Open studios event returns to the Waveney Valley

A group of well-known artists is preparing to open their studio doors to visitors throughout the beautiful landscapes of the Waveney Valley.

Members of Harleston and Waveney Art Trail will throw open their studio doors across fourteen locations in September.

The free event will be accompanied by a taster exhibition at The Old Harnessmakers Gallery in Harleston, acting as hub for visitors to get a taste of the work on offer throughout the open studios event.

With warm weather forecast, it’s the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to explore how and where artists work in the stunning landscapes of south Norfolk and north Suffolk.

Harleston and Waveney Art Trail chairman Malcolm Cudmore said: “After a very successful Summer Art Trail in June, we are delighted to be returning with an extended Autumn Trail over three weekends in September.

“This time 14 studios will be open including some of the artists who opened in the Summer and several others who are now opening for the first time since the lockdowns started last year. In addition, there will be a taster exhibition of small works at the Trail hub – The Old Harnessmakers Gallery in Harleston.

“I’m particularly pleased that two founding members of Harleston and Waveney Art Trail – Caryl Challis and Noelle Francis – will be reopening their studios.

“After such a long period of very little social interaction, there really does seem to be a renewed public appetite for all things artistic and we’re glad that we can, once again, offer a unique visitor experience to residents and visitors to the Waveney Valley.

“The artists opening their studios will still be operating a covid safe policy and visitors are assured of a safe, relaxing time browsing and talking art with our members. We look forward to seeing you on the Trail in September.”

A range of artworks will be on offer including contemporary and traditional landscape painting, abstract painting and drawing, printmaking and figurative sculpture, plus greetings cards and prints made from the artists’ original artwork.

The fourteen artists participating in the Trail are Kath Wallace, Caryl Challis, Bobbie Watchorn, Carolyn Moulton, Sara Johnson, Noelle Francis, Barbara Bernard, Paul Zawadzki, Tim Summerson, Lin Patterson, Ingrid Duffy, Nell Close, Rosemary Elliott and Andrew Vessey.

The artist’s studios are dotted around the valley, in Harleston, Redenhall, Topcroft, Earsham, Ditchingham, Hedenham, Bungay, Flixton, St Cross South Elmham, Homersfield, Wortwell, Wingfield and Fressingfield.

The studios will be open over the weekends of 4th – 5th, 11th – 12th and 18th – 19th September while the gallery will host the exhibition between 27th August and 26th September 2021.

A leaflet detailing opening dates and locations for each venue is available to pick up in locations across the region and all the information is also available online at

Waveney Art Trail

About Harleston & Waveney Art Trail

The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective (also known as HWAT) is a diverse and lively community of professional artists who live and work in the beautiful Waveney Valley, all within reach of Harleston, a small market town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail has taken place every summer since 2005. Each year the group opens their studios and workshops for two or three consecutive weekends. Entry to all studios and workshops is free, browsers are very welcome, and work can be purchased direct from the artists. All the studios are within ten miles of Harleston.


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