We welcome our annual visit to the Maeldune from Tollesbury Art Potter Peter Deans and Friends.  This show always delights with its varied selection of quality hand-crafted pottery, cards, jewellery, photography and paintings – a great opportunity to find some early Christmas presents!  This exhibition runs from 27th October until 14th November 2017.

Artists Featured are:  

Peter Deans Ceramics 

Yvonne Leguit Photography 

Steffan Gregory Paintings

Eileen Murphy Fused Glass Jewellery

Madelaine Murphy Ceramics

Michael Blooman – an Artist returning to his Roots ….

In the 1980s and 1990s, Michael Blooman was often to be seen painting along the Hythe Quay at Maldon and cruising off Harwich on British King and Ena, painting on deck.  Ropes, pulley blocks, a windlass, rowing boats hooked to davits, massive rudders, leeboards, the Steam Tug ‘Brent’ seen with a huge fender on its bow – all these images attracted his eye in watercolours.  In turn they then inspired three very large multiple colour block linocuts (limited edition original prints) on fine hand-made paper and printed on his venerable nineteenth century Albion Press.

This is the subject of a new Exhibition at the Maeldune Heritage Centre from 6th October to 24th October. Michael trained at the Royal College of Art and afterwards lectured at Maidstone College of Art and taught at Brentwood School.   It was at Maidstone that he met a typographer, who announced he was moving to London and he had a large printing press in his parents’ back garden, which he couldn’t take with him!  So Michael bought it on the spot.

These prints, which involve complex colour registration, can only be printed properly on an Albion Press.  This is a very large platen press, which allows for registration of the colour blocks on a bed.   Weighing over a ton, it dates from about the 1850s when it was used for printing posters.  The mechanism is a system of toggle levers which exert force at right angles by a wedge.    

What is an ‘original print’?   It can be an etching, lithograph, silk screen, linocut or woodcut which is created or engraved by the artist, as opposed to a photographic reproduction.  The artist will produce a signed and numbered limited edition.

In the last few months, Michael has returned to ‘his roots’, to paint watercolours and sketch in Maldon once again. 

The annual Maldon Art Trail runs from 23rd September to 1st October and we love being part of this event!  As in 2016, we are showcasing the vibrant artwork of the very talented Plume Academy Students, curated by their Head of Art, Mr Flower.  We are lucky in that our own exhibition runs from 14th September to 3rd October, so it extends for a little longer than the official Art Trail dates (23 September – 1 October),  which is a real bonus for us!

Views of Maldon!

Continuing our tradition of featuring local Artists, we are pleased to welcome Angelique Hartigan (25th August – 12th September) to her first Exhibition at the Maeldune.  Some of you will be familiar with Angelique’s colourful, expressive paintings, for others, a delightful new discovery awaits!  Many of the works have been created especially for this exhibition and feature evocative local scenes. 

Angelique says – “I am really excited to announce 10 new works featuring Maldon town. Celebrating the uniqueness of this special place, from the iconic Thames barges and river views, to the hilly streets and ancient buildings of this wonderful historic town”.

About Angelique Hartigan

Originally from London, Angelique Hartigan is a professional artist, now living and working in the picturesque town of Maldon, on the North Essex Estuary.

Angelique moved away from traditional easel painting, to a more energetic technique that better reflects her personality. By laying the canvas on the floor, Angelique is able to move freely around all sides, working continuously, dripping, spilling and throwing paint on in layers. The image builds before your eyes into majestic landscapes, park scenes, city street views, to architectural

representations of landmark buildings and commissions of private residences.

Inspired by the constantly changing seasons, which offer new ways to see and explore places, Angelique will constantly search and find a different way to see familiar places. Buildings seen through trees or from odd angles. Rooftops reflected in stormy skies, or winding paths through fallen leaves: to seasonal country scenes we often wish we could capture as an image forever. By

expressing her personality in this way, Angelique finds freedom of expression and interpretation of the subject matter.

Angelique now brings the energy and vibrancy from her London scenes for a new twist on how to view and paint Essex Life and coastline. She shows her work in London and at selected shows nationwide throughout the year.

The Salcott Art Group.

We welcome The Salcott Art Group (3rd – 22nd August) for their second Exhibition at the Maeldune.  This is a fresh, mixed display of work by this very gifted local Art Group.  A new direction for them this year will be a range of attractive greetings cards.

The Barn Studio Group

We are delighted to host The Barn Studio Group – a local art group showing     their first exhibition at the Maeldune;  this group is taught by Corenza Jackson.  Among the artists are former Maeldune Trustee Pat Willis, and Anne Brooks, whose work we sell in the Shop.  A very talented group and a well presented, lovely summery exhibition of paintings.


Carla is a glass artist producing unique fused glass pieces including plates, hangings, sculptures and jewellery.  Inspiration comes from architecture and the local environment.  Carla is happy to take on commission work.


Denny is a ceramicist who produces small individual collections of thrown, cast and sculpted ceramics in stoneware and porcelain decorated in her own brightly coloured glazes.

Upcycled Graffiti Art