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Reclaiming the Beauty of Jaywick Sands

Close and Remote, Jacqui Barter, Barbara Birley, Sue Carron, Coralina Cattrell, Teresa Dale, Sue Lusher and Kyri Whiston.

Saturday 2 March – Sunday 26 May 2019
Official opening event: Saturday 2 March 12noon. All welcome.

Days Like These is an exploration of the beauty of Jaywick Sands by artists Close and Remote (Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter), using watercolours, sound and virtual reality.

Days Like These features six large scale 360 degree watercolours of Jaywick - including Lotus Way, Jaywick Martello Tower and the sun setting at LJ's Beach Cafe.

The resulting work can be viewed as a series of watercolour paintings or as a virtual reality experience on a mobile phone or VR headset. The artists have used web-VR software to enable the maximum number of people to view the experience online or during their exhibition visit. With the addition of Google cardboard (or similar) VR sets, audiences can experience Days Like These video and watercolours, using their mobile phone with sound. Close and Remote have recorded sound from a range of locations including The Eldo Bar, Jaywick Community Garden, Wonderland Amusement Arcade and the beach.

During their time in Jaywick, Close and Remote also ran a series of watercolour workshops for local residents, getting out and about in Jaywick with paints, paper and easels. Some of the work from the workshop artists also forms part of the exhibition.

Click here to view the worlds first Virtual Reality Watercolour Journey around Jaywick –

Musicians featured on the Virtual Reality Watercolour Journey around Jaywick are Barry Fitzgerald, Craig Garrod, Izabella Allen, Steven Bowers and Simon Lipscombe (all recorded at Jam Night at the Eldo Bar in Jaywick).

Days Like These was commissioned by Essex Cultural Diversity Project and supported by Tendring Council, Jaywick Martello Tower and Essex County Council.

More information on the project at