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A Space for Creativity in Chelmsford

A Space for Creativity in Chelmsford

An exciting new community art space for the residents of Chelmsford has been officially opened at the Meadows Shopping Centre by the Mayor of Chelmsford.

A new 65-ft long gallery is available to showcase the work of local artists while the art and craft shop is open for local artists & crafts makers to display and sell their work. The Art Place also provides a shared creative space and workshop to run or take part in classes.

Two local artists, Candy Joyce and Bethan Coutinho, have curated the first two hard-hitting exhibitions for the launch of the gallery and the start of the Chelmsford Festival of Ideas 2020.

‘Dying Matters’, thanks to a National Lottery grant, is an exhibition challenging the taboo of talking about death while ‘Black Lives Portraits’ is part of Black History Month, and is sponsored by Time to Change, a national charity which aims to end mental health discrimination.

Both exhibitions run until the end of October, and are free to visit. Opening times are 9 am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm Sundays.

Edith Miller of the Ideas Hub, Chelmsford, which has launched the new space with the help of a host of local sponsors and volunteers said, “The overwhelming positive feedback we have received since we opened is making the huge effort to get The Art Place ready worthwhile.”

Edith is keen to thank all those who have helped make this new creative initiative for Chelmsford possible including The Meadows, Deborah Aloba from Affordable Law For You, MT Electrical Contractors, and Seven Charms Decorating, High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford GoodGym and an army of individual volunteers. She is also keen to thank Essex Community Foundation, Birketts Charitable Fund and Arts Council England for the financial support.

For further information, please contact: Edith Miller:07880990443

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