We are delighted to present our first Exhibition of the year ‘Walks by the Water’ presented by talented artist Alex Tzirinis. Beautiful paintings, many of local scenes, full of colour and light – just what we need to lift our spirits at this chilly time of year! This exhibition opens to the public on Friday 17th February.
About the artist: Alex Tzirinis is a figurative artist living in Wivenhoe. Coastal areas, inland waterways, sailing and fishing boats, the light, the seasons and the weather were the inspiration for this collection of paintings which were created using oils and acrylics on canvas. Each work is a naturalistic interpretation of a scene filtered through memory and imagination, aiming at keeping only the essence and the atmosphere. Alex’s technique is characterised by vivid, clear colours and fluid brush strokes and the paintings’ colour harmonies border on the imaginary, serving both the mood and the internal unity of the artwork.
Alex holds a BA in Art and Design (Colchester Institute) and an MA in History and Philosophy of Modern Art (University of Essex).
More information and pictures of his work can be found on the following websites:
And we are delighted to present our latest exhibition by Maldon Artist Natalie Huntsman. Natalie creates beautiful and unusual artworks from sometimes the most unlikely of found materials (scrapped, scrounged and scavenged) and using the techniques of Graffiti Art in a totally new way …. They are best described in her own words:
“I have always had a bit of a fascination with stuff that no one else wants and then wanting to save it. Finding wood and objects to work on is the most interesting part because you never know what you are going to find. What I take home needs to have character, which can really give depth to my pictures.
What better way to rescue a dank piece of rotting wood and turn it into something you would want to look at and enjoy.”
Natalie’s exhibition is open Tuesday – Saturday 11-4, 10th to 28th March. Please see our ‘Current Exhibition’ page for more information on this.
Maldon Schools Exhibition 31st March – 18th April 2017
Just Opened! Our latest Exhibition for the Easter holidays is a lively and colourful display by the pupils of five local junior and primary schools – All Saints C of E Primary, Heybridge Primary, Maldon Court Preparatory, St Francis RC Primary and Wentworth Primary.
This is a lovely, fresh exhibition and the children and staff of all five schools are to be congratulated on their creativity and artistic talent. It continues until Tuesday 18th April.
Come and See! We are open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11-4. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Free Admission!
Spring is here at The Maeldune Heritage Centre!
Our new exhibition is by the Hayes Residential Country Park Artists. All the artists live on the Park and meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning in the on-site clubhouse to paint and socialise. The artists have a range of experience, from those who have painted for many years, to those who have not painted since their school days.
The range of artwork is enormous, including landscapes, flower pictures, animals, birds and abstract art.
It is often said that artists only improve if they go outside their comfort zone and the group try to live up to the challenge. Several of the artists have health issues and they find that painting gives them an opportunity to relax and lose themselves in their paintings.
The Exhibition runs from 21st April to the 9th May. The artists are looking forward to showing you their latest works
The Essex Monochrome Group
We are pleased to welcome back for their second annual show with us – The Essex Monochrome Group. As the name suggests, this group of photographers specialise in black and white images. This Exhibition is full of wonderful images – dramatic, moody and evocative. A really cool and classy show – don’t miss it!
Featuring the photographers:
Glenys Anthony LRPS CPAGB
Pauline Benbrook LRPS
Stephen Birch CPAGB BPE2
Elaine Butcher CPAGB
Bill Coles LRPS
Bruce Gray ARPS DPAGB
Richard Laurence MSc.
Annie Ringland LRPS CPAGB
Carla is a glass artist producing unique fused glass pieces including plates, hangings, sculptures and jewellery. Inspiration comes from architecture and the local environment. Carla is happy to take on commission work.
Denny is a ceramicist who produces small individual collections of thrown, cast and sculpted ceramics in stoneware and porcelain decorated in her own brightly coloured glazes.
Lynn is an artist who produces detailed botanical paintings, pen and wash drawings of local scenes, as well as getting inspiration from travelling to produce landscapes and seascapes in oils. Lynn is happy to take on commission work.
Peter forges bespoke handmade mild steel items, including candle holders, pokers and hooks. He also produces wrought iron items. Peter is happy to take on commission work.
The Barn Studio Group
We are delighted to host The Barn Studio Group – a local art group showing 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.
The Salcott Art Group.
We welcome The Salcott Art Group (3rd – 22nd August) for their second Exhibition at the Maeldune. This is a fresh, mixed display of work by this very gifted local Art Group. A new direction for them this year will be a range of attractive greetings cards.
Views of Maldon!
Continuing our tradition of featuring local Artists, we are pleased to welcome Angelique Hartigan (25th August – 12th September) to her first Exhibition at the Maeldune. Some of you will be familiar with Angelique’s colourful, expressive paintings, for others, a delightful new discovery awaits! Many of the works have been created especially for this exhibition and feature evocative local scenes.
Angelique says – “I am really excited to announce 10 new works featuring Maldon town. Celebrating the uniqueness of this special place, from the iconic Thames barges and river views, to the hilly streets and ancient buildings of this wonderful historic town”.
About Angelique Hartigan
Originally from London, Angelique Hartigan is a professional artist, now living and working in the picturesque town of Maldon, on the North Essex Estuary.
Angelique moved away from traditional easel painting, to a more energetic technique that better reflects her personality. By laying the canvas on the floor, Angelique is able to move freely around all sides, working continuously, dripping, spilling and throwing paint on in layers. The image builds before your eyes into majestic landscapes, park scenes, city street views, to architectural
representations of landmark buildings and commissions of private residences.
Inspired by the constantly changing seasons, which offer new ways to see and explore places, Angelique will constantly search and find a different way to see familiar places. Buildings seen through trees or from odd angles. Rooftops reflected in stormy skies, or winding paths through fallen leaves: to seasonal country scenes we often wish we could capture as an image forever. By
expressing her personality in this way, Angelique finds freedom of expression and interpretation of the subject matter.
Angelique now brings the energy and vibrancy from her London scenes for a new twist on how to view and paint Essex Life and coastline. She shows her work in London and at selected shows nationwide throughout the year.
The annual Maldon Art Trail runs from 23rd September to 1st October and we love being part of this event! As in 2016, we are showcasing the vibrant artwork of the very talented Plume Academy Students, curated by their Head of Art, Mr Flower. We are lucky in that our own exhibition runs from 14th September to 3rd October, so it extends for a little longer than the official Art Trail dates (23 September – 1 October), which is a real bonus for us!
Michael Blooman – an Artist returning to his Roots ….
In the 1980s and 1990s, Michael Blooman was often to be seen painting along the Hythe Quay at Maldon and cruising off Harwich on British King and Ena, painting on deck. Ropes, pulley blocks, a windlass, rowing boats hooked to davits, massive rudders, leeboards, the Steam Tug ‘Brent’ seen with a huge fender on its bow - all these images attracted his eye in watercolours. In turn they then inspired three very large multiple colour block linocuts (limited edition original prints) on fine hand-made paper and printed on his venerable nineteenth century Albion Press.
This is the subject of a new Exhibition at the Maeldune Heritage Centre from 6th October to 24th October. Michael trained at the Royal College of Art and afterwards lectured at Maidstone College of Art and taught at Brentwood School. It was at Maidstone that he met a typographer, who announced he was moving to London and he had a large printing press in his parents’ back garden, which he couldn’t take with him! So Michael bought it on the spot.
These prints, which involve complex colour registration, can only be printed properly on an Albion Press. This is a very large platen press, which allows for registration of the colour blocks on a bed. Weighing over a ton, it dates from about the 1850s when it was used for printing posters. The mechanism is a system of toggle levers which exert force at right angles by a wedge.
What is an ‘original print’? It can be an etching, lithograph, silk screen, linocut or woodcut which is created or engraved by the artist, as opposed to a photographic reproduction. The artist will produce a signed and numbered limited edition.
In the last few months, Michael has returned to ‘his roots’, to paint watercolours and sketch in Maldon once again.
We welcome our annual visit to the Maeldune from Tollesbury Art Potter Peter Deans and Friends. This show always delights with its varied selection of quality hand-crafted pottery, cards, jewellery, photography and paintings – a great opportunity to find some early Christmas presents! This exhibition runs from 27th October until 14th November 2017.
Artists Featured are:
Peter Deans Ceramics
Yvonne Leguit Photography
Steffan Gregory Paintings
Eileen Murphy Fused Glass Jewellery
Madelaine Murphy Ceramics