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

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