Art exhibition returns to Thames Chase Forest Centre this August

Art exhibition returns to Thames Chase Forest Centre this August

Local artists' work on display, under the theme 'Ideas and Imagination'

  • Exhibition themed around Ideas and Imagination
  • Event runs from 13th to 26th August
  • Children’s art competition taking place this summer

The annual Art and Sculpture Exhibition at the Thames Chase Forest Centre returns in August, with artists from across the Community Forest and surrounding areas showing examples of their works.

Beverly Hughes's winding walk through the woods is reminiscent of many scenes around the Thames Chase Community Forest

Around the theme of ‘Ideas and Imagination’, artists will showcase some of their favourite recent pieces that reflect a part of the landscape across the region, or an imagination of a scene or setting.

Among the artists confirmed for the 2019 exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 13th to Monday 26th August, are acclaimed landscape artist James Merriot, Rainham-based metal sculptor Otis Griffith, and renowned East Anglian artist Beverly Hughes.

A full list of exhibitors can be found online.

Entry to the exhibition, hosted in the Ford Education Room at the Forest Centre, is free, with donations accepted. All works on display will be available to purchase.

Mary Wright, Acting Chair of Trustees at the Thames Chase Trust, said:

“We’re delighted to once again welcome a magnificent and diverse array of local artists and their work to the Thames Chase Forest Centre.

“We are excited to see how the artists interpret this year’s theme to understand how different people are inspired by the world around them.

“In the past, the ideas and imaginations of landowners and people who lived and worked in the area have greatly changed the landscape of the Community Forest, and we hope that visitors will be inspired by the way that artists have envisioned animals, figures or a landscape.”

With community at the heart of the work carried out by the Thames Chase Trust – from environmental conservation of green spaces through to engaging and educating local people with the world around them – the Art and Sculpture Exhibition is a significant event within the packed annual calendar.

Children’s art and sculpture competition

Alongside the main exhibition, the Trust is running a competition for local children. This year’s theme will be ‘Woodland wonders’, with categories for children aged 5-8 years old, 9-12 and 13-16.

Budding young artists can submit their favourite picture or design taking their inspiration from the creatures and animals that are found or could have once been a part of the Community Forest area, from Brentwood and Ockendon all the way to Barking and Dagenham.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the first two weeks of the summer holidays, youngsters can get some help and guidance from volunteers at the Trust as part of the activities run at the Forest Centre, which are this year focussing on mammals found around the forest.

Submissions can be made in person at the Forest Centre or by post (address to post to: Children’s Art Competition 2019, Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS).

The closing date for children’s submissions will be Friday 9th August. A special panel of judges will then discuss the entries, with the winners revealed on Tuesday 13th August at the VIP preview evening for the main exhibition.

Selected submissions and category finalists from the children’s competition will be on display at the Forest Centre until 26th August.

Mary Wright continued:

“Inspiring the next generation to understand the world around them is vital to ensure that they take care of the landscape and continue to protect the environment.

“Through the children’s art competition we hope that young people will be actively engaged with our work throughout the Community Forest, and that their work will reflect their emotional attachment with the wildlife and people that live here.”


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