Call for Norfolk and Suffolk artists to take part in sculpture trail

A gymnastic figure in the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham. Picture: Denise Bradley

A gymnastic figure in the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The fifth edition of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will again take place next summer and both established and up-and-coming artists are being sought to submit works.

Waveney Valley Sculpture Bronze by Caroline Mackenzie. Photo: Submitted

Waveney Valley Sculpture Bronze by Caroline Mackenzie. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

Applications are now open for artists to apply to be part of a popular sculpture trail which is set to return to Norfolk in 2018.

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

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event takes place at The Raveningham Centre, 10 miles south of Norwich, and is part of an annual programme of events that highlight the unique character of the two valleys situated in north Suffolk and south Norfolk.

The venue offers a unique location for site specific work and sculpture in the grounds of Castell Farm, a Tudor farmhouse. The site also includes an orchard, pond, shrubberies and lawn areas, which provide an array of spaces for artists to respond to.

Waveney Valley Sculpture Bronze by Caroline Mackenzie. Photo: Submitted

Waveney Valley Sculpture Bronze by Caroline Mackenzie. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Submitted


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Both established and up-and-coming artists are encouraged to apply to take part in the 5th Waveney Valley Sculpture Trial which will take place between August 17 and September 16.

Nicky Stainton, from Waveney & Blyth Arts, said: 'The response from visitors to the 2017 Sculpture Trail at Raveningham was extremely positive.

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'Visitors found the trail around the grounds accessible and enjoyed the wide range of work, from figurative to abstract, with many people returning for several visits.

'The level of sales was fantastic and far exceeded our expectations. We hope to build on this success and attract visitors from an even wider area in 2018.'

Work by Meg Amsden as part of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. Photo: Nick Butcher

Work by Meg Amsden as part of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. Photo: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In 2017 more than 3,000 visitors visited the trail to see the work of more than 40 artists, generating around £12,000 worth of sales.

Curator Sarah Cannell said: 'Following the huge amount of work spent getting the site ready for 2017 we now have a fabulous blank canvas to work with for our fifth sculpture trail in the lush countryside at Raveningham.

'I am so excited to see how artists and makers, either familiar with or new to the site, respond creatively. Often a space can spark a new idea for a piece of work and I feel it is my job to encourage and support each artist to realise their creative vision.

'Last year we saw a fishing boat recycled into a whale, an antique bath as part of a conceptual artwork, a path of ceramic boots and footprints which led us through the orchard and a North Sea Cloak woven with seaweed, feathers and shells was installed on the kitchen garden wall.

Waveney Valley Sculpture Bronze by Caroline Mackenzie. Photo: Submitted

Waveney Valley Sculpture Bronze by Caroline Mackenzie. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

'In 2018 artists will, I am sure, continue to delight, challenge and inspire visitors of all ages.'

Most of the artwork on the trail will be available for sale and there will be an opportunity for artists to sell cards, prints and books related to the artwork.

This year there will be two awards for participating artists, The Visitor's Choice award and The Curator's Choice award.

• To apply visit waveneyvalleysculpturetrail.com or email Miss Cannell via sarah.cannell1@gmail.com for more information. The closing date for applications is January 26, 2018.

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