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Coronation Art Project

Contribute to the Rochford District Coronation Art Project!

Come and join free creative workshops exploring Rochford District’s history and heritage through artistic processes guided by local artists.

Laurence Harding and Philippa Stewart are local artists who have been commissioned by Rochford District Council to create an artwork to mark the coronation of King Charles III 2023.

A number of community workshops are being held across Rochford District to help contribute to this work and learn new creative skills.

Suitable for all ages (young children must be accompanied by an adult) and absolute beginners with no experience needed, you will learn how to make a cyanotype photographic print on paper and fabric.

Details of these workshops are listed below, including a booking link.

Date Venue Booking Link
Friday 21st April 10am-4pm Trinity Church Main Hall Rayleigh Book for Friday 21st April
Sunday 23rd April 10:30am-1pm The Community Centre Great Wakering Book for Sunday 23rd April
Tuesday 25th April 10am-4pm Trinity Church Cloister Hall Rayleigh Book for Tuesday 25th April

Cyanotype contact printing is a Victorian photographic process invented in 1841, which uses imagery exposed to UV light and rinsed in water to produce a beautiful photographic print in cyan blue and white.

You will have the opportunity to take home your own cyanotype paper print artwork. Your fabric based cyanotype piece will become part of a large-scale community artwork created by Philippa and Laurence to be displayed initially at the Mill Hall Arts and Events Centre in Rayleigh.

This programme has been funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.