The Visual Arts

For more information on this years open exhibition or community arts projects click the following links….


20cm x 20cm Open Exhibition: HF19 Call for Artists – the 20cm x 20cm Open Exhibition

Harwich Shorts:  Harwich Shorts Brief

Turning Over a New Leaf: Turning over a New Leaf – template

Sea Windows: Sea Window Application Form

Visit the ‘Art Quarter’ and experience the visual arts in a variety of ‘galleries’.

The Old Chapel

Home of the 20cm x 20cm Open Exhibition

The Twenty by Twenty exhibitions have proved so popular we have to put it on every year. We have had entries from three year olds up to people in their nineties. Professional artists have put series of paintings in, we have had massed entries from local groups. Many say the size is the encouragement as it is not daunting and enables the painter to have a bit of fun experimenting. The first year we had over 300 entries and last year 498 entered. We still have room for more so have a go! All entries are accepted as long as they measure 20cm by 20 cm including frames. This year we are accepting sculptures with a footprint of 20cm square.

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30 Kings Head St
CO12 3ER

The 1912 Centre

The Dovercourt Art Club was originally started by 7 artists, meeting in turn at their homes and finally establishing the club in January 1967.

For the past 52 years, the club has exhibited at various venues around the town and this year, the Club is renewing its connection with the Harwich Festival of the Arts and will be exhibiting at the 1912 Centre, in Cow Lane, Harwich.

There will be a wide range of painted subjects, in a variety of mediums and will be for sale at affordable prices.  As usual there will be a number of artists there, all willing to offer help and advice.

For anyone interested in becoming a member, please call our Membership Secretary on 07989313459.

Cow Lane
CO12 3NS

Old Bank Studios

Old Bank Studios will be holding their annual summer art exhibition.

A large selection of affordable original artwork by local and well know artists will be on sale as well as cards and prints.

The teas room and garden will also be open.

Kings Quay Street

Tendring Hundred Embroidery Group

A exhibition of work comprising various aspects of textile art using hand and machine embroidery combined with a variety of materiels and techniques.

Bodgeners Gallery

52 Church Street Harwich CO12 3DS

“The Bijou Picture Show” work by gallery artists

open Daily Saturday 22nd June – Sunday 30th June 11am – 4pm

Garden of Art

“Garden of Art”

86, Fronks Road, Dovercourt, Essex CO12 3RS

Exhibition, Mel King and Daphne Sandham paintings, prints, ceramics, in a wild garden

open Daily Saturday 22nd June – Sunday 30th June 11am – 4pm

Harwich Film Shorts 2019

Harwich Shorts is an open call to independent filmmakers who wish to screen short films of no longer than 10 minutes duration, of any genre.

The screening is open selection, designed to encourage filmmakers of any age, using a wide range of digital recording devices, to creatively explore the moving image and to show the results.

There will be no Harwich Shorts screening at the Electric Palace during the Festival, due to ongoing renovation works at the Electric Palace. Alternative screening venues will be used.

Turning over a New Leaf

We’re celebrating the beauty of nature.

Local people have joined textile art enthusiast Monique de Vlieger to create this public art project. Dozens of colourful textile leaves will be put together to form magical vines rambling round the lampposts on Ha’penny Pier.

HF 19 Sea Window Competition

This summer festival competition is open to all residents of any age in Old Harwich with a ground floor window(s) facing a public street.

Windows should be decorated with a nautical theme, and you can let your imagination loose. Prizes will be awarded for the best three, judged by an independent panel of judges who will view your window(s) during the Festival.

£1 to enter and entrance forms can be collected from the Library. All entries must be received ten days prior to the start of the festival to enable the Sea Windows map to be printed.

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