Meet the artists, Saturday 14th July, 10.30 – 11.30am – all welcome
A Woman’s Role in Ancient Egypt – (Julie Chellingsworth)
Goddesses of Ancient Egypt were held in very high esteem, depicting them widely in human and animal art form on the sarcophagi and mummies of Ancient Egyptian Kings – to assist their departure into the Afterlife.
Image and Meaning in Ancient Egypt – (Lesley Sams)
I am intrigued by the rich world view embedded in the seemingly simple visual record left by the Ancient Egyptians of their world and environment, and the layers of meaning encompassed in the elegance of their line and design.
This exhibition will run from July 1st through to August 28th
Home to Essex girls and Basildon Man, our county has suffered from unfair stereotyping as a place of fake tans, boy racers, chavs and bling. Part of a long-term project, ‘Radical Essex’ is a book which overturns that warped view of our county. For Essex has always been a place of new ideas, pioneering communities, innovative social experiments and bold new architecture.
The Othona Community, established in 1946 in the Dengie Peninsula, is a religious retreat dedicated to enlightened spiritual dialogue and ecological self-sufficiency.
Earlier, in 1924, Wickford was the location for Britain’s first nudist colony. It was called Moonella and amongst its residents was novelist Ursula Bloom who earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for writing over 500 novels.
And in architecture Essex has led the way. From the 1920’s worker’s village at Silver End with flat roofs, white rendered walls and art deco detailing to the new brutalism of Essex University’s iconic towers.
Also covering art and culture this book really gets beneath the skin of our fascinating county.
Published by Focal Point Gallery, paperback, £20.00.
From the exclusive organisations of the eighteenth century to the open-access adult education opportunities that have developed through the last hundred years the people of Colchester have enthusiastically used and supported lifelong learning in the many forms it has taken. This book traces the way in which education in adult life developed in the town through people coming together to share learning.
This is a fascinating social history of a place that can truly be termed a ‘learning town’
Access Books, paperback £6.50
A unique exhibition of sculptures made from old t-shirts, resin and wire transformed to replicate bronze and stone.
Of he work, Anna says….
“I am intrigued with how objects are frequently discarded when they become old and worn. I hope within my work to show there can be beauty within ageing and those marks of time should be venerated for the life travelled, character and memories they evoke.”
Anna’s work move between painting and sculpture. Underlying both is a need to explore colour, texture and the figurative form. Within sculpture Anna has found a method of transforming old t-shirts, resin and wire into sculptures that replicate bronze and stone. The resulting sculptures capture the ethereal beauty, fluidity and movement of the figure. The paintings displayed are inspired by an old steamer trunk and the beautifully aged labels that had survived many journey over decades of use.
Anna grew up in Cornwall, moved briefly to Glasgow and has since settled in Suffolk. After a career in the travel industry and bringing up two children she fulfilled a long held ambition to study art and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Colchester School of Art and Design in 2008.
Anna is also a tutor and runs regular classes in drawing and painting in Nayland and West Bergholt. Please see her website for details www.annaboon.co.uk.
Saturday 21st April, 3 pm
Robert Seymour, a retired lawyer and judge advocate was a Samaritans volunteer in Colchester for many years. This novel, a thoughtful, gentle thriller, draws on his knowledge of both these worlds. He is the author of two earlier books, entertaining tales based on his early experiences at the Bar.
About ‘A Deed Undone’
In the course of their Samaritans training, Lucy and Gerald come to understand what has brought them to this point in their lives. Gerald’s desire to help others leads him elsewhere, while Lucy starts taking calls, supporting distressed and suicidal people in their time of greatest need. They soon find themselves working together in a race against time to track down Lucy’s friend Alison as she runs, haunted by past events, from herself and her memories.
Robert fell ill while writing this novel and sadly, he died just as its publication date approached. We are pleased now to hold a launch for ‘A Deed Undone’.
Robert’s wife, Jane and editor, Jill Burrows will be on hand to talk about Robert’s aims in writing this book and the valuable work done by the Samaritans.
Paperback £6.9. Refreshments will be available.