate qualification in a relevant subject, e.g. Arts Management, Performing Arts, Visual Arts or Project Management, a minimum of 1 year's experience working in the Arts or a related field, proven planning, project management, administration, IT skills using standard industry software and organisational skills.   

Please send CV and a covering letter to

Click Here to download the job description.


Part-Time Event Duty Managers Required (paid)

Cranleigh Arts Centre is a busy community arts centre presenting a range of activities and events.

We are looking for reliable Event Duty Managers to work 1 or 2 evenings per week, Tues - Sat. You must have experience of supervisory or customer-facing work preferable in a busy environment, be computer literate and an understanding of managing volunteers would be an advantage.

Full training will be provided. This is paid position on a casual hourly rate.

For more information and an informal chat please contact or download the full job description click here


Vounteer part time Duty Mangers needed

Cranleigh Arts Centre is a busy community arts centre presenting a range of activities and events.

We are looking for reliable Volunteer Duty Managers to work mornings or evenings, Tues - Sat. You must have experience of supervisory or customer-facing work preferable in a busy environment, be computer literate and an understanding of managing volunteers would be an advantage.

Full training will be provided.

For more information and an informal chat please contact or download the full job description Click here


Cranleigh Arts Centre Literary Festival - Tues 28 Feb to Sat 4 March

Cranleigh Arts Centre Literary Festival - Tues 28 Feb to Sat 4 March

Cranleigh Arts Centre welcomes you to its second annual Literary Festival.
For a whole week, starting Tuesday 28th February, until Saturday 4th
March 2017, we transform our programme into a literary lover’s dream –
and we really do have something for everyone! Stimulate your mind and
get creative at the Art Journaling workshop, or maybe theatre is your cup
of tea? We have the brilliant Chopping Chillies, the mystical tale of love,
loss and soul-food - which was given five stars by the 2016 Edinburgh
Guide. We would like to thank our sponsors Informed Choice Financial
Planning, for supporting this year’s festival.

See our events list and for the brochure click here.


Classical Music Season 2016 - 17

Classical Music Season 2016 - 17

We are delighted to be working with the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund once again to put on another season of classical music at Cranleigh Arts Centre. The Martin Musical Scholarship Fund exists to support gifted young musicians at the start of their careers. In addition to studying at the country’s best music colleges and conservatoires, these award-winning musicians make many professional appearances, both in England and abroad.

You can view the full season by downloading the new brochure here


Cranleigh Arts Centres’ Knit and Natter group support the C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal Comfort doll project

Cranleigh Arts Centres’ Knit and Natter group support the C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal Comfort doll project

Our lovely knitting group have been busy making some comfort dolls to send to children admitted to the Kanti Children’s Hospital Burns Unit, Katmandu.

The Knit and Natter group is free and anyone can join, they meet in the Gallery at Cranleigh Arts Centre every Friday morning between 10.30am and 12 noon.

Before we sent the dolls off, we toured them round the centre…


Winter Affordable Art Sale - Tues 23 January to Sat 11 February 2017

Winter Affordable Art Sale - Tues 23 January to Sat 11 February 2017

Calling all artists and makers - Do you have work in your studio you would like to sell? Then why not bring it to Cranleigh Arts Centre Affordable Art Sale.

Following the success of the past two Art Fairs, Cranleigh Arts Centre will be holding its 3rd Art Sale offering local artists and makers the opportunity to sell their work. All mediums accepted.

Please see the application pack for full details. A small administration fee of £5 for 2 wall pieces or £10 for wall, browser and cards will apply plus a sales commission of 30%+VAT.

For more details and to download an application pack click here


Cloth, Thread, Scissors: A Festival of Quilts - 16 May to 10 June

Cranleigh Arts Centre is excited to announce its first Festival of Quilts Exhibition which will take place 16 May to 10 June 2017.

Entries are currently being invited from textile artists and quilters living and/or working within a 40 mile radius of Cranleigh – Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire borders.

To encourage as much diversity as possible, there is no overall theme to the exhibition. All methods of quilting are acceptable including 3D objects such as bags or vessels and items of clothing. There will however, be a restriction on size to a maximum of 52 inches on its longest side and all entries must adhere to the basic definition of what is a quilt –

“A quilt is a multi-layered textile, traditionally composed of three layers of fibre: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together.”

A small entry fee of £10 will apply for one item and £12 for up to 3 items.

Entry forms should be submitted by 29 April 2017 and delivery of artwork will be Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May 2017 between 10am and 4pm.

For further details and to download an entry form click here. Please email your entry form to Gillian Collins, Arts Development Co-ordinator on by 29 April 2017.


The Arts Centre Has Never Been So COOL

A new air handling system has been installed during our Summer maintenance period thanks to funding from Surrey County Council and Target 25 Fundraising. So now you will stay cool during those music nights and other hot events!!


New Lights Shines Thanks to Biffa Award

A wonderful new window was unveiled on Cranleigh Arts Centre building. As part of the building repairs and refurbishment the kitchen window was restored to what was originally there, replacing the rotting wooden frame with new stone surround and lintel and new leaded light window panes.

The end of the building was also pinned and repointed which has secured the structure of the old school bell tower. The new window has been praised by local people and will help in conserving the listed building for the future.

Also funded by the Biffa grant is new LED lighting in the Jack Wagg theatre, which allows much more sophisticated lighting for shows and reduces electricity costs.


STOP PRESS: New Ticket Levy for April 2016

As of 1 April 2016, a small ticket levy (8% + VAT rounded up) will be added to all individual ticket prices. This fee will help us to us cover the costs of printing the tickets and technology costs. Alongside other revenues, it helps us to stay an effective business which in turn, allows us to reinvest in our venue, our technology and continually approve the services we provide. The ticket levy is included regardless of payment method and is in-line with current industry practice for theatres and venues. As of 1 April 2016, the levy will be included in our published ticket prices.

Why do you have a Ticket Levy?

Cranleigh Arts Centre receives a very small percentage of the ticket sales. The majority of the box office sales go to the promoters, agents and visiting performers. The ticket face value price is usually set by the promoter or by the hirer or sometimes by the Programme Coordinator. All prices set are inclusive of any applicable taxes (VAT) but exclusive of any internet booking fee (£1.25) or credit/debit card charges (£1).

What is the Ticket Levy for?

A ticket levy is added to ticket purchases to help cover the administration costs and overheads associated with each ticket sale. These include the costs of IT technology and maintenance, software, website development, telephone system, staff, communication, financial charges, building maintenance etc.

Why is the Ticket Levy % not a monetary value?

 This is in order to keep the levy fair in relation to people buying lower priced tickets and to keep in line with our pricing policy. For example, a £5 ticket will become £5.50 and £20 ticket will become £22.

What about Gift Vouchers?

The ticket levy is also applied to tickets, when using a gift voucher, in line with all other payment methods.


Refunds of the ticket levy will only be applicable in the event of the show/event being cancelled by us.


Biffa Award takes fundraising total to £98k

Since the launch of its Target 25 fundraising campaign in April this year, Cranleigh Arts Centre has so far raised £98,500 out of its £250,000 target to modernise and upgrade facilities.

On Thursday 17 December Cranleigh Arts Centre received confirmation from Biffa Award Landfill Communities Fund that their application for a grant of £46,000 had been successful. The grant will be spent on refurbishing the exterior building and stonework and upgrading the theatre lighting rig. Centre Manager, Kary Backhouse, said: “This grant is a significant step forward for Cranleigh Arts Centre. We have been planning numerous upgrades for months and it is really exciting to know that the work can begin in 2016.”

In addition to the Biffa Award grant, the Centre has also succeeded in securing grants from Surrey County Council and from Waverley Borough Council. Kary Backhouse said: “The money from the County Council’s Community Improvements Fund will go towards repairing our main auditorium’s heating and heat exchanger system. This will be greatly appreciated by our audiences and make it much more comfortable for them to be able to enjoy our arts programme. We will also be upgrading the Centre’s external signage with the money from Waverley’s 106 grant.”

During the past 8 months, the Arts Centre has also received £14,000 in donations from anonymous benefactors, contributing to the installation of equipment to receive live performances broadcast from the National Theatre and Royal Opera House. A further £14,500 has also been raised by the Centre’s own fundraising activities, including the Cranleigh Food and Music Festival and a recent gala dinner.

Chairman of Trustees of the Cranleigh Arts Centre charity, Stephen Dennison, commented: “We love this cultural gem of the Cranleigh community which brings entertainment, artistic learning and general well-being to the young and old of the village. Through local support and generosity we will sustain it for our families for many years to come.”

Cranleigh Arts Centre’s fundraising plans for 2016 are set to include a wine tasting event, a quiz night and the return of the Cranleigh Food and Music Festival on Saturday 24 September.


Target 25 Fundraising

Target 25 Fundraising

In April we launched Cranleigh Arts Centre’s new Target 25 Fundraising Initiative. Target 25 aims to raise £250,000 to preserve and modernise our historic building for the next 25 years and beyond.

Cranleigh Arts Centre is an ambitious, visionary arts venue priding itself on providing the local community and surrounding villages with a diverse and enjoyable programme of arts activities. We need to raise funds to achieve the following upgrades:
• Restoring the building’s stonework (dating from 1860s).
• Repairing the building’s flat roofs.
• The installation of an eco-friendly heating system.
• A modernised and eco-friendly lighting rig in the Jack Wagg Auditorium. 
• Repairing the building’s window mullions.
• Refurbishing the Centre’s kitchen, pottery studio, office space and toilets.

Did you know you can now make a donation to our fundraising appeal via our website? Juts look for the big orange "Donate" button.

We are also delighted to tell you that all the funds raised by the Cranleigh Food & Music Festival will go towards Target 25.


Young Classical Stars Shine at Cranleigh Arts Centre

Young Classical Stars Shine at Cranleigh Arts Centre

A review of Michael Foyle’s Violin Recital by Arts Centre Chairman, Stephen Dennison.

Violinist, Michael Foyle and piano accompanist, Somi Kim, enthralled the audience in the intimate Jack Wagg auditorium of Cranleigh Arts Centre with their renditions of three great violin and piano sonatas. Michael is a former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner and Somi, a former Auckland Centennial scholar from New Zealand. Both are currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Their appearance in Cranleigh was courtesy of the Martin Music Scholarship Fund supported by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Michael and Somi began with the rhythmical Beethoven Sonata No 1 in D major. This was followed by the Sonata for violin and piano by Poulenc, a dramatic and emotional piece written in grief at the loss of a close friend in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The programme concluded with Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E flat major, written when Strauss was in his early 20’s and had just met the woman he married. This sonata was full of happier emotion and love. Michael and Somi proved to be a successful partnership; Michael emphasised to the audience that the pieces were a combination of violin and piano rather than violin accompanied by piano. The empathy of the two was beautifully demonstrated in the tone and finesse of their performance.

If you missed Michael and Somi, you can purchase tickets for other recitals in our classical season; See the Music section of our website. Tickets are available either online or via the box office 01483 278000.


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New 100 club

In October 2013, the "Supporters of Cranleigh Arts Centre" launched a "100 Club", to raise much needed funds to help secure the continuing future of The Arts Centre, while at the same time, giving members the exciting opportunity of winning one of the three prizes in the monthly Draw.

The "100 Club" is a small select lottery with no more than 100 members, each paying only £5.00 per month or £60 per year. Of this 60% will be donated to Cranleigh Arts Centre and 40% goes to the prize money.

There have been lots of lucky winners so far!

There are still places available, once we have reached 100 members the 3 prizes each month will be:

1st prize: £100
2nd prize: £30
3rd prize: £20

If there are less than 100 Club members the prize fund will always be 40% of the income.

At Christmas there will be a Bumper Draw with more and bigger prizes!

If you would like to be part of this exciting opportunity, just drop into the Arts Centre and pick up a 100 Club leaflet which has all the membership details and a Standing Order mandate.

There are only 100 places – so don’t delay – enquire today!!


Online booking NOW LIVE!

We now have ONLINE BOOKING available for all our advertised events.

Please note:

  • Tickets purchased online will be available for collection from the box office only on the evening of the event.
  • Friends discounts and other concessions are not currently available for online booking. If you wish to buy a ticket with a discount please contact the box office directly.
  • You will be sent a booking confirmation email please ensure you bring this with you to collect your tickets.
  • Online bookings will be subject to a £1.25 fee per transaction.


Find out more about volunteering here!

Cranleigh Arts Centre is a registered charity which relies heavily on the support of volunteers to help the centre thrive and stay open.

If you have some spare time, even if it is only a few hours every week or you are just available to help once in a while we’d love you to get involved.

To find out more email or phone 01483 278001.

Come along and meet some of the volunteer team and find out how you can get involved.


Keep in touch with what is happening with our e-news

We're very proud of our new e-newsletter. If you aren't subscribed yet, you can always view our most recent issues HERE


Where is my brochure?

Since the price rise of the humble stamp, we've had to reconsider how we circulate our programme of events. We are now using a local leaflet distribution service to deliver our brochure to every home in Cranleigh.

However we will continue to mail out to Friends of Cranleigh Arts Centre and anyone outside of GU6 who has bought tickets here in the last six months.

Don't forget you can also stay in touch via our website, enewsletter, facebook and twitter!


In case the sun comes out...

As wonderful as the summer months can be, it means that it could get very warm in our auditorium. Unfortunately we don't have any air conditioning but we will continue to do our utmost to keep our visitors as cool as possible.


Wifi now available!

Wifi now available!


Love Cranleigh Arts Centre?

Love Cranleigh Arts Centre?

Every season I write a small introduction about what I think is good about Cranleigh Arts Centre, but here are some of the comments we’ve received from you about...

Our building...

“A great local asset”
“I love the atmosphere”
“Perfect venue!”

Our events...

“What a great night, great fun!”
“I really enjoyed the event... it was well organised... I will definitely encourage more friends to come.”
“A great programme!”
“Good tuition and great fun - thank you!”

Our Exhibitions...

“Wonderful to see something of this calibre”
“Amazing work! Just beautiful.”
“Wonderful show, inspiring and quite magical”
“Gorgeous ceramics, I love them. You have inspired me!”

Our Staff...

“The birthday was a huge success; judging by the grin on my mother’s face all afternoon; and this was in part to your seamless organisation…and the service that guests received.”

If you love what we do tell everybody! And, if you don’t like what we do please tell us - we really value your feedback to help us improve your experience with us.


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