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Cranleigh Open Arts Competition 2018

Cranleigh Open Arts Competition 2018

Cranleigh Arts Centre are delighted to announce the return of the Open Art Competition. Artists are invited to submit work on the theme of “A Splash of Colour” for an exhibition which will take place at Cranleigh Arts from 20 November – 15 December 2018.

All traditional mediums are acceptable - drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles,  and ceramics/sculputure - we regret that digital art, photography and reproduction processes such as giclee will not be accepted.

A preview evening will be held on Wednesday 21 November when the competition winners will be announced. The winning artist, runner up and winner of the visitors vote will win a shared exhibition during the summer of 2019. 

Entry forms and submission details are available from the Box Office or to download. For further details Click here and Submission Form Click here.  All entry forms must be submitted to the Arts Centre together with a £10 submission fee by Saturday 3 November 2018, 4.30pm


Applications sought for Board Members

Applications sought for Board Members

Cranleigh Arts Centre Limited, (a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity), provides a rich variety of entertainment, artistic exhibition, learning and performance to all ages of the community and villages around Cranleigh and has done so for 40 years. 

The Board provides governance and strategic guidance to the staff team supported by a large number of dedicated volunteers and ensures that Cranleigh Arts achieve its mission and goals. The role is unpaid and involves around eight board meetings in Cranleigh per year plus any amount of time that can be volunteered to special projects or subcommittees of the Board. 

The Board seeks new members (non-executive Directors of the company) to maintain its full complement. We are looking for people committed to the arts, who can contribute effectively to the board and have the skills and knowledge necessary to move us forward. Experience in the arts, business management, IT and finance, fundraising or the promotion of an artistic or charitable enterprise would be welcomed. 

An early informal discussion can be had with the Chairman, Mr Robert Wild (01483 278142 outside office hours) Applications outlining relevant experience should be made by email to the Chairman, Cranleigh Arts Centre, writing “Directors” in the subject box to:


Creative Writing Competition

Creative Writing Competition

Entries for the Cranleigh Arts Creative Writing Competition are now open! Deadline for entries: Friday 26 October Entry Fee: £3, entrants must be 16+ 

The competition is sponsored by Cranleigh Lions

Submit your poem or short story on the theme of ‘Remembrance’ for a chance to win. The winner and runner up will receive a prize, the chance to read their entry at our November spoken word night and to be published in Cranleigh Magazine. 

Please contact Peter at peter@cranleighartscentre or on 01483 278001 for more details.


Volunteer Spotlight; Interview with Stephen Dennison

Volunteer Spotlight; Interview with Stephen Dennison

We were lucky enough to grab some time with Stephen Dennison a volunteer here at the Arts Centre, and a major driving force behind our classical music programme, to find our more about how he got involved with Cranleigh Arts Centre and some insights into his love of classical music. 

Click here to read the full interview.


Welcome to our new patron, Julie Walters

Welcome to our new patron, Julie Walters

Following the sell-out success of last December’s fundraising event: An Evening with Paul Jones and Julie Walters, we are delighted to announce that Julie Walters has agreed to become a patron of Cranleigh Arts Centre.

As a community venue and registered charity (no. 284186) we are fortunate to have the support and involvement from an amazing group of local performers and artists across a wide range of the arts. We are very grateful to Paul Jones for his continued patronage, and are thrilled to welcome Julie Walters on board.


An Evening with Rick Wakeman Hosted by Paul Jones 2018

An Evening with Rick Wakeman Hosted by Paul Jones 2018

The Trustees of Cranleigh Arts Centre (registered charity no. 284186) are delighted to invite you to our latest fundraising event: An Evening with Rick Wakeman Hosted by Paul Jones.

Cranleigh Arts' patron Paul Jones will be joined by world renowned keyboard player Rick Wakeman for a 45 minute interview followed by a 15 minute Q&A  on Wednesday 4 April 2018 at 7.30pm.

Advance booking will be available to Friends of Cranleigh Arts Centre from 10am on Tuesday 20 March. Friends’ tickets can be purchased from the Cranleigh Arts Box Office in person or by phone on 01483 278000. 

Tickets will go on general release from 10am on Wednesday 21 March and will be available for the public to purchase by phone, in person or online. 

Please note that due to the popularity of this event, ticket sales will be limited to four per person. We anticipate that our phone lines and box office will be very busy so we appreciate your patience as we handle your enquiry as quickly as possible. 

To find out more about our Friends scheme or to register, please visit our Friends page, where an application form is available for download. Completed forms should be returned to the Cranleigh Arts Box Office.


Paul Jones in conversation with Julie Walters

Paul Jones in conversation with Julie Walters

We'd like to say a big thank you to Paul Jones and Julie Walters for joining us for our sold-out celebrity interview fundraiser at Cranleigh Arts last night (19 December 2017). A fantastic evening enjoyed by all.


Volunteers in Bloom

We would like to congratulate David and Renee Seume on their award from Cranleigh in Bloom. They won Bronze in this year's Community Garden Category.

David and Renee have been providing plants, weeding and deadheading and generally tending the front beds outside the Arts Centre for a couple of years, helping to keep the Arts Centre looking fresh and well care for.


Classical Music Season

Classical Music Season

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.


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…


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.


Ticket Levy

A  small ticket levy is included in our published ticket price. The ticket levy is included regardless of payment method and is in-line with current industry practice for theatres and venues.

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 performers. The ticket face value price is usually set by the promoter or by the hirer. 

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, building maintenance etc.

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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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!


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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Members of the press and media are encouraged to contact the Marketing Coordintor if they need any additional information. or telephone: 01483 278 001.


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