Rayleigh Art Trail at Rayleigh
Exhibition, Sat 3 - Sun 11 Jun 2017
Rayleigh Art Trail sets to establish local art and design as something for everyone through support of local business and the Rayleigh Town Team. It’s this spirit of community and culture that the art trail encapsulates and we are excited to build on the success of the first art trail last year
When William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 one of his first acts was to order the building of a network of castles. Robert Fitzwymarc who held the ‘Honour of Rayleigh’ before the invasion was one of few allowed retaining his land and he built his castle in Clavering in the north of Essex. It was his son Sweyne who built Rayleigh’s motte & bailey and is the only Essex castle mentioned in the Domesday Book. After the castle fell in to disuse, it was used for grazing sheep. The castle is known now as Rayleigh Mount and is managed by the National Trust.
The first documented mention of a windmill in Rayleigh dates from 1300 when King Edward I instructed the Prior of Prittlewell to erect a mill in Rayleigh. There was conjecture for many years as to the date that Rayleigh’s remaining mill was built but recent research attributes the date to 1809.
It’s this rich cultural history that sees the involvement of the Rayleigh Town Museum as it plays host to an exhibition of all the artists’ involved in the trail this year. Coinciding with the revival of Rayleigh’s Trinity Fair, the trail this year hopes to invigorate the town’s rich cultural heritage
Many local artists including painters, printmakers and illustrators will have venues on the trail this year as well as work from local students. Other Highlights include free guided walks of the trail and town by the artists and local people, workshops and demonstrations.
|Sat 3 - Sun 11 Jun 2017|