Thurrock Art Trail

What a great weekend for Thurrock Art Trail 2018!

Last weekend 23rd & 24th June saw perfect summer weather and visitors to Horndon on the Hill were able to enjoy the Thurrock Art Trail and the Feast and Fayre together at the same time. Thanks to everyone who came: we hope you had a great weekend. A big thank you too to all those volunteer organisers of both the Art Trail and the Horndon on the Hill Feast and Fayre who gave their time and hard work to making it such a success.

This was our big weekend but the Trail doesn’t end there. In Horndon on the Hill you can still see the Dacha Group exhibition at the Swan Gallery upstairs at the Swan pub, the exhibition by Anna Wojciechowska at the Well House Gallery, Jane Barry & Patricia Douglas’ exhibition at the Ostlers Restaurant and bar and the exhibition in the Ostlers’ garden: Ruth Greenfield’s sculptures and the ‘Birds of a Feather’ installation in and around the big tree. Please check the website calender for all the dates and for contact numbers to check opening times. While you’re looking at the calender you’ll notice that there are more Art Trail 2018 dates into July. Jane Lock and Lisa Anderson will join Max Blake to exhibit at Orsett Church at Orsett in Bloom on Sunday 8th July. The exhibition runs until 29th July. Please see church website for opening times and Orsett in Bloom Facebook page for information about Orsett in Bloom.

ARTISTS and ART GROUPS: don’t forget that if you want to be part of ThAT 2018 and you have an exhibition or event in Thurrock planned, send the details to us and we’ll add you to the calendar.

This year Thurrock Art Trail was centred around the Horndon on the Hill Feast and Fayre, a summer celebration held every year late in June. The Feast and Fayre began in mediaeval times when King Edward I granted a Royal Charter to Robert Gifford and his heirs that the village should celebrate the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, the patron saints of the village Church. That’s why it’s always held on the nearest weekend to 25th June. Feast and Fayre was revived by the Horndon Society in 1974 and has happened every year since then. Visiting Thurrock Art Trail on 23rd and 24th June this year gave people the opportunity to take part in all the fun and interest that Feast and Fayre offers, at the same time as enjoying exciting exhibitions and demonstrations of art and craft techniques.

Within the centre of the village visitors could enjoy a variety of exhibitions and demonstrations of art and craft techniques. At the Well House Gallery opposite The Swan in the High Road there was an exhibition by Anna Wojciechowska, as well as a large range of art and craft by other artists. ‘Art Lane’ hosted exhibitions and demonstrations of techniques by artists over both days in the covered area between the Woolmarket and the Well House Gallery. At the Swan Gallery, upstairs at the Swan, you could see the Summer Exhibition by the Dacha Group and friends. Just along the road at the Ostlers Restaurant and bar (part of the Bell Inn) you could see an exhibition of work by Jane Barry and Patricia Douglas and the garden behind the Ostlers was transformed into the Thurrock Art Trail Sculpture Garden, with work by Ruth Greenfield and a community ceramics project ‘Birds of a feather’ led by Patricia Douglas.

We’re proud once again to be part of Essex Summer of Art.  Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events programme showcases artists from across the county from May to October, providing exciting opportunities to visit art trails, artist studios, workshops and showcase events. The event is now in its tenth year and we’ll be celebrating this with some exciting extra activity through our ‘Ten Years of Summer’ programme, so be sure to look out for this in your area.  Since 2008 Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events have enabled over 8,000 artists to exhibit in 2,700 venues across the county, making this event the largest visual arts festival in Essex. To download the 2018 ESA  brochure please follow this link.
The brochure cover image this year is taken from work by Jane Lock, a Thurrock Art Trail artist and member of the Dacha Group