Arts Council

I would make Croydon better by… June 2015

Posted on June 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at


Last year we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place. Why? From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems. We want to involve readers on a larger scale than ever and give everyone the chance to think … Read More »

Why does the Whitgift Centre have an artist-in-residence?

Posted on October 3rd, by Osheen Shrinivas in Culture. No Comments

Artist Hale Man is in residence at the Whitgift Centre. So what’s that all about?  Osheen Shrinivas explains

In June 2014 Hale Man set up shop in an empty shop on the ground floor of Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre. She’s using this pop-up space to create art with the people of Croydon, young and old, under the theme of the five elements of Chinese Feng Shui – wood, … Read More »

WordFest – a new celebration of the arts for Croydon youth

Posted on August 7th, by Rachael Phandey in Culture. No Comments

Something’s stirring in the library. It’s time to spread the word about Croydon WordFest, says Rachael Phandey

Croydon Libraries, Apples and Snakes, the Croydon Youth Arts Team, Club Soda and young people aged 11-19 have worked together to develop a programme of free events across Croydon this summer. During the early part of summer 2014, WordFest offered a series of workshops in creative writing and performance (singing, … Read More »

What next for Croydon libraries?

Posted on March 24th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 16 comments

Sean Creighton assesses the future of the borough’s libraries and whether residents should engage with the private contractor Carillion

On Thursday 13th March I attended a meeting between representatives of Norbury’s resident associations and managers of Carillion’s library operation for Croydon Council.

Following the publicity in the local press about Carillion, the purpose of the meeting was to find out direct from its representatives what plans … Read More »

Why Croydon should protect spending on schools’ music

Posted on January 2nd, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 2 comments

‘Music is a vital part of our identity. With music, we can celebrate our heritage and share the heritage of others’

This enlightened view is supported by Cllr Tim Pollard in approving the publication of the July issue of the council’s Step Up newsletter.

Last December more than 1,000 children were at Fairfield Halls when an orchestra of Croydon Music & Arts (CMA) staff and senior students demonstrated the … Read More »