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Harlow proud hosts as Essex Art Trail launched

Lifestyle / Sun 8th Jun 2014 am30 11:30am

THE sixth annual Essex Summer of Art, featuring a record 19 art trails, was launched yesterday in Harlow, which has art trails to promote its world class sculpture for the first time as well as accompanying phone apps.

The countywide art festival has become a popular part of Essex life attracting nearly 60,000 people each year. In 2013 alone it generated £1,227,508 for the Essex economy. Over the past five years it has featured more than 1,700 artists. Around 300 shops, restaurants and businesses participate each year across the county, providing space for artists to exhibit their work, in an amazing partnership project involving the ECC Cultural Development Team, art trails, district and unitary councils, Visit Essex and firstsite.

County Councillor Norman Hume, Chairman of Essex County Council, gave a short speech and said: “Essex Summer of Art is an incredibly successful initiative. It is good for the Essex economy, and it is a good way to promote some of the county’s leading artists and attractions.”

Councillor Ian Beckett, Vice Chairman of Harlow Council, also gave a short speech, and said: “Creativity is at the very heart and soul of Harlow and is constantly moving forward and being re-imagined. One of the best ways to appreciate it is through the events organised for the Essex Summer of Arts.”

County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, attended the launch and said: “It is marvellous that new Essex Summer of Art trails have been developed for Harlow, a town which proudly demonstrates the county’s vast cultural heritage.”

This year there are five new art trails – in Brentwood, Loughton, Harlow, Great Notley, and Hylands Park in Chelmsford – as well as a craft fair run by the Guild of Essex Craftsmen. There is a full programme of exhibitions, workshops and activities. This year is particularly special for the Burnham Art Trail, which is celebrating its 10th year of promoting high quality local art.

Trails taking place in June include:

4th-14th June: Harlow Art and Sculpture Trail

See the work of local artists in the windows of shops of the Harvey Shopping Centre, the two town galleries and in the windows of local businesses. A newly developed sculpture app (free on the Google store, search Harlow Sculpture) helps visitors explore five Harlow routes and 79 incredible sculptures from Moore, Frink, Chadwick and others; a second app introduces them to the Gibberd Gallery’s permanent collection of watercolours and drawings.

7th-14th June: Leigh Art Trail
See the art, visit the many studios and explore historic landmarks.

21st-29th June: Burnham 10th anniversary Art Trail
Forty-seven artists will display their work. Tenth anniversary celebrations include local celebrity artist Sue Spiers roaming Burnham painting “lightning flash” portraits all week.

Full details of all the trails and events are available at: http://www.visitessex.com/discover/cultural/essex-summer-of-art.aspx

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