Brentwood Art Trail 2019: Update on the who, what and where for the annual community event

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 May 2019

Brentwood Art Trail. Picture: Villene Hyam

Brentwood Art Trail. Picture: Villene Hyam

Villene Hyam

Next weekend will see the start of the Brentwood Art Trail which will be up and running for two weeks.

Here’s the latest on where it’s going to be, who’s taking part and what to expect.

Brentwood Art Trail. A piece of art created for the trail by Julie Morrissey.Brentwood Art Trail. A piece of art created for the trail by Julie Morrissey.

The upcoming Brentwood Art Trail, taking place between June 8 and 23, has already broken records.

With 50 exhibits, there will be more artists on show than ever before.

There will also be more venues displaying art in Brentwood, Shenfield and Ingatestone, including brand new locations such as the prestigious windows of Waterstones on Brentwood High Street.

As well as the trail itself, there will be additional events for the community to enjoy, with lots of children's events to encourage families to get involved.

Brentwood Art Trail. A piece of art created for the trail by Jill Busby.Brentwood Art Trail. A piece of art created for the trail by Jill Busby.

Kids will have their very own mini trails and activities, and the opportunity to take part in a community-wide painting rocks activity organised by exhibiting artist Sue Mills.

During the trail, there will be 20 free events taking place at a unit in the Baytree Shopping Centre, including the Community heART, which will feature an evolving art installation by sponsor brand design agency Blue Serif.

The wall will represent landmarks in the Borough and be open for the community to "make their mark" at weekends.

There will also be live painting demonstrations, talks and workshops hosted by artists such as Charles Bran, Irene Malvezi, James Fraser, Julia Austin-Brenes, Julie Morrissey, Michelle Parsons, Paula MacGregor, Pernilla Iggstrom and Sue Mills.

All events can be booked here.

As part of the Brentwood Art Trail on Saturday, June 8, the Brentwood Belles WI will be taking part in World Wide Knit in Public Day, the largest knitter-run event in the world.

And if you don't know where to start on the trail yourself, you can join one of the tours hosted by a local artist and taking place in Brentwood, Shenfield and Ingatestone.

People taking part in the trail will be encouraged to post about it on social media by using the event hashtag #MyBwdArtTrail.

The event will be supported by another local sponsor, digital marketing business 24 Fingers, who has a keen interest in art and community and will be interviewing artists and supporting events over the duration of the trail.

What is particularly impressive this year is the number of new artists taking part and the amount of new artwork being created specifically for the event.

Brentwood artist Jill Busby, who has a background in graphic design and advertising, will be exhibiting a selection of 3D installations and sculptures, including a piece created especially for this year's Brentwood Art Trail.

Jill said: "It's a pleasure to be part of the Brentwood Art Trail for the first time this year.

"As a local resident who enjoys the arts, it's brilliant to see this type of event happening where I live.

"I often work on commissions, so creating something brand new for the trail has been a great opportunity to get even more bold and creative with ideas, techniques and materials.

"I'm looking forward to seeing it alongside the wide variety of art on show this year."

Residents and visitors can follow the event online via @bwdarttrail on Instagram, Facebook and


The Brentwood Art Trail is supported by the Brentwood Business Partnership (BBP), a partnership between Brentwood businesses, local business organisations and Brentwood Borough Council.

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