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Coastal Open

Coastal Open - part of Essex Summer of Art

Thursday 11 September - Sunday 2 November

The annual Coastal Open gives local artists a chance to showcase their talents in arts and craft. Each year we exhibit over 30 artists and work varies from driftwood sculptures, textiles, mosaics to photography and painting. A series of free workshop and demonstrations will accompany the exhibition. If you are interested in exhibiting next year then please keep an eye on the website for details. 



Autumn Talks 2014

Fridays at 11am

Free parking and refreshments provided.

Admission: £2 per talk or all five talks for £8.

Friday 26 September - Clacton Fire Brigade 1880-WW2 by Vic Miller

The talk will take a brief look at the origins of firefightening before taking a closer look at the emergent Clacton fire service, observing it growth from its volunteer beginning to its final acceptance as a fully professional firefighting unit The Clacton Urban District Fire Brigade.

Friday 3 October - Photography - from Crime Scene to Art by Chris Farndell

The illustrated talk is about photographing crime scenes and how that is different from taking photographs for other purposes, for example as 'art'. The photographs shown will illustrate his work as a Police Scenes of Crime Officer and subsequently teaching photography to 'A' Level Students.

Friday 10 October - The Wars of the Roses by Frances Sparrow

Between 1455 and 1487, six Dukes, five Earls, two Kings, two Princes and thousands of ordinary men lost their lives in a bitter power struggle for the English crown. One of them was the last King to lead his men into battle and his funeral is next March.

Friday 17 October - Essex Year of Traditions by Claire Driver

Revisit some old gems or maybe discover sonthing new about the customs of Essex with Essex historian Claire Driver.

Friday 24 October - Belief in Ghosts in Ancient Greece and Rome by Amy Cotterill

"Ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties..." The monsters that haunt our nightmares have been doing so for thousands of years. In this talk, Amy Cotterill will be looking at the origin of ghost stories, comparing how "historic" ghosts differ from those of Charles Dickens and learning how haunted houses caused legal headaches for the residents of Rome.



The Big Draw








Creative Net

First Wednesday of every month, 11am-1pm.

Free creative workshop for adults, each session looks at a new theme or art form.

Refreshments, materials and creative conversations provided.

Wednesday 5 November - Mosaics with artist Valerie Osment

Wednesday 3 December - Unique reindeer decorations with artist Alison Stockmarr

Wednesday 7 January - Cardboard Sculpture with artist Nicola Burrell

Wednesday 4 February - Batik with artist Valerie Osment

Wednesday 4 March - Sketch books with artist Juliet Lockhart 


Download your 2014 events guide here.


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