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Welcome to the Estuary Gallery Barge where Ian and Josephine James show Fine Art Photography, Watercolour and Mixed Media Paintings.
The Barge is situated in Leigh Marina (see below for details) and is open as follows:-
Saturday 19th. August. Open 10am to 5pm.
Saturday 26th. August. Open 10am to 5pm.
Saturday 2nd September Open 10am to 5pm.
Saturday 9th. September. Open 10am to 5pm.

If  you want to call during the weekdays contact me on 07768871875 as Ian is there most days working on the barge.

Events on the Barge Gallery
From September we plan to hold an additional life drawing course on a different afternoon to our Friday session and also a portrait course on another day.  The format will follow our current life drawing session where there is no tuition. For the portrait session we had planned a 2 hour one pose.  Details to follow.  If you are interested in any of the courses we are running on the Barge, e-mail me at   ianjphoto@gmail.com and I can add you  to our database 

1.  Life Drawing Sessions 
We will be holding monthly life Drawing sessions on Friday morning on the Barge. Ring 07768871875 to book.
The next  life drawing  session  on the Barge in Leigh Marina, next to Leigh Station is Friday 18th August 10.15 am to 12.15  Spaces at present are available
The cost is £8 per session and booking is essential. Parking at the car park opposite the Leigh tip and skate park. (5 mins walk to the barge and free after 10am )     As we are limited with space its important to book by phone, text. 07768871875  or e-mail ianjphoto@gmail.com
There are plenty of chairs tea, coffee and cups but bring your own boards and drawing materials. if not sure of the location there is a map on this page below.
2. Drop in Paint along sessions for watercolour and acrylics. No tuition but help will be given if required and the cost will be £5 including refreshments. The first session is on Thursday 17th August 2pm to 4pm. There are chairs and tables so just bring your drawing or painting materials. If you are not on our e-mail notification list contact me on   ianjphoto@gmail.com. After the holidays we may start to run these sessions every fortnight.

4. Photographic Workshops. (Click on this link to the gallery with full details)
A. Half day course ( get to know your camera in gallery, outside practical and view and critique photographs taken)
B. Full day course, as above but includes two practical sessions in different venues.


D. We will shortly be holding Workshops on Photoshop Elements.  Learn to manipulate your photographs. This course will be based around your photographs. Details to come.

The Barge is situated at Leigh Marina, approx 300 metres to the East of Leigh Railway Station, Leigh-on-Sea,SS9 2ES. ( turn right through the Marina gates by the first large shed.) We are moored alongside a pontoon on the right hand side of the Marina or ask for Ian James with the Gallery Barge. Parking is not available in the Marina unless you are choosing or collecting work. However there is a car park opposite Leigh tip and skateboard park approx 5 mins walk to the barge. It is free after 10am Monday to Friday and £1 on weekends.
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When choosing  a picture
If you are looking for a picture for a wall space the most impotant consideration is to measure the approximate size of  the space and either call at the barge gallery where we have a great variety of pictures or look on this website first and then contact me. Most of the images on the site can be printed in various sizes and should you select 2 or 3 and are not sure which will suit your decor I will call and show the pictures in the space and should you choose one I will hang it for you. There is obviously no charge for this service. The images can be ordered as canvas prints or fine art prints in mounts.mes and we have a variety of blank cards of the local area.

My wife Josephine ( whose paintings can be seen in gallery  ‘Paintings by Josephine James’ ) and I have worked as artists showing our work at various galleries around the country since 1985.