Essex Guild of Silk Painters
Essex Guild of Silk Painters

Guild of Silk Painters’ Festival 2019 

Sat 13- Sun14th July 2019, South Essex College, Luker Rd, 

Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 1ND

Essex group are hosting the biennial National Silk Painting Festival in 2019 at South Essex College! We chose Southend as a seaside destination and large lively town easy to reach by train from London (Fenchurch St or Liverpool Street), by air to Southend Airport (including flights via Manchester from the Isle of Man) and by road.


Our theme will be "Beside the Sea" -naturally!- and we hope to take advantage of sunny summer weather to enjoy the town a little as well as workshops. Think estuary birds and calm waters, deckchairsand beach-huts, the longest pier in the world, cockle boats, Victorian villas, seafront hotels, neon lights, rides and arcades, fish and chips on the promenade, theatres parks and art galleries!


Please see the links on the left for details and booking. Please see below for the Group and Individual Challenges: we will be filling the College's Gallery for an exhibition of entries, with judging and prizes on Saturday evening. You can also submit other work to the Exhibition which will be on show all weekend.


Group Challenge - Poster size

At Essex we are lucky in having space to work together, but we know each group is different, so this challenge can be a group one combined into a single piece in whatever way works for your local group. And if you are GoSP members but not in a local Chapter and want to enter together, that’s fine too!

Theme: Beside the Sea

Format: The single piece of combined work must involve silk painting and be able to be hung on a wall or stand close against a wall. The maximum size is A0 (portrait)- that is, 841mm wide (33.1 in) by 1189mm tall (46.8 in) by 200mm deep (8 in). Any work linked to the theme is suitable.

Mounted work, banners/quilts/hangings, with hanging rods/loops, or freestanding self-supporting works are all acceptable for the Group Challenge, but please observe the depth due the narrow Gallery space we will be using! PLEASE NOTE glass or heavy frames are not acceptable. If special hanging equipment is needed please provide this with the work.


Individual Challenge - Postcards

We wanted to reflect our theme and location in this challenge, which is open to any GOSP member. And to provide a bit of challenge we have chosen to go for small works. You could draw on old-fashioned seaside postcards, sea-based fine art, or anything in/on/around the sea for the theme!

Theme: Beside the Sea

Format: Up to 4 “postcards” 150mm x 100mm (6 x 4 in) mounted as a group on light board or wrapped canvas (no heavy frames or glass please!), with hanging loop(s) on the back. The mount must be A3 landscape maximum, so 297mm tall (11.7 in) by 420mm wide (16.5 in). A small amount of depth (up to 25mm or 1 inch) is permissible but please try to keep them flat for wall display!

Open Exhibition

We know that members like to share their work over the past couple of years, and this Festival we will have access to a proper Gallery space with walls, plinths and tables, and even mannequins! We also plan on having some visiting tutors with interesting work to show. So we would love for you to show your work to the rest of us, and the public, during the Festival. We encourage you to enter in the open submissions- but please note we have fixed space and if demand is high we will not be able to accept everything. There will be a small hanging/curation fee per item (at the moment we expect this to be £2). There may be an opportunity to sell works, we will be able to confirm this later.

Conditions- all entries

All work must be accompanied by an entry form and any fees. Works must be submitted for approval in advance via email, and sent or made available in-person by 2pm on Friday 12th July 2019 so we can hang the Exhibition for the weekend Festival on the 13th-14th. All works must be removed from the Gallery by 5:30pm on Sunday 14th July 2019. If you will  not be attending but want to enter the Chalenges or have other special requirements or any questions, please contact Julie & Denise on


Download the Entry Form for the Challenges and/or showing your other work here:


General times/dates

Date Event
Friday 12th July 2019

2:00-5:00pm set-up for tutors & Gallery

Evening AGM of national commiitte

Saturday 13th July 2019

Workshops 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30

Gallery reception 6:00-7:30pm

Optional Annual Dinner 7:30pm

Sunday 14th

July 2019

Workshops 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30

Clearing of Gallery/worshops 4:30-5:30pm


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