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Arts & Crafts Event, from 11 Jul 2018, free entry

Essex Schools Showcase for the Arts

Essex Schools Showcase for the Arts

Essex Schools Showcase for the Arts


City Centre,


Set within the City centre of Chelmsford, principally in High Chelmer shopping centre, Civic Theatre, Market Square and The Exchange, Showcase allows a free and uniquely accessible opportunity to experience the high quality visual and performing arts from our talented Essex school students. Whilst in central Chelmsford for shopping, business or just lunch, come along and be surprised and impressed.

The Showcase gives the opportunity for students’ work to be put before the public, usually for the first time. Students are also encouraged to attend to host the displays and gain from interacting with the viewing public and experiencing students' work from other schools. The general public gets the opportunity to experience the high quality artwork from Essex students which is normally only displayed at school. There is no fixed format and teachers/students are encouraged to develop ideas for inclusion.

The first six years have included painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, textiles, upholstery, woodwork, photography, design, installation, street theatre, dance, big bands, rock bands, ukulele bands, drama, choirs, fine art workshops and demonstrations, live artwork creation, temporary sculpture, video and puppetry.

The event is unfunded, supported entirely by generous sponsorship from local organisations in Chelmsford and by voluntarily donated time. The extra effort contributed by staff at the contributing schools at a very busy time of year is greatly appreciated.

Arts students gain work experience in curation, exhibition and invigilation in a gallery context, but Showcase also can provide invaluable experience to students of Business Studies (project management, event planning), and Media (publicity, including local radio experience, planning printed publicity, etc.). Skills developed include teamwork, interpersonal interaction with the public, initiative and flexibility.

If you are associated with an Essex senior school, please consider giving your visual and performing arts students the opportunity to show their work in public in central Chelmsford next July and, possibly, see if any Year 12s would like to get involved with the organising work experience of The Essex Schools Showcase for The Arts 2018.

The event dates for next year, subject to our generous sponsors' continued support (JULY 11th - 18th 2018) are set to run into the last week of the academic year to ensure plenty of content to show. The event is open to the public on weekdays between 10:00am and 2:00pm, i.e. within school time.

Our Generous Sponsors for 2018:
High Chelmer; James Hallam Insurance Brokers; Chelmsford City Theatres; BBC Essex.

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 16 - Wed 18 Jul 2018 10:00 to 14:00


Free entry


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