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Hadleigh Art Trail challenge for Chase High students

16 June 2016

Art students at Chase High School, Prittlewell have been exploring Hadleigh Country Park, taking inspiration from the local landscape to create works that will be exhibited as part of the annual Hadleigh Art Trail.

17 Year 12 students taking BTEC Level 3 in Art and Crafts Design at Chase High spent a day at the Country Park, looking for inspiration, taking photos and making preliminary sketches for their submissions into the local art trail in September.

The young artists have been given deadlines and delivery dates and asked to treat the project like a commission. This will give the students vocational experience conducting research and creating art for sale.

While on site the group had a tour and a talk by a park ranger and spent the time exploring and sketching their preliminary ideas. A second visit is planned for later in June to refine ideas with submissions due at the end of the school year.

The students will hang their own finished art works for display in the replica Iron Age Roundhouse in Hadleigh Country Park from 8 - 11 September. The Roundhouse will be one point on the Hadleigh Art Trail, running 1 - 11 September. Hadleigh Art Trail was established as a cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympics. Now in its sixth year, it is independently co-ordinated by local artists based at Hadleigh Old Fire Station, a community and arts venue and the hub of the Trail.

Artists are selected to exhibit their work in shops, businesses and public spaces throughout Hadleigh town centre – from fine artists to filmmakers, poets to photographers; sculpture, ceramics and paintings. For 2016 there will also be a programme of events, live music, workshops and the return the popular Open Studios.

Mrs Teresa Noble, Head of Art at Chase High, said: “They found the space to be an interesting and inviting environment that lends itself beautifully to some of the themes they are exploring.”

Sally Chinea from Hadleigh Art Trail said “The students had a great time visiting the stunning Hadleigh Country Park; they couldn’t help but be inspired by the ranger’s talk and landscape. Their sketches and ideas look fantastic and I’m excited to see them on display as part of the 2016 Hadleigh Art Trail.”

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “The Essex Summer of Art festival has been held each year since 2009, helping to bring art and culture to the heart of our villages, towns and cities. Events such as this one at Hadleigh are an excellent example of the good work that is being done across the county. I’m particularly pleased that so many young artists are being inspired by the world around them and that we’re able to give them the platform and encouragement to further their creativity.”

Hadleigh Art Trail is part of the Essex Summer of Art, an ambitious countywide visual art festival running from June – October. It is a partnership project between 25 individual Art Trails across Essex, Visit Essex, participating district and unitary councils and Essex County Council.

Further information about the Essex Summer of Art is available at