Acorn Village Volunteers
As part of our Resorting to the Coast project we want to work with diverse sectors of the Tendring and Essex community to share the beautiful seaside heritage in the region. We invited the community from Acorn Village* to participate in a series of art workshops to interpret and celebrate the unique seaside heritage of Tendring.
The workshops were lead by the resident artist at Acorn Village, Angenita Teekens, over a series of 5 weekly sessions. Starting in the first session Angenita shared some of the history and archives of the seaside resorts of Tending with the group. She included the former steam and paddle ships who used to transport the day trippers from London to the Essex coast. The unspoilt landscape was also explored as it’s one of the major contributing factors to the coast’s success as an attraction for visitors.
Based on the old archive photos and stories, each participant chose their favourite piece of heritage and embroidered a picture of it. They used different stitching, fabrics, textures to enhance their picture. We are so thrilled with the result and it was a huge success with the public when the Acorn Village volunteers exhibited their artwork at our Resorting to the Coast conference and our Seaside Revival Day in May.
*Acorn Village is based in Mistley, Essex. It offers high quality care and accommodation to adults with learning disabilities. Acorn’s philosophy is ‘People First, Disability Second’. Their motto is ‘Life is For Living’. Every individual, whatever their disability, is encouraged to follow their dreams and is supported to be as independent as physically possible. Further information can be found here: