Artists open studios to the public for Harleston and Waveney Trail

A piece of Malcolm Cudmore's artwork, which can be seen on the trail. Picture: Malcolm Cudmore

A piece of Malcolm Cudmore's artwork, which can be seen on the trail. Picture: Malcolm Cudmore - Credit: Archant

An art collective has opened its studio and workshop doors in a celebration of local creativity.

Anne Steel's work can be seen on the HWAT for the next two weekends. Picture: Anne Steel.

Anne Steel's work can be seen on the HWAT for the next two weekends. Picture: Anne Steel. - Credit: Archant

Having already opened last weekend, the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail (HWAT) will be situated in the picturesque Waveney Valley on the boundary of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The trail will take place across two further weekends - this Saturday and Sunday and July 8 and 9.

Visitors will be able to see all of the 34 artists at work, examine their existing pieces, and purchase work directly from the studios which are across 31 different locations.

Each of the studios will be open to the public from 11am until 6pm on both of the trail's remaining weekends.

Malcolm Cudmore, chairman of HWAT, was enthusiastic about this year's collection.

'The trail is full of really great work, with probably the widest range of genres and styles that we've ever had,' he said.

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'In addition to the wide range of visual art, from contemporary abstract to traditional East Anglian landscapes, many of our newest members work in 3D. This means there will be more sculpture, textiles and craft objects on display than in previous years.

'There are artists who have been trail members since its establishment 13 years ago, as well as several new and returning members.'

Painter Barbara Bernard added that the HWAT trail is one of her annual highlights.

'My year revolves around the few weeks of HWAT open studios,' she said.

'I love having an excuse to talk about my work to a wide range of visitors, hearing what brought them to my studio, finding out what appeals to them or doesn't, getting surprising feedback, and simply sharing what I do.'

All the studios involved in the trail are within a short distance of Harleston and Bungay.

Entry to all studios and workshops is free and browsers are very welcome. Many of the studios will have collection boxes for East Coast Hospice - the trail's chosen charity for 2017.

For more information visit www.hwat.org.uk.

The HWAT will also be exhibiting at The Raveningham Centre as part of the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail from August 18 until September 17.

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