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Sheila Appleton is one of the best-known contemporary artists living and working in the seaside town of Leigh on Sea in Essex, which adjoins Southend. Her studio and Gallery are at Old Leigh Studios in the heart of Old Leigh.

 She has drawn and painted the landscape, seascape and characters of this charming area for several decades,her passion for life and natural humour and exhuberance is reflected in her work,she is known for her witty conversation,colourful personal life and herlove of disco dancing, which apart from variuos televsion appearances, and newspaper articles has made her a well known local charecter.

 Sheila Appleton works in watercolour & ink, oils and acrylics, she paints abstracts, enters worlds of her imagination and even makes some figurative ceramic pieces, her work contiues to develop as she investigates new ways of depicting familiar scenes.

Sheila Appleton Artist

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I am an artist and illustrator living a short distance from London by the Essex seaside. My work is usually about people and their stories, and always begins with drawings in my sketchbook done from life, imagination or old books and magazines I've collected over the years.

The films, tv programmes, books and comics from my childhood in the 50s/60s have a big influence on my work. It doesn't take much to flip me back to my infant fantasies, and everything I now create is rooted in those musings, often with a touch of nonsense or humour as I grew up in a family that found a lot to laugh about.

  From my random sketchbook drawings I develop ideas for themed series of work - these may include paintings, handmade screenprints and relief prints, or handmade books. Occasionally I make painted papier mache figures and puppets too - jut for the fun of doing it. Always I aim to keep my hand light, to keep on playing and learning, and to produce work that is meaningful to me, and hopefully to others also.

 In 2000 I graduated in illustration from the University of Brighton, and in 2008 gained the MA (Dist) in children's book illustration from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where I then became a visiting lecturer. I provide workshops and art classes for adults and children, as well as individual tuition and mentoring. I am a resident artist of The Hive Studios in Chelmsford, a founding member of Inky Crows Illustration collective, and a member of Response - an artist's peer-mentoring group in London.

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Kitty Guthrie Oakley

Artist  and Illustrator

 For more information, please email me on [email protected]

Studio 19 is a hidden, creative space in the heart of the Leigh-on-Sea community and the permanent home to three local artists.

 

This light white space is divided in to the artists’ studios, which most definitely reflect their different working styles and practice, and the dedicated ‘clean’ space which is used for exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and the occasional business meeting.

 

Studio 19It has been a venue for the Leigh Art Trail for the last two years and the objective of the resident artists is to evolve the space as a creative and constructive artist hub; albeit in a compact and bijoux way.

 

Opening Times: by appointment only or during advertised events e.g. Leigh Art Trail

Availability of space: Studio spaces are not available, however the gallery/workshop area is available for hire.

Studio Manager Jan Simon

 

Address 19 Leighcliff Buildings, Leighcliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1DJ

 

Contact http://www.studio19-on-sea.com

Phone 07850579439Studio 19 is a hidden, creative space in the heart of the Leigh-on-Sea community and the permanent home to three local artists.

 

This light white space is divided in to the artists’ studios, which most definitely reflect their different working styles and practice, and the dedicated ‘clean’ space which is used for exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and the occasional business meeting.

 

Studio 19It has been a venue for the Leigh Art Trail for the last two years and the objective of the resident artists is to evolve the space as a creative and constructive artist hub; albeit in a compact and bijoux way.

 

Opening Times: by appointment only or during advertised events e.g. Leigh Art Trail

Availability of space: Studio spaces are not available, however the gallery/workshop area is available for hire.

Studio Manager Jan Simon

 

Address 19 Leighcliff Buildings, Leighcliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1DJ

 

Contact http://www.studio19-on-sea.com

Phone 07850579439

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A new temporary public artwork has been installed in Southend High Street as part of Focal Point Gallery’s annual railway bridge commission.

Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present a new temporary public artwork – Arrowcut Slab (colliding not thriving) - by Rosie Grace Ward, consisting of two new, site-specific works, which will be on view until 13 October 2020.

 Drawing inspiration from Southend’s Anglo-Saxon history, each panel – one decorative, one figurative, depict both sides of an intricately carved slab of stone. Digitalised images have been created from Ward’s hand painted watercolours, which heavily reference a fusion of Celtic stone monuments, bas relief carvings and medieval drawings and manuscripts.

The launch of this specially commissioned artwork coincides with the reopening of Southend High Street, with majority of retail businesses, restaurants and cafes, as well as Southend’s Seafront and Pier welcomes visitors safely back to Southend.

 

About the artist:

 

 

 

Rosie Grace Ward is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer. Ward creates contexts and scenes that attempt to leverage collective longing for a future to be a part of, against historical impulses towards cyclicality and increasing obsolescence. Ward was the recipient of the Vanguard Studio Award of 2017 and has exhibited at ‘Totally Different Animals’, Arcadia Missa, 2018, ‘Think and Pray For Me’, Camberwell Space, 2018, ‘Yield’, Hannah Barry Gallery, 2019, and ‘A Cut From Sharp Grass’, Well Projects, 2019.

 

Anglo-Saxon artwork commissioned for Southend High Street

Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, said: “The annual railway bridge commission is always a popular addition to the High Street. With thousands of people now returning to the High Street following the safe reopening of many shops, pubs and restaurants, including the Focal Point Gallery, which reopened 8 July, I am delighted to see this fantastic piece of artwork in such a prominent location

 “I am thrilled to see so many people out and about in the High Street and seafront, with the vast majority of people adhering to the measures in place to keep ourselves and others safe, whilst returning to some form of normality.”

 Katharine Stout, director of Focal Point Gallery, said: “We are delighted to commission site-specific, original artwork for Southend High Street that responds to local history, working with an exciting artist at an early stage of her career who will also be included in our forthcoming international group exhibition, ‘To Dream Effectively’, opening in mid-September.”

For more information about the Focal Point Gallery, including current and upcoming exhibitions, please visit www.fpg.org.uk

 

With thanks to support from Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant, and the Art Fund.

 

 

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