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Burnham Art Trail

Michelle Ward was joined by Triss Norman and Sharon Chan, coordinators of The Burnham Art Trail.



Saturday 22nd June to Sunday 30th June 2019



Burnham is situated on the north bank of the River Crouch on a peninsula of land to the southeast of Chelmsford, the county town of Essex. The town receives many visitors throughout the summer months, many of them yachtsmen taking advantage of the sailing clubs, enjoying the cruising and racing that is an essential element of the community.

The quayside hums with activity as visitors stroll along the waterside and enjoy views of the river, soaking up the atmosphere or visiting the town’s many pubs, cafés and restaurants along with wonderful live music.



The 2019 Trail 

With artists and venues now matched and finalised, we are now moving on to the next stage of planning for this year’s fun and fabulous trail!

It’s been all go with getting new venues on board to accommodate our NBA’s – ‘new Burnham artists’.  This year we have accepted submissions from a whopping 55 artists, with 17 being first timers.

The local shops and businesses have once again been keen to support our event by loaning their display space to showcase artists and creatives who live, work or have strong connections to Burnham and the Dengie Peninsular.

Many of the artists are inspired by our unique environment and sense of place, reminding us of boating traditions, regional flora and fauna and our marshy open landscapes with their wide skies.

Local artists have been generous in agreeing to open their studios to the public and share their space with like-minded artists from our creative community.

The Trail is volunteer led with participants ‘doing their bit’ to ensure that 2019 brings enjoyment and grand day out for all who visit.

This is particularly so with our ‘Art on the Quay’ days, when Art Trailers will be out there chatting with visitors, demonstrating their working processes and explaining how their ideas are realised.  Visitors will have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ and tap into their own creativity, with printers and ceramicists joining painters to offer a diverse and entertaining dip into our creative worlds.

At the Museum

A Taste of the Trail

As well our featured artists, the Mu­seum will host a ‘Taster Wall’. To give an overview of the whole Trail all of our artists will be displaying one piece to ‘whet your appetite’ for more of their work.We also have our regular favourites:

Art Trail ‘Unframed’

Works on paper, including limited edition prints, original watercolours and photographs mounted but unframed, provide an affordable way to take home a special memory of your visit to our event.

Secret Postcards

Artists submit, postcard-sized original artworks which are displayed throughout the week. For the opportunity to own a little piece of local talent, cards are auctioned through sealed bids.  It’s always a lovely surprise to win a little original artwork. 100% of all money raised goes to help with funding next year’s event.

Art on the Quay

Sunday 23 & Saturday 29 June 11am – 5pm

Meet Trail artists on Burnham Quay:

  • learn about their working processes and inspiration
  • buy directly or commission something special
  • try your hand doing arty stuff
  • chat with creatives and soak in the atmosphere

This year we have 17 artists and crafts people who will be working on the Quay over the 2 days.

They will be bringing their work out into the community to show and share their different ways to create all sorts of art, including ceramics, jewellery, papermaking, watercolours and wood carving, to name but a few!

Workshops & Open Studios 

Glass Beadmaking – Marion Sidebottom

Marion will be running Glass Beadmaking Taster sessions at her private studio in Meadow Way during Art Trail week. The cost is £65 for 3 hours, max 2 people per session. Due to the equipment used participants need to be age 14 upwards, no unaccompanied under 16s.

Phone Marion on 07941 150361 to book your session.

Burnham Creative Collective

Drawing for the Terrified

Drop-in and chill out. Take some time out to build your artistic skills and creative confidence!

All materials supplied.  Station House, Station Approach  Saturday 22 June 10am – 1pm

Darbuka Drumming Workshop

With Paul Lester, followed by James Taylor who will be storytelling. Saturday 22 June 2pm onwards

Garden Studio, Fernlea Road

John Green watercolour demonstrations

Wednesday 26 June  1.30pm onwards

Thursday 27 June 1.30pm onwards at

Garden Studio, Park Road

Ramblers Retreat Studio, Ramblers Way

Demonstrating techniques for oil and watercolour from Jean Webber.

Jewellery in the making with Anne Hendry.

Homemade refreshments and cream teas served in the garden. Daily 11am – 5pm

Amy Keeper Jewellery Studio & Gallery

Demonstrations of jewellery making and silversmithing throughout the week.

Community Projects

Shapes & Shades of Burnham

ORA Photography Project:

Marion Sidebottom is running three 2-hour creative photography workshops for students at Ormiston Rivers Academy.  They will explore abstract images and multiple exposures, some of which will be exhibited. Alongside this Jean Webber will run a watercolour day workshop.

Primary Colours: Jean will also be working with Burnham primary schools, teaching the basics of watercolours and painting techniques, prior to their visit to her studio. Examples of student work will be on show.

Venue 6 United Reformed Church, 53 Station Road

Burnham Creative Collective 

Seeing you, Seeing me

We have taken a collaborative look at how we view the world and how others look in. Burnham Creative Collective is a new group meeting monthly at the Station House. Twelve of us from diverse backgrounds, enjoy arts and crafts by sharing skills and ideas. The aim is to make and create in a positive and supportive environment.

Venue 7 Station House Noticeboards, Station Approach

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