The programme for St George’s Arts aims to bring new work by contemporary artists to St George’s Church and bring renewed life to a beautiful and nationally important building historically at the centre of cultural life of the local community.
It is hoped to create opportunities for artists while enhancing appreciation of the building. To that end an important part of the arts programme is an annual residency for an artist or maker to work in response to the particular qualities of the space and its surroundings. The first pilot residencies took place in 2007 and 2008.
The location for the art programme is St George’s Church, Esher, Surrey. Much of the building dates from the 16th century and it was one of the few churches built during the Reformation. It is set in a quiet green churchyard is close to the busy High Street in Esher. The Church is redundant and is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust and the Friends of St George’s.