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. Here’s our geographical listing.


Chelmsford Museum
Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

‘Restless Brilliance: The Story of J.A. Baker and The Peregrine’
23rd March 2024 to 3rd November 2024
In this exhibition we explore Baker’s life, his love of nature and writing through the archive of his work held by the Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex. It is the first time that this archive has been on public display.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common CM3 8ET

‘Chelmsford Art Society UK Annual Exhibition’
Saturday 3rd February 2024 to Monday 12th February 2024
The Chelmsford Art Society UK was formed more than 50 years ago and consists of members of all ages and abilities. This exhibition covers all subjects, media and styles alongside many other artistic genres such as glass, silk, jewellery, books, and cards.


Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, evening openings Thu, Fri and Sat.

‘Level Best: Sunshine Coast’
Journey through the Sunshine Coast with Level Best. Experience over one hundred diverse artworks created over the last decade, by artists with additional needs from the Level Best art studio.
Running from Saturday 20th January 2024 to Sunday 10th March 2024, 10am to 5pm

‘Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate’
In this presentation, seven light sculptures by Noble & Webster illuminate areas of the Firstsite building with pops of glimmering colour.
Runs until 31st December 2024.

Chappel Galleries
Colchester Road, Chappel, CO6 2DE
Open Wed-Sun 10am to 5pm

‘Celebration and Compassion’.
Artworks by Alex Debenham, Andrew Gadd, Claire Cansick, David Stone, Francis Hoyland, Frances Mann, Graham Giles, Ian Poulton, John Maddison, Jonathan Clarke, Julie Giles, Mary Griffiths, Michael Fell (1939-2023), Paul Rumsey, Peter Campbell (1931-1989), Peter Kelly NEAC RBA (1931-2019), Peter Rodulfo, Tom Deakins. Finishing some time in January 2024 (check with gallery)

Colchester Castle
Castle Park, Colchester.

‘Thunderbirds : the Joy of Puppets’
29th March 2024 to 30th June 2024
“Step into a realm of nostalgia with puppets from classic television shows. The exhibition features a diverse collection, from Joy Laurey’s beloved Mr Turnip puppet to your favourite Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Productions characters, including the captivating Lady Penelope.”
Exhibition is part of the entry admission to Colchester Castle. Your ticket to Colchester Castle also gives you access to Hollytrees Museum which is 1minute walk from the Castle.

Art Exchange
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

‘Trinta/Treinta – Thirty Years of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America.’
Celebrates the different voices which have nurtured and promoted the growth of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), founded by students and staff in 1993. Running until 2nd February 2024.

‘Mapping ESCALA through the archives: Thirty years of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America’.
Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) was made possible by the colossal efforts and enthusiasm of students and staff at the University of Essex. This exhibition is an introduction to the Collection’s history from some of the most inquisitive and stimulating archive materials from the University’s collections, including early photographs of the Latin American society in campus, letters to prominent curators and historians and ESCALA’s founding documents.
Running until 2nd February 2024.

The Minories
The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE

An ever-changing range of events and exhibitions. Next major one : ‘Contemporary and Modern British Prints’, Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th March 2024, in association with The Hayletts Gallery, including works by Bawden, Emin, Ravilious, Hockney, Paolozzi, Moore, Spender and Hepworth (many more, but those are the names that are instantly recognisable to us!).


Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum
Castle House, Dedham CO7 6AZ

Closed until Wednesday 3rd April 2024.


Harwich Museum
Anglia House, Main Road, Harwich, CO12 3FN
more details

No special exhibition at present.


Hayletts Gallery
Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PJ
more details

‘Contemporary and Modern British Original Prints’.
Edward Burra, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, John Hoyland, Paula Rego.
Saturday 16th March 2024 to Sunday 24th March 2024.

Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden Museum
Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL

‘Evacuee : a Wartime Childhood’.
Brian Sanders’ career spans decades working on books, magazines, stamp and coin designs, editorial and advertising projects. High profile work such as Mad Men and Stanley Kubrick, which will feature in the exhibition, alongside his artwork featuring Saffron Walden.
Runs until 17th March 2024.

The Fry Art Gallery
Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1BD

‘Great Bardfield and Beyond: A Working Landscape’.
This exhibition includes artists as diverse as Bawden and Ravilious, John Aldridge, Michael Rothenstein, Walter Hoyle, Anne Rothenstein, Keith Vaughan, George and Katie Chapman, Tirzah Garwood, Olive Cook, Edwin Smith and others. All of them responded to the landscape, buildings, farming and village communities they saw around them.
Runs 7th April to 27th October 2024.

The Saffron Walden Gallery
77a High Street Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1DZ. Open Tue-Sat 10am-5:30pm

No current special exhibition.


Beecroft Art Gallery
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX.
Open Wednesdays to Sundays

‘Owen Harvey ‘Last Days of Summer’
Runs until 7th April, 2024

‘Steve Whittle ‘Retrospective : 1973-2023’
A look back at the career of one of Southend’s most unique and diverse artists.
Runs until 31st March 2024.

‘Colour 2’.
Explores the use of colour within painting, sculpture and sound.
Closes 4th May 2024.

Southend Central Museum

‘The Romans: Settling in Southend’
23rd March 2024 to 23rd March 2025
“The exhibition features a stunning collection of Roman artefacts from across South Essex, many of which are being displayed publicly for the first time! While other notable Roman sites in Essex, such as Colchester and Chelmsford, have received significant attention, ‘Settling in Southend’ aims to spotlight the lesser-known but equally important Roman history of our city”
more details


The Naze Tower
The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LE. Open April-Oct 10am – 5pm every day.

Each year three diverse art exhibitions are shown at the Naze Tower, featuring work by established and emerging East Anglian artists.
2024 exhibitions not yet announced.


Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX 01206 827490

‘Michael Velycheko’
Tuesday 5th March 2024 to Monday 1st April 2024
Oil paintings from a Ukrainian artist.

‘Walking the Land : the Sandlings Walk’
Tuesday 7th May 2024 to Sunday 19th May 2024
Two artists, Lorraine George and Margriet van Nieuwberg, exploring the Sandlings Walk, chatting, eating cake, and painting. Art inspired by slow time spent in the land.