Jaywick Martello Tower supports creative collaborations relating to the themes of Community, Heritage and Environment that affect our lives today.
Jaywick Martello Tower is our Environment, our Community and our Heritage. We pursue opportunities and ventures that make the Tower not only a gallery, workshop space, or meeting point but all of these things.
Our 2010 Programme will be as varied and appealing as in previous years. Please keep an eye on our website for dates of events and exhibitions, the following will give you a flavour of what to expect of the 2010 programme.
Our popular annual series of Spring and Autumn Talks will continue: higlights will include the history of the sea shanty and a look at our DNA.
September 2009 saw the launch of a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of JMT, which will continue with an exhibition of the history of Martello Towers. Special events will include the return of the Historical Martime Society. Textile artist Vanessa Rolf will work with the community to produce a commemorative textile piece for JMT.
JMT is also proud to be a partner for Fleet, a major cross-channel programme for temporary visual arts commissions and residencies. Gavin Turk is the lead artist for the project, which seeks to encourage people to attend arts events through environmentally sustainable transport. It will offer an international series of unqiue experiences and encounters in Kent, Essex, Suffolk and Nord Pas de Calais in France, and is supported by a culteral exchange programme. JMT will welcome internationally renowned artist Sarah Dobai as part of Fleet.
The successful 2009 Spring exhibition Spirit of Jaywick by local artists Judith Wolton and Gillian Townsend, has given inspiration for the Jaywick Open exhibition in August 2010. This exhibition will give local artists a chance to display their talent in arts and crafts. Details of how to enter the exhibition will be available soon.
And of course, JMT is open to the public for all those who wish to simply enjoy this fascinating and carefully restored two hundred year old building. So wether your interest is in art, heritage, the environment, or just unexpected delights, then JMT has something for you.