Exceptional artwork appears on the Pier!
Published Wednesday 12th September 12 in Council - news and information releases news
Southend’s World Famous Pier has become a hotbed of creativity!
The new Cultural Centre at the end of the iconic Pier is just about to host its first major three-week exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture.
Called 'Southend-on-Sea Tales,' the free exhibition, from Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 13th October features a modern-day fairytale about Southend, the sea, and its mythology.
The inventive artwork tells the story of the mythical King of Southend-on-Sea, Braz; his instant love for the beautiful Princess Diane and their terrible fate when evil witch Bruxa wreaks havoc.
It is all produced by British/Brazilian art photographer Antonisia Schroder and Swiss/Brazilian artist Valquiria Imperiano, who co-wrote the fairytale.
Also on offer, for Saturday and Sunday, 6th and 7th October, are three combined workshops to run concurrently, on photography, painting and book-making.
These cost £20 per person, including the usual Pier admission prices. To book, please call 07843 048040 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
The £3million Southend Pier Cultural Centre, completed just two months ago has already hosted some top-class entertainment and this is its first art exhibition.
2012 has been a busy year for Essex-based Antonisia - one of the keynote artists in the recent Essex Summer of Art.
She has just completed a two-week stint at a gallery in north London.
Antonisia said: "To be one of the first artists to exhibit at the new Southend Pier Cultural Centre is very exciting and I hope to give visitors a magical art experience that they haven't found before.
"My workshops are always fun and enjoyable and anyone can take part.
"I look forward to meeting lots of interesting people during my fortnight at Southend."
Valquiria added: "What I am bringing to this exhibition is a different style to Antonisia's work but what I always try to do is create work which people feel they can 'step inside'.
"I want them to be part of the art I create and enjoy the experience on many different levels."
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Derek Jarvis said: "This is a really creative exhibition.
"We look forward to seeing the works displayed and also how the associated workshops develop more ideas from potential artists across Southend and the wider community."