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New artists supported at Chelmsford Museum

New artists supported at Chelmsford Museum

Chelmsford Museum is launching a new initiative to give emerging artists in Essex a chance to exhibit in a poplar public space. This new gallery will see a wall on the ground floor of the museum transformed into an exciting new art space called the ‘Gallery Wall’.

The first show runs from Saturday 17 June to Sunday 6 August 2017 and will feature Ailish Warner’s ‘Essex Wildlife’ exhibition. Ailish moved to Essex when she was nine and over the years she has spent many hours exploring, sketching, and loving the county. Her work skilfully illustrates some of the wildlife found here, with a modern and fresh approach.

Ailish has used some traditional art forms such as lino-cutting, painting and collagraphs, combined with more modern methods, culminating in a stimulating, engaging exhibition that will delight. Ailish is based in Witham and is both an art teacher and a practising artist, who has taught all ages from primary to adult education.  She has produced work for editorial publishing, private commissions and is currently working with the Essex Wildlife Trust.

Nick Wickenden, Museum Manager, Chelmsford Museum, says: “Whilst the museum celebrates the wonderful history of Chelmsford, and includes artwork by Grayston Perry, we want the Gallery Wall to be forward looking and support the art stars of the future.” Nick continued: “ The exposure that we can give via our visitors will make the gallery an exciting and vibrant place to both display and appreciate artwork.”

Zhenya Syman’s ‘Planet Earth 2 How To’ exhibition will run from 19 August to 1 October 2017. Zhenya is a Russian born, British-based artist whose work uses spontaneous improvisational methods, colours and forms, to explore and transform her thoughts and ideas of the world around her. The result is ‘Planet Earth 2 How To’. Zhenya’s work is produced in acrylic or oil on canvas or by drawing. Zhenya has developed many of her own theoretical ideas to interpret the world to produce what she calls ‘Improvisational Transformism’. The resulting vision is both complex and simple, merging past, present and future based on her own conscious and subconscious (or ‘think and don’t think’) interpretation of the planet around her and offers a fantastic insight into the artist’s mind.

Artists who would like to be considered to have their work displayed on the Gallery Wall should contact

To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit


Monday 19 June 2017

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