Exhibitions 2019 -21

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Higham Art Exhibition 2021





February 2021
Dear Artist,
Higham Art Exhibition 2021
We thought we would write to inform you of our intentions for the
biennial Art Exhibition and Sale of Paintings at our beautiful 13th
Century church on the banks of the River Stour in the heart of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty.
Our previous exhibitions have been a great success, resulting in a good percentage of paintings being sold,
and in 2019 everyone was delighted at the very high standard of work submitted by artists. Sadly, Peter
Wilson, Higham artist and organiser of the exhibition for many years passed away peacefully last April,
aged 83. He was passionate about painting, his family and his community and he worked hard to set-up
Higham as a popular venue for artists to show and sell their work. We are very grateful to Peter and his
good friend Roger Freeman for everything they did to establish this important event in the local cultural
We would like to hold an exhibition this year but the usual dates in June may be too early to avoid
prohibitive restrictions. We are exploring the possibility of holding the exhibition later in the year and
would like to invite you, provisionally, to participate, by submitting up to three paintings for sale. The
conditions are as follows:
1. All entries must be the original work of the Artist who submits them (in any of the usual media).
2. A hanging fee of £2 per picture will be charged, payable when the pictures are handed in.
3. A commission of 25% will be charged on all sales.
4. All paintings must be adequately framed, fitted with screw eyes or rings and cord – all strong
enough for secure and safe hanging – and should also have a label on the reverse, stating clearly
the Artist’s name and address, title of the picture and price. Paintings may be rejected if any of
these instructions are not complied with.
5. The Organisers reserve the right to reject any picture which, in their opinion, is likely to cause
offence to the general public.
6. The Organisers do not hold themselves responsible for loss or damage of the pictures, although
every effort will be made to ensure safety (oil paintings must be adequately protected on delivery).
The Artists are therefore, if necessary, responsible for insuring their work.
7. Unframed paintings, prints and cards cannot be accepted owing to lack of space.
We will of course write to you soon with further updates and hopefully inform you of the confirmed dates
for this year’s exhibition. We will then ask you to complete a ‘Notification of Intent to Exhibit’ form. We
hope you have kept well and have been coping throughout the pandemic and we look forward to seeing
how beautifully creative you have been during the periods of isolation.
If you have any queries please contact us on this email address: highamart@gmail.com


With very best wishes



Hazel Theobald and Nathan Crame


Painting Brushes
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Summer Exhibition Dedham Parish Church

23rd June - 29th June 2019

The painting at the top of the page was voted as "The Most Popular Painting" at the 2019 exhibition. Helen Morgans was presented with a trophy.  

We shall also be supported Dedham Therapy Farm click this link to go to their website

There will also be a display of Paintings by the pupils of Dedham Primary School.



 Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition 2018

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It is with great delight that we announce this dedicated Art Exhibition.  Many members of the Society have submitted their art to be shown at the Library in Colchester from 2nd December 2018 until 2nd February 2019.  We invite all to come in from the High Street and browse the work that will be on show. 

Artworks are available for purchase....  Merry Christmas to all.


WW1  Exhibition at Dedham Parish Church

From  9th November 2018 until 16th November 2018,  Dedham Art Society Members exhibited there dedication to the heroes on and off the field of WW1.  We understand it was very well received by members of the Public and has now been moved on to the new Chapel  in the Colchester Barracks and will remain there until March 2019.  The Artworks on show include those on the WW1 Page of this Website.

We are delighted to have been asked to do this and an update will be included later with information of how things are going on.  click on the painting below to see progress re the now permanent collection at Colchester Barracks.


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Spirits of the Poppy Field.
Julie Taylor-Lange.

Dedham Art Society    Exhibition and Sale...  Sunday 10th June 2018

At Aldham Parish Church, Aldham, Colchester

Open    11.00 am – 5.00 pm

A display of artwork by local artists which promised to be full of vitality, colour and originality was enjoyed by all who visited the Church and the Village.
The exhibition was in support of Aldham Open Gardens Day.   Entry to the gardens was £5, and there were lunches and teas and a free bus.  


Exhibitions 2017

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition took place at Dedham Parish Church 
24th to 28th October 2017

Supporting East Anglia's Children's Hospices  (EACH)

Over 100 paintings of our member artists were displayed and many sales took place. It was also inspirational to have two paintings of one of the founder members, Avril Biggins, who was also able to address the audience during the closing ceremony.

​Community Involvement
We felt it was important to include the community in this huge event. We did this in a number of ways.
We supported a very worthwhile charity (EACH). Many local businesses combined with us in a number of mutually beneficial ways. The High Street of Dedham was packed for most of the week during the exhibition and business was booming, a testament to the positives that working together in the community can bring. We also exhibited artwork produced by children from Dedham Primary School ​and included their artwork on our posters.
East Anglia's Children's Hospices  (EACH)

We raised a staggering £2500 for the children's hospice. ​

​​A Timely Closing Ceremony
Lady Ruggles-Brise kindly handed out the prizes at the closing ceremony on Saturday 28th October, starting just as the clock struck 3pm, the time our group came into being fifty years ago! Our most popular painting prize went to Helen Morgans for her painting "Sharing A Secret".
Our most grateful thanks to all who supported us and to the Reverend Antony Wilson for allowing us to use the beautiful St Mary's Church in Dedham for our special exhibition.
The Future
We will continue to work with the community and build our connections as we move forward into next year as Dedham Art Society.

Images below:-  ​

Lady Ruggles-Brise with Helen Morgans, the winner of the Dedham Arts trophy for her winning painting, "Sharing a Secret". ​

​Avril Biggins with her paintings that were exhibited 50 years ago.

Angela Horner, in front of an "Artistic" flower display that the Church provided.