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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

The Most Popular Art Exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, London; travelling to Arnolfini, Bristol
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
Provincial Punk, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Small Differences, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
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

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
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.


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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.


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



Chelmsford Museum & Essex Regiment Museum

Address: Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ

Tel: 01245 605700

Art Gallery

Museum houses the city’s temporary art gallery. Regularly changing exhibitions mean works of art from the museum’s varied collections can be put on public view.

Pictures on display reflect Chelmsford’s rich artistic heritage. Many works in the collection are by 20th century artists from Chelmsford and Mid Essex, including the Great Bardfield Artists which includes Michael Rothenstein, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and John Aldridge. Some of these also worked as illustrators and designers and the collection has work by their contemporary, Lynton Lamb, who lived near Chelmsford.
Also represented in the collection are works by John Nash, Campbell Archibald Mellon and Frederick Brown.

The SAA society for all artists

The SAA, society for all artists, is for everyone with a love of painting. We believe in encouraging everyone, from complete novices and hesitant beginners to the legions of leisure painters and beyond… but the best thing is – the way we make you feel… informed, encouraged, inspired… and so pleased with your results!

The SAA is here to supply inspiration, information, help and advice on a whole host of practical painting issues. The SAA is the most influential and far reaching society of its kind anywhere in the world… with an ever growing ‘family’ of enthusiastic and eager artists (over 45,000 members) it’s the largest art society… and the friendliest!
Contact Millennium House, Brunel Dr, Newark NG24 2DE
Phone: 0800 980 1123

At the SAA we pride ourselves on offering the best possible service and support to all who love to paint. We love to receive ideas from members and to hear about your painting activities. However, de spite our best efforts, sometimes things go wrong. We can only put them right if we know about them. So please do contact me if you ever have any cause to complain about any of our services or products. We will sort it out and please continue to let us hear your good news.

Happy painting, John Hope-Hawkins, SAA Chairman

SAA Principles
SAA do everything we can to provide the best possible service.
We offer value for money always.
We accept any returned item for any reason, at any time. No arguments
SAA Home Shopping ships in stock goods the day you place your order.
We believe that what is best for our members, is best for us. We only want happy members and customers.
The SAA team are trained to always be friendly and helpful and make sure you make the most of all the member benefits your entitled to. They are urged to take all the time that is required to take care of you.
We operate efficiently, our people are hard working, intelligent and share in our success.

The Munnings Art Museum

Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) was a major figure in the great tradition of English equestrian art, and celebrated for his representations of English rural life in the first half of the 20th century. Immensely successful, yet controversial, he became the scourge of modern art in his position as President of the Royal Academy.

Munnings Painting DedhamVisitors to the Munnings Art Museum at his former home, Castle House, can explore the life and work of this prolific East Anglian artist in the home he called ‘the house of my dreams’.

Hung throughout the elegant rooms of this Tudor and Georgian house is a series of carefully curated displays, selected from a large and significant collection of Munnings’ work. Visitors can get a sense of the working artist from his surviving studio in the grounds; and learn more about the man and from original furniture, photographs and personal items, all of which are still in place in Castle House.

Our knowledgeable guides are on hand during public opening hours, while groups can book an exclusive out-of-hours visit with a highlights talk.


Wednesday to Sunday
& Bank Holiday Mondays
2 – 5pm Garden Café from 10am

The Munnings Art Museum, Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ

Phone (01206) 322127

Firstsite Colchester

firstsite gallery Colchester is a contemporary visual arts organisation. From its spectacular golden building designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, firstsite presents a varied and challenging programme of exhibitions, commissions, residencies and screenings, in a broad range of media and art forms, by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
At firstsite, visitors will experience the most exciting developments in contemporary art, and explore the rich artistic legacy cultivated by the East of England’s unique landscape and character.

firstsitefirstsite also offers a wide-ranging programme of creative events and activities for the whole family – from drop-in sessions for parents and toddlers, to intensive art and craft courses for adults, and special screenings, live theatre, opera and ballet screened from across the world, talks and debates in its state-of-the-art auditorium. A flourishing programme of work with diverse groups including schoolchildren, older people, young parents and looked after children aims to bring people together through free shared creative activities – inside the building and at grassroots level in the local community.
firstsite is proud to be a partner of Plus Tate, an 18-strong affiliation of regional galleries, including The Baltic in Gateshead, Turner Contemporary in Margate and The Hepworth Wakefield, which join together to exchange ideas, knowledge, skills and resources, as well as programmes and collections.

Where art meets commerce
An iconic, golden-clad crescent in the heart of historic Colchester, the new firstsite building has fast become an international centre for the contemporary visual arts, and also an exciting new cultural, social and commercial space for Essex and the region.
You can hire firstsite’s 180-seat tiered auditorium, hi-spec meeting rooms and function space for a host of business purposes, including conferences, presentations, and product launches. firstsite is also available for club and society meetings, and makes a spectacular backdrop to private parties and celebrations.

Lewis Gardens,
High Street,

Phone: 01206 577067

Gatehouse Arts Gibberd Gallery

Gatehouse Arts is a creative hub of 40+ artist studios and a gallery space based across two sites in the heart of Harlow Town. Gatehouse Arts aim to foster creativity, diversity and art excellence through encouraging people’s existing interest in the arts and offering them new creative experiences. Gatehouse Arts has a programme of exciting exhibitions and events throughout the year in the gallery spaces, showcasing new and interesting art works by local artists and groups.

Gatehouse ArtsGatehouse Arts is managed by ACAVA. To contact Gatehouse Arts or ACAVA, please select the appropriate person below:
Amanda Westbury, Programme Co-ordinator, Gatehouse Arts:
Claire Jones, Admin and Marketing:
Caroline Rolf, Studio Allocations Manager, ACAVA:
Ben Eastop, Estates and Regeneration Manager, ACAVA:

5 East Gate
CM20 1HP

Another Harlow Gallery

The Gibberd Gallery is a space run by The Harlow Art Trust which is committed to the town’s beautification and cultural heritage in Harlow and Essex. Its mission is to;

“Develop the Gibberd gallery to become a regional inspirational focus  for the visual  arts and raise the focus of Harlow and its acclaimed  sculpture and permanent watercolour collection”

Address: Gibberd Gallery,
Civic Centre,
The Water Gardens,
Essex CM20 1WG
Tel: 01279 446404