Thames Chase Art and Sculpture Exhibition proves to be major success

Thames Chase Art and Sculpture Exhibition proves to be major success

Hundreds of people enjoyed the magnificent works from local artists

This year’s third annual Art and Sculpture Exhibition at the Thames Chase Forest Centre was a terrific success, the organisers confirmed.

With visitors coming from far and wide to take in the range of works on display, and hundreds of pounds made in sales and donations at the event, it once again shows the importance of supporting and showcasing the best of local talent at this thriving hub for the Thames Chase Community Forest.

Judith Harries's 'Golden Wing' was one of the many works sold over the fortnight of the exhibition

Among the comments left by visitors to the 2019 exhibition – entitled Ideas and Imagination – were:

Another great exhibition. Gets better year by year. Keep it coming!

Lovely art in a beautiful space.

A wonderful selection of pieces. Lovely to see so many local artists being celebrated.

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

“We’re delighted that so many people came along to enjoy the exhibition and support our fantastic local artists.

“There are many talented artists and craftspeople in the local area, and we regularly welcome them to sell their works in the Forest Centre shop and at our monthly Sunday markets. This year’s Art and Sculpture Exhibition was a lovely way to showcase many of their pieces in one place, and from the number of visitors and the number of sales made, it’s clear that this is something that the community enjoyed too.

“A special thanks to Tom Mead for opening the exhibition and showing his work – some of which is now on display in galleries in London – and Penny Morgan, who coordinated the event alongside her regular volunteering activities.”

This amazing dragonfly sculpture by Otis Griffith has flown off to a new home following the exhibition!

Helping fund the future of the Community Forest

Sales commissions and donations from the event will help the Thames Chase Trust continue to enhance the Thames Chase Community Forest.

The Trust’s team of conservation volunteers work twice each week to deliver a range of projects, from landscape management and habitat creation to schools tree planting during term time. Working with partners across the region, the Trust aims to restore the landscape – once dubbed the green lung for London – by increasing woodland cover, improving waterways and wetlands, as well as developing more access routes to the countryside and between sites for the people who visit the Community Forest.

More artwork and crafts for sale

Visitors to the Forest Centre can next see and purchase some of the talented produce from local artists and craftspeople at the free Sunday market on Sunday 15 September (10:00-14:00).

The Autumn season collection is now on sale at the Forest Centre shop, with a new selection of craft pieces from local artists, sculptors and fabric workers available at the Forest Centre, off Pike Lane, in Upminster (postcode: RM14 3NS), open daily from 10:00-17:00.

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