If you would like to be a part of our wonderful week in September (23-28) of all things cultural and creative that showcases the talent of Basildon’s artistic community as part of Basildon at 70 please contact us directly. We are holding a combined Poetry in Commotion open mic event and a chance to put forward ideas and develop the programme of events on Thursday 21st March 2019 at The Gielgud at 7.30 PM. Look forward to seeing you there!
Poetry In Commotion is back! We have a serious treat for you all this time. We are proud to have Emy.P as a feature artist giving us a showcase of her own brand of "Spoken word/ Mental Health/ Music/ Funny stuff".
As always there is an open mic - so sign up early to get a slot.
Bring your poems, bring your mates, bring your parents, bring your tinder date, bring your dog! (No dogs allowed.)
Look forward to seeing you all there!
Dr Mark Banting, the distinguished art historian, will give a talk entitled ‘The Sensation of Place’ on Friday 13th July from 6.30 pm. This will explore art from the exhibition and the ways in which artists represent memories and feelings of particular places and the responses these pictures might call up in the minds of us as viewers.
“The Foundation for Essex Arts are delighted to welcome Dr Banting and giving visitors the opportunity to hear his talk and see the exhibition.”
Basildon Arts Trust Exhibition and Talk
The Foundation for Essex Arts (TFEA) is pleased to announce an exhibition of work from the Basildon Arts Trust (BAT) in the Alchemy Gallery at Craft Arena, The Village, Barleylands. The exhibition, ‘A Sense of Place and Shape’ willbe accompanied by a talk from distinguished art historian Dr Mark Banting.
This will be a unique opportunity to see a specially curated selection of works from the Basildon Arts Trust Collection in the Alchemy Gallery at Craft Arena, Studios 49-51 The Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD. The exhibition has been curated by Denise Gannon, owner of Craft Arena and a trustee of TFEA and will run from Sunday 1st July until Sunday 29th July with a private viewing on Thursday 5th July 2018 from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to choose my favourite pieces from the BAT collection” said Denise. “It will give more people the opportunity to see the work held in trust for the people of Basildon.”
Dr Mark Banting, the distinguished art historian, will give a talk entitled ‘The Sensation of Place’ on Friday13th July from 6.30 pm. This will explore art from the exhibition and the ways in which artists represent memories and feelings of particular places and the responses these pictures might call up in the minds of us as viewers.
“The Foundation for Essex Arts are delighted to welcome Dr Banting and giving visitors theopportunity to hear his talk and see the exhibition.”
The Foundation for Essex Arts is a registered charity and provides a bursary through the University of Arts London for disadvantaged students from Essex. TFEA supports creative careers advice and cultural development in Essex.
Craft Arena is a studio, Art Gallery and shop selling needlecraft and mixed media supplies and holding workshops, based at The Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay.
For more information contact Denise Gannon at Craft Arena on 01268 523780 or email
Liz Grant email@example.com
TFEA is really excited to be presenting at this event! with information about our work and projects.
Organised by the Essex County Council Cultural Development team, the event is open to individual artists and organisations working across all art forms who are looking to submit an application to one of ACE’s grants schemes. Arts Council England will be giving a presentation on their new set of funding programmes and the session will provide an overview of the different opportunities available for artists and creative practitioners who are looking to submit an application.
Essex County Councils cultural development team will give an overview of the recently launched Cultural Strategic Fund and Culture in Essex Small Grants whilst the Essex Cultural Diversity Project will talk about their new opportunities in Basildon through their artist commissioning programme. As well as this The Foundation for Essex Arts will give an overview of their work.
After the presentations there will be a networking lunch.
Event details are:
10:00-10:30: Arrival and coffee
10:30-12:30: Presentations from Arts Council England, Essex County Council Cultural Development, Essex Cultural Diversity Project and The Foundation of Essex Arts including general Q&A at the end.
12:30-1:30: Lunch and networking
For further information please visit: http://exploreculture.org.uk
The Towngate Theatre is fully accessible to people with disabilities, if you require information on accessibility please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you there!
This months instalment brings us a feature from a local talent: Grant Tarbard. We also have open mic as always. Feel free to secure a slot beforehand by dropping us a message or posting on here!
Look forward to seeing you all on the night!
Poetry In Commotion and The Foundation for Essex Arts present Poetry in Commotion.
This is a free open mic poetry night in Basildon's Towngate Theatre however we will have a collection hat with a "Pay what you decide" sign to raise a bit of petrol money for our featured artist. If you are skint, don't stress. If you are flush, share the wealth man!
This month we have a special treat. Ralph Dartford, is returning to his hometown for a one off show. Ralph Dartford hails from Basildon, Essex and is founder member of highly acclaimed spoken word collective ‘A Firm of Poets’. He writes and performs narrative poems from the heart. Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes as sad as a lost dog. Ralph has been published in The Guardian, Stirring Magazine (US), Pulp Faction, Exterminating Angel Press (US) and London
Territories. His first Collection, 'Cigarettes, Beer and Love'
was published by Ossett Observer Presents in July 2013.
‘Wonderfully dynamic’- York Press
‘Great Support’- Kate Tempest
‘A pocket full of miracles’- Richard Lee- Jerwood Space
‘This is proper, visceral stuff about real life. Poetry for the rest of us’ - Luke Wright
Ölmo Lazarus is the stage name of Jacques Bottjer, an Essex based poet, writer and educator.
As a spoken word artist Ölmo has performed feature slots at some of London's most highly regarded poetry nights. He has appeared on stage as far afield as New York City and has wowed audiences at various music festivals across England with organisations such as Apples & Snakes, Metal and Sundown Arts.
Ölmo is currently promoting his newly published 2016 book "Cro-Magnon Plan", as well as continuing to perform children's poetry and run workshops at schools across the country.
"Stands against the stream and promotes a message of human need..."
- Apples & Snakes
"Highly talented...powerful poetry in a hip-hop style."
- Sundown Arts
"(His) socially conscious work has made...(him) a hot act on the Essex and London spoken word poetry circuits"
- The Yellow Advertiser
There will be a FREE OPEN MIC at this event. Confirm on the page now and contact us to guarantee a spot on the list!
Poetry To Succeed, in association with The Foundation for Essex Arts, presents Poetry in Commotion.
A Basildon based spoken word, literature, poetry and rap evening in Towngate theatre.
Sign up for open mic here!
Have you ever written? Have you ever wanted to write? Do you have something on your mind you want to share? Do you want guidance and constructive critiques from experience artists?This is your opportunity!
This is the grand opening of what will hopefully become a regular poetry evening open to all!