Welcome to ACTIVATE ARTS: Chelmsford's Visual Arts Group!

Activate is an independent voluntary group set up in 1999 to bring together and offer support to professional artists living in and around the Chelmsford.

Activate aim to create and develop new audiences for visual arts in the Chelmsford Borough and to support, influence and promote the development of Chelmsford as a centre for the visual arts.

We have a pro-active membership whose work covers a broad spectrum of disciplines including Painters, Printmakers, Ceramicists, Sculptors, Textile Artists, Digital Artists and Community, Public and Environmental Artists, and always welcome new faces and new ideas.

Activate meets at the Woolpack Pub, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0DN - 7pm -9pm on the second Monday of each month for discussion on personal and group projects as well as an opportunity to share skills and knowledge and to get involved with current activities.

Activate membership is £17 per annum or £10 per annum for full time students and provides its members with:


  • Exhibition and networking opportunities
  • Voluntary participation in shared and collaborative projects
  • Professional Practice Development through specialist workshops and activities
  • Advice and assistance for funding application
  • Free public liability insurance for ACTIVATE related exhibitions and events
  • Promotion of members work via our website facility
  • Discounts at various outlets and services for materials/printing/framing*