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Visual arts report with Pat Douglas – May 2021

10th May 2021
Posted by patricia douglas
Pat Douglas intro
Alex Orgill
Siwan Gillick

The gallery is open as normal again. Please look at the gallery website for details of the Covid safety arrangements for your visit. The exhibition can still also be viewed through the gallery window or online by visiting the website:

Visual Arts News part 1

Essex Summer of Art 2021

Explore Essex were able to provide digital support to art trails and open studios last summer, but this summer their capacity is being entirely focused on recovery and encouraging residents to connect with Essex open spaces, so they won’t be able to offer the same support for summer 2021. They are really interested to hear of any plans for art trails and open studios in 2021 especially plans for later in the year, as there may be more scope to offer support in terms of marketing and promotion this autumn.

Thurrock Art Trail This year because of the continuing Covid 19 situation, Thurrock Art trail won’t be at the Horndon on the Hill Feast & Fayre, which would normally take place over the weekend of 26th – 27th June. Instead of artists displaying their work in Art Lane, Thurrock Art Trail 21 will be online as a virtual trail. It’s a great opportunity for all artists living or working in Thurrock to show their work. In fact, we’re able to include a larger number of artists because we won’t be limited by physical space. If you’d like to be part of Thurrock Art Trail 21 this is what to do:

  • Take a high resolution (200dpi) photograph of one piece of your work.
  • Write a short piece about yourself and your work: include information about influences and inspiration. Give a price for the piece you are submitting.
  • Give details of your website/Instagram/Facebook page/ contact details so people can get in touch with you directly. (We will not sell your work for you.)
  • There is no charge to artists exhibiting in the Thurrock Art Trail 21 Virtual exhibition.
  • Send the files to: [email protected] before the beginning of June 2021

Your work will be on the website for the rest of the year but let us know if the work you’re showing has been sold. You can send a photo of another piece of work but don’t forget to send a new price and description with it. (Please note that the Trustees of the Thurrock Art Trail will moderate and curate what is included in the exhibition.)

Thurrock Arts Collective on Facebook (20+) Thurrock Arts Collective | Facebook
A Facebook page for artists of all kinds in Thurrock – the page is visible to everyone.

Visual Arts News part 2 and Pat’s sign off

The Great Big Art Exhibition 
The Great Big Art Exhibition is still continuing and the final theme is Strictly Come Dancing.
You can still join in at the moment. Go to the Firstsite Facebook page to see what people
all over the country are showing in their windows and find out how to post your photos of
your own work in your window on that theme.
(20+) Firstsite Colchester | Facebook The Great Big Art Exhibition – Firstsite
The Firstsite Gallery in Colchester will be open to the public again on 17th May.

Estuary Festival Presented and organised by two Arts Organisations either side of the Thames, Metal in Chalkwell, Essex and Cement Fields at the University of Kent. The Estuary 21 Festival will run from 22nd May – 13th June 2021. The full Estuary 2021 programme is now up on the website and it all looks excellent:
Estuary Festival 2021 This link will take you to a map of all the festival locations. Each one has its own link to tell you about what is happening there and when.