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Jaywick Martello Tower Coastal Open   #CoastalOpen


The Coastal Open is proud to be part of Essex Summer of Art. Essex Summer of Art is brought to you in partnership with Essex County Council’s Cultural Development, Visit Essex and participating District, Borough and Unitary Councils and the many and varied art trails of Essex.


Coastal Open 2018

If you are interested in displaying your work in the Coastal Open 2018 then please download an application form and guidelines and submit before Tuesday 7th August by either email or post.


Post: Coastal Open Exhibition Entries,
Cultural Development Team,
Essex Record Office,
Wharf Road,


 Junior Wardens

Coastal Open 2015

The sixth annual Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists and groups, giving a chance to showcase their talents in arts and crafts. Work included ceramics, photography, textiles, painting plus much more.

Over 80 artworks were exhibited from over 30 individual artists and groups displayed their work with artist ageing from 8 to 80's

One feature was a marine mixed media peice by the Jaywick Junior Wardens. The Junior Wardens worked with artist Valerie Osment to create a peice inspirated by the marine life of Jaywick.

An associate event of Essex Summer of Art. 



Coastal Open 2014 

2014 saw the fifth celebration of local artists work. The exhibition gave local talent in arts and crafts to display in the unusal setting of Jaywick Martello Tower. It provided an opportunity to demonstrate what inspires them about your community, environment and heritage through your artwork.

Image: Martello Beach by Carol Dawson




Coastal Open 2013

The annual Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists, giving a chance to showcase their talents in arts and crafts. Work included in the 2013 exhibition was ceramics, photography, music, textiles plus much more. Over 30 artists exhibit their artwork including the Jaywick Writers Circle and work by the Tower's young C-Net summer 2013 participants.

Image: Beach at Jaywick by Julia Austin-Brenes



Coastal Open 2012


CO 2012The third Coastal Open featured 30 local artists. The artwork ranged from sculpture, painting, driftwood, mosaic and large poetic installations.


In 2010 the art trails linked together by conducting the Essex Art Relay. The baton passed by unusual means of transport. The baton arrived to Jaywick by being delivered by the RNLI and left to go to the next art trail by classic car and upon arrival the baton was received by acrobats who jumped overt the artists and collected the baton in mid air.


In October 2010 the 14 metre long artwork was revealed and has since been separated and enjoyed a successful touring exhibition. The Jaywick art baton return to the Tower and was exhibition in the Coastal Open 2012 exhibition. We would like to give a big thank you to the two artists who worked on this piece, Jean Buckland and Coralina Cattrell.



Coastal Open 2011 

The second Coastal Open exhibited 40 artists with artwork ranging from painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, music, handmade paper and even Jewellery made from sea glass.

Commissions East in partnership with firstsite and Jaywick Martello Tower, hosted a Professional Development Day in June for artists based in the East of England as part of a programme of events to accompany the launch of the final Fleet commission. As part of the Day, regionally-based artists from the East were given the opportunity to submit a proposal for a new work inspired by Jaywick Martello Tower which will be shown alongside other artists work as part of The Coastal Open. Regionally based artist Aaron Head from Bedford was selected from 12 submissions by ‘If the Invader Comes’ artists’ photographer Dan Dubowitz and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchuir. Colchester based arts organisation firstsite have provided the selected artist with funding towards the materials for their new commission. This initiative forms part of firstsite’s Artists’ Support Programme, creating development opportunities for artists based in the East. His installation Green Green Grass of Home focus's on the resilience of coastal communities linking the Martello Tower and the plant life of the coast.


Jaywick Art and Heritage by Local Exhibitors Saving Seaside Communities.

This project started because of all the recent negative reports in the local papers when Jaywick was named the most deprived area in England. Local artist Perrie Leversidge wanted to raise the profile of Jaywick and prove that local people are not only talented but also come together for the purpose of promoting their much loved area. Perrie travelled Jaywick with a portable art studio and received a positive response.

“I visited every road in the the so called deprived area and discovered he most artistic area, meeting the most amazing people and listening to some amazing stories. The feelings of each person is depicted in each painting as an individual work but unite together as one painting, one Jaywick.” Perrie Leversidge 




CO 2010Coastal Open 2010


The first Coastal Open was hailed a success with over 100 unique artworks exhibited from local artists. Artworks ranged from stunning prints on paper created from Jaywick Seaweed, intricate wood carvings, through to a creative knitted scene.  






Essex Summer of Arts 


The Coastal Open is proud to be part of Essex Summer of Arts, a county wide showcase of art trails and open studios.