Thurrock Art Trail Launches big event
By Nafisat Ishola
THURROCK ART Trail is hosting its sixth annual celebration in style as it launches it’s biggest trail yet.
Hosting an annual celebration every year, this year boasts over forty venues and sixty artists taking part, this includes work made by the community, schools and groups. With 70 exhibitions available and place of interest to visit taking place in churches, pubs, cafes, schools and visitor centres across the Borough the event should be a real success.
The Trail highlights will include Artistry of the Estuary, a conservation themed art project with primary schools run by Essex Wildlife Trust at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. The two-week event also coincides with the Royal Opera House celebrating 10 years in Thurrock.
Audiences can expect a range of visual mediums, from paintings, photography, sculptures, textile art, ceramics, filmmaking, woodwork an assemblage.
More diverse art forms are included in this years expanded event, with Hilary Powell’s film ‘Ring Cycle’, an audio visual symphony that transposes an epic cast of gods and mortals into this contemporary Thameside landscape”. Screening takes places on Friday 14th and 20th July in St Mary’s Church, Little Thurrock were there will also be poetry.
The trail sets off from the 15th July 2017 and runs until the 30th July, showcasing the creativity around the borough from 8 to 80 years olds and both professional and amateur artists.
As part of Love Grays festival, Grays Town will also host it’s own Art Trail for the first time this year running from Saturday 22nd July to Saturday 29th July.
Four local artists in borough thought Thurrock ‘doesn’t shout about its art’ and went on the pursuit to raise the public profile of arts in Thurrock. Organising an Art Trail under guidance of Essex Summer of Art their work was displayed in various locations round the Borough.
This year will allow more local artists to showcase their creativeness and talent, the expansion of the celebration has given the trail opportunities such as professional artist developments sessions and community workshops within groups in Thurrock.
The Thurrock Art trail has been thoroughly supported from many organisations such as Essex Cultural Diversity Partnership, Essex Summer of Arts and Essex Network of Artist Studio; as well as receiving funding from Arts Council England and Thurrock Council.