This year Thurrock Art Trail is 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 gives you 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 can 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 is an exhibition by Anna Wojciechowska, as well as a large range of art and craft by other artists. ‘Art Lane’ hosts 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 can 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 can see an exhibition of work by Jane Barry and Patricia Douglas and the garden behind the Ostlers has been 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 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: http://exploreculture.org.uk/tpl/uploads/file/Essex%20Summer%20of%20Art%20Brochure.PDF
The brochure cover image this year is taken from work by Jane Lock, a Thurrock Art Trail artist and member of the Dacha Group.