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Essex Galleries

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex – The Estuary Gallery Co-operative is a group of artists working together to bring to the community, and beyond, a variety of painting and photography.

Belton Corner, Marine Parade, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2HP

Birch Gallery

2 Birch Street, Birch Essex CO2 0NF

Gallery Opening Times:

Wednesdays 9.30am to 4.30pm and at other times by prior appointment. Tel: 01206 331363

Churchills Gallery

Hillgrove Business Park, Nazeing Rd, Nazeing, Waltham Abbey EN9 2HB

Phone: 01992 893939

Churchills Gallery

196 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4AQ

Phone: 01992 570998

Hayletts Gallery

Oakwood House
2 High Street

Phone; +44 (0)1621 851669

Phone: 01799 522947

Saffron Walden, Essex

17 Church St, CB10 1JW

Brandler Galleries
1 Coptfold Road,
CM14 4BN,

The gallery is a small but extensively stocked friendly place to visit and enjoy seeing art. We are easy to find, accessible by both train and car and we have our own car park. So our customers can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and chat about art.

Frinton Framers

80-82 Pole Barn Ln, Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9NH

The Fry Art Gallery
Phone: 01799 513779

Saffron Walden, Essex

Castle St, CB10 1BD
Old Leigh Studios
Phone: 01702 470490

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

61 High St, SS9 2EP
Head Street Gallery
Phone: 01787 472705

Halstead, Essex

1 Head St, CO9 2
Templeman Galleries

54 High St, Burnham-on-Crouch CM0 8AA

Focal Point Gallery

Focal Point Gallery is south Essex’s gallery for contemporary visual art, promoting and commissioning major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, a programme of events including performances, film screenings and talks, as well as offsite projects and temporary public artworks.

The organisation currently produces up to seven gallery exhibitions each year, in which artists and curators are given a platform to make new work in response to the gallery’s unique location on the ground floor of the town’s new library and learning facility, The Forum.

Focal Point GallerySolo exhibitions confirmed for 2016 include those by Frances Scott and Torsten Slama. To coincide with the move to the new gallery, a series of permanent commissions by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Mike Nelson, Allen Ruppersberg and Tris Vonna-Michell were installed in 2013, and were supported by a capital project funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Each programme includes a series of educational activities by a range of artists, curators and writers, and aims to establish ongoing collaborations with international arts institutions, and engage with a wide range of local community groups, schools and children.

Focal Point Gallery receives regular funding from Arts Council England as one of the organisation’s national portfolio of funded organisations. The gallery also receives regular support from Southend Borough Council. The programme receives additional funding from other trusts and foundations and collaborates with partners including arts agencies and other organisations to co-produce projects.

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

Beecroft Art Gallery

Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea

Beecroft Art Gallery is a gallery that was formerly located in Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England. The Edwardian building was donated to the people of Southend-on-Sea in 1952 by Walter Beecroft to house his eclectic collection of art works. Walter Beecroft was a solicitor in nearby Leigh. He had already set up an Art Gallery Sub-Committee of the Public Libraries & Museum Committee in 1928, and in 1947 he proposed to endow a building to become and Art Gallery. Eventually, this led to the Beecroft Art Gallery on Station Road. Beecroft also endowed the Beecroft Bequest, an art purchase fund administered by the Museums Association. The Gallery itself moved in 2014 to the former home of the Central Library on Victoria Avenue.

Beecroft Art Gallery brings together the best of local and historic talent, spanning fine art and costume to inspire you.

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am–5pm
Wednesday 10am–5pm
Thursday 10am–5pm
Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday Closed
Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX

Gainsborough House Sudbury

The museum and art gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury, Suffolk, UK.

Address: 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU
Phone: 01787 372958

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10-5pm Sunday 11-5pm
Adults: £6.50 Family £15.00

Thomas Gainsborough The Blue BoyThomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. He lived in Sudbury until around 1740 when, as a young teenager, he was sent to London to pursue a career as an artist. He returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1749 where he painted his celebrated Mr and Mrs Andrews (c.1750, National Gallery, London). His search for patronage and critical success led him to move to Ipswich around 1752 and subsequently to Bath and London, although he never lost the influence of his native town and county. ‘Nature was his teacher, and the woods of Suffolk his academy,’noted an obituary after his death in 1788.

Gainsboroughs HouseIn 1958 Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful garden is at the heart of Gainsborough’s House. It is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.

The Gainsborough’s House shop stocks a wide range of cards, books and gifts alongside original prints and cards produced by members of our own Print Workshop.

The Sentinel Gallery

Art gallery located in the heart of the culturally vibrant town of Wivenhoe. The Sentinel Gallery Wivenhoe opened in March 2015 and is the mass project of local potter Pru Green. Located in the heart of Wivenhoe, a culturally vibrant small town in Essex.  1 hour from London Liverpool Street Station to Wivenhoe Railway Station, roughly 200 metres from the gallery. The building caused much stir for being strictly modern for which we pride ourselves; our exhibitions reflect this attitude. We host frequent and varied exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and pottery of East Anglian and nationally famed artists.

Pru Green pottery Sentinel GalleryThe Sentinel Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions of paintings, prints, sculpture and drawings by upcoming artists. Alongside the permanent exhibition space is a ceramic room holding a vast array of Pru’s pottery and jewellery.
Together with a rapid changing exhibition program we also put on various workshops of lifedrawing, painting and the occasional clay-play. We hope to extend this with music evenings, poetry sessions and artist talks.

Opening Times

Regular Opening Hours
Monday              CLOSED (Open on bank holidays)
Tuesday              CLOSED
Wednesday       10am – 5pm
Thursday           10am – 5pm
Friday                 10am – 5pm
Saturday            10am – 5pm
Sunday               10am – 5pm

The Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road

01206 827490

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

Chelmsford Galleries

Gallery 43
43 Moulsham St
01245 353825
Chelmer Fine Art
2 reviews · Art Gallery
High Chelmer Shopping Centre
6 New London Rd
01245 456677
Shop Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Interior Angle | Picture Framing Design
7c Boyton Hall Farm
01245 248662

Chelmer Fine Art was established in early 1999 by the “Classic Design Group” to concentrate on simply the best contemporary Fine Art. We are committed to only the highest quality print reproduction and bringing you the most exciting works by today’s artists.

The “Classic Design Group” established in 1983 has been supplying art collectors worldwide specialising in Dog and Farming Images and is arguably the biggest supplier of secondary Images by Artist of the Year Award Winners ” Nigel Hemming ” and ” Steven Townsend “.

Turner Barnes Gallery
7d The Old Mix Barn
01245 248662
Turner Barnes Gallery, an art gallery with two exhibition spaces in Essex, selling a wide range of contemporary, urban, pop & photographic art.
Interior Angle, bespoke picture framers, specialising in quality framing services, design framing ideas and conservation framing.

Art Gallery

The 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.

Pictures on display elsewhere in the Museum include:

  • Philip Reinagle’s view of Chelmsford’s Shire Hall, painted for its architect John Johnson in 1794.
  • A mid 19th century view of Chelmsford from Springfield Hill by Colkett records the new railway just before the expansion of the town.
    Chelmsford’s landscape is also well covered. Works include watercolours and drawings by Alfred Bennett-Bamford, whose prolific late 19th and early 20th century sketches record many buildings and views now vanished.