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Essex Summer of Art 2019
Culture and Community Engagement Team



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Welcome to Essex Summer of Art 2019 - showcasing artists from across the county from May to October.

Now in its 11th year, Essex Summer of Art promotes exciting opportunities to visit art trails, artist studios, workshops and events from Harlow to Harwich.

Firm favourites in the Essex Summer of Art calendar make a return for 2019 including the Essex Craft and Design Show where the programme launches to new arrivals such as the Spirit of Essex festival which takes place across Essexís country parks this June.

Since 2008 the programme has supported over 8,000 artists to exhibit in 2,700 venues, making it the largest visual arts festival in Essex.

Essex Summer of Art is delivered by Essex County Councilís Culture and Community Engagement Team in partnership with Visit Essex, participating City, Districts, Borough and Unitary authorities and the many varied art trails and artist studios of Essex.

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Events & Activities at this venue...

  • Colchester Maker Space
    Colchester MakerSpace is a community project providing affordable access to space and equipment for local artists and creatives.

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  • 37 Queen Street Open Studios & Artist Markets
    37 Queen Street provides 38 studios and a shared co-working space for artists, makers and creative businesses working in and around Colchester.

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  • 86ft High: Summer Exhibition
    For Essex Summer of Art we will be showcasing artists from the county. Spot them on a trail that takes you 86ft upwards!

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  • Hylands Artistsí Summer Exhibition and Art Square Sundays
    Throughout the months of July and August Hylands artists, designers and makers will hold their first Summer Exhibition.

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  • Brightlingsea Regatta Arts and Craft Trail
    Artists & artisans will be showing a wide range of work ranging from paintings, sculptures and hand-crafted gifts to suit all budgets, to cards and prints from original work.

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  • Waltham Abbey Art Trail
    The historic and beautiful town of Waltham Abbey will be hosting an Art Trail for the first time.

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  • Hadleigh Old Fire Station Open Studios Weekend
    Hadleigh Old Fire Station Open Studios Weekend - come and meet the hard-working artists and community groups based here at HOFS!

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  • Rochford Art Festival
    Rochford Art Trail is an established and award-winning event on the Essex cultural calendar. This yearís Art Trail will run from Thursday 12th September until Thursday 26th September.

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  • Jaywick Coastal Open
    Our annual Coastal Open is now celebrating its tenth year! Join us and celebrate local artists and their artwork with displays of painting, photography, sewing, ceramics and more! Entry into the exhibition is open to all!

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  • Brightlingsea Open Studios
    Featuring Julie Cuthberts and Nickey Sheales, hosting guest Brightlingsea artist Julie Taylor-Lange.

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  • Ardleigh Open Studios
    Artists working in Ardleigh Studios in the small village of Ardleigh, 5 miles from Colchester, open their studios and invite visitors to see their work in the place where it was created.

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  • Gatehouse Arts Open Studios
    During the open studio weekend you can visit the working spaces, watch new works being created, talk to the makers and buy artworks directly from the artists.

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