A trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork will lead visitors to an idyllic site in the Waveney Valley this summer.
The fifth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 30 artists on a three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners in a little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley.
Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event builds on the success of last year’s trail and will take place at the Raveningham Centre, ten miles south of Norwich.
The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail annually attracts thousands of visitors to the region to see the work of artists from around the country.
Many established artists such as Simon Griffiths, Rob Harries, Gordon Senior, Jim Racine, Patrick Elder and Mike Challis will be joined by up and coming artists taking part for the first time.
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.
“I am looking forward to making a success of the 2018 Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham and welcoming visitors from 17th August.”
The trail will feature site-specific work with artists working with ceramics, stone, bronze, steel, wood, wool, glass, clay, perspex, marble, MDF, seedheads, resin, aluminium and sound.
A programme of workshops, guided walks, and events will accompany the event, including a curator’s guided tour of the site to give people an insight into how the sculpture trail was created.
Nicky Stainton from Waveney & Blyth Arts said: “Following the very positive response from visitors to last year’s sculpture trail at the Raveningham Centre, we are very excited to be back in this lovely setting.
“The site, with its areas of meadow, lawn, shrubbery and woodland, provides an ideal setting for the wide variety of artworks on display.
“With the additional attractions of the Cinnamon Gallery in the farmhouse, the Ravenous Cafe with its exhibition of landscape-inspired work by Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective, and the other businesses on site it makes a very attractive day out.”
A number of assistance schemes are in place including a British Sign Language interpreted Curator’s Walk and a portable hearing loop for workshops and walks.
The Ravenous Café, on site, will be open throughout the trail and will host the exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail collective.
A pop-up shop will also be selling a selection of the artists’ work.
Artist Brian Korteling said: “It’s great to be part of the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. It is always good to meet the other artists and see such a diverse and interesting collection of work. The site is perfect and has loads of interesting areas for visitors to explore and discover the artists’ work”.
There are a number of other businesses at the Raveningham Centre including M D Cannell Antiques, Norfolk Rugs, Helen Howes Textile Artist and the History of Advertising Trust.
The trail is open from Friday, August 17 until Sunday, September 16 2018 and is open every day from 10am until 5pm.
Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts, under 18s go free. Pay on entry only.
Some of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Well behaved dogs are allowed on a lead.
The trail is part of ‘Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth 2018’, an annual programme of events that highlight the unique character of the two valleys situated in north Suffolk and south Norfolk.
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