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 seven 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. For the past two years, thanks to extra support from High Chelmer, we have included a special suspended installation project which allows an extra collaboration between students to create a temporary spectacular artistic display high up in the shopping centre roof spaces. (See 2018 SHOWCASE page for full description of 2018's installation.)
The event is unfunded, supported entirely by generous sponsorship from local organisations in Chelmsford and by voluntarily donated time. Our sponsors provide exhibition space, any necessary equipment and temporary construction work, team support, health & safety, all necessary insurance cover, commemorative school certificates, necessary permissions, etc. The extra effort contributed by staff of the contributing schools at a very busy time of year is greatly appreciated.
Student Work Experience
Arts students gain work experience in curation, exhibition and invigilation in a gallery context, but Showcase also can provide invaluable general life skills and experience to students, for example, 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 senior students would like to get involved with the organising Work Experience of The Essex Schools Showcase for The Arts 2019.
The event dates are always set to run into the last week of the academic year to ensure plenty of content to show. For 2019 this will tentatively be Wednesday 10th to Wednesday 17th July. The visual displays are open to the public during shopping hours at High Chelmer (Daily 7:00am - 6:30pm ex Thursday 7:00am - 7:00pm & Sunday 9:30am - 5:00pm) and hosted by students on weekdays between 10:00am and 2:00pm, i.e. within school time.
Please do get in touch to develop future ideas and/or for further information:
Our Generous Sponsors for 2018:High Chelmer; James Hallam Insurance Brokers; Chelmsford City Theatres; BBC Essex; Gepp Solicitors; Chelmsford City Council
Essex Schools Showcase for The Arts is part of the Essex Summer of Art
See 2018 SHOWCASE page for reports and photos on the seventh edition
Cumulative list of schools participating in Showcase 2012-2018
Bishops Stortford High School
Boswells School, Chelmsford
Brentwood County High School
Bromfords School and VI Form College, Wickford
Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow
Castle View School, Canvey Island
Chase High School
Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford
Chelmsford County High School for Girls
Colchester County High School for Girls
Deanes School (now Academy), Benfleet
Elm Green Preparatory School
Forest Hall School, Stansted Mountfitchet
Gateway Academy, Tilbury
Great Baddow High School
Greensward Academy, Hockley
Hylands School, Chelmsford
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Maltings Academy, Witham
Mayflower High School, Billericay
New Rickstones Academy, Witham
Notley High School & Braintree VI Form
Plume Community Academy, Maldon
St Marys School for Girls, Colchester
Thriftwood School & College, Chelmsford
Westcliff High School for Boys
William de Ferrers School
Woodlands School, Basildon