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Showcase launches inaugural Thurrock Art Trail

THE FIRST ever Thurrock Art Trail had its official launch on Friday evening (13 January) at the ‘Open Vision Night’ event attended by more than 40 people at the Thameside Complex in Grays.

Part of the Essex Summer of Art, which is the umbrella name for the series of art ‘trails’ which take place across the county, the Thurrock Art Trail will run in the borough between 2 and 15 July.

The ‘Open Vision Night’ gave the four featured artists an opportunity to talk about and show their work to the gathered audience. Their work was extremely well received and commented upon for its originality and variety.

The artists are:

· Antonisia Schroder – a Brazilian-born photographer who has studied art for many years (including a BA in Photography) and run a number of exhibitions of her work. She excels in documentary-style and experimental photography and has travelled widely. She brings her travel experiences and her background in psychology into her work

· Lata Upadhyaya – a visual artist who predominantly works in sculpture, completed masters in fine art at MS University in Baroda, India and Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has participated in exhibitions and residencies, both nationally and internationally. Lata’s work is influenced by childhood memories and the contrast between her own experiences in the east and west

· Jane Barry – a founder member of the Dacha Group of artists in Horndon on the Hill who has exhibited intricately sewn textile work in Essex, as well as further afield including Budapest. A current theme she tries to communicate through her work is ‘visual music’

· Michael Murphy – a visual artist who studied fine art at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. His work looks to construct its own identity through creating a complex association of thoughts and memories in the viewer. Some of his work is also influenced by dreams and the spiritual world.

Plans are also afoot to link the art trail to the visit of the Olympic torch to Grays in July, and there are proposals to link up with a school to offer opportunities for students to contribute to the trail.

The aim of the Essex Summer of Art is that art lovers, families and both residents and visitors will be able to visit each area holding events and follow a ‘trail’ of different artists’ work. In Thurrock, exhibitions will be held in Grays, Purfleet, Tilbury and Horndon on the Hill. Some venues are still to be confirmed but there will definitely be work on display at the Thameside Complex in Grays and the Royal Opera House Production Park in Purfleet.

To stay up to date with developments on the Thurrock Art Trail, visit


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