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 Art Gallery
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX.
Open Wed-Sun 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 gallery in Colchester, Essex. Their mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone. It won Museum of the year in 2021
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
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.
74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
Located in Colchester’s Cultural Quarter, The Minories has been in the care of the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, since 1956.
145C Connaught Avenue, Frinton on Sea, CO13 9AH
Hosts regular, monthly, solo art exhibitions displaying a vast collection of work by local professional artists. Occasionally displaying work by members of local art societies, this venue is a major local gallery in the area.
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.