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Jaywick Coastal Open

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Essex Summer of Art 2019


Sep 12, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019



Set against the dramatic seascape of the Tendring coast, Jaywick Martello Tower’s distinctive shape catches the imagination of all – holidaymakers, school children, local residents and artists. Its location in Jaywick Sands, a seaside town with its own vivid history and strong community spirit, is the backdrop for a diverse range of activities.

Set up in 2010 and now celebrating its tenth year the Coastal Open exhibition gives local talents in arts and crafts the chance to display their work in the unique setting of Jaywick Martello Tower. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate what inspires them about our community, environment and heritage through artwork.

Jaywick Martello Tower was built in the early nineteenth century to protect the coastline from invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. After an extensive renovation programme it was opened in 2005 by Essex County Council as an arts and heritage centre. It has since grown to become one of the most innovative cultural attractions in Essex, hosting an extensive programme of events and exhibitions based on the themes of ‘Heritage, Environment and Community’. 

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