Thames Chase Art and Sculpture Exhibition opening and Children’s Competition Winners

Grand opening for Art and Sculpture exhibition

Thames Chase Art and Sculpture Exhibition opening and Children’s Competition Winners

  • Over 150 pieces of work on display and for sale – ranging from £10 to £2,000
  • 30 local artists showing off their work
  • Exhibition runs from 13-26 August, open 10:00-16:00 daily

On Tuesday 13 August, over 70 people attended a special preview evening and the official opening of the Thames Chase Art and Sculpture Exhibition 2019 at the Thames Chase Forest Centre (off Pike Lane, Upminster).

With pieces from 30 local artists, both amateur and professional, the exhibition is home to over 150 works of art, many of which capture local landmarks and the area within the Thames Chase Community Forest.

Acting Chair of Trustees Martin Barkwith, who introduced the event, said:

“It’s fantastic to see such an amazing range of works by artists from around the area, including a number of familiar landmarks and local scenes captured with vivid imagination.

“It’s terrific to see the vast array of talent on display, and I hope that it inspires the next generation of young artists to look at the world in a different way.”

Upminster’s Tom Mead – a finalist in the 2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition, which is airing on Channel 4 on Saturday afternoons during the period of the exhibition – officially opened the event, and was the guest judge for the children’s art competition.

2019 Children’s Art Competition winners

Dylan Jones: Butterflies – in pens

Alba Heaton: Secret garden

Archie Bright: Pineapple and Rose

They received great praise for their works, including their attention to detail and their imaginative interpretation of the animals that make their home throughout the Community Forest.

Artwork for sale

Many of the pieces on display at the exhibition are available to purchase, with commissions for sales coming to the Thames Chase Trust, to support their work to enhance the Community Forest – which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020.

With works ranging from £10 all the way to £2,000, there is something for everyone at this year’s exhibition. The event runs from Tuesday 13 August to Monday 26 August, and is open daily from 10:00-16:00.

This spectacular Kingfisher, by sculptor Otis Griffith, is one of a number of pieces that sold on the opening night

Harpist Hilary Barkwith performed a number of wonderful arrangements to support the event

There was a fantastic response from the community for the opening night. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00-16:00 until Monday 26 August.


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