A Year of Art at Chelmsford Museum

2018 promises to be a wonderful and interesting year for art lovers at Chelmsford Museum, with a full program of artists lined-up for both the Gallery Wall and the temporary exhibition space.

Starting off is the current display of Jo Gross’s ‘Modern Retro Woman’. Jo uses acrylics, watercolours and pencils in her work, of which she says: “I am inspired to make art which looks at the female form, figuratively and within nature”. ‘Modern Retro Woman’ features portraits of modern women who have embraced the style of the mid-20th Century, Jo says: “women use this style not only to pay homage to the women and designers of that era but to greatly enhance their own confidence. This style is inclusive and can be worn by anyone of any shape or size and really can be seen as a statement against today’s fashion industry and the over edited, expected images of girls and women in today’s media. Jo’s work will be on display at the Gallery Wall until Sunday 1 April 2018.

The Hive Artist Studios will be presenting ‘Renewal’ at the temporary exhibition space from Saturday 17 March until Sunday 3 June. The Chelmsford based artist collective will be displaying their mixed media work exploring themes around war: freedom, sacrifice courage and peace.

Following the Hive Artist Studios in the space will be James Wilkinson, who is the artist in residence at Hylands Estate and the official artist to the V Festival. James has painted Seasick Steve, Tom Odell and many other famous musicians whilst they have performed on the V stage and now James will be displaying his work ‘VFlections’ from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 2 September.

Sam Mayle and his work, ‘Pop Culture’, will be on the Gallery Wall from Saturday 23 June to Sunday 19 August. Sam graduated from Colchester Institute in 2015 and is an illustrator who takes inspiration from TV, video games and literature. Following Sam will be John Harvey Thomas and his ‘The Journeys of Hercules and Me’ from Saturday 25 August to Sunday 21 October. John is the Head of Art at Chelmsford County High School. John says: “I use my own skills to demonstrate to the next generation and inspire them with my own pieces of art work. I take joy from creating imagery that can bring a personal touch to someone’s home and go that little bit extra to create the perfect piece”. Of his exhibition John says: “It based on the visual documentation of the animals and insects I encounter on my dog walks with Hercules the Dachshund. I use the surroundings of the viaducts, play areas and natural elements to inspire my compositions, colours and techniques”.

Completing the year will be the Open Art Exhibition, organised by The Friends of Chelmsford Museum. Running from Saturday 24 November to Sunday 13 January 2019, it is a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their work.

To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museumevents

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