Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


An exploration of the personal and emotional connections we all have with our locality, particularly to this familiar section of the River Thames and its fascinating shoreline and people.

Saturated with life experiences of living and working by the Estuary with a deep understanding and an individual response to this familiar coastline, these artists hope to communicate their fascination with these tidal waters.

About the artist
Julie is a ceramicist working in Old Leigh. She graduated from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design with First Class Honours in Ceramic Design in 2008.

Her work is shaped by living & working alongside the transient beauty of the Thames Estuary. She hand-builds and coils using a coarse textured stoneware clay, incorporating found sea-glass, seaweed, shells & pebbles from the local Leigh-on-Sea shoreline.

Her work is a response to the ebb & flow of the tides, smoothing and unsettling, revealing myriad forms and found objects and fragments of history, reflecting the colour tones of the seascape. Hand-built stoneware celebrating the tactile.

Photo: Julie O'Sullivan


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021
11:00 - 17:00


Old Leigh Studios Gallery, 61 High Street, Old Town, Leigh-on-Sea



10 minute walk from Leigh-on Sea Train Station


Closed Mondays & Tuesdays



Previous Landscape and Wildlife Photography Workshop - Hoo Marshes

Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

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Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    Ebbsfleet mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

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Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley Flowers Gallery logoc2c roh southeastern Thamesmead2 Peabody2 BowArts3 raddison uber arriva Canterbury Dartford Faversham Swale1 Thanet Visit c2c1 Chat

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1 Churches International Exeter Wales Ramm Artist Grand