I am delighted to have been selected as one of three artists who will be delivering community workshops in the Thurrock area, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Thameside Theatre as part of the Thurrock Art Trail 2017.

I am going to be working with a diverse range of community groups across Thurrock to get various viewpoints on what it means to live and work in Thurrock.

As you know, I am on a continual mission to change how people perceive Thurrock, which is the foundation of my Beautiful Thurrock project, so this project is a further development of that.

As part of the project I am receiving mentoring from local artist Lata Upadhyaya.

I have three sessions with Lata, the first of which was discussing the project and developing and refining my ideas around it. The next will be held after I have delivered the community workshops so that we can discuss how this will affect my practice and what the exhibition is going to include. The final session will be focusing on the future, what plans do I have and how can I investigate funding for these. I have so many ideas, so part of my work will be focusing down.

My teacher training and practice has come in very useful as I start to develop the community workshops and I am greatly looking forward to delivering them over the next few weeks.

This project is funded by Arts Council England. The other artists are Arooj Khan and Brad Humble.

Published by Jen Farrant

Consultant | Writer | Photographer

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