Sculpture trail to bring dramatic art to the Norfolk countryside
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail that sees eye-catching works of art grace the South Norfolk countryside is set to return this summer.
The fifth trail will feature works by more than 30 artists on an idyllic three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners at Raveningham Centre, near Beccles.
Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event at the little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley builds on the success of last year's trail that attracted more than 3,000 visitors to see the work of 40 artists, generating around £12,000 worth of sales.
The trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork will include artworks in a wide variety of materials from ceramics, stone, bronze and steel to wood, wool, glass, clay, and in some cases sound.
Established artists including Simon Griffiths, Rob Harries, Gordon Senior, Jim Racine, Patrick Elder and Mike Challis will joined by up-and-coming artists taking part for the first time.
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Curator Sarah Cannell, who has encouraged artists to create work in response to the site, said: 'This is our second year at the magical Raveningham site and our fifth annual sculpture trail in South Norfolk.
'I am really excited to see how artists will respond to the space with the new meadow and paths now well established. We will be increasing the gallery space in the house and whilst the majority of artists taking part are based in East Anglia we have new work coming from makers in London, Dorset and Yorkshire for the first time.'
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Nicky Stainton, from Waveney & Blyth Arts said: 'The site, with its areas of meadow, lawn, shrubbery and woodland, provides an ideal setting for the wide variety of artworks on display.'
The event, which runs from August 17 to September 16, will also include a programme of workshops, guided walks and events, including a curator's guided tour of the site to give people an insight into how the sculpture trail was created.
There will also be an exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail collective, and a pop-up shop selling a selection of the artists' work.
The trail is part of Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth 2018, a programme highlighting the unique character of the two valleys situated in North Suffolk and South Norfolk.
• For more information about the trail visit waveneyandblytharts.com