The River Waveney art trail returns for the second year

River Waveney Trail

River Waveney Trail - Credit: Archant

The Waveney and Blyth Arts’ River Waveney Sculpture Trail is returning for a second year.

Following the success of last year’s event, 40 new sculptures and installations from 32 artists from across Norfolk and Suffolk will form a trail around the River Waveney Trust site at Earsham.

Supported by Essex and Suffolk Water’s Branch Out fund, the trail is curated by artist Sarah Cannell who has selected artists whose work responds to the beauty of area of the River Waveney.

Nicky Stainton, chairman for Waveney and Blyth Arts said: “Waveney and Blyth Arts are delighted to be collaborating with the River Waveney Trust again on this inspirational arts event kindly supported by Essex and Suffolk Water.

“This year you can expect to find tiny masterpiece painting hidden in a bird hide, a new breed of dragonfly created from twigs and leaves, abandoned umbrellas revived into striking sculptures, crocheted trees, paper boats and much more.”


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Artists involved include Nick Ball, Kelly Briggs, Meg Amsden and Malcolm Cudmore with Rachael Long creating a giraffe out of redundant machine parts to convey the essence of a living creature.

Also featured on the trail will be a soundhide created by sound artist Mike Challis. The structure will play sounds recorded on the site during different seasons and at different times of the day.

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Additionally the Book Project exhibition, created by members of Harleston and Waveney Art Trail, will be in the cafe at the Trust’s Study Centre. It will feature paintings, drawings, photographs and prints celebrating the River Waveney between Brockdish and Bungay.

With a full-colour book of images and text due to be published later this year.

The trail is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from next Friday, August 14 to Sunday, September 16 and the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Opening times are 10am to 4pm with entry £4 for adults, free for under 18s and £3 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts and River Waveney Trust. A guided walk by Sarah Cannell is available on Thursday, August 27 from 2pm to 4pm. The tour will give an insight into the process of creating the trail.

Tickets cost £7 and include tea and cake.

For more information, call the Study Centre on 01986893470.

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