Shhh... Leigh Art Trail Secret Auction Preview

Secret auction box

Keep an eye out for the Secret Auction pieces donated by our artists and awaiting your bids in all the venues. Pick your favourite, fill in a card, post it in the Secret Auction box and if you’re the highest bidder on Saturday, June 16, you’ll be going home with a stunning piece of original work. All proceeds go towards running the Trail.

Southend Echo article about Leigh Art Trail artist Alison Bournes



Leigh Art Trail artist was featured on the Southend Echo newspaper. Profiling Alison's up-coming exhibition at Store thirty 3, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea as part of this years Leigh Art Trail  from Saturday, June 9, to Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Good Luck Alison with making your 300 pairs of shoes, this will be an exciting spectacle for all visitors.   

Leigh Art Trail takes up year long residency with Leigh Town Council


Leigh-on-Sea has a vibrant art scene, with many local painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers and printmakers, exhibiting their work in galleries nationally and around the world. But every year, for one week in June, members come together in one of the country’s longest-running art events, the Leigh Art Trail, showcasing their talents in the community where they live and work.

Preparations start early, because it takes many voluntary woman hours to organise the Trail. As soon as one finishes, it’s on to planning the next year’s event. Former Chairperson and now Projects and Legacy Co-ordinator, Bronwyn Oldham, explains.

‘It really is a year-round job. So much effort behind the scenes goes into making the Trail a success for just that one week of the year. And that got us thinking… just as we don’t stop working when the Trail is over, neither do our artists. While it isn’t possible to have a year-long Art Trail, it is possible to use a central exhibition space for a year.’

We are therefore delighted to announce the start of a year-long residency with The Leigh Town Council showcasing the very best in artistic talent our members have-to offer. Our current show, entitled 'Figuratively Speaking' which runs until Saturday 19th May, is a mixture of 2D and 3D work, in an eclectic mix of mediums, genres and styles on display. Alongside the usual Leigh Art Trail favourites, such as Sheila Appleton, Tessa Frampton and Gwen Simpson, we are showing some of our new artists for 2018 including Sharon Henson & Scotty Brave.

Looking further ahead, exhibitions will include 'Painting with Light' & 'Drawing to an End' as well as 'Our RA Summer Show'. A series of free workshops for young and old will be held over the course of the residency. Run by Leigh Art Trail artists, they will be a great opportunity to gain insight into how the artists’ work and offer a chance to study their techniques.

Leigh Art Trail Silent Auction is opportunity to bag a bargain!

New this year: Silent Auction! Get bidding!

Your chance to bid for beautiful artwork throughout the Trail. In each venue there is a piece being auctioned.

Place a silent bid in the following way.

  • Complete the provided bid form with your details
  • Place your bid in the box provided in each venue

The auction runs for the duration of the Trail, closing on the last Saturday 17 June at 2pm. Winning bidders will then be notified and arrangements made for collection and payment. In the event of a tie, names will be drawn out of a hat.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the running of the Trail and LAT will make a donation to a local charity that uses the arts to support individuals living with dementia.

Happy Bidding!

Photos of the auction items can be viewed by clicking here. Or viewed below.

Bigger and Better! Leigh Art Trail is back for its 20th year!

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The annual Leigh Art Trail has become an important part of the town’s cultural calendar. Now in its 20th year, the 2017 event is being held from Saturday 10th – 17th June, and will showcase the talents of over 70 selected artists and designer-makers in around 55 venues in this little corner of Essex. In what has now become typical art-trail tradition, in the region of 15,000 visitors will be able to view the work free of charge in the makers’ studios, local galleries, shops and restaurants.

The amazing diversity of work includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photography, printmaking and jewellery produced by artists living and working in Leigh and the surrounding area.

This year sees the return of Sculpture Street, a community project where for one weekend only (June 10th-11th) an ordinary quiet residential street in the town will be transformed into a street of inspiration, showcasing artists work in the residents gardens.  The launch event of the trail is on 8th June with many other activities during the week including guided walks, performances and artists workshops.

So don’t miss out pick up a brochure or check out the trail guide here.