Essex Summer of Art

Explore Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events this summer

Welcome to the 2018 Essex Summer of Art and Essex Network of Artists’ Studios (ENAS) Open Studios Showcasing artists from across the county from May to October, providing exciting opportunities to visit art trails, artist studios, workshops and showcase events. The event is now is its tenth year and we’ll be celebrating this with some exciting extra activity through our ‘Ten Years of Summer’ programme, so be sure to look out for this in your area. Since 2008 Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events has enabled over 8,000 artists to exhibit in 2,700 venues across the county, making this event the largest visual arts festival in Essex.

Be inspired and awaken your creative mind this summer.

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Rayleigh Art Trail, Karen Cairns

Events to be inspired by

Brentwood Art Trail

30 August– 13 September

Billericay Art Trail

7– 23 September

Coastal Open

21 September– 28 October

Ardleigh Open Studios
22 - 23 September

Win Tickets to 2019 New Hall Vineyard Festival!

New Hall Vineyard

Win a prize!

Your art trail and ENAS Events needs YOU! Please complete an evaluation form, it should take no more than two minutes to show how arts and culture are valuable to you and your local area. Tell us what you think and you could win a fabulous prize! – four tickets to 2019 New Hall Vineyard festival hosted by Essex’s very own Vineyard, producing award winning wines!

You can complete the evaluation online or hand your form into your art trail or ENAS Events representative.

If you love the arts - shout about it!

The Essex Summer of Art (ESOA) and Essex Network of Artists’ Studios Events (ENAS Events) are devised and managed by volunteer groups and artists alongside local councils. In these hard economic times, councils are under pressure to save money. This has resulted in reduced funding for the arts. Now more than ever it is important to demonstrate how the creative industries contribute to the economy both locally and nationally. Every art trail, exhibition event and artist studios is involved in collecting evaluation forms that not only helps to improve ESOA and ENAS Events but will help make the case that the arts are vital to cultural and economic life of Essex. Complete the evaluation online or hand your form into your art trail or ENAS Events representative.

You could be in with a chance of winning tickets to New Hall Vineyard 2019 Festival!

Essex Children's University

Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events is also proud to partner with the Essex Children’s University this year, a charity whose work encourages children to engage in good quality and structured learning activities that take place beyond and outside of the classroom. This year they will be promoting the amazing range of good quality learning experiences that Essex Summer of Art provides to the Children’s University Learners and their families. A number of Essex Summer of Art activities have been validated as a CU Learning Destinations this year, so if attending as part of the Children’s University please remember to take along your Passport to Learning. For more details visit