Our Generous Sponsors: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 Essex Summer of Art. To download a brochure and give feedback to win a prize, go to Essex Summer of Art
Set within the City centre of Chelmsford, principally in High Chelmer shopping centre, the Civic Theatre 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 eight years have included painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, textiles, upholstery, woodwork, photography, design, installation, street theatre, mime, 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 three years, thanks to extra support from High Chelmer, we have been able to include a special project suspended installation which allows an extra collaboration between students to create a temporary spectacular artistic display high up in the shopping centre roof spaces. (See 2019 SHOWCASE page for full description of 2019's installation.)
The event is unfunded, supported entirely by generous in-kind sponsorship from local organisations in Chelmsford and by voluntarily donated time. Our sponsors provide exhibition space, large 'banner' canvas, publicity printing, 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 and workplace 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.). Aside from self-confidence, 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 2020.
The event dates are always set to run into the last week of the academic year to ensure plenty of content to show. If we are able to go ahead for another year, for 2020 this will be Wednesday 8th to Wednesday 15th July 2020. 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:
Cumulative list of schools participating in Showcase 2012-2019
Barnes Farm Junior School, Chelmsford
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, Westcliff-on-Sea
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, Little Baddow
Forest Hall School, Stansted Mountfitchet
Gateway Academy, Tilbury
Great Baddow High School
Greensward Academy, Hockley
Hylands School, Chelmsford
King Edmund School, Rochford
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