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Art takes over picturesque river centre as sculpture trail is launched at Earsham

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 August 2016

Work by Meg Amsden is among the pieces installed in Earsham. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Work by Meg Amsden is among the pieces installed in Earsham. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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It is a haven for flora and fauna, but now the River Waveney Study Centre at Earsham is drawing a different crowd as well.

A piece by Brian Korteling at the sculpture trail. 

PHOTO: Nick ButcherA piece by Brian Korteling at the sculpture trail. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Art lovers are flocking to the site near Bungay for a sculpture trail around its picturesque site.

Organised by Waveney and Blyth Arts, there will be 45 installations around the centre until September, encompassing everything from silk to stone.

One of the highlights of the trail, which was launched last Friday, is an experimental piece by Brian Korteling which uses mirrored squares, and reflects light differently depending on the time of day it is viewed.

Waveney and Blyth Arts chairman Nicky Stainton said: “We’ve had a fantastic start to the trail - a really great opening with over 600 visitors over the first weekend. The challenge has been finding work that’s appropriate for the setting, some of it has been specifically made with the River Waveney Study Centre in mind.

“There’s a real mix of materials, some people are working in bronze or steel, some are working in much more fragile materials.

“And the nice thing is we’re getting a real mixture of generations coming to see the trail, it’s not too long a walk and the children love it because there’s lots to explore and discover.

“It is a unique setting and the wildflowers are fantastic as well so we’ve been blessed with those on top of everything else.”

Chairman of the River Waveney Trust, Robin Twigge said: “We’re delighted to welcome Waveney and Blyth Arts back for the sculpture trail and to see the growing quality and quantity of exhibits.”

The trail is open from 10am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until September 4, and on Bank Holiday Monday.

And there will be a special event at the study centre on Sunday, as 53 chicken sculptures which spent a month in shops in Bungay are to be auctioned off.

The auction will begin at 7.15pm, and a barbecue and bar will be running in the courtyard. Normal entry fees apply for the Waveney and Blyth Arts trail - £5, or £4 for members of either Waveney and Blyth Arts of the River Waveney Trust.

Entry to the auction is free, and there is a reserve price of £15 per chicken. Bungay Black Dog Arts which organised the chicken trail will be donating all proceeds from the auction to the River Waveney Trust.

Phone bids can be made to Geoff Doggett on 01379 853464 or by email to geoff@smartangles.com until noon on Sunday.

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