Following the previous success of the Chelmsford Arts Trail, Gepp & Sons Solicitors were asked by local artist Max Dolding to help put on a showcase of the arts. Over recent years the staff and partners of Gepp & Sons supported many local sixth form schools by displaying exceptional works of art in their offices during the Chelmsford Arts Trail. Sadly this year local authority funding was not available so Max and Gepps got to work on what ended up becoming a 'high class act'.
The vision was two fold.
Firstly the exhibition was to be used as a work experience program for all the students. They were all encouraged to seize the opportunity and consider this as THEIR time to promote THEIR art. A select few were asked to organise, install and manage proceedings over the week long event.
Secondly, the aim was for the event to be run on a zero £ budget for the schools.
Both targets were achieved thanks to the generosity of the following. High Chelmer who kindly gave the use of their central shopping precinct along with three large retail units. A substantial amount of Public Liability Insurance was donated by David Baker from Lorica Insurance Brokersin conjunction with one of their clients, Sterling Insurance. In addition to working on the concept with Max, Gepp & Sons managed the press, and social media and the sponsorship of the closing soirée and prizes.
The public of the newly formed City of Chelmsford were treated to many forms of art, ranging from dance, song, music, sculpture and painting. A lively Ska Band were on hand to liven up the proceedings.
The redounded Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey who was recently commissioned to provide works at the Olympic Village, gave up his time to speak to all the students. Grenville and Cllr Ray Ride from Chelmsford City Council awarded ALL the students with a commendation certificate provided by Gepp & Sons.
The overall winners who received vouchers from Gepp & Sons to help continue their love of the arts were...
Visual Arts - Vicky Cracknell from The Billericay School
Performing Arts went to Greensward Academy's Ska Band.
Well done to all of them.
Outstanding contribution came from all the following schools
- Castle View School
- Chelmer College
- Chelmer Valley High School
- Chelmsford County High School for girls
- Greensward Academy
- King Edward VI Grammar School
- Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form
- Sandon School
- The Billericay School
- The Boswells School