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Community art project celebrates the Coronation

A new community artwork has gone on display at the Mill Arts and Events Centre in Rayleigh.

This ambitious artwork, which showcases the District’s cultural, heritage and nature scenes, were specially made to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III.

Ten cyanotype fabric prints were commissioned by Rochford District Council and prepared by artists Philippa Stewart and Laurence Harding.

The creation of the work was supported by a programme of 22 workshops involving residents, local charities, schools and community groups between March and May this year.

The fine details on the pieces celebrate historical memories, local landmarks, archival photography, ancient relics as well as the nature and landscapes of Rochford District through the perspectives of local communities.

The fabric prints were created using cyanotype print making, a Victorian photographic process made using sunlight.

The creation of the work itself, with its hundreds of layers of individual artworks, reflects the multi- layering of Rochford’s rich history and culture, past present and future, celebrated and reframed through a contemporary artistic perspective.

The artwork is initially displayed at the Mill Arts and Events Centre until Friday 26th May. It will then go on display at other locations across the District. Keep an eye on our social media and website for details.

This commission was funded by the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.