Exhibitions in Essex

We have an amazing range of art galleries and museums across Essex, well worth a visit at any time of the year. They also have a range of short-term exhibitions, and this is the place to find out about them.

Gillian Wearing: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere – The Making of the Millicent Fawcett Statue for Parliament Square
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH
Saturday 10th November 2018 to 12th May 2019
An exhibition documenting the creation of Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing’s statue of Suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, situated in Parliament Square, London. It will also feature a number of works drawn from Wearing’s celebrated photographic series, Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say.
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Open Art Exhibition
Chelmsford Museum
24th November 2018 to 13th January 2019
Chelmsford Museum will be hosting its second annual open art exhibition. Entry to the museum is free and is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm (including Bank Holidays), Fridays closed during term time but open 10am to 5pm during school holidays, and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.

Subcultures
Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea SS2 6EX
15th December 2018 to 5th October 2019
Discover Southend’s subcultures through clothing, photographs and memorabilia. From the Southend punk scene, to mods, rockers and beyond this exhibition explores subcultures both past and present.
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Snapping the Stiletto : Essex Women – Adversity, Adventure and Aspiration.
Epping Forest District Museum
January 12th 2019 to March 16th 2019
“A touring exhibition that looks at stories of Essex women campaigning for the vote, improved health and welfare services, and animal welfare, the crucial roles women played in wartime, the women who ran successful businesses and the many women working at engineering firms in the county.”
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Mark Fell: The Concept of Time is Intrinsically Incoherent
Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
19th January 2019 to 21st April 2019
“The exhibition is comprised of a number of newly produced works that explore and extend the artist’s interest in space, time and materiality. Presented in the gallery’s window frontage is a mesmeric installation of shimmering gold foil illuminated by LED lighting, whose autonomous movement is controlled by a mechanical actuator.”
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Steam on the Road
Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA
6th February 2019 to 3rd March 2019
“Temporary exhibition which will explore the Power of Steam on the Road. The Exhibition will look at Steam Buses, Cars, Traction Engines & Steam Wagons.”
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Sylvia Paul and Wild
The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE
9th February 2019 to 2nd March 2019
Harwich artist Sylvia Paul will be exhibiting her paintings alongside ‘Wild’, a touring exhibition from Art Textiles: Made in Britain.
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Snapping the Stiletto : Essex Women – Adversity, Adventure and Aspiration.
The Museum of Power, Langford, nr Maldon
May 8th to 30th June 2019
“A touring exhibition that looks at stories of Essex women campaigning for the vote, improved health and welfare services, and animal welfare, the crucial roles women played in wartime, the women who ran successful businesses and the many women working at engineering firms in the county.”
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Snapping the Stiletto : Essex Women – Adversity, Adventure and Aspiration.
Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend
July 6th to September 6th 2019
“A touring exhibition that looks at stories of Essex women campaigning for the vote, improved health and welfare services, and animal welfare, the crucial roles women played in wartime, the women who ran successful businesses and the many women working at engineering firms in the county.”
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Snapping the Stiletto : Essex Women – Adversity, Adventure and Aspiration.
Chelmsford Museum
September 14th to November 3rd 2019
“A touring exhibition that looks at stories of Essex women campaigning for the vote, improved health and welfare services, and animal welfare, the crucial roles women played in wartime, the women who ran successful businesses and the many women working at engineering firms in the county.”
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Snapping the Stiletto : Essex Women – Adversity, Adventure and Aspiration.
Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
November 9th 2019 to January 19th 2020
“A touring exhibition that looks at stories of Essex women campaigning for the vote, improved health and welfare services, and animal welfare, the crucial roles women played in wartime, the women who ran successful businesses and the many women working at engineering firms in the county.”
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Reviews of Exhibitions on Essex Days Out

The Life of Julie Cope
Held at firstsite in Colchester, this was a standout exhibition in 2018, which had the crowds flocking to see pottery, tapestries, and artworks by Grayson Perry commemorating the ‘life’ of Essex girl Julie. The exhibition had an audio of Perry reading his poem about her life, for an altogether immersive experience. full article

Cardinal Wolsey at Christchurch MuseumJust over the border in Suffolk, the story of Iswich’s most famous son (sorry Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey!!) full article

Glynn Thomas at Hayletts Gallery, Maldon.
An exhbition at a small (but perfectly formed) gallery in Maldon. full article

Andy Warhol Artists Rooms
A standout exhibition at firstsite, featuring work by Pop Art founder Andy Warhol, with complementary exhibitions by two artists influenced by his work – Hattie Stewart and Camille Walala.full article