History of Lingfield Art
40+ Years of Lingfield Art Exhibitions
The Lingfield Art Exhibition has been running for over 40 years and provides a forum for local artists to display their talent.
The story began in 1975/76 when Surrey County Council decided to use the building, which had previously been Lingfield Primary School, as a Community Centre for Lingfield residents. At this stage it was partly funded for Adult Education and partly for Youth Services. Art classes were run as part of the Adult Education curriculum and it was realised that an Art Exhibition would provide a platform in which to show the work of the students and other local artists. The Lingfield Art Exhibition had been born.
For the next 20 years the Art Show continued, but in 2000 changes in the financing of education led Surrey County Council to end the funding of adult education in Lingfield. Tandridge District Council then became responsible for the Centre, delegating the day to day management to Lingfield Parish Council.
In 2008 the Parish Council decided that they no longer wished to carry the financial risk of running the event, so responsibility was transferred to Lingfield Art.
The exhibition continued to be held in the Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre, and grew to over 400 works of art produced by over 120 artists. The entire Centre is occupied for a week in what has become one of the leading art exhibitions on the Surrey, Kent and Sussex borders. Browsers are provided so that artists can display unframed paintings for sale.
Schools Prize Competition
Lingfield Art Association Exhibition also want to encourage the next generation of artists and in 2016 we introduced an Art Competition open to 6th form pupils at local schools. The pictures are selected by teachers from local schools and are displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition. We award prizes to the three best paintings of 1st prize £100, 2nd Prize £50 and 3rd Prize £25. The paintings are judged by the Exhibition Team and the three winners announced at the Private View
The winning entries in 2022 are shown below. We are not holding a schools competition this year, and are reviewing what to include in the exhibition next year.