hanging art installation

Artists connecting neighbors through creativity at Clayton Community Centre.

Current Artist in Residence: Cambium Arts

Erv Newcombe
Amal Ishaque


Join artists Amal Ishaque and Erv Newcombe for the community art project, Memories & Futures! This project will gather memories from community members and the rich resources of the Surrey Archives. The result will be a kinetic sculpture hung in the Clayton Community Centre lobby. Made from culturally significant fabrics, the sculpture will celebrate Clayton’s diversity!

Join the project: Cambium Arts

Use block printing, graffiti, or stenciling to help Erv and Amal make the final piece! Join in on the art-making:

  • Sunday, June 23, 10am-3pm, Clayton Community Centre
  • Saturday, July 13, 12-4pm, Clayton Community Centre

You can also find the Memories and Futures collection boxes in the community centre for more engagement opportunities!

Current Artist in Residence: Jen Clark

Jen Clark sitting front of mural with flowers and leaves


Building on the success of her 2022 residency, Jen Clark returns to work with the Art Camp kids this summer! They will be developing The Beekeepers’ Exhibition. Campers will visit a beehive with the Honeybee Centre. Then, they will make artwork in response to their learning for a bee-themed exhibition!

See The Beekeepers’ Exhibition:

  • Opening - Saturday, Sept 21, 1-4pm, Clayton Community Centre Culture Days Event
  • The Exhibition will run September 22-November 27, 2024



You can reach the Community Art Team at communityart@surrey.ca.


Past residencies

Explore the Abstract with Loandbehold!
Artist Duo Loandbehold


Artist Duo Loandbehold led the Spring 2024 artist residency to explore the question “who can make art?” With their community art project, Spilt Milk, the answer was: everyone! Based on the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, the project explored abstract shapes, played with cloud shapes, and stoked our imaginations!

A textured wall art installation made of a variety of white and colored fabric scraps, arranged to create a dynamic, wave-like pattern.
A woman is adjusting an intricate wall installation made of variously colored fabric scraps.
A young girl with a headband assists an adult in crafting a large, multicolored papier-mâché globe at a workshop table
Feel at Home with Keely

Artist Keely O'Brien led the 2023 Artist in Residence program under the theme ‘Feel at Home’. She explored the question "How can a Community Centre feel like home?" and highlighted Clayton's uniqueness and community.

artist Keely Obrien, a caucasian woman

Youth takeover

This spring, youth took over and engaged one of our spaces at Clayton Community Centre, designing and creating an art installation.

Yoga and Art

A collaborative workshop series with guest instructor Ritika Kalra. The workshops combined art and yoga to increase the participants' sense of well-being.

Books by my Bed

In a collaboration with Surrey Libraries, Clayton Branch, participants created self-portraits through book lists that were displayed within the library.

Community Art project with a stack of books on top of bedside tables


Heart to Hearth

This project turned part of the Centre’s lobby into a beautiful “living room”, complete with a family portrait wall. The portraits were adapted from photographs from Surrey Archives and tied Surrey’s past to the present day

Showcase of images that community members collaged and remixed, presented on a wall above a fireplace mantel
Learn about Bees with Jen
jen clark

Jen Clark is a local artist whose paintings explore how humans see the natural world. Her painting style is both abstract and realistic. She specializes in large-scale murals, including projects with the Vancouver Mural Festival.

Jen worked with the summer arts camp kids to create The Beekeepers' Mural at Clayton Community Centre. Each camper participated in a field trip to a local hive, where they met a beekeeper from the Honeybee Centre. Campers saw how the hive works and learned the importance of healthy bee communities. Afterwards, campers painted a hexagon tile that became part of the final honeycomb pattern mural. View the final project to see what is buzzing.

People viewing an interactive mural featuring bee-themed artwork on honeycomb panels at a community event.
Play with Tamara
Photo of Tamara Unroe looking at the camera, a woman with glasses and white hair tied into two buns on top of her head, wearing a purple shirt and grew sweater


Tamara Unroe is a maker, a puppeteer, and a committed dumpster diver. She studied visual art at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and puppetry with Sandglass Theatre in Vermont. She has worked with artists and communities in Canada, Taiwan, Europe, and Thailand. Tamara builds large- scale puppets, shadow puppets, costumes, and sculptural installations, often incorporating found objects and sound.

In spring of 2022, community members joined Tamara to play with puppets, light, and sound. Check out the completed video projects below!



children watching shadow puppets
Strike a Pose with Claire Moore
Claire Moore


Claire Moore is a multi-media artist who lives and works near Crescent Beach. Her art practice ranges from small-scale sculptural interventions to large format oil paintings and her process is often collaborative.

Claire has collected poses from the Clayton Heights community—poses that reflect people's experience of the past year. Claire's drawings explore the many ways people have been impacted by the pandemic and how we hold these memories in our bodies. The collection of drawings, entitled Strike a Pose, is on display at Clayton Community Centre.


A long gallery wall with life-drawing images hung on it and two people walking towards the camera, looking at the drawings.
Photo by Brian Giebelhaus: Strike a Pose, Claire Moore, 2021
Tell Your Story with Jude
Jude Campbell


Jude Campbell is a Surrey-based artist who collects found objects and personal historical artifacts. She reconfigures these into multimedia installations to give voice to personal and community stories.

After meeting with local residents to listen to their stories, Jude used the text from these stories to create a hanging sculpture entitled COVID Reflections that hangs in Clayton Community Centre.


Image of a hanging sculpture made from acetate sheets rolled into cones and hung in spirals, painted in shades of blue with words stenciled on. Photo from underneath the sculpture looking straight up at it.
Photo by Brian Giebelhaus: COVID Reflections, Jude Campbell, 2021.