In the heart of Billericay, visitors will be able to enjoy an assortment of artwork, and exercise their creativity by taking part in a host of activities including, storytelling, drama, concerts and a sculpture trail.
There will be something for everyone on the trail, where visitors can meet artists from various disciplines including photographers, painters, glass makers and potters, as well as viewing the art work displayed throughout the various locations in the town.
The trail will run from the 8th to the 23rd September.
Visitors of the trail will also have the chance to chat and watch some of the artists whilst they create new art work. There will be 24 artists in 23 locations across the town centre, with the Billericay Library acting as a central hub.
The trail launched for the first time in 2012, and forms part of the annual Essex Summer of Art Festival. The Essex Summer of Art is the county’s largest visual arts festival and is led by the Essex County Council Cultural Development Team, in partnership with participating art trails, studios, district and unitary councils and Visit Essex, giving Essex artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their art work.
This year Billericay Art Trail has planned an array of activities including:
- Superior New Orleans Brass Brand will be performing at the trail on the 10th September. There will be free beer served from the Billericay Brewing Company during the performance.
- There will be a pottery drop in session on the 17th September where visitors enjoy a free taster session of pottery making which is run by ceramic artist and Fold Tutor Peter Norris.
- Children will also be able to get involved in the festival with a range of activities, including papier mache balloon making on the 17th September, and a Children’s photography competition on the 10th September.
- Kids ‘I’ Spy event is aimed at infants who are at school. Children can take part in the trail by looking at pictures in the High Street venues and answering ‘I’ spy questions.
- The trail will host a launch event on the 8th September, where there will be art work exhibited in the Billericay Library, and an opportunity to chat to the artists.
Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Culture, Community and Customer said, “The Summer of Art does many great things: it brings recognition to fantastic local artists, it puts people in touch with their communities in new ways, and it creates connections and opportunities that would otherwise be missed. I’m thrilled that Essex County Council can facilitate this and I would encourage people to visit the festival and take part in the activities where there is the chance to try different art work and be creative.”