Essex Guild of Silk Painters
Essex Guild of Silk Painters

Guild of Silk Painters’ Festival 2019 

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

Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 1ND

Join the national Guild of Silk Painters here to get Festival tickets at members' prices!

Now we are in or after May it only costs £15 to join for six months.


Challenges & Exhibition

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, deckchairs and 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.


At Essex we are lucky in having space to work together, but we know each group is different, so we are holding a Group Challenge for poster-sized pieces, (for local Chapters of members but also we're flexible on what a "group" is), an Individual Challenge for postcard-sized pieces, and an Open Exhibition for general work you'd like to share. There may be the possibility to sell work during the weekend too.


You can see more detail about the Challenges and Exhibition, and down load entry forms on the relevant page here.


General times/dates

Date Event
Friday 12th July 2019

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

Evening (time TBD) AGM of national commiittee

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/workshops 4:30-5:30pm


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