Events & Exhibitions

“I’ve come a long way since. It’s enabled me to include more of the art/craft I used to do and hope to carry on with. A brilliant course!”

Open Arts are celebrating our 10th year!  You are invited to take part in our birthday bunting project. Please download the template found on the ‘courses’ page to take part or contact us for a hard copy.

Civic Centre, Southend Open Arts display in the reception area

Brentwood Library, Friday 2nd November, publicity stand, bunting workshop

In partnership with Essex and Suffolk Railways and Greater Anglia Railways Studio members artwork is on display in waiting rooms and platforms along the Southend Victoria line and rail way stations on the Sunshine Coast Line.

‘Welcome to Concord Beach’ Mural Designed and painted by @artfulChrissy, @KikiReynolds Sarah, Open Arts and supported by friends of Concord Beach, Canvey

A large scale mural on the Canvey sea wall, at the most eastern point of Canvey Island commemorating the B17 that crashed in the Estuary. Painted by members of Open Arts and supported by friends of Concord Beach, Canvey

Past events

Open Arts celebrating World Mental Health Day on

Wednesday 10th October 2018 exhibition and jazz from Southend Jazz coop

The Beecroft Gallery, Southend our tenth birthday celebration slideshow showcase. Thanks to Open Arts volunteer Kathy for collating the presentation!

August bank holiday weekend. Open Arts open studios and group exhibition with HOFS artists

Brentwood Art Trail August 30th to 13th September

Rochford Art Trail 2018 Open Arts exhibited in Rochford Hospital. Thanks to Kathy and Lyn for helping to set it up and the RAT team for their support.

The Beecroft Gallery, Southend, 17th April 2018 to 15th July . A slideshow of artwork from Netpark Wellbeing Project, includes work from Open Arts groups 5 and 6. Thanks to Open Arts volunteer Kathy for collating over 500 images for the show!

Open Arts Southend exhibition at Southend Adult Education College, Ambleside, showcasing work produced by our Southend BAME course participants. Thanks to Emma Watson for setting it up on our behalf.

Open Arts will be exhibited in the Hockley Art Trail 2018 in Sunrise Health and World Choice Travel SS5 4AZ

Canvey Art Trail 2018 in the Knightswick shopping centre

Open Arts Basildon exhibition held December to January at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon. Showcasing work produced by our Basildon BAME course participants. Thanks to Elsa James and Lyn for setting it up.


Open Arts Showcase Event held on Thursday, 2 November 2017, at Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Sue Richardson shared her experiences about how Open Arts helped her on her recovery journey resulting in her becoming an Open Arts volunteer and part time studio manager.

Jenny Secker Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Lyn Kent, SE-SURG  shared the results of their recent research into the positive benefits of Open Arts. 

Cllr Mark Durham, deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer, Essex County Council will be speaking about Open Arts’ value and importance to its service users and the wider Essex community. 

Thanks to Paul, Peter, Richard and Brian for helping to set up, to Fatima and Maria for the refreshments and Morrisons for their donation. To Lorraine, Kathy, Paul, Jim and Graham for displaying their artwork and to all that supported the event.