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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

 Other Enquiries

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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.

Studio 19

Studio 19 is a hidden, creative space in the heart of the Leigh-on-Sea community and the permanent home to three local artists.

This light white space is divided in to the artists’ studios, which most definitely reflect their different working styles and practice, and the dedicated ‘clean’ space which is used for exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and the occasional business meeting.

Studio 19It has been a venue for the Leigh Art Trail for the last two years and the objective of the resident artists is to evolve the space as a creative and constructive artist hub; albeit in a compact and bijoux way.

Opening Times: by appointment only or during advertised events e.g. Leigh Art Trail
Availability of space: Studio spaces are not available, however the gallery/workshop area is available for hire.

Studio Manager Jan Simon

Address 19 Leighcliff Buildings, Leighcliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1DJ

Phone 07850579439


Studio28 is a shared space in Wivenhoe, home to four diverse artists: Charlotte Bernays, Annie Bielecka, Fiona Mason and Simon Bacon. Each work in a variety of media including textiles, writing, drawing, sculpture, painting and installation.

Opening Times:

Studio28Not usually open to the public. Open Studios: 10am – 5pm

Studio Manager Fiona Mason

Address: Studio 28, 28 Wivenhoe Business Centre, Brook Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9DP

Brandler Galleries

1 Coptfold Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4BN

Telephone: +44 (0) 1277 222269

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.

Brandler Galleries specialises in three fields of art:

Modern British
Illustrations for Children’s Publications
English Old Masters
The People
Every successful business is built around the people involved… Meet the people that make Brandler Galleries special!

John Brandler
First, meet the man behind the name – John Brandler. John is the owner, founder and leading force behind this small, friendly business. He comes from a dealing background – his grandfather was an auctioneer. So it was no surprise that he started dealing in antique furniture whilst he was still at school.

Later, he purchased his first Carel Weight painting at a house sale. It was through Carel that he met other Royal Academicians, fell in love with the art world and has dealt in art ever since. Whilst in the early days he dealt from the back of a van, he has owned the Gallery for the last 24 years.

Blake House Craft Centre

Blake House Craft Centre at Blake End Braintree is home to a wide range of shops and activities. From craft, to art, to farm produce, to our famous Maize Maze.

  • Address: Blake End, Rayne, Braintree CM77 6RA
  • Phone: 01376 344123
  • The Craft Centre is open all year round including Bank Holidays 10am -5pmIndividual shop/activity times and days do vary so please call ahead to avoid disappointment.Craft Centre Info: 01376 344123
    Maize Maze : 01376 553146

A taste of the countryside can be sampled at Timbers Restaurant. Enjoy a full English breakfast before your class in one of the weekly workshops, or treat yourself to homemade cake after your shopping sojourn.

Our unique range of shops can be found in the original farmyard buildings. Enjoy the rustic charm of the buildings while you browse the eclectic mix of goods on sale here, from handmade jewellery and cushions
to fresh farm produce, fabrics and antiques.

Visit our aMAZing maize maze, sown from over half a million maize seeds is back with another NEW and exciting challenge! Wind your way through the wiggling, winding, green forest of corn in search of the missing animals and the way out!

Let the kids go wild as they use up some energy in our wooden play area, with swinging bridge, stepping stones and balance beams. Negotiate the ramps, bridges, windmills and wells on our fun 9 hole crazy golf course, open all year round.

Chappel Galleries

Chappel Galleries, 15 Colchester Road, Chappel, Essex. CO6 2DE

Phone +44 (0)1206 240 326

Gallery Open Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10am to 5pm or by appointment

Chappel GalleriesEdna Mirecka (Battye) opened Chappel Galleries on 16th May ’86. Later meeting Wladyslaw Mirecki, painter, it is one of the very few art galleries to claim a working artist as one of the proprietors. Set in the picturesque Colne Valley backing onto the River Colne it is an out of town gallery overlooking the romanesque 32 arch working Chappel Viaduct.

Drawn from the 20th & 21st century, Chappel Galleries sells work by professional artists, many with national reputations, also bringing to the attention of their public some who are younger or less well known. Contrary to current trends, they insist on showing artists who are grounded in the skill of painting, drawing and making of sculpture. They like to retain their identity by selling the work of artists from the region, including those who, although not living here, have regional connections.

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.