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Southend Art Club

The Southend Art Club was established in 1929 as The Southend Art Circle with the aim To promote the appreciation and practice of art in the area. It reformed after WW2 as The Southend Sketch Club and assumed its current name in 1969.

Today membership exceeds 250 and every year exhibitions of work are held in the town. Several members also successfully exhibit at national level and are prominent in Art World circles.
Southend Art Club hold workshops and demonstrations by professional artists on Saturdays at roughly fortnightly intervals throughout the year. Outings to places of interest are also arranged from time to time.
Secretary Jayne Andrews

We are holding our Autumn Exhibition at:

The Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

There are approximately 300 paintings in all styles and genres.

It is open to the public from 6pm on Sunday the 14th of August till 9pm and on all other days from 10am to 9pm except Wednesday when we close at 4.30pm.

Maldon Art Club

Maldon Art Club (MAC) is a well established adult art group, providing a year long programme of art activities in Maldon.
MAC meet weekly on Tuesdays, from September to May at the Upper Plume School Dining Hall in Fambridge Road, Maldon, followed by an outdoor summer programme.

In addition to our regular meetings where members choose their own work and medium, an annual  programme of events is arranged. The events include visiting galleries and exhibitions, inviting professional artists to demonstrate their work or technique, holding outdoor meetings and exhibiting club member’s work.  The group also enjoys locally held social events.

Maldon Art Club has been active in the cultural life of Maldon since 1942. It started as one of the groups that were formed to support and continue cultural activities in towns and cities in what was the worst year of the war for people in this country. In addition to art, drama, choral and orchestral music groups were formed and after the war a camera club was added.
Money was provided by the Maldon Educational Settlement that was associated with the Essex Educational Committee. In the Moot Hall archives we found a financial statement from 1956 which records the Art Club as having an income of £1.11s.6d and the Art Club class 7 Guineas.

Like so many organizations, this Club owes its existence to the enthusiasm and commitment of its members.Maldon Art Club

Hylands Artist Studios

Hylands Artist Studios & Clock Tower Gallery

A diverse group of artists and craftsmen resident in the historic stables on the Hylands Estate in Chelmsford promoting creativity to a wider audience

Hylands Artist Studios Stables Visitor Centre, Hylands Estate, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ

Open to the public Sundays and Mondays  10-4pm

Stables Bookshop & Gallery Open 7 days per week, Free Parking

The Clock Tower Gallery (Probably the smallest Clock Tower Gallery in the world!)

The tiny gallery, measuring 1m x 1.8m, is housed upstairs with the Artist Studios in the stables building alongside the historic workings of the clock tower.
2015 will see this little space show its first ever mini exhibition curated by one of the resident artists. One piece of work will be selected from each of the Hylands Artists and displayed in the Clock Tower Gallery.
Each themed exhibition will last for about 6 weeks before another of the artists selects work of their choice.
All the work will be for sale and available for collection at the end of each exhibition.

East Anglian Group of Marine Artists

East Anglian Group of Marine Artists are a small group of professional and semi-professional artists with a shared enthusiasm for depicting marine subjects.
Together with holding exhibitions the group also meet socially and take part in outdoor painting days several times a year, usually including one ‘afloat’ on members’ yachts, or often aboard a Thames Sailing Barge.

The Group came into being in 1979 when six marine painters met at the famous ‘Butt and Oyster’ pub at Pin Mill, located on the banks of the River Orwell in Suffolk.
Soon others were invited to join, amongst them some well known and highly regarded artists who were also attracted by the allure of the subject matter on offer along the East Coast.
Following an inaugural exhibition in 1980 the group has advanced progressively both in quality and diversity to make it the respected organisation it is today.

We are always happy to answer any enquiries, so if you have any questions, or would like to offer your support, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Membership enquiries    contact  Andrew King – Membership Secretary

Exhibition enquiries        contact  John Shave – Exhibitions Officer

General enquiries           contact  Richard Dack – Chairman

The Estuary Gallery

The Estuary Gallery Fine Art Photography by Leigh-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea based photographer Ian James and Artist Josephine James painting and exhibiting modern and tradit

The Estuary Gallery showing the Fine Art Photography by Ian James(Saatchi Online Artist)  and Fine Art Painting by Josephine James.
This website to which I am continuously adding images replaces our previous website at

The Art Gallery for Leigh. The  Estuary Gallery Co-operative at 2 Belton Corner, Marine Parade, Leigh,SS9 2HP.  (We are situated at the top of Belton Way where there is paid  parking) A 2 hour limit is in force in the main Leigh shopping area.

The Gallery is a co-operative of 7 Leigh artists :- Ian James,  Josephine James,   Jonathan Trim,  Terry Sibson, Susan Allen,  Adrian Lane, Bronwyn Oldham and David Greenwood.  All showing a variety of art from Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour and mixed media Paintings and Photography.

Opening times will be Saturdays  10am to 5pm.  Other times by arrangement with the artist in whose work you are interested
Details on door of Gallery of all artists details or telephone Ian on 07768871875
As the gallery is a co-operative all the artists share the duty on the opening days thus if you ring me I can advise you which artists is on duty and when at the gallery

The images mainly cover the East Coast and can be ordered as Canvases or prints. The postcards and cards are my photographs of the local area with a selection of  cards reproduced from the watercolours by Josephine James.
My wife (whose paintings can be seen in the Gallery “Paintings by Josephine James”) and I have worked as artists showing our work at various galleries around the country and mainly in Leigh-on-Sea since 1985.

The images in the galleries can be printed on fine art canvas or paper to any size depending on when the original image was taken, but the most important consideration is for you to first work out the size of the space where you would like the picture to hang.

Leigh Art Trail

A not for profit, volunteer run, community organisation, showcasing the work of local contemporary artists & designers

The Leigh Art Trail Association is a non-profit making members organisation established to promote the artistic talents of its member artists, guests and the artistic talents of the wider Leigh-on-Sea community through the events that it holds. LAT receives no public funding and is self financing through members subscription fees, commissions on members sales and the generous donation of our sponsor Southend Adult Community College (SACC).

Originally set up by a community of high-spirited artists wanting to provide an outlet for their work locally, the Leigh Art Trail was the first of its kind in the East of England. Because of the large number and high quality of professional artists in the town, many people now refer to Leigh on Sea as the St. Ives of the East. This year’s trail wouldn’t have taken place if not for the many, many hours of organisation from the voluntary Directors; Bronwyn Oldham, Simon Feather, Tricia North and Emma Bell. We would also like to extend a special thank you to fellow LAT Director David Osborn, from Clouders Accountants and David Elcock from Leigh Road Baptist Church. The event is much loved by both residents and tourists, and the Leigh Art Trail is always proud to support artistic activity that continues to thrive locally. Next year will be the 20th year of the Trail and we hope to make it very special. If you would like to get involved from sponsorship to taking part, please contact us at

Essex Art Societies

TheBlackwater Decorative & Fine Arts Society

BDFAS is a Member Society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, which was launched in 1968 and now has over 340 local societies in the UK and Mainland Europe, 3 in New Zealand and a sister association in Australia. With 90,000 members worldwide, NADFAS works towards promoting and preserving the arts. The Association’s concerns include voluntary work to maintain historic buildings, recording churches and their contents, working towards developing the arts for the young and maintaining lecture programmes and tours for members.

The Foundation for Essex Arts

The beginnings of TFEA go back to the Essex Gallery Commission which was set up in late 1999 by a local arts activist called Vin Harrop with the objective of lobbying to get an iconic building for the artists of Essex to show their work and also to be involved in community outreach through workshops, demonstrations etc. Three of the founding members at that time were our present Chair, Trevor Harwood, Mike Harrington and Elizabeth Grant. Over time the objective proved very difficult although we engaged with Thames Gateway, Southend Council and Chelmsford Council by providing advice, plans and research. Gradually our objectives changed and our numbers diminished. Nonetheless two great projects were achieved: The Basildon Heritage Project and Our Basildon. Much of our focus was in Basildon as there was a great need in the area. The Essex Gallery Commission changed its name and became The Foundation for Essex Arts Ltd
The Foundation for Essex Arts (TFEA)
Registered address: Wilkins Kennedy, 1 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1EG UK
Registered Charity No. 1146840

The Essex Art Association

housed in a historic Essex building, has served the Shoreline area as a nonprofit seasonal art gallery since 1946. We were the first local art association to embrace all styles of art, from the traditional to the cutting edge. The excellence and variety of our shows have made the EAA an outstanding exhibition venue showcasing quality art at reasonable prices.

The Essex Art Association is located at:
10 North Main Street
Essex, Connecticut 06426

Mailing Address:
Essex Art Association
PO Box 193
Essex, CT 06426

Ilford Art Society

Address: St Lawrence’s Church Hall Emmott Avenue Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1AJUK

  • Main: 020 8478 4841

Ilford Art Society in Ilford Essex. Ilford Art Society is located at St Lawrence’s Church Hall Emmott Avenue Barkingside, Ilford Essex IG6 1AJ and provides paintings services. Contact them on 020 8478 4841 or by visiting them on their website Art Society is highly respected in the local art community, with a history going back to 1925. Members range from beginners to experienced artists


Essex Art and Sculpture Classes

Billie Bond
Garden Studio
14 South Street
Great Waltham
Chelmsford, Essex
 (07778) 521608        01245 362791

Billie Bond is an award winning visionary practicing sculptor and lecturer. She loves learning about the world around her and the constantly changing attitudes and desires of the people who live in it. This observation of the here and now is what inspires her figurative work.

Billie is currently studying for a Masters in Sculptural Practice and is resident artist at Gallery in the Garden where some of her work is on display.

Roche Art Group

The group now meets in St. Teresa’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings (that is the hall to the rear of St. Teresa’s School, Ashingdon Road

West Horndon Art Group

West Horndon Art Group. This thriving Essex art club is definitely THE place for aspiring artists of all genres and media to paint and enhance their artistic skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

West Horndon Art Group have art exhibitions, excursions, gallery visits, en plein air painting, and social events. There are frequent painting tutorials with art tutors to help you improve, and supportive members to encourage you, so why not join us? For 2016 we have three special painting demonstrations and workshops with professional tutors.
We meet to paint on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm, and Tuesday mornings from 10.15am until 1.45pm at West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, Essex CM13 3TP. It is a 3 minute drive from the A127 and just a 6 minute walk from the c2c railway station.

Lino Workshop in Horndon on the Hill, starting Monday 15th May 2017, then every Monday 10am -12 noon. The workshop will be held at The Woolmarket. Please contact me on : 07952781821 Kath Durkin

West Horndon Art Group in Essex, was founded in 1992 by Mrs Iris Kelly when a group of six artists from West Horndon met in her garden. By September of that year the group had grown and it moved to the committee room in the Village Hall.
Current Membership
Over the years this Essex art group has gone from strength to strength. It now has around 60 active Members meeting twice a week in West Horndon Village Hall. We paint on either Wednesday or Saturday mornings, or both, from 10.00 – 12.30 pm.
We have been tutored by Frederick Noakes and Jean Willis B.A.(Hons), (Fine Arts) M.Ed.(Art Ed.) our Art Director. Other members tutor on occasions. We usually have two or three tutored sessions per month, and in 2016 we will have three special tutorials given by visiting professional artists.
If you are looking for a tutor to help you personally, an artist to tutor a group, someone to run a studio workshop, give a demonstration, speak on the subject of fine art, or you wish to commission a painting, we may be able help. Please e-mail your requirements to our Secretary.

Colchester Art Society

The Colchester Art Society was formed in 1946 for the promotion of the visual arts. It has maintained a lively programme of exhibitions and other activities for nearly 70 years. Membership is open to all who practice or have an enthusiasm for the visual arts. Colchester Art Society currently have over 200 members.
Colchester Art Societyhold two major exhibitions each year in Colchester, which are open to members and non-members and are subject to selection. There are also talks, visits and informal social events.

Colchester Art Society 2Membership is open to anyone who practices or has an enthusiasm for the visual arts. We currently have over 200 members, mainly from North East Essex and Suffolk. Members include practicing artists, gallery owners, private collectors and those with a general interest in the visual arts.

Benefits of membership include:
•An opportunity to submit works for exhibition with reduced submission fees
•Invitation to the private view for each exhibition
•2-3 coach trips each year to art fairs, galleries, museums, stately homes, etc.
•2 talks per year by professional artists covering many and varied subjects
•Opportunity to borrow original works from our nationally acclaimed permanent collection
•A newsletter published approximately every four months
•An opportunity to exhibit your artwork on the society’s website
•Annual garden party, usually held in August
•Christmas lunch

The annual subscription of £15 is payable in April and pro-rata for anyone joining at other times of the year.

Application forms are available from:

Mervyn Vallance, Membership Secretary

5, Mount Pleasant, Gt. Totham (north), Maldon, Essex CM9 8DS


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Chelmsford Art Society

Chelmsford Art Society was formed over 50 years ago and currently has a membership of approximately 100 established and novice artists.  Members meet every fortnight during the winter months for demonstrations and illustrated talks given by visiting professional artists.  Meetings are sociable events where members observe different techniques and practices using various media.  There is an annual critique and opportunity to exhibit at local exhibitions. New members with a general interest in art and of all standards and abilities are always welcome.

Meetings are held fortnightly on Thursday evening commencing at 7.30pm from September to April at

The Link Room, Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2XB

New members are always welcome.

Information is available from
 Christine Hopper 01245 268624
Ron White 01245 262647

or turn up and join at a meeting!

Membership is open to everyone, whether they are an established artist or complete novice, or indeed with just an interest in the subject; all are welcome. The process of learning is by observation.  The Society has been established for fifty years and has a membership of around 90. Meetings are held approximately every two weeks in the winter months, when visiting artists demonstrate their techniques in either watercolour, pastel or oil, or sometimes give an illustrated talk.