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Iceni Magazine | August 18, 2017

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Sculpture trail set to grace the Waveney Valley this summer

Sculpture trail set to grace the Waveney Valley this summer

A trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork will lead visitors to an idyllic site in the Waveney Valley this summer.

The fourth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 50 artists on a three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners in a little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley.

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event builds on the success of last year’s trail and will take place at the Raveningham Centre near Beccles.

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail annually attracts thousands of visitors to the region to see the work of artists from around the country.

Caroline MacKenzie ‘The_Flourish’

Many established artists such as Vanessa Pooley, Liz McGowan, Gordon Senior, Patrick Elder, Simon Griffiths and Meg Amsden will be joined by up and coming artists taking part for the first time.

Curator Sarah Cannell, who has encouraged artists to create work in response to the site, said: “I am thrilled to be curating the sculpture trail again.

“The three-acre site is an exciting challenge for both myself and the artists. It has a variety of different settings from open meadow to magical secret garden and is all set in the grounds of a beautiful Tudor farmhouse.

“There will be 50 artists displaying sculptures and responding to the space with a variety of materials and techniques as well as a pop up shop selling smaller works.”

The trail will feature site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture throughout the site including textile works, bronze sculpture, ceramics and a sound installation.

A programme of workshops, guided walks, and events will accompany the event, including a family day and a curator’s guided tour of the site to give people an insight into how the sculpture trail was created.

Nicky Stainton from Waveney & Blyth Arts said: “We are very excited that Waveney & Blyth Arts’ successful annual sculpture trail has a new home at the Raveningham Centre this summer.

“The site has been transformed by volunteers over the last few months to create a range of outdoor settings for the work, which complement and highlight the variety of artworks on display.

“It will be complemented by the indoor exhibition of landscape-inspired work by Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective.”

Rachael Long

The group has put a number of assistance schemes in place to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the trail.

Nicky Stainton, said: “We are very keen to promote greater access and will have a pre-recorded audio guide to the Sculpture Trail and a portable hearing loop for workshops.”

There is also a British Sign Language interpreted Curator’s Walk.

The Ravenous Café, on site, will be open throughout the trail and will host the exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective.

There are a number of other businesses at the Raveningham Centre including M D Cannell Antiques, Norfolk Rugs, Helen Howes Textile Artist and Hobbies.

The trail is open from Friday, August 18 until Sunday, September 17 2017 and is open every day from 10am until 5pm.

Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts, under 18s go free.

Some of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Well behaved dogs are allowed on a lead.

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