Arts and Community Projects

Mole Valley District Council's Community Arts Development celebrates the district's varied communities through the arts by:

  • providing information to support local groups and members of the public
  • co-ordinating and implementing the annual Mole Valley Arts Alive festival
  • project managing and overseeing the development of public art across the district
  • delivering an inclusive arts programme for Mole Valley, focusing on people with disabilities

Arts Partnerships Surrey

The Arts Partnership Surrey is a strategic alliance of nine local authorities, with district, borough and county councils working together to shape and deliver a cultural offering for Surrey that addresses social, economic, learning and health needs.

Singing Picnics

Singing Picnics is a fun and simple project designed for primary school children to begin to get involved in Singing. It is now in its 2nd year after a successful event in Howard of Effingham School which took place on Tuesday 18 July 2017. The event included 4 Primary Schools and involvement from the Howard of Effingham School pupils who helped lead the activity. The second Singing Picnics will take place in June 2018. Final dates and times to be confirmed.

This project is in partnership with Arts Partnership Surrey, local primary schools and Surrey Arts.

Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly is running creative writing workshops across Surrey. Using spoken word and poetry we'll be exploring the impact of World War 1 in Surrey and the hidden stories of local people. This project is in partnership with Arts Partnership Surrey, Brooklands Museum and Surrey Arts.

MVDC are hosted two workshops in The Grange, Great Bookham on Wednesday 22 November and Wednesday 13 December 2017.


This project is returning after a sold out performance at Dorking Halls during Arts Alive 2016. Moonbrella is a multi-sensory theatre experience created for very young children and their parents or carers. It runs for 35 minutes and it is a great way to get more engagement from young children. The Moonbrella show will be touring in February and March 2018. CHECK DATE AND LOCATION FOR MV!

Moonbrella is a project co-ordinated by Theatre Exchange in partnership with Arts Partnership Surrey.

Deepdene Trail Watercolour Competition

Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project invites artists to submit water colour paintings based on, or inspired by the Deepdene Trail situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Inspired by beautiful historic watercolours of Thomas Hope's grand Deepdene estate in Dorking, we are looking for contemporary responses in watercolour that represent Surrey's countryside today. This competition is supported by Surrey Arts and Mole Valley Arts Alive festival.

Lifemusic Workshop

MVDC are now working in partnership with Mary Frances Trust to increase the delivery of projects that supports people with mental health issues. The first project will be an introduction to Lifemusic. Lifemusic involves accessible musical improvisation for wellbeing. The workshop can be tailored and, if desired, can be combined with non-musical activities, e.g. Confidence-Building Through Lifemusic workshops, which involved some presentation, discussion and practice of other confidence-building techniques alongside the improvised music-making, tying everything together with the confidence-building thread. The workshop will take place in Oddfellows Hall in Leatherhead on 16th February from 10am - 1pm

Sight for Surrey Art Workshop

MVDC are working in partnership with Sight for Surrey to deliver visual art workshops for young people with visual impairments. The latest project is called Crazyflix which took play on Saturday 18 November in Fetcham. The project explored how to develop expressive painting skills through active use of a diverse range of tools, focusing on spray painting and applying acrylic to create a design on a t-shirt.

Dementia and Autism Friendly Screenings

Dorking Halls are hosting dementia and autism friendly cinema screening monthly on a Monday for Dementia and Saturday for Autism at 10.30am. Free tea and coffee 30 minutes before the film starts.

Open to all, but the environment is designed especially for people with dementia or autism and their families, friends and carers

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Last Updated: 18/12/2017

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