Peter Warwick


I am sorry to report that Peter Warwick, well known lecturer has died. He came to us a little while ago. You may remember his recent wonderful lecture on Capt Cook He was booked for 2020 to give a lecture on his special subject namely Lord Nelson. Aged 69 Peter had been suffering from cancer for the past four years He will be sorely missed by his many friends and contacts not least The Arts Society.

Day of Special Interest


Monday 1st April 2019
Design, Invention, Creation: The Multiple Lives of Leonardo Da Vinci
A study day in three one hour parts: Exploring the life, work, interests and legacy of a Renaissance icon. Speculations regarding the true life and meanings of Leonardo’s works have been rife for centuries; culminating in recent times with books such as the Da Vinci Code Click here for more details and the booking form
Leslie Primo

New Members Coffee Morning


On a lovely sunny day Chairman, David Anderson welcomed new members of Blackwater to a coffee morning hosted by the President Dr Bill Allen and Jennifer Allen at their house in Wickham Bishops.

Members of the committee attended and new members were able to explore opportunities in the Volunteering Arms of the Society. David explained in his address how Blackwater was run and invited members to continue the recruitment initiative for new members.

Everyone enjoyed the chance to meet and chat with other new members and meet the committee.

Arts Active and Tate Modern


The Arts Active group have a visit planned  to Tate Britain

Would any member of Arts Active like to join Marian and Carole on February 8th and go along to the Tate Britain for the Burne Jones exhibition? If you are free that day let us know as soon as possible so we can book tickets. We will try for a time between 12 and 1.

Young Arts Projects


Young Arts Projects

Posted January 2019

Every year, the Arts Society Blackwater aims to support artistic endeavour with young people. This is usually in the form of financial support but it can also involve offering expertise. For the last four years, we have funded an artist to work with a school in different ways. In 2015, the local artist worked Lisa Temple-Cox, spent a day at Terling primary School and every child in the school (90) had the opportunity to contribute to making two very large collages which were mounted and now decorate a corridor and the school library.

In July 2016, another local artist and print maker, Karenza Jackson provided a morning’s ‘masterclass’ in monoprinting for 8 teachers in the art department at Plume Academy. In the afternoon, Karenza was videoed talking with the head of Art, Kevin Flower and demonstrating three types of monoprinting. The video was used with 600 pupils in years 7 & 8 who were engaged in a print project. The video has proved to be a valuable resource and it has continued to be used as a stimulus for examination groups, exclusively within Plume Academy.

In July 2017, a sculptor Mo Gardner worked with pupils at Heybridge Alternative School.Click here for the report

This year, once again, Blackwater Young Arts sponsored an artist to work with pupils at Heybridge Co-operative Academy (formerly Heybridge Alternative School). The art teacher, Victoria Phillips arranged for Anne Swegmann-Fielding, a local sculptor and mosaic artist, to spend a day at the school. Small groups of pupils were released from lessons throughout the day to help create two circular mosaics 65 centimetres in diameter.  The fully grouted mosaics have been placed in the main school corridor. 22 pupils from years 8 to 10 participated and all learned to cut, place and fix tiles onto the circular boards. It was intricate work and a unique opportunity for the pupils to work with a professional artist.

Stephanie Jones
Young Arts Representative