Follow The Brentwood Art Trail.

The 18th of June sees the start of the Brentwood Art Trail.

Brentwood Borough Council is delighted to announce the launch of a new interactive Brentwood Art Trail website.  The website has been set up to provide everything needed to follow the Art Trail in Brentwood which runs from 18 to 30 June 2012.  The website provides artist and venue information, special offers, news and an interactive map to help the public plan their own personal trail.

Artwork will be displayed at over 20 venues during the Trail throughout Brentwood and Shenfield including Brentwood Station, Brentwood and Shenfield Libraries, various shops, cafes and restaurants.  The trail aims to create an experience where local people’s art can be recognised and appreciated and is accessible, whilst at the same time significantly raising the profile of artistic culture in Brentwood and across Essex as part of the collection of art trails across the County.  Artwork will range broadly from painting and photography, through to craft and ceramics.

Councillor Mark Reed, Chair of the Retail, Community & Culture Panel, said “The website is a new element to the Art Trail this year and a great platform to show the fabulous range or art on display and find out more.  I’d encourage everyone to get online and take a look, plan your own art trail to visit a host of venues where you’ll get to see some new and exciting creative scenery in our borough.  It’s the perfect way to build up the excitement to the Olympic Torch Relay and the Games , and just one more thing making this year a very special one in Brentwood.”

Interpreting themes from the Olympics, the trail will also include work by Brentwood County High, Ingrave Johnston Primary, Holly Trees Primary and St Mary’s Primary School. In addition there will be 3 group shows by Kelvedon Hatch Art Group, Open Arts and Sawyers Hall Art Group.

Michael Hill, local artist and member of Kelvedon Art Group talks about participating this year.  “I was born and brought up in West Wales and the beautiful Cardigan Bay coastline was a very strong early influence in my love of landscape painting. I later came to live and work in Essex as a head teacher.  On retiring in 2008 I felt able to really indulge myself in art. Since then, I have exhibited my work in a number of local Libraries.  I am a member of four local art groups and take great pleasure in encouraging and enthusing fellow members.  I am always thrilled when members suddenly gain in confidence and begin to be really pleased with their artwork.  The art groups are informal and relaxed meetings, and it is lovely that members are so appreciative of each other’s work.

 “I enjoy working in mixed media and mainly choose landscapes and townscapes as subjects for my paintings; Welsh Valley scenes (rather sombre, but highly atmospheric!) and the city of a hundred spires, Prague.  My younger son and daughter-in-law are at present living just outside Prague, the beautiful city is an artist’s paradise.

“The Brentwood Art Trail is an excellent opportunity for local artists to show their work and for shoppers to come face to face with a range of creative work.  I believe it is important to take art out into the community; it can give pleasure, but also may enthuse others to buy that first box of watercolours.”

Maps will be available from all participating venues from June, for details visit http://www.brentwoodat.org.uk.

For more information on the Brentwood Art Trail 2012 call 01277 312801 or email natalie.creary@brentwood.gov.uk

Posted by Clare Kersey

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