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Focal Point Gallery

The Forum Southend-on-Sea Address: Elmer Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1NB Phone: 01702 534108

Focal Point Gallery is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in South Essex at the ground floor of Southend’s Central Library, The Forum. Founded in 1990, the gallery promotes and commissions major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows which reflect and respond to the unique context and heritage of Southend-on-Sea and the county of Essex.

The gallery has multiple outputs across the town including a year-round programme of high-quality exhibitions, events, publications, projects and temporary public artworks. Working with a diverse range of artists at all stages of their career, the gallery seeks to provide residents and visitors the opportunity to experience, participate and learn about challenging and ambitious examples of U.K. and international contemporary art.

As a key focus of our output, Focal Point Gallery’s learning programme aims to engage people of all ages in current debates around contemporary art, and looks to extend and develop new audiences. We consider the philosophies and working methods of the artists in our exhibitions programme as the starting point for inspiration, aspiration and discussion in the community. On this basis, the gallery seeks to proactively engage with a wide range of local community groups, schools, young people and children.

The Original ArtShop

17 Sir Isaac’s Walk, Colchester CO1 1JJ Art Shop Tel: 01206 571999

  • The Original Artshop is a long established gallery, celebrating 30 years in business having opened it’s doors in 1988.
  • The gallery is an independently run business who pride themselves on excellent customer service and has built up a well-respected reputation by being approachable, professional and welcoming.
  • The gallery deals with the best publishers and artists, is modern, inviting and full of exciting and ever-changing displays of the most talented and collected artists in the UK and beyond.
  • The gallery also offers a quality bespoke onsite framing service to all its customers, which includes skilled advice and a unique and personal design service for the framing of client’s artwork, memorabilia and photography etc.

Aubrey Art Gallery

Post Office, High St, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1AW This gallery has now closed it doors

A great gallery of local East Anglian artists. Very nice to see female artists being promoted. So many techniques used in various styles. Pity the location is behind the post office in Dunmow so not easily visible from the main road.

The Aubrey Art Gallery is now closed.

It is with deep regret that the gallery will be completely closing from 31st. August and the web site ending on 24th. August. We have enjoyed ten wonderful years of running the gallery – amazing pictures, some fascinating conversations , meeting such diverse and interesting people – but the time seems right for this decision . Thank you for your support and interest in the gallery. Wishing you all the very best In the future. Elizabeth Davies.

Art Exchange

Art Exchange University of Essex Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ
Tel. 01206 873184 | gallery@essex.ac.uk | www.artexchange.org.uk

University of Essex

Placing the artist at its core, Art Exchange is a space where art, artists and audiences can meet. Their programme of exhibitions, talks and events creates a platform for ideas to be exchanged and connections to be made.

Art Exchange show international, contemporary art by established and emerging artists, historic figures who continue to inspire, and group shows relevant to current debate. Art Exchange artist-in-residence programme allows them to commission new works that respond to the world around us.

Sited at the University of Essex in Colchester, Art Exchange are inspired by an intellectually curious audience, while the research and study around us feeds into our programme of talks, films and debate. Combined with Art Exchange family days, workshops with schools and outreach activity, they offer ways for everyone to get involved and enjoy great art.

ENQUIRIES

For general enquiries please email: gallery@essex.ac.uk

Tel: 01206 873184

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday – Friday (11am – 5pm)
Saturday (12pm – 4pm)

Jockey

Oil on Canvas by Sir Alfred Munnings

Study Jockeys at the Start, Newmarket

“Study: Jockeys at the Start, Newmarket”

Medium: Oil on Canvas board Size: 50.8 x 61 cm. (20 x 24 in.)

Born: 8 October 1878, Mendham
Died: 17 July 1959, Dedham
Other Artworks: The Red Prince Mare, Changing Horses
Buried: St. Paul’s Cathedral, City of London
Education: Norwich University Of The Arts
Spouse: Violet Munnings (m. 1920–1959), Florence Carter-Wood (m. 1912–1914)

Sir Alfred James Munnings, (British, 1878–1959) KCVO, PRA was known as one of England’s finest painters of horses and as an outspoken critic of Modernism. The loss of sight in his right eye in an accident in 1898 did not deflect his determination to paint, and in 1899 two of his pictures were shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Munnings bought Castle House, Dedham, in 1919, describing it as ‘the house of my dreams’. He used the house and adjoining studio extensively throughout the rest of his career, and it was opened as the Munnings Art Museum in the early 1960s.

The oil painting “Study: Jockeys at the Start, Newmarket” is a typical subject for Munnings. He appeared to love outdoor equestrian and farm animal subjects. This painting packed with action and drama, in his typical lose style executed on a medium size board canvas. The contrasting colours of the jockey’s outfits make for great drama, movement of the horses are portrayed in line and texture, all depited eager to race to the finish.

Exhibition Grayson Perry

Exhibition Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope

Art Exhibition, Sat 18 Nov 2017 – Sun 18 Feb 2018, free entry to Firstsite Colchester

Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope is a unique presentation comprising of tapestries, woodcuts, ceramics and tiles designed by the Turner Prize-winning artist for A House for Essex (2015), the building designed by the artist in collaboration with Charles Holland of FAT Architecture. A House for Essex serves as a secular chapel to the memory of a fictional Essex woman, Julie Cope, created by Grayson Perry. Located overlooking the scenic Stour Estuary in the village of Wrabness in north-east Essex, the House is both an artwork in itself and the setting for a number of artworks by Grayson Perry that explore the distinct character and unique qualities of the county.

The exhibition will include all four large-scale tapestries made for the House as well as sketchbooks, drawings and photographs that chart its development. The Essex House Tapestries: The Life of Julie Cope (2015), illustrate the key events in the protagonist’s journey, from her birth on Canvey Island during the great flood of 1953 to her untimely death in a tragic accident on Colchester High Street. Overflowing with cultural and architectural detail, the tapestries contain a social history of Essex and modern Britain that reflects Firstsite’s year-long focus on contemporary identity.
The two further tapestries, made for the bedrooms at A House for Essex, are portraits of Julie and her life with each of her husbands: Julie and Rob (2013), and Julie and Dave (2015). Also included in the show is a series of black and white woodcuts, entitled Six Snapshots of Julie, which depict the six decades of Julie’s life.
When writing Julie’s biography, Perry looked to the English ballad and folktale tradition, narrating a life that conveys the beauty, vibrancy and contradictions of the ordinary individual. These artworks represent, in Perry’s words, ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life.’

Grayson Perry house: The Life of Julie Cope

A House for Essex was commissioned by Living Architecture, which was founded to change public perceptions about modern architecture by building houses that are rented by the public for holidays.
Grayson Perry CBE RA (born 24 March 1960) is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases. Perry’s vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive presence. There is a strong autobiographical portion in his work, in which images of Perry as “Claire”, his female alter-ego, often appear. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003.
In 2008 Perry was ranked number 32 in The Telegraph’s list of the “100 most powerful people in British culture”. In 2012, Perry was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork—the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover—to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life.
The Turner Prize, named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, is an annual prize presented to a British visual artist. Between 1991 and 2016, only artists under the age of 50 were eligible. Awarding the prize is organised by the Tate gallery and usually staged at Tate Britain, though in recent years the award ceremony has sometimes been held in other UK cities. Since its beginnings in 1984 it has become the UK’s most publicised art award. The award represents all media.

Aspects of Myself 2001 Grayson Perry, Purchased from Laurent Delaye Gallery with assistance from David and Janice Blackburn 2002 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T07904

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
The Most Popular Art Exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, London; travelling to Arnolfini, Bristol
2016
Hold Your Beliefs Lightly, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; travelling to ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
My Pretty Little Art Career, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2015
Provincial Punk, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Small Differences, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2014
Who are You?, National Portrait Gallery, London
Walthamstow Tapestry, Winchester Discovery Centre
2013 – 2017
The Vanity of Small Differences (UK Art Fund/British Council National and International Tour): Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Tyne and Wear; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry; Croome Park, Worcester; Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury; Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv, Ukraine; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia; National Gallery, Pristina, Kosovo; Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia

The Minories Art Gallery

The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also the Batte-Lay Tea Rooms (run by Tiptree) and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories. The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.
The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Entry is Free.

The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street, CO1 1UE, Colchester, United Kingdom

Tel: (01206) 712437
E-mail: the.minories@colchester.ac.uk 

Colchester School of Art we are proud to have a history dating from 1885, the year the original Art School was founded.
As well as being witness to the many great developments and upheavals of the twentieth century, the Art School has adapted to the increasing pace of change in contemporary art and design practice.
Today we strive to maintain the integrity of our courses, at the heart of which is a desire to develop concepts, designs and objects that will challenge and inspire. We believe in skill, traditional or otherwise, as a basis for understanding how ideas can exist.

Switchboard: 01206 712000
Course Enquiries: 01206 712777
Online Enquiry Form

Colchester School of Art,
Colchester Institute,
Sheepen Road,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO3 3LL

The Fry Art Gallery

The Fry Art Gallery

The Fry Public Art Gallery was opened in 1987 and houses an impressive number of paintings, prints, illustrations, wallpapers and decorative designs by artists of the 20th century and the present day who have local connections and have made a significant contribution to their field. There is an emphasis on those who for a variety of reasons settled in Great Bardfield between the early thirties of the last century and the death in 1983 of John Aldridge RA who had lived in the village for fifty years.

Edward Bawden RA who, with his friend Eric Ravilious, discovered Bardfield a year before the arrival of Aldridge and dominated the scene for almost four decades, is represented by nearly 600 items. The Gallery has also acquired work by Ravilious and his wife Tirzah Garwood, and by those other artists who came to the village during the second world war – Michael Rothenstein RA, and his wife Duffy (now Duffy Ayers), Kenneth Rowntree, & George Chapman. The collection also includes prints and paintings by Bawden’s son Richard, and examples of the very varied work of artists who made their way to Bardfield in the 1950s – Marianne Straub, Audrey Cruddas, Sheila Robinson, Bernard Cheese and Walter Hoyle.

The Gallery was built in 1856 to house the collection of Francis Gibson, a local Quaker businessman, and the building passed by descent to the Fry family, from whom the Fry Art Gallery Society purchased it in 2015.

The Fry Art Gallery

Castle Street,
Saffron Walden,
Essex,
CB10 1BD

01799 513779
(24hrs answerphone)

info@fryartgallery.org

Artisan Galleries

ARTISAN GALLERY is a leading independent supplier in the contemporary fine art market offering a diverse range of artists works from both the UK and the international art scene. Established for over 36 years, we are a family business operating in Essex.

Modern Art Prints

At Artisan Gallery, we are a proud supplier of stunning modern art prints and originals from some of the most respected artists in the industry, such as Neil Dawson, Bob Dylan, Marvel signed Stan Lee prints, JJ Adams, and Kerry Darlington. Our paintings for sale are contemporary and incorporate stunning colours and detail; making these beautiful masterpieces incredibly sought-after.

Fine Art Prints

We are dedicated to providing our customers with a superb selection of some of the best fine art prints in the art industry, and you can rest assured that each of our paintings for sale has been skilfully created by some of the most talented international artists. Here at Artisan Galleries, we offer art canvas prints in a range of artwork styles, including landscape fine art prints, figurative paintings for sale, sculptured modern art prints and humour and naive fine art prints.

Original Paintings

As well as art canvas prints, we are also delighted to provide our customers with original paintings for sale, so our customers can purchase one-of-a-kind paintings for sale which are ideal to start or add to an art collection. If you would like to own some artwork which was actually created on the paper you own, you should be sure to consider our original paintings for sale instead of our art prints for sale. Investment into original art is on the increase, as most art pieces can increase in value over time. Therefore, if you decide to sell your collection or a piece then you may benefit from a significant return on your investment. Limited Edition Art

Artisan Galleries offer a broad range of limited edition modern art prints which have been signed by the artist, so you should check out our fantastic collections of art prints for sale today.

sales@artisangallery.co.uk

01992 570 998

Located in Epping High Street, a thriving community on the borders of Epping Forest in Essex, Artisan Gallery is your local outlet for contemporary fine art prints, original paintings, photography and sculpture. Showcasing a range of artists from popular and contemporary icons such as Bob Dylan, JJ Adams, Kerry Darlington, and signed Stan Lee Marvel prints to more traditional and emerging artists and local talents, some of which are exclusive to Artisan Gallery.

Our Epping Gallery regularly holds exhibitions; meet the artist shows and other exciting art events. We would be delighted to welcome you and discuss our range of artworks, whether for your home or office.

Our Epping Art Gallery is open Mon-Sat 9:30am – 6:00pm but closed Wednesday and Sunday. We look forward to welcoming you in the gallery very soon!

196-198 High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4AQ

Jaywick Martello Tower

Jaywick Martello Tower supports creative collaborations relating to the themes of Community, Heritage and Environment that affect our lives today.

Jaywick Martello Tower is our Environment, our Community and our Heritage. We pursue opportunities and ventures that make this not only a gallery, workshop space, or meeting point but all of these things

Contact Details: Telephone:- 01255 822783
Email:-  jaywickmartellotower@hotmail.co.uk
Address:- Jaywick Martello Tower
The Promenade,
Belsize Avenue,
Jaywick Sands,

Essex CO15 2LF

For details of what is happening now or in the near future at Jaywick Martello Tower, please see our Whats On page or join our Mailing List and we will keep you informed of any future events.

Coastal Open 2017

If you are interested in displaying your work in the Coastal Open 2017 then please return download an application form and guidelines here and submit before Monday 8th August by either email or post.

Email: jaywickmartellotower@hotmail.co.uk

Post: Coastal Open Exhibition Entries,

Jaywick Martello Tower,

Belsize Avenue,

Jaywick Sands,

Co15 2LF

Junior Wardens

Coastal Open 2015

The sixth annual Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists and groups, giving a chance to showcase their talents in arts and crafts. Work included ceramics, photography, textiles, painting plus much more.

Over 80 artworks were exhibited from over 30 individual artists and groups displayed their work with artist ageing from 8 to 80’s

One feature was a marine mixed media peice by the Jaywick Junior Wardens. The Junior Wardens worked with artist Valerie Osment to create a peice inspirated by the marine life of Jaywick.

An associate event of Essex Summer of Art.

 Martello

Coastal Open 2014

2014 saw the fifth celebration of local artists work. The exhibition gave local talent in arts and crafts to display in the unusal setting of Jaywick Martello Tower. It provided an opportunity to demonstrate what inspires them about your community, environment and heritage through your artwork.

Image: Martello Beach by Carol Dawson