Address: Naze Tower, The Naze, Old Hall Lane,
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LE
Tel: 01255 852519
The Naze Tower art gallery is a truly unique experience, perhaps the most exciting thing being the climb up the spiral staircase to the roof-viewing platform. From the open top the panoramic views are breathtaking – the land and seascape of Essex and Suffolk and on a clear day as far as Kent.
Within its metre thick walls and over 8 floors the Naze Tower houses an Art Gallery, showing and selling diverse works by established and emerging artists from the region, a Museum and Information Centre about the fascinating history of the Tower and the special environment of the Naze, and tea rooms on the first two floors.
1st April to 31st October 10am to 5pm, Fridays excepted during term time, every day during school holidays. If Easter falls in March, it opens that weekend.
Wheelchair access to ground floor with Reception, Shop and Tea Room counter.
Spiral Staircase – 11 Steps to Tea Room seating inside / seating outside fully accessible. 111 Steps to top of tower – climb made easier as 8 floors with chairs on each and artworks and museum to slow you down!
Address: LOSTTOWN @ Walton Community Project,
61 High Street, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8AG
Address: NIEMANN INGRISCH Architects,
Thalkirchner Str. 81, 81371 Munich, Germany
LOST TOWN is a dramatic project designed to explain the impact of coastal erosion and the forces of nature which control it. By rebuilding the lost church of medieval Walton as a steel sculpture, the project aims to create a unique landmark, commemorating the East of Englands lost towns while letting visitors experience the history of the place.
Our idea is to rebuild the lost church of medieval Walton as a sculpture in the sea. A symbolic structure at the site which some two hundred years ago was partof the town. Every medieval town or village had a church. They were major buildings and landmarks – sailors used the towers as navigation aid. We use the church not in its religious sense but as a symbol for a settlement. How to turn a church into a marine sculpture? The sculpture has the generic shape and the size of a medieval church with a tower and a nave. It has the characteristics of a medieval church like columns and verticality.
It represents something that once was real and is now gone. We wanted to give it an unreal, ghostly look. Therefore, it is composed of an addition of one simple element: A steel pile. The sculpture consists of 41 piles of different lengths with a diameter of 70 cm.
The degree of transparency changes according to the position of the spectator. From different viewpoints, e. g. walking along the beach, it looks like a closed volume, or you can look through and see the horizon. Another reason for the use of piles comes from a technical point of view: Wind and waves can pass through.
The sculpture will have to withstand the same enormous forces that are constantly eroding the cliffs.
The piles are made of stainless steel which resists sea water and protects against corrosion. By polishing, they become a highly reflecting surface. The reflecting surface adopts the colours of the surroundings: The appearance of the sculpture will change according to sunlight and weather condition. The sun and the ocean become part of the artwork.
Dawn Hall works from her home studio in Walton-on-the-Naze.
Previous commissions for Royal Mail have been displayed in the Dept of Trade and one piece was presented to the Prime Minister. Sales at Lloyd’s of London’s yearly Exhibition took her to the city but she much prefers being part of the local art community on the East Coast. Most of her work is inspired by local scenes.
Most recently her work appeared on Anglia TV’s Coastal Inspirations with Paul Gogarty. Especially noted were her limited edition prints of the local area.
You can find Dawn’s work at the following galleries:
Bath Academy of Art BA(Hons) 1980. Goldsmiths College of Art MA 1986.
Themes in her work: Family history. World history. Self history. Local history. The individual as part of an emergent pattern. Letting go of the system that controls you. Giving the viewer access to the controls. Layering connections. Finding visual clues.
Address: Please contact Nigel via his e-mail address.
Nigel has been interested in photography since 1982 when he bought his first camera – an Olympus OM10 + lenses. This served him very well for years capturing images of rock stars, including Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, at the many concerts he frequented.
His love of bird watching began in 1988, and took him on many overseas trips including USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. His experiences from his visits to the Great Lakes area of Canada was published as an article several years ago in the Essex Birds journal.
His favourite genus is the gull family and this group of birds has become an obsessional study. His desire to see and photograph all the world’s species of gull resulted in a national birding magazine (Bird watching) writing a five-page article about him.
Nigel has been following the life of a now famous disabled Herring Gull called Leggy which frequents Walton seafront. He has been tracking the bird for over three years and has over 2,000 pictures showing the bird’s progress towards adult plumage.
Nigel now uses Canon and Nikon camera equipment, and shoots both conventional film and on digital, which gives him the speed and performance needed for wildlife photography.
Putmans is a long established photographic business having been founded in Walton in 1921.
Peter Frost has more than forty years experience in photographing people and although now semi-retired he is pleased to photograph families and children in client’s homes or on location.
Putmans are renowned for their Photo Restoration and Enhancement Service. Peter is also custodian of a large archive of photographs of people and places from Walton-on-the-Naze in years gone by. Some of the archive can be viewed on his web site.