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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

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

We were established in 1992, & presently have about 50 friendly members,

keen to infect others with the painting bug.

    Apart from the approx once-a-month sessions with visiting tutors, the more experienced members of the Group are happy to provide advice, hints & tips.

    Members use a variety of media, such as water-colours, acrylics, pastels, pencils, oils, inks, & a combination of any of the above!

    We carry a small stock of spare paints, brushes, pastels & paper, so if you want to experiment, before putting together your own preferred equipment, you can do so.    

    WHAG is a proud member of the Society of All Artists ( and the Brentwood Arts Council (

    We meet in the West Horndon Village Hall on Wednesdays (10.00 to 12.30 in the upstairs Small Hall), & Saturdays (10.00 to 12.30 in the downstairs Main Hall).

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.

Essex Art Club

Essex Art Club meet Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT (near Wanstead Underground station) is our usual venue for demonstrations, talks, and social functions. We usually meet in the hall behind the main house.

A long-established (about one hundred and fifteen years) society of artists and art-lovers, currently about 100 strong. Our members range from total beginners to full-time professionals and include tutors and teachers of art, but most of our members are enthusiastic amateurs.

Recruitment -We are always looking for new members. If you would like to join the Essex Art Club look at the details of membership and send for, or download, an application form. Annual subscription is £16 for 2015, which allows you to exhibit your work and to attend demonstrations at a discounted rate.

Membership Application Form

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Brentwood Art Society

The Brentwood Art Society was formed in 1958 and today is a thriving organisation that brings like minded people together to share and develop their interest in the visual arts. There are currently over forty members and the Society attracts new members each year. The high standard of artwork associated with the group is maintained by both practising and amateur artists.

Practical sessions are held on Mondays and Thursdays at the Hardy Amies Art Studios at Brentwood School from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. There is a tutor on Monday evenings. On Thursday evenings members work from a model, without a tutor.
The Brentwood Art Society came into being after a new resident, who deplored the lack of such a group in the town, placed an advertisement in the local newspaper. Mr Balch held an inaugural meeting in his house and was joined by just three others.That was back in 1958 and today the Society is a thriving organisation that continues to bring like minded people together to share and develop their interest in the visual arts. The Society attracts new members each year and the high standard of artwork associated with the group is maintained by both practising and amateur artists.

There are two sessions a week and tuition is provided by a team of professional tutors and visiting specialists. Practical demonstrations and talks take place on a range of art related subjects, as well as weekend workshops and art trips. The studio sessions provide opportunities to experience a wide range of techniques and approaches, and many individuals gain the confidence to hold solo and small group exhibitions, which are always well supported by fellow members.
New members are welcome and those interested in joining should email or contact the Secretary, Margaret Hurst, Tel: 01277 227205.