A feast for the arts
Art on the Prom returns Sunday 1st September 2019.
The free art festival, in its 16th year, will stretch along the Felixstowe seafront from the pier to the Spa Gardens, showcasing over 100 artists to over 20,000 visitors during one of the biggest outdoor art festivals in Suffolk. A wide variety of art will be on show, displaying work produced by local, professional and amateur artists, featuring glass, ceramics, metalwork, willow work, painting and much more. The art festival, which is free to attend, gives visitors the chance to purchase pieces of art to take home and treasure or take part in have-a-go activities on offer for all age groups, creating a piece of art, to take away.
Visitors can make a day of it, enjoying everything that Felixstowe has to offer with Art on the Prom bestowing a feast for the senses. The popular art festival will include music, food and refreshments for all to enjoy whilst taking in the art on offer during a leisurely stroll along the prom.
Nichola Adams, Art on the Prom organiser explains “Art on the Prom has grown in to a really special, local tradition. It really is democratising art – anyone can apply, anyone can visit and we want to keep it that way. It’s brilliant to have the schools involved so that everyone can feel a part of the day and it’s a great way to use our beautiful prom and show off what Felixstowe has to offer. It’s another one of the town’s amazing events run entirely voluntarily, so it’s a great way of bringing the community together.”
In the lead up to the event, Local willow artist Tracy Barritt-Brown, creator of the Spa Garden’s willow family, has been busy creating a large plastic octopus sculpture made of buoys, nets, fishing wire and other plastics collected locally. Following the event the spectacle of tentacles will be on display at Felixstowe Ferry.
Tracy recently led a schools project for Art on the Prom, sponsored by Jackamans Solicitors, to engage schools in Felixstowe to collect single-use plastic. Pupils from Causton Junior School, Langer Primary School and Colneis Junior School collected 20m2 of plastic, which would have otherwise gone into landfall. This waste has been transformed into an underwater world of corals, creatures and sea plants made of plastic waste to accompany the Octopus on display at the festival.
Installation creator Tracy Barritt-Brown says “The creativity of the students was wonderful. Their vision for turning everyday objects, which otherwise would be waste, into sea creatures was amazing! We had flatfish, pufferfish and even a lobster. The students all had a chance to use tools and equipment they may not have used before and had freedom for a day to immerse themselves in a purely creative environment, the products of which will be exhibited at Art on the Prom for all to see on 1st September. It’s a really enriching project which everyone is so happy to be involved in.”
A travelling exhibition Food Wars: The Battle on the Home Front, will also be on display at the event, exploring the relationship between conflict and food, with original documents and archive footage of East Anglia from the Imperial War Museum.
Art on the Prom is expecting a bumper year of visitors this year, attracting more than 20,000 visitors, growing year-on-year, showcasing art along Felixstowe’s award winning seafront to visitors from far and wide.
Nichola Adams added “We would like to thank all of the local businesses that have supported and sponsored this year’s event, who help make this event possible and a year-on-year success; Jackamans Felixstowe, Pier Marketing, Felixstowe Town Council, East of England Co-op, Healey’s Print Group, Vikings Estate Agents & Property Management, Kingsland-Linassi, Coes Felixstowe, Fred Olsen Travel, The Orwell Hotel and The Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation.”
Art on the Prom is a non-profit event, run by volunteers and would not be the success it is without the time and effort of volunteers. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer on 1st September, please contact the Art of the Prom team via email: [email protected].
To plan your day and for more event information please visit www.artontheprom.uk or follow @artontheprom on social media platforms.
Art on the Prom is a non-profit event organised by volunteers. Income is generated from the stall fees, grants from local councils and sponsorship from local businesses. The event will take place in Felixstowe between the pier and the Spa Gardens (for sat-nav use postcode IP11 2DX).
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