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Prestigious Summer of Art festival launches at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Date published: 22/05/2019

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Artists and cultural organisations from across the county came together at RHS Garden Hyde Hall earlier this month to celebrate the launch of the annual Essex Summer or Art.
The launch event included a stunning display of artwork celebrating the programme’s eleventh year as part of the Essex Craft & Design Show.

Led by Essex County Council’s Culture and Community team, the Essex Summer of Art is the county’s largest visual arts festival, featuring over 20 art trails, events and open studios - from Harlow to Harwich – between May and October.
Essex’s Art Trails and Open Studio events invite artists to display work within communities, including in local shops, which draws footfall to town centre businesses while providing a platform to showcase the artistic talent the county has to offer.
June in particular sees an array of exciting events taking place as part of the programme, from the Visit Parks, ‘Spirit of Essex Festival’, to firm favourites such as the Leigh Art Trail, Burnham Art Trail and the Harwich Festival of the Arts.

Councillor David Finch, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, said: “The launch of the Essex Summer of Art will once again see our local communities become awash with colour, vibrance and artistic talent.
“The programme is much more than an art show, it is reflective of our county’s heritage and diversity, and gives us an opportunity to celebrate it.
“Art has a unique power of bringing people together - taking you beyond the physical piece of work and providing people with a unique experience within a collective space.
“I am pleased to see support for the Essex Summer of Art is as strong as ever and look forward to visiting the art trails and open studios myself this summer.”
Jan Simon from the Essex Craft & Design Show said: “The Essex Summer of Art helps bring together and promote all of Essex’s varied art trails and open studios events, offering much needed support to these community run initiatives which help bring people to our towns, benefiting local businesses and artists alike.”