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.

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 exhibiting in the Hockley Art Trail on 30th June to 7th July in Sunrise Health and World Choice Travel SS5 4AZ ,

Canvey Art Trail in the Knightswick shopping centre on Wednesday 4th July

and Brentwood Art Trail on August 30th to 13th September, Venue TBC

Past events

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.

Rochford Art Trail – 11th to 23rd September Open Arts exhibited in Rochford Hospital. Thanks to Kathy and Lyn for helping to set it up and the RAT team for their support.

Hadleigh Art Trail – 2nd to 10th September 2017 Open studios in the Art House Thanks to Jackie, Kathy, Brian and the HAT team for all your help and support.

Southend Friday 7th July Village Green: Next Generation.  Metal’s festival of arts for and by young people in Southend. Open Arts had a superhero mask making stall.

Southend Saturday 8th July Village Green, Chalkwell Park. Open Arts had a superhero mask making stall.

Open Arts exhibition 2nd June 2017 to 20th July Open Arts exhibited in the Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-On-Sea SS9 1SP. 

Leigh Art Trail 10th to 17th June 2017 Open Arts exhibited in the Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-On-Sea SS9 1SP Thank you to Paul, Kathy, Richard and the LAT team for all their help and support.

The Beecroft Gallery, Southend, 27th May to 22nd July 2017 Slideshow of art from Netpark Wellbeing Project. 

Brentwood Art trail 2017 Open Arts exhibited at the Brentwood Library 2nd to 30th June. Thank you to Michele, Paula, Laurie and Barry for all their help and support.

Open Arts Showcase at The Beecroft Gallery, Southend, December 6th to February 11th 2017 Included our Open Arts publicity film and slideshow of artwork produced on courses and in the studio. 

The Beecroft Gallery, Southend, October 7th to November 24th  2016

Slideshow of art from Netpark Wellbeing Project run by Southend Borough Council and Metal in the Metal Art School. Work from Open Arts groups, Southend Community College Ways to Wellbeing and Project 49.  

Rochford Art Trail

Open Arts will be exhibiting in the corridors of Rochford Hospital this year.

Hadleigh Art Trail
Open Arts exhibited in the 2016 Hadleigh art trail at The Salvation Army Hall, opposite the fire station. Venue 20. Open September 1st-3rd 9-12noon and September 5th-9th:9-12 noon. And also in Carers Choice window, venue 37.

We also had open studios throughout the week

Brentwood Art trail

Open Arts were in venue number 1 the Town Hall in 2016.  The Brentwood Library kindly offered their Becket Gallery to have an "end of the Brentwood Art Trail" exhibition, showcasing all of the featured artists.

Thurrock art trail

Family Fun Day Open Arts had an information stand and superhero mask making workshop at this event on Sunday 7th August at Hadleigh Old Fire Station.

Spirituality and Health Recovery Day Open Arts had an information stand at this event on Monday 25th July at the Basildon Centre.

Creativity and Wellbeing week Our Hadleigh studios were open to the public on 13th-17th June. Refreshments and creativity activities were available.