Contemporary art at Cley 15 exhibition showing off beauty of coastal features

Klezmerized who are playing as part of the Cley 15 festival. Picture: SUBMITTED

Klezmerized who are playing as part of the Cley 15 festival. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

A seaside village will play host to an eclectic mix of modern art for an annual month-long festival showcasing new work by Norfolk artists.

Lawrence Edwards placing one of his head sculptures in the shingle for the Cley15 art exhibition. Pi

Lawrence Edwards placing one of his head sculptures in the shingle for the Cley15 art exhibition. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

The Cley 15 contemporary art event starts today and runs until August 2, from 10am-5.30pm, and includes workshops, music concerts, a summer fair and dawn sound walk.

It has been organised by the North Norfolk Exhibition Project and exhibits and events will be held at St Margaret's Church, the Cley Windmill Shop, Crabpot Bookshop, beach and marshes, and Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes Visitor Centre on the A149 coast road outside of the village.

This year's festival is the 15th year of the annual event and has been curated by Meryl Doney.

Some 49 artists from Norfolk will show off their specially-created work for the Cley environment. They were chosen after submissions from 79 artists.

The festival will also feature work by guest artists Telfer Stokes, Laurence Edwards and Charlie Hawkins.

A piece by artist Margaret Mellis, who died in 2009 has also been loaned to Cley 15.

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This year's theme is Marvellous in Ordinary and encouraged artists to create something extraordinary out of ordinary features from the Cley coast and environment, according to Mrs Doney.

The curator said: 'The idea is to keep artists on their toes. The festival is important for the area because there are so many artists and visitors. It is a lovely thing for people to look at.'

Exhibits include a bird hide made of oak shingles, human-sized crab pot and concrete heads.

Visit www.cleycontemporaryart.org

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