Traces: an exhibition of commissioned works by ENAS member artists

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In The Wide Open Spaces Where Men Are Men, Sue Willis and Amy Frampton, collaborative commission, Essex Network of Artists’ Studios

1 – 14 September 2014

Essex Network of Artists’ Studios


Sue Willis, Hadleigh Old Fire Station and Amy Frampton, TAP

Alan Hockett, Hadleigh Old Fire Station and Stuart Bowditch, TAP

Karen Murphy, Parndon Mill and Rhoda Webb, Slack Space

Heike Brachlow and Ayse Simsek, Parndon Mill

David Hurrell and Barry Andrews, Hadleigh Old Fire Station

John Espin and Tim Harrold, Acme High House Artists’ Studios

The artists in this exhibition have been selected in pairs through commissioning opportunities offered by ENAS, to identify other artists with whom they would benefit from a creative dialogue and who are working in complementary ways across a spectrum of theoretical or practical interests. Each of these commissions was designed to allow the artists to develop their networks, test out ideas, take risks, explore new ways of working and broaden their scope of work.

It is apt that this exhibition, entitled Traces, takes place in this recently re-purposed venue. Much of the selected work featured here deals with places, spaces and identities which formulate and shift through time. This exhibition constitutes one of a number of projects, events and opportunities occurring in the first year of the ENAS initiative which reflects upon these themes; as starting points from which to promote and highlight the work of Essex artists and to ensure that Essex retains and builds upon its reputation as a destination for visual artists.

An essay to accompany this exhibition can be found in the ENAS Events brochure. Please pick up your free copy or download it HERE to find out more information about this exhibition and the part it plays in ENAS Events; a month-long programme of exhibitions, screenings, workshops, symposia and open studios at venues across Essex throughout September.