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Launch of the Coronation Art Project

A unique and creative way for residents to mark the Coronation of King Charles III has been launched by Rochford District Council.

The Council has commissioned two local artists who, with the help of residents, will create an artwork to mark the historic event.

A series of free creative workshops exploring Rochford District’s history and heritage through art, run by local artists Laurence Harding and Philippa Stewart, will be held across the District.

These are an opportunity for local people to contribute to the artwork as they learn new creative skills. The workshops are open to all ages (young children must be accompanied by an adult) and no experience is necessary.

Attendees will learn how to make a cyanotype photographic print on paper and fabric. 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 pieces will become part of a large-scale community artwork created by Philippa and Laurence which will be displayed at the Mill Hall Arts and Events Centre in Rayleigh.

For more information on dates, and how to book your place, please visit our website.

This programme has been funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.