We welcomed The Maldon Camera Club for our first Exhibition of the year.
This exhibition opens to the public on Friday 17th February and runs until 6th March. Showing a diverse mixture of images, portraits, landscapes, both black and white, and colour. Beautifully hung and displayed, all works framed and mounted. New members welcome!
‘Fish and Photos’ is brought to us by Vicky Phillips and Den Phillips. It opens on Saturday 10th March and runs until Tuesday 27th March.
This is a lovely exhibition, which looks terrific in our light and airy gallery space. It’s a wonderful juxtaposition of Den’s stunning black and white photographs celebrating sail, sea and skies, and Vicky’s beautiful delicate prints on paper and board, using a centuries-old traditional Japanese technique. Definitely not to be missed!
Our Easter Exhibition – we welcome back the very talented Natalie Huntsman for her exhibition of new works from 30 th March to 17 th April. Natalie paints upcycled and found objects to great decorative effect. She specialises in over-sized images of our local Birds - colourful and quirky, its graffiti art – but not as we usually know it!
A Fine Collection
Our latest Exhibition - running until Tuesday 8th May, is ‘A Fine Collection’ created by the Night and Day Textile Group and curated by Jill Hipsey.
It’s a fabulous, summery display of embroidery and stitching artistry by this well-established local group. The display includes pictures using colourful silks and fabrics, resulting in beautiful and unique colour combinations and textures. There are also bowls, bags, brooches and other tempting textile items to purchase – go on, treat yourself! Whatever the weather is doing out there – it’s Summer inside the Maeldune!
East Coast Artists
Our new Exhibition is a celebration of artists whose careers span six decades. ‘East Coast Artists’, are six printmakers and painters who live and work along the fringes of the Essex Coastline and the Rivers Colne, Blackwater and Chelmer. It is a rich variety of original artworks – paintings, etchings, linocut prints, with a variety of subjects and influences. There will be some surprises! The exhibition runs from 11th to 29th May.
STEPHEN WENLOCK is showing here for the first time. Stephen has the rare skill of the miniaturist painter and uses the finest of brushes to achieve incredible detail and richly coloured paintings of glowing luminosity with his very own personal vision and interpretation of traditional stories.
STEPHEN LEATHER is a young artist to watch out for. He lives and works in Wivenhoe and is inspired by his family heritage of boat design and ship building. His grandfather was the renowned boat designer and writer John Leather. Encouraged by James Dodds, Stephen’s lino prints display a superb sense of design, craftsmanship and they are full of originality and energy. He pushes the linocut medium to another dimension.
CAROL WHEELDON has had a long career in etching and has run workshops in Cambridge and at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester. Now living on the Colne River, her etchings are inspired by close observation of trees, birds and the surrounding estuary. On show is a sequence of etchings made after watching the total eclipse of the sun in 1999 at Goldhanger on the Blackwater.
HEIDI JUKES is a Maldon painter who has exhibited in many prestigious galleries in London including The Saatchi Gallery, Barbican, and the Royal Academy. She paints in her studio beside the Blackwater. Her quiet, delicate paintings reflect the translucent light and atmosphere of this beautiful estuary.
JAMES HEWITT has been painting in this part of Essex for many years. His paintings are firmly rooted in the tradition of John Constable, and the ‘en plein air’ painters. His small but beautifully evocative landscapes are painted in oils on location, and in his studio overlooking the Blackwater Estuary.
RACHEL SPENDER lives in the Chelmer River Valley and was a student at Colchester Art School, and at Brighton, and studied etching with Carol Wheeldon. Her beautiful and evocative etchings derive from her many sketchbooks, there is always one close to hand.
Our first Exhibition in June (1st – 19th June) is the Essex Monochrome Group – their annual exhibition specialising in the power and beauty of black and white photography. Stunning images.
The Barn Studio Group
We are delighted to host The Barn
Studio Group – a local art group
howing their first exhibition at the
Maeldune; this group is taught by
Corenza Jackson. Among the artists
are former Maeldune Trustee
Pat Willis, and Anne Brooks, whose
work we sell in the Shop.
A very talented group and a well
presented, lovely summery
exhibition of paintings.
We welcomed back the ever-popular Focus Photography Group to the Maeldune gallery, for their annual visit to us, to display another wonderful collection of superb photographic images, from landscapes (rural and urban) to portraits and images inspired by the beauty of nature and wildlife. The Exhibition ran from 13th to 31st July inclusive.
Our current Exhibition opens on 3rd August and continues until 21st August. We are delighted to host our first showing by the ‘Totham Ten’, a group of artists based at the John Doubleday studio in Great Totham.
The Mind's Eye is a diverse collection of etchings, linocuts, paintings and pastels - you are invited to see the world around you through the pens, paints and cutters of local artists and discover that it isn't always what it seems.
Sheila Bates, Sheila Chan, Myrna Fahie, John Garbut, Sue Polden, Tony Sabin, Vivienne Smith, Caroline Spong, Martin Sweeting and Jean Woods come from differing backgrounds with varied interests and fields of expertise. But they all share a love of printmaking, largely inspired by the late Ron Sims at whose classes they first met. Following his death the group decided to stay together and continue their practice, as a workshop.
The group has previously shown at the Mercury Theatre's Digby Gallery in Colchester, Essex Wildlife Trust's Abberton Centre, the Purleigh Bell and on Mersea Island.
Artists will be in residence on certain days during the exhibition period, providing an opportunity to discuss their work and see them in action. The Exhibition runs from 3rd to 21st August inclusive.
Return of The 96 Group!
We are delighted to welcome back our old friends The 96 Group. This very well respected group of local artists have been working and exhibiting together for a number of years and have built up an intensely loyal following. This exhibition includes works by June Cox, Pat Boss, Coral Skelsey and the late Linda Muncey - all with their own very distinct styles, in a variety of mediums, including Paintings, Prints and Creative Textiles. Their exhibitions are always very well worth seeing – don’t miss this one! The dates on the poster below are a little different, as the Exhibition now runs for an extended period, from 24th August to 2nd October inclusive.
Shine a Light at the Maeldune!
A unique Exhibition from an artist showing with us for the first time; by Essex-based Artist – Connie Flynn. ‘Finders Keepers, Tales in Textiles!’ is an exhibition of textiles made on a residency at Sumburgh Lighthouse, Shetland in June 2015. Connie was inspired by her research of the lighthouse keepers and their families who lived and worked at the lighthouse. She recorded their tales in textiles, showing here at the Maeldune from 5th to 23rd October inclusive.
In June 2015 Connie was the Artist in Residence at Sumburgh Lighthouse Shetland, during the residency she researched the social history aspect of the keepers and their families who stayed, worked and lived at the lighthouse. Connie recorded these experiences in her sketchbook, this then developed by using cloth to construct textile wall hangings, each one decorated with different surface effects and hand stitched techniques.
Finders Keepers Tales in Textiles! has been shown at Harwich Lighthouse (Aug 2017), Three Hares Gallery in Buckinghamshire (Feb 2017), Rayleigh Windmill, Essex (Sept/Oct 2016) and Shetland Museum (April 2016).
Remembrance - ‘The Danger Tree’
The Danger Tree exhibition is an exciting new interactive art installation just arrived in Maldon. Organised by Maldon District Council with the support of Maldon Town Council, it’s on two sites, the Maeldune Heritage Centre (27 October – 13 November) and the Moot Hall (27 October – 18 November). On each site, a different interactive art exhibition will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I in 1918 and it will bring the reality of this war vividly to life for a new generation.
This is a powerfully emotional exhibition, using augmented reality to achieve an immersive experience to the viewer. For the duration of the exhibition, both the Maeldune and the Moot Hall will have extended opening hours: 10-4 Tuesday to Sunday inclusive, except 11th November, which will be 11-4.