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Art Trail gets up and running
3:30pm Saturday 7th July 2012 in News
THE first ever Thurrock Art Trail has started this week, with a number of exhibitions showcasing talented local artists over the next two weeks.
Across the borough, 11 venues are exhibiting the artwork of more than 40 local artists.
The trail was originally to be a collaboration between Grays-based visual artist Lata Upadhyaya, Horndon textile artist Jane Barry, Tilbury photographer Antonisia Schroder and Grays-based visual artist Mick Murphy.
But the number of participants has increased dramatically, with pubs, schools and local arts venues such as High House Production Park all hosting events between July 2 and July 15.
The first exhibition opened its doors on Friday, with the first floor of Horndon pub the Swan showcasing textile art, painting, sculpture, ceramics and photographic works by the Dacha Group, a group formed by Jane Barry, a Thurrock Art Trail featured artist.
Rita Titchner, the pub’s landlady, has transformed the function room into a gallery which will be open whenever the pub is open until July 14.
In conjunction with the trail, the Gateway Academy is hosting a two-week Art and Literature festival with a number of events on each day.
The Thurrock Art Society is also holding an exhibition at the Methodist Church, in Stanford-le-Hope, this week, with Will Jackson, a Grays resident, also opening up his home to showcase art over the next two weeks.
There is also a group exhibition at the Thameside Complex gallery.
It will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 7pm and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
The Framing Centre, in Grays, is also hosting an exhibition of work by artist Norman Corker, as is the Oasis Open Door, in Orsett Road.
Featured artist Lata Upadhyaya is also holding an open studio event on July 14 and 15, from noon to 4pm, at Studio 7a, Thurrock Enterprise Centre, in Maidstone Road, Grays.
The High House Production Park is playing host to the Art:ifact Summer Exhibition Group Show from July 5 to 8.
For more details on the Thurrock Art Trail, e-mail email@example.com or call Jonathan Curzon on 07717 742596.