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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 leigharttrail@hotmail.co.uk.

Harwich Festival of Arts

Harwich Festival of the Arts – Historic Harwich and Dovercourt artworks are displayed in many buildings around the old town, complete with a huge public art installation generated by all of our young people. You will also find music, spoken word, dance and art melding seamlessly at the Harwich Festival.


Harwich Art Trail-The most northerly town in Essex, it is surrounded by water on three sides, and with regular ferries from Holland and Denmark it has a European atmosphere and a rich history. Alongside the Visual Arts the Harwich Festival promotes music, classical, experimental, folk and jazz, new film, poetry, contemporary dance and more, all taking place in a wide variety of venues – often rather unusual ones such as the LV18 Lightship moored at Harwich Quay.

Maldon Art Trail

Following the success of the trail last year we have decided to keep to our September slot and to extend the length of the trail by one day.
We’re also extending our sculpture trail opening times which this year will open on the 17 September.

Maldon Art TrailThe Art Trail showcases art in shops, cafés, and public buildings in and around Maldon. From paintings and photographs to sculptures, textiles, millinery, and paper-cutting, the diverse range of work on offer proves the talent of the region’s artists.
Maldon Art Trail Exhibition at The Maeldune Heritage Centre


Yes the picturesque town of Maldon enjoys a wonderful selection of art and unique, independent shops along the way. With a separate sculpture trail, historic buildings, the Maeldune Heritage Centre and a good selection of places to take a break, Maldon Art Trail is one not to miss.
Now in its ninth year, the Maldon Art Trail once again brings together business and art to provide visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy art in a diverse range of locations across the historic town.

Pick up your free art trail guide and map from the Tourist Information Centre, the Maeldune Centre, The Museum of Power in Langford or from many of the individual venues during September. If you haven’t visited the town before, during the art trail is the perfect time to do so. It’s easy to get around on foot and with plenty of places to stop for refreshments Maldon is the perfect place to pass a few hours or the whole day.

Burnham Art Trail

For nine days 41 artists take over Burnham creating an art trail rich in variety and with a range of creative fun. A must-do event in the local calendar the Burnham Art Trail has built an impressive reputation for the quality of work on show, innovative events and a friendly welcome.

Art Trail Artists provide a vibrant collection of works from atmospheric land and sea-scapes to contemporary printmaking, installations, ceramics and sculpture. All artists are local to the Dengie or have strong ties to the area. Most works are for sale. With ten open studios, you can meet the artists, see demonstrations and collect a piece of unique artist bunting to take home.

Burnham Art-Trail-map

This year we are delighted to be showing a retrospective exhibition of work by Geoffrey Wickham in Chapel Studio, his purpose-built studio and home. An internationally acclaimed artist, he was Head of Fine Art at the Sir John Cass School of Art.

Venues: shops, businesses, cafes, private houses, gardens, and community organisations, all donate space and display areas easily accessible to the public, well signposted and often a pleasant stroll from each other.

Hadleigh Art Trail

This year’s Trail in September promises to be the most exciting and engaging yet, with something to inspire everyone. Over 30 artists will present their work and creative talents to the public in venues across Hadleigh, stretching from the Hadleigh Park and Salvation Army Hub Café to St. James the Less church…and beyond! Hadleigh Art Trail is proud of its community links with a range of art clubs and community arts organisations as well as individual artists – many of whom live, work or meet in Castle Point and are showcasing a diverse mix of fine art, photography, sculpture, poetry, music and more.

Hadleigh Art Trail is artist-led and community focussed. Started in 2011, Hadleigh Art Trail has become an annual community event popular with artists, local businesses, organisations, residents and visitors.
Our partner venue Hadleigh Old Fire Station and its multi-use community space takes centre stage again this year hosting an ‘All Trail’ exhibition featuring work from each Trail artist under one roof – open 10am – 5pm daily throughout the Trail. Home to professional artists, photographers as well as heritage and community groups – HOFS is a vibrant community hub housed in this iconic building.In association with a number of local organisations and partner venues, Hadleigh Art Trail boasts a full programme of FREE events and activities for all ages including:Look out for a range of ‘happenings’ in the town centre during Trail week

Brentwood Art Trail

Brentwood Art Trail is part of Essex’s eighth Summer of Art, which showcases artists from across the county from June to September.

The Brentwood Art Trail has been running since 2009 and is a great way to enjoy the artwork of the Borough’s many talented artists. Visitors can see a variety of work that will be displayed in participating shops and businesses throughout Brentwood.

Artists apply to display up to 5 pieces of work in venues in and around the Borough.  Shops and businesses/organisations with public access areas have generously agreed to be venues – in essence, become mini art galleries for 15 days!

The Brentwood Art Trail will be widely publicised through leaflets, posters, banners, social media and news outlets, giving artists promotion to a larger audience and bringing footfall to participating venues. Brentford Art Trial Map PDF

There is no fee to take part in the Brentwood Art Trail, either as an artist or venue.

Colchester Art Trails

Start the New Year with a stroll around one of the Colchester Art Trails. Discover the beautiful landscapes of the town and district. For all Colchester art trails (taking place all year round) please contact the Colchester Visitor Information Centre or VisitColchester website.

Weekend inSeptember Opening times vary for each artist, so please make sure you double check entries on the listings. If in doubt, or if you are travelling a long distance, we would advise you to contact the artist and confirm your visit. Please phone all artists who specify ‘by appointment only’ before visiting. Open studios aims to provide greater opportunity for the public to access the visual arts as well as promote the great wealth of local visual artists in Colchester and Tendring.
Colchester offers many walking and cycling art trails across the district and town centre. Why not discover some of the area’s beautiful landscapes whilst you’re visiting, or find out more about where you live, with some of our suggestions below?
The Painter’s Trail around the Dedham Vale, inspiration for John Constable, takes you through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and uses a mixture of mainly quiet roads, cycle paths and well-surfaced tracks. The full circuit is about 69 miles and is designed to be completed in two to three days, but there is also plenty of scope for shorter rides. Be sure to take inspiration from the Haywain view at Flatford and fortify yourself with tea and cake in the many tea rooms in ‘Constable Country’.