Poetry and illustration - Listen to contemporary poet Malika Booker sum up the spirit of every chronological period, through her evocative haikus written especially for us in 2006. Or look for Cicely Mary Barker's famous 'Flower fairies...' series of books from the 1920s.
Music and dance - Find out about musicians as diverse as the 19th century composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Ray Burns, better known as 'Captain Sensible' of the punk band The Damned. Hear the stories of practitioners such as Aubrey Bryan, who made steel pans and taught local children to play them, and the Kathakali dancer Vasu Pillai, whose beautiful costume is on display in the gallery.
Visual art - See original artwork by Norman Partridge, who painted 'Croydon Courageous' in 1945-6 as a tribute to the wartime emergency services, and Bridget Riley, who was born in Norwood and taught at Croydon School of Art in the early 1960s.
Intrigued and inspired? You should be because, as you can see, Croydon has a long and proud history of involvement in the arts and that's just a small selection of what's on offer in one gallery. If you love ancient art and ceramics, don't miss the Riesco Gallery and our Exhibition Gallery showcases changing displays of paintings, drawings and prints from the Croydon Art Collection, as well as annual shows by Croydon Art Society, one of Britain's oldest groups with some distinguished members past and present.