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Visual Arts Guide 2017-18 Essex



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ARTSeast Visual Arts Guide – Essex

Welcome to the Essex Visual Arts Guide 2017-18 The county of Essex has a rich artistic heritage from the captivating North Essex landscapes of John Constable to the equestrian paintings of Sir Alfred Munnings who made Dedham his home and inspiration. From the 1930s to the 1950s the county was also home to a group of artists living in or around the village of Great Bardfield. The best known of these was Edward Bawden known for his prints, book covers, posters and garden metalwork furniture. In modern times, the county has produced Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry whose recent project ‘A House for Essex’ is a beautifully-designed building just outside the village of Wrabness.

Cover image: Sylvia Paul (Field of Joy)

Alongside these famous names, Essex has produced - or provided a creative home for - a myriad of artists. Today this proud artistic tradition abounds with

The Essex Visual Arts Guide 2017-18

stunning galleries, impressive art trails, excellent

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open studios and many craft and artisan markets. This Essex Visual Arts Guide highlights many of the people and organisations that make up the thriving art scene in this part of the world. It’s a handy guide

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for art lovers to keep close by while artists, craftspeople and gallery owners can use it to promote their work. At ARTSeast we have regularly produced visual arts guides for both Norfolk and Suffolk and we’re proud to include Essex in our repertoire.

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The Munnings Art Museum Talented painter Sir Alfred Munnings made Dedham his home. Now a stunning museum dedicated to his work, his home Castle House is a must-see for art lovers.

As a young man in 1898,

was capturing rivers and

Sir Alfred Munnings

their surrounding

visited Flatford with his

landscapes and it is this

father. Looking back to

intensely personal aspect

those days he wrote; ‘We

of his work that is

found it beautiful,

explored in Munnings and

unspoilt, as in the days

the River, running until

of Constable. The mill

October 29th this year.

was working – no curiosity for sightseers then. There were the locks, the barges, the towpaths and the horses. No bottles or foodpapers littering the meadows. No sound of car or char-abanc. Only the sound of the mill, ducks n the stream and

Munnings and the River features almost 50 original oil and watercolour paintings, plus drawings, photographs and personal items, including correspondence between Munnings and his close friend, the Poet Laureate, John Masefield.

breeze in the trees.” As an adult, the renowned equestrian artist followed in the footsteps of his inspiration, Constable, and bought the ‘house of his dreams’ - Castle House in Dedham where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. His desire to make his paintings accessible after his death in 1959 resulted in Lady Munnings opening Castle House to the public in 1961. Today, The Munnings Art Museum, at Castle House, owns more than 650 paintings and welcomes visitors from all over the world with changing displays of Munnings’ work

Study of a River Landscape, Sir Alfred Munnings, 1940 © The Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

– plus an amazing archive of letters, photography and other artefacts - presented throughout the rooms of this elegant Tudor and Georgian building.

Born beside the Waveney, rivers captivated Munnings throughout his life. So much so that he spent over forty

Though Sir Alfred Munnings’ reputation was founded on

years at Castle House, situated as it is a short walk from

his depictions of people and horses, his private passion

the Stour. Appropriately then, Munnings and the River

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meanders chronologically through the artist’s depiction

on Twitter, like the ‘Munnings Art Museum’ Facebook

of various riverscapes, exploring and celebrating his

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artistic and literary responses to the subject with which he held such an affinity. The exhibition also reveals Munnings deft use of the brush to recreate shimmering light on the moving surface of water and choice of colour. Indeed, Sir Alfred once declared “pink is the colour of the river”. Visitors to Munnings and the River also have the opportunity to see a further 150 works by the artist, located throughout Castle House, charting the rise of this miller’s son to multimillion pound selling artist. For more information about this and other exhibitions

September Afternoon, Sir Alfred Munnings, 1930 © The Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

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‘Holkham Beach’

Oil on Canvas

18˝ x 18˝

Paintings of East Anglia, Northumbria, Scotland, India, Portugal, Seychelles, Bahamas and many other locations.

Tel: 07711 555 812

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Iconic Sculpture Town Harlow New Town remains a model for urban design, its masterplan by the architect Sir Frederick Gibberd studied by planners and architects worldwide. But it is equally renowned for its exceptional collection of 20th century sculpture, a collection which grew with the development of the town.

Alan Freeman and Karen Murphy

won a Special Commendation from the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Public Sculpture in 2011.

The collection began in 1953 and amongst its first pieces includes Allan Sly

Family Group by Henry

Moore, now housed in the Civic Centre and Contrapuntal Forms by Barbara Hepworth. This piece was ‘won’ in the raffle of works commissioned for the Exhibition of Britain in 1951 on London’s Southbank and still sits amongst the houses in which it was originally placed having recently undergone restoration. Care for the collection, which now numbers over 90 works spread throughout the town and all Soukop

outside or on

public view, is the responsibility of Harlow Art Trust. Amongst the most beloved works are Donkey by Willi Soukop and Boar by Elizabeth Frink. The Trust also aid the commissioning of new sculpture in Harlow and have begun a loan programme to bring works by contemporary practitioners to the town. Harlow is officially designated SCULPTURE TOWN and

The Gibberd Gallery within the Civic Centre combines annual sculpture exhibitions with the ever-popular Harlow Open, showcasing local talent and always hotly contested! The Gallery is also the home of the Gibberd Watercolour Collection, bequeathed to the town by Sir Frederick and containing works by Edward Bawden, John Nash and Elizabeth Blackadder on permanent display. The Friends of Harlow Sculpture and the Gibberd Gallery offer regular sculpture tours of Harlow, including the home and gardens of it’s architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, so any fan of the visual arts can get a real insight into the town’s history and how


sculpture has been central to it! Contact the Gibberd Gallery for more information. Tel: 01279 446404 • To discover Harlow’s Sculpture trails download the ThinkCulture app for Android and iOS users. | 7

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Firstsite © Richard Bryant

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A Contemporary Gallery for All Firstsite is a public contemporary art gallery in

tapestries, woodcuts, ceramics and tiles designed for the

Colchester. Over the last fifteen years it has gained a

House as well as sketchbooks and photographs that

strong reputation, presenting ambitious work to new

chart its development.

audiences in the East of England and beyond. Situated in Colchester’s ‘cultural quarter,’ the present building was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, and opened in 2011. Firstsite is a partner of Plus Tate, which uses Tate's resources to contribute to a network of arts

Moving into the Winter period, the gallery is excited to bring another major exhibition, this time by iconic artist Rose Finn-Kelcey. This runs from December 2ndFebruary 25th. There is also a packed yearly programme of talks, exhibitions and activities.

organisations across the country, and to increase public access to the national collection of British and

This year has also seen the formation of a new partnership between First and

international modern and

the independent cinema group,

contemporary art.

Curzon This unique gallery offers a The collaboration will mark the

constantly changing programme of exhibitions, film screenings,

first time that Curzon has ever

performances, activities and

partnered with a public gallery. First site will screen a wide

events for people of all ages.

range of independent and This autumn - running from November 18th - they are delighted to present The Life of

Grayson Perry, In its Familiarity Golden, 2015. Tapestry 290 x 343cm. Published by Paragon© Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro, London

Julie Cope, an exhibition of works by Turner Prizewinning artist Grayson Perry. The show is made up of four large-scale tapestries, as well as material related to A House for Essex (20122015), the building designed by Perry in collaboration with Charles Holland of FAT Architecture. An ornate ceramic-clad, gingerbread-like edifice, the House serves as a secular chapel to the memory of a fictional Essex woman, Julie Cope. Situated overlooking the scenic Stour Estuary in the village of Wrabness in north- east Essex, it is both an artwork in itself and the setting for a number of works by Perry that explore the special

mainstream films in its state-ofthe-art 188-seat tiered

auditorium with digital cinema technology. This will complement its already successful programme of live screenings of theatre, opera and ballet performances. Firstsite is also in the process of compiling its own Wunderkammer - a cabinet of curiosities - that will grow over time. This permanent display features objects from collections across the region including A. Acland Hunt’s painting ‘Dr William Gilbert showing his experiments on Electricity to Queen Elizabeth and her Court’ c.1900, accompanied by a vitrine of objects contemporary to the reign of Queen Elizabeth including elaborately designed Tudor placements, smoking pipes and a powder flask.

character and unique qualities of the county. The exhibition will be a unique presentation consisting of

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Artist Profile: Sylvia Paul

Renowned in the county and further afield for her stunning mix of paintings and collages, Sylvia talks about her influences and love of teaching… ‘I grew up in a fantastically creative house where my

visits to Japan and held exhibitions there. In particular,

parents encouraged me to paint, sew, draw and even do

this experience has influenced my collage work as I’ve

papier mache,’ recalls Sylvia. ‘At school I loved to draw

now been inspired to use Japanese papers and it’s also

and quickly realised I was good at it. I remember once

helped me to work in a more abstract way.

doing a history project on King Henry VIII - I chose to draw his wives in costume! After a two-year art foundation at Colchester School of

Alongside my art, I also teach workshops and hold demonstrations for art groups across Essex and the surrounding counties. I run regular one or two day

Art, I trained as a teacher and went on to have two

workshops at the fantastic Watershed Studio in St Osyth,

children. During this time, I carried on painting and

Clacton-on-Sea in either oils and acrylics or collages.

holding exhibitions until eventually I decided to give up

I love demonstrating my work and techniques to art

teaching to be an artist full time.

groups and am also available to hold specific

My work mainly consists of painting in oils and acrylics,

workshops for these groups should they want me.

paper collages and, more recently, fabric and stitch. I’ve

I’m a regular contributor to the international arts

always loved landscapes, particularly gardens and

magazine Paint & Draw and people can watch my

woodlands, and I also enjoy painting marine subjects.

videos on YouTube (Sylvia Paul Art) demonstrating my

Still life has always attracted me too as I love painting

work. One of my collage videos has 40,000 views

all sorts of colours together, particularly flowers.

to date.

The country of Japan has also influenced me greatly.

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Sylvia Paul Paintings. Mixed Media. Textiles.

Colchester Gallery exhibits paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture for sale. We present regular exhibitions demonstrating the wide of range of works created by local artists.

• Open studio • Demonstrations • Workshops 01255 508525

Sara Johnson, Trevor Osborne, Sylvia Paul, Nial Adams, John Devitt and Stephen Higton.

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35A North Hill, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1QR Opposite The Marquis of Granby on a street of great restaurants. One accessible parking space Hours: Wed-Sat, 11.00 - 5.00 or by appointment Tel: 07827 490 344

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A Tower Unlike Any Other The Naze Tower is a unique building offering heritage, culture, food and spectacular views….

The Naze Tower in Walton-

artists from East Anglia is

on-the-Naze was built in

shown each year in a range

1720 for Trinity House as a

of media, from painting and

Navigation Mark for ships

photography to ceramics and

sailing in and out of the port

glass. The exhibitions

of Harwich. In its early days it

highlight the creative talent

would have had a beacon on

that is abundant in our

the top with fires lit. It is the


predecessor of the reflective

In 2017 the Autumn

lighthouse which was

Exhibition runs until October

invented about 100 years

31st. It will show the uplifting

later. The Naze Tower is

and tranquil paintings of

grade 2* listed for unique

Kirstin Handley inspired by

architectural interest.

music and spending time in

This historic landmark is

the countryside. Bold and

dramatically situated on the

decorative animal and bird

cliffs at The Naze - its roof-

illustrations by Ella Johnston.

viewing platform gives 360-

Ceramics inspired by the

degree panoramic views of

Suffolk coast and countryside

coastal Essex and Suffolk. Inside,

by Louise Mock and beautiful

the tower houses an art gallery, a

tactile wooden bowls and vessels

museum about the history of the

by Nicholas Rowe.

Tower and the Naze and a tea

Each year they also choose Tower

rooms with seating inside and

Favourites who will show different

outside serving freshly

work throughout the season. One

prepared lunches, handmade cakes and dairy ice creams.

Kirstin Han

such artist is celebrated Norfolk artist dley – The

path that

Throughout each season three art exhibitions are


Samuel Thomas. Influenced by pop art, art deco & the psychedelic - picture

programmed in the art galleries - Spring, Summer and

perfect moments in life exude with intense colour

Autumn. Work by about forty established and emerging

combinations & intricate patterns:“maybe the grass

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really is greener on the other side.’' The Naze Tower has an interesting history illustrated in its museum with one of its most intriguing uses being a Tea House in the eighteenth century, especially as it houses a tea room today. The Tower is recorded as being used for this purpose by Martha Ray, a famous opera singer who was mistress to Lord Sandwich and a

book ‘Secret Water’. Northwards you can see along the Suffolk coast as far as Orfordness and on a very clear day to the south the coast of Kent. Also at the Naze there is the SSSI Naze cliffs which are popular with fossil hunters, great walks, open space and the beach to enjoy as well as the new Essex Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre.

close friend of the Rt. Hon Richard Rigby MP who was

The Naze Tower is nearly 300 years old but has had a

custodian of the Tower. He owned Walton Hall on the

couple of recent battles to fight. The first with the sea,

Naze and many of their friends from London came to

due to coastal erosion its future existence was

stay by the sea. Martha was involved in a scandal of

threatened. When it was built, the Tower was quarter of a

the day as she was shot dead when leaving the Royal

mile inland, by 2011 it was 50 metres from the edge.

Opera House in London by a jilted suitor and clergyman,

After years of campaigning, a £1.2 million sea defence

James Hackman.

Crag Walk was built in front of the Tower to ensure its

The tower has also frequently been commandeered by the armed forces. During the 2nd World War it was a very active radar tower with RAF operators stationed in the tower and a large rotating ‘chain home low’ radar dish installed on the roof for detecting enemy aircraft and ships.

future. By 2014 the Tower was once again ‘at risk’ this time from itself. Years of incorrect building work on the Tower meant that it couldn’t breathe and it was becoming too damp making its use untenable. Essential restoration work was required including re-pointing all 86ft of the tower. With the help of Historic England the Naze Tower underwent a £250,000 restoration in 2015

The Naze Tower was renovated and opened as a visitor

ensuring future generations can enjoy this unique

attraction by the current owners in 2004 - the first time


in the Tower’s history that the public had access to this unique building and its spectacular panoramic views. From the top you can see the beautiful salt marsh

The Naze Tower is open every day from April 1st until October 31st,10am to 5pm. It is closed in the winter.

island and inlets of the SSSI Hamford Waters National

For more information and to find about exhibitions in

Nature Reserve, the inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s

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106 High Street, Epping, Essex CM1 64AF

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Sue Thomas Silk Painter Original Silk and Batik Art work. Workshops and regular classes. Guild of Silk Painters. Batik Guild. Essex Silk Painters. 01277 363470 Pure Silk Originals.

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Christine May

The Twizzle Gallery at Westwater Chandlery exhibits work by local professional artists.

Marine/Still Life artist

Includes paintings, photography, etchings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and textiles. The venue also offers creative art workshops. Located at the picturesque Titchmarsh Marina CO14 8SL, this gallery is a hidden gem. Open every day (except Christmas) 10am - 4pm. Tel: 01255 676411

Work on show at Twizzle Gallery Walton on the Naze or by appointment @

Multicoloured Sculpture, 2D reliefs

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