Monthly Archives: September 2017

Street Hunt: Explore Colchester, have fun, win money!

Get the book, check the clues and start hunting!

Win up to £10,000! Street Hunt is a kind of visual crossword puzzle, a treasure hunt where the riches are road names, a story emerging from the page: and your chance to win up to £10,000!

The treasure hunt book project has been put together by Colchester Arts Centre working with artist, Joshua Sofaer. A poem has been written with words from Colchester road names. A book of photographs shows the street signs and their surroundings but with the names removed. You have to work out what the streets are, using the emerging story of the poem to help you. The first person to submit a correctly completed book with all the right answers wins. The prize is the total cash fund of the amalgamated book sales with a guaranteed minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £10,000 if all the books printed are sold. The more money we receive the bigger the prize pot gets. Books are available from midday on Saturday 16th September 2017 at Red Lion Books, 125 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ. Find out more here.  

Picture Books Exhibition: a project by artist Lee Thomas

What is your favourite book title?

Our November/December art exhibition will feature book themed paintings, and artist Lee Thomas is looking for you to inspire him!

We would like to hear from you with book related suggestions….titles, characters, favourite quotes, scenes, even locations from stories, which Lee will turn into individual paintings or drawings. The resulting body of work will then be shown in the Picture Books exhibition and be available to buy as a unique booky Christmas present.

You can send your suggestions in by email or drop them into the shop. If your suggestion is picked your name can be displayed alogside the work and you will receive a free print from the artist. The final date for suggestions is Saturday 7th October.



Stitched Harbours – an exhibition of textile art







The exciting new exhibition showcases the talents  of two local textile art groups, ‘stitchers inc’ and ‘Lost the Thread, showing together for the first time. The two groups have been exploring textile arts for several years (stitchers inc. celebrated its first major exhibition in Aug 2016) and draw members from all over the north of Essex and south Suffolk. They come together enjoying the boundless inspiration and expert guidance provided by Little Tey-based artist and tutor, Alex Waylett.

The harbour theme, chosen for this exhibition, is one which resonates strongly with many of the group and places pictures range from  loved local views – such as Wivenhoe and Maldon, through equally loved but more distant scenes from our own lives, to ones which have strong family connections both current and ancestral.


The exhibition runs through to the end of September