Eight disadvantaged communities across Surrey benefited from the Making Surrey project: a community-led project supported through Arts Council’s Grants for the arts funding and Arts Partnership Surrey and delivered by Farnham Maltings, with the Tandridge Trust. The project was created to encourage local communities to respond to and make decisions about their local environment, while proving that work which is community-led can also be of the highest quality. Professional craft makers took up residency in Spelthorne; Waverley; Guildford; Mole Valley; Woking; Runnymede; Tandridge and Elmbridge. The artists delivered a high quality programme of craft, assisted by an apprentice in each of the communities. These apprentices gave insight into the fabric of the community and its people, offering a vital key in. The apprenticeship schemes responded to a need in the county to develop expertise in delivering community arts practice. The professional artists acted as mentors for the apprentices, supporting their development.
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