PLEASE NOTE The first phase of the access road improvements to the Tower has been completed, meaning that car access and parking outside the Tower is available again.
Phase two of the road improvements will begin in September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
13 July 2017
Thursday 13 July - Sunday 10 September
Preview - Wednesday 12 July, 5-7pm
Alan Hockett explores the edges of habitation of the Essex Landscape. These areas have multiple uses from out of town shopping to industrial sites to wasteland, but once the shops close, factories stop work, they become a stage for street racing, or crusing for teenagers. Desire paths created by urban landscaping not fitting the actual journey of the people that use it, creating a discourse between the design and its actual use.
Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month.
Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided.
Wednesday 6 September, 11am-1pm Come and spend some time on the beach with Alan Hockett making Anothotype prints using plant matter. We will prepare the paper prior to selecting objects that we can to create a print.
Wednesday 4 October, 11am-1pm Popular ceramic painting returns! This session must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Wednesday 1 November, 11am-1pm
Workshop activity to be confirmed.
Wednesday 6 December, 11am-1pm Get into the festive spirit by making some Christmas decorations with us. Mince pies provided!
We will be closed on Wednesday 13 September to install the Coastal Open exhibition. Apologies for any inconvience caused.
Preview Thursday 14 September, 5-7pm
Friday 15 September – Sunday 29 October
The eighth annual Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists, giving a chance to showcase their talents in arts and crafts. Work usually includes ceramics, photography, textiles, painting plus much more.
Part of Essex Summer of Art.
Keep an eye on website for Saturday workshops, demonstrations and poetry readings.
Coastal Open Events
Running alongside the Coastal Open, we have a number of demonstrations, workshops, and other events tha are free to get involved with on Saturdays.
Saturday 23rd September
First session 12 noon
Second session 2.30pm
These workshops must be booked in advance only 5 participants per 2 hour workshop.
The theme of identity will be explored with each participant looking at their own personal identity. We will discuss what makes our own identity and then create a personal map of who we are. We will then draw a digital identity drawing on iPads. Visual artist Lata Upadhyaya will provide the context for the drawings within her latest project "Identity of a White Van".
Saturday 30 September, 12 - 3pm
Join Coastal Open artist Abbie Cairns in a drop in sign and postcard making sessions. Create and take away your very own postcards inspired by the art on show. Together with Abbie you can create a postcard in her style, she mostly works with text and used black and white. Or you can create your own masterpiece!
Saturday 7 October, 2pm
Black Sandal Writers will be giving readings to help any insomniac. Black Sandal was founded in 2009 to promote unknown writing of prose and poetry in English and translations of other literature. There is work from Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Czech, German, Spanish, Italian and Galician. It has published translations of the great Czech poet from Moravia, Jan Skácel. www.blacksandalpress.co.uk
Saturday 14 October, 12-3pm
Making Art from Plastic Beach Litter
Local artist/writer Wendy Constance will be demonstrating the progression from collecting plastic-based litter on local beaches to producing decorative art with disturbing messages. Messages about how discarded mass-produced plastic – much of it single-use – harms wildlife, the environment, and ultimately humans. Includes a short presentation about plastic pollution; its effect on marine life; beach-combing; creating a group piece of artwork for the local community.
Halloween at the Witches Tower
Tuesday 31 October - 5-7pm
Come along to a Halloween gathering of ghouls and ghastly monsters and join in with the Halloween games. Be careful that the witches don't turn you into a pumpkin! Children must be supervised at all times.
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