Artists and venues

This year’s art trail (and the adjoined Love Grays Art Trail) is shaping up to be one of the best yet, with a broad and diverse array of talent on show at a number of locations across the borough. You can find out details about each exhibition by just clicking on the images below! (NB: the listings here are in no particular order)

See the full listings here.

Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve: Jane Lock, Jane Barry, Selena Chandler & Artistry of the Estuary – + Launch Party (Weds 12 July)
The Swan Gallery: Dachalot
The Gateway Academy: Pupils of Gateway
The Lightship Cafe: James Quinn and Geoffrey Stringfellow









St Catherine’s Church: Tim Harold & John Espin






Thurrock Mind: Emily Meaney




The White Hart: Jessica Ballantyne









Community House: Louise Rowe, Monica Qing & The Students of Beacon Hill School
Thameside Theatre Gallery: Community group art work facilitated by artists Arooj Khan, Brad Rumble and Jen Farrant
Thameside Theatre Foyer: John Gathercole



St Peter and Paul’s Church: Rachel O’Dwyre


High House Production Park: Hilary Powell









Hardie Park: Brad Rumble & Colin O’Donnell












Well House Gallery: Terry Finegan
The Bell Inn: Jack Browning























The Rising Sun: Chantal Bellew, Philip Smith, Grace Silverwood & Steve Lawes
The Ship: Jonathon Shilling
Grays Library: Itan Deterville









Grays Baptist Church: Cynthia Adams The Needles and Chat Knitting Group
Sense International: Jackie Burns









Coalhouse Fort: Lisa Anderson










Thurrock Yacht Club: Francesca Tosetto








South Essex College Waves Restaurant: Samantha Reilly & Eve Guevara-Sansom
Ostlers Restaurant: Emma Walsh & Roo Bannister











Smiths Orchard Garden Centre: West Horndon Arts Group
Open Studios 2017


The Traitor’s Gate: Thurrock Art Society, and others

















Also featuring:

Rainham Marshes R.S.P.B Nature Reserve // Open 9.30-5PM MONDAY-SUNDAY

Rainham Marshes R.S.P.B. Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SX

EXHIBITING: Thurrock Art Society (16-22nd July) & Chris Wallbank (23-29th July)


Inspire, Grays // Open 9.15-4.45pm TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 

Inspire Youth Hub, 24-28 Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5EB

EXHIBITING: Ashley Palipana  (22-29th July)

I am a 10 year old extreme artist. I am the founder of the Ashley palipana art gallery. I have exhibited my art in the Europe’s biggest international art fair at London. I have also exhibited my art at various art exhibitions such as Grays art gallery and also in my school. I have recently exhibited my own art at Specsavers grays and have raised funds for the Great Ormond Street children’s hospital charity. I have won several art competitions such as Kinita art competition from Royal Opera house Purfleet, last summer and I have received the first prize. I won the easter art competition at intu lakeside and won the first prize from virgin holidays. I also twice won the Christmas art competition from St John’s Ambulance East anglia. I have held many exhibitions localy with my art work and raised funds for the Great Ormond Street children’s hospital charity. I am a naturally born artist and I enjoy being an artist everyday.


Europa, Grays // Open 10-7PM MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9-6PM SATURDAY, 10-4PM SUNDAY

Europa, 19 High Street, Grays, RM17 6NP

EXHIBITING: Sharon Vane (22-29th July)

I’m an artist that likes to explore all sorts of mediums. My favourites are acrylic painting and glassware.

South Essex College // Open 9-4PM MONDAY-FRIDAY

South Essex College – Thurrock Campus, High Street, Grays, RM17 6TF

EXHIBITING: South Essex College Students (22-29th July)


St Luke’s Hospice Charity Shop // Open 9-4PM MONDAY-FRIDAY

St Lukes Hospice, 22 High Street, Grays, Essex, RM17 6LU

EXHIBITING: Matthew White (22-29th July)

I am pixelicious. I work with stencils and spray paint and mostly work in a pixelated style. I experiment with spray paint and layers to try and get a depth in my experimental work. I work on just about anything canvas, walls, furniture and even cars.