Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail 2019
A feast for the eyes and ears

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will return to south Norfolk for five weeks this summer.

Annually attracting thousands of visitors to the region, this year’s trail will feature the work of 38 artists from across the UK.

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event takes place at The Raveningham Centre, ten miles south of Norwich, on a three-acre site of lawns, hidden groves, orchards and walkways.

Now in its sixth year the trail will feature a host of work offering a feast for the eyes and ears.

The trail runs from Friday 2nd August to Sunday 8th September and will include site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture.

An installation by Boudicca's Women will involve cascades of brightly-coloured pompoms and telephone receivers amongst the trees on which visitors will be able to hear tracks from their new album Sing as the Crow Flies.

This will complement a sound installation, in a mobile hide, by artist Mike Challis.

Each year the organisation hosts a programme of events that highlights the unique character of the Waveney and Blyth valleys situated in north Suffolk and south Norfolk.

A new area of woodland, which gives views out over neighbouring meadows and pasture land, has been opened up for 2019 to provide a space for large-scale sculpture.

Both established and up-and-coming artists will be exploring the theme of The Woven Woodland through their work using materials, structures and creative ideas in the meadows, woodland and natural spaces at Raveningham.

Nicky Stainton from Waveney & Blyth Arts said: “We are so excited about this year's Trail as almost half the artists are showing work with us for the first time.

“The site has also extended and both these elements will mean that it will be a different experience for visitors. We are also happy to welcome back some of the artists from previous years and know that there is a lot of fascinating and beautiful work being created behind the scenes."

The Trail, which drew almost 4,000 visitors in 2018, is curated again by Sarah Cannell. She said: “I am delighted to be curating the sculpture trail again. My overall vision is to continue to encourage public interaction with contemporary art in a rural setting.”

All artwork on the trail will be available for sale and there will be a pop-up gallery in the farmhouse showing prints, paintings, textiles and ceramics.

Sculptor Andy Jarrett said: “I'm thrilled to be taking part in the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail this year, it's a very special occasion when so many sculptors come together to share so much amazing creativity.”

The trail is open every day from 10am until 5pm at The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NU.

Entry is £6 for adults (£5 members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), under 18s are free. Pay on entry only.

There is plentiful free parking and designated disabled parking. Toilets are wheelchair accessible and have nappy changing facilities. A mobility scooter will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for a small donation.

The Ravenous Café will be open every day for light lunches, drinks, cakes, and home-made refreshments, and will feature an exhibition of textiles by Helen Howes.

Additional activities will take place including a curator’s guided walk, a BSL guided walk, workshops, performances and family events.

For more information about Waveney & Blyth Arts and the sculpture trail visit

www.waveneyandblytharts.com

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