If your looking for Art Galleries in Essex you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our listing – do contact us if there’s one you think should be on the list!
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
“We show international, contemporary art by established and emerging artists, historic figures who continue to inspire, and group shows relevant to current debate. Our artist-in-residence programme allows us to commission new works that respond to the world around us.”
The Beecroft Gallery
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX.
Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
The gallery relocated to the old Central Library on Victoria Avenue in 2014. It sits next to the old old Central Library, which now houses Southend Museum. Visit both for a great afternoon out. Read our article about our recent visit.
Colchester Road, Chappel, CO6 2DE
One of the few galleries with a working artist as a proprietor. Drawn from the 20th & 21st century, Chappel Galleries sells work by professional artists, many with national reputations, also bringing to the attention of their public some who are younger or less well known.
Leigh-on-Sea Marina (next to Leigh Station), High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ET.
An Art Gallery on a 21 metre converted barge moored in Leigh on Sea marina. Showing art by resident artists Ian and Josephine James and various guest artists. Free entry Open Saturdays 10am to 5pm and other days by appointment. Contact Ian on 07768871875
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
“firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.”
The Fry Art Gallery
Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1BD. Open April – October, limited opening hours.
The gallery is home to a collection of paintings, prints, illustrations, wallpapers and decorative designs by artists of the 20th century and the present day who have local connections and have made a significant contribution to their field. There are works by artists who lived in the Great Bardfield area during the 20th century
Gallery in the Garden
Saling Grove, Great Saling, Essex CM7 5DP. Summer opening only.
This a a small, exclusive gallery which hosts a small number of exhibitions a year. It is a part of the North Essex Saling Grove Estate, whose grounds were originally designed by Sir Humphrey Repton. Before planning a visit, check their website for opening hours and details of current exhibitions.
Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow CM20 1WG. Open Mon-Fri 9am to 4:45pm. Some special Saturday openings.
Run by The Harlow Art Trust which is committed to the town’s beautification and cultural heritage in Harlow and Essex.
Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PJ
Specialises in finding and promoting the best East Anglian artists and also deals in Modern British and Contemporary Fine Art Original Prints. With nine exhibitions a year they show a cross section of watercolours, oils, gouaches, photographs, all forms of original prints alongside ceramics, sculpture and glass.
Lindsell Art Gallery
Lindsell, near Dunmow, Essex CM6 3QN
Set in rural North Essex there are a number of artists and crafts people based at the gallery. There is a wide variety of work on show and for sale. The gallery hosts a range of workshops, exhibitions and events throughout the year.
74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
Colchester Institutes’s Fine Art and Design Department have recently taken over the Minories. It is a beautiful venue for contemporary art exhibitions and talks. There is also the tea room run by Wilkin & Son, and in the good weather a delightful garden to sit in – complete with its own folly.
Sampson’s Barn, Dormers, Braintree Road, Great Dunmow CM6 1HU
Operating exclusively by appointment, an up-market showroom, art gallery, exhibition venue, art class venue, supper club venue which specialises in 20th Century iconic design.
Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum
Castle House, Dedham CO7 6AZ
Castle House is home to a wonderful collection of Sir Alfred Munnings paintings – there are many of his beautiful horse paintings but also many other works. The grounds of the house are very attractive and there is also a pleasant tearoom.
The Saffron Walden Gallery
77a High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1DZ. Open Tue-Sat 10am-5:30pm
“We exhibit internationally renowned, established artists, but also give wall space to the up-and-coming. With regular solo & group exhibitions there is always something new to see.”
Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX 01206 827490
The gallery in the heart of Wivenhoe, offering a diverse selection of artworks with a regularly changing exhibition program.
The Twizzle Gallery
Marine Chandlery, Titchmarsh Marina, Coles Lane, Walton on the Naze, Essex CO14 8SL
“An art gallery displaying works of art by local craftsmen including paintings, photographs, ceramics, glass, and textiles. Many artists have previously exhibited both nationally and internationally. The gallery is set in beautiful natural countryside with plenty of opportunities for discerning walkers or alternatively visitors can relax, with a coffee and bite to eat, enjoying views over the marina. Open every day (except Bank Holidays) from 9am until 4pm. Free admission.”