From the hottest art collections to early Christmas events, here’s our top picks of what to do in West Essex in November
IMAGES IN FRAMES
This year, more than ever, Images in Frames presents a truly unique collection for everyone. The gallery used to be primarily a framer whilst also selling ‘nick-nacks’ and mirrors. Other than the artwork itself, the gallery has completely transformed in appearance and the business now operates as both an art gallery and a bespoke framer. With two branches – in Wanstead and Walthamstow – they hope to open another very soon. Visit their website for their latest exhibitions.
Until 7 November
Finchingfield based gallery Wonky Wheel will host a unique perspective on the Essex landscape by Thaxted artist Clare Wilde. The Essex landscape is traditionally underrated by artists in favour of more classically romantic areas, yet it has classical English beauty. It is being lost through constant building of housing, roads and related sprawling infrastructure at an alarming rate. If people do paint Essex, they do the obviously cute bits and the character, listed buildings.
In this series of work, Wilde deliberately works on a small scale in order to ask people to really look, to draw your attention in to quiet, dream-like vistas that first appear relatively empty but if you take the time to really see, are filled with detail and colour.
BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES
Until 28 November
Firstsite in Colchester was delighted to announce it was the launch venue for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, as part of the celebrations for its 10th anniversary year. Bloomberg New Contemporaries is an annual exhibition that showcases the work of artists at the beginning of their careers. It holds a vital role in the UK’s contemporary art scene, presenting emerging artists who have become some of the most internationally renowned artists of recent history.
Around 75 artists have been selected for the 2021 exhibition – from final year students and recent graduates of UK arts institutions to practitioners on alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes – demonstrating the resilience of the creative process in a challenging year. They will all participate in the annual exhibition and the newly launched digital platform as well as having access to digital residences and projects, studio bursaries, mentoring, talks and workshops. One of those included is Essex artist Elsa James, whose Black Girl Essex exhibition was staged at Firstsite in 2019.
Haven House Children’s Hospice
Father Christmas is so busy that he is now fully booked, but children can still enjoy Haven House’s Enchanted Woodland Trail where they can experience snow, farmyard animals and festive treats. They’ll receive a trail booklet where they can embark on The Elf Hunt and try to help Santa find his elves.
The Blue Boar Abridge
Need a little festive buying inspiration? If you do, make a note in your diary to visit The Blue Boar in Romford at the end of November, when they will be holding their Christmas Market. Expect stalls full of quirky gifts, from toys and clothing through to festive decorations and candles.