River Waveney sculpture trail returns for summer

Sculpture by Tobias Ford

Sculpture by Tobias Ford - Credit: Archant

A trail of sculptures and artwork will snake its way along part of an idyllic river this summer.

Sculpture by Gus Farnes

Sculpture by Gus Farnes - Credit: Archant

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail will feature more than 40 works of art nestled on a 24-acre site of lakes, meadows and woodland.

Organised by Waveney and Blyth Arts, the event builds on the success of last year’s trail and will take place at the River Waveney Study Centre in Earsham.

Many established artists such as Patrick Elder, Vanessa Pooley, Mark Goldsworthy, Bridget Heriz, Ros Newman and Michael Lewis will be joined by up and coming artists taking part for the first time.

Curator Dulcie Humphreys, of Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich, said: “If you like walking, wildlife, beautiful scenery and art this event is one not to be missed. This year the art trail boasts over 40 exhibitors from new emerging graduates to some of our regions most established artists.

“People can expect to see traditional fine art sculpture, puppets, interactive sculptures and sound pieces. Artists have taken inspiration from the countryside, exploring issues facing our environment, social conflict and the idea of play. It’s a great day out for the family, bring a picnic or relax in the cafe and enjoy the walks.”

The sculptures range from a six foot tall bronze totem pole and figures made from steel, wood and reeds, to a 25-foot fishing boat that has been disassembled and reconstructed in different forms.

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A programme of workshops, guided walks, and events will accompany the trail, which runs from Friday, August 12 until Sunday, September 4.

Set out on two loops, the trail totals a little more than a mile, with both loops accessible by wheelchair.

Nicky Stainton, chairman of Waveney and Blyth Arts said: “We are very keen to promote greater access and will have a pre-recorded audio guide to the Sculpture Trail and a portable hearing loop for workshops.”

There is also a British Sign Language interpreted Curator’s Walk.

The tearoom and visitors’ centre at the site will be open throughout the trail and will host the accompanying exhibition ‘Glimpses of the Waveney’ featuring work by members of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail Collective.

The trail, which is part of a programme of events run by Waveney and Blyth Arts over the summer months, is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday from 10am until 4pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts and River Waveney Trust and under 18s go free.

For more information visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com