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.

Adorn
Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG
27th July 2019 – 16th February 2020
People have adorned themselves for thousands of years with jewellery, tattoos and ornaments. Find out the hidden stories these objects can tell and why we adorn ourselves in such a way.
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Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles
Firstsite, Colchester
Saturday 16th November 2019 to Sunday 8th March 2020
Field for the British Isles (1993) is a collaborative sculpture by artist Antony Gormley that earned him the Turner Prize in 1994. The installation comprises a huge crowd of small, clay figures – and was the first in a number of different ‘Fields’ made in collaboration with communities around the world.
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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