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

Chelmsford Museum
Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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‘4th Biennial Open Art exhibition 2023/2024’.
Opened Saturday 18 November 2023
After a submission process, led by the Friends of Chelmsford Museum, you will be able to see the skills and creativity from the local community. The varied subject matter tells the different stories of people across the city. While the quality of the works, and the breadth of styles demonstrate the vibrancy and artistic potential of Chelmsford – both amateur and professional.

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.
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Colchester

firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH
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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
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‘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.
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‘Hidden Histories : Empire’. The British Empire ruled over areas across several continents, including North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. By 1913, it became the largest in history. Our latest Hidden Histories project explores stories behind some of the objects on display at Hollytrees Museum linked to that empire. Running until 5th March 2024.

Art Exchange
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
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‘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
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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!).

Dedham

Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum
Castle House, Dedham CO7 6AZ
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Closed until Wednesday 3rd April 2024.

Harwich

Harwich Museum
Anglia House, Main Road, Harwich, CO12 3FN
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No special exhibition at present.

Maldon

Hayletts Gallery
Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PJ
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‘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
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‘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
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‘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
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No current special exhibition.

Southend

Beecroft Art Gallery
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX.
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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.

Walton

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

Wivenhoe

Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX 01206 827490
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2024 exhibitions not yet announced.