Annual sculpture trail returns to new site near Beccles

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will be at the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles. Photo: Waveney a

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will be at the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles. Photo: Waveney and Blyth Arts. - Credit: Archant

More than 300 artists came together to celebrate the opening of a popular annual sculpture trail.

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will be at the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles. Photo: Waveney a

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will be at the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles. Photo: Waveney and Blyth Arts. - Credit: Archant

The fourth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail returned this year to a new home, the Raveningham Centre, near Beccles, on Friday, August 18.

The much-loved trail and exhibition, organised by Waveney and Blyth Arts, moved from its previous riverside site at Earsham following a change of management.

Sculptures will now be scattered around the three-acre site of lawns, meadows, woods and shrubbery in and around the Raveningham Centre.

Nicky Stainton, chairman of Waveney and Blyth Arts, said: 'We were very disappointed that we had to uproot the event from its previous home.


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'But we have managed to find a wonderful new setting for the artworks created by over 40 artists.'

The Raveningham Centre is run by Mal and Liz Cannell who transformed the site in preparation for the sculpture trail.

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It was their daughter, Sarah Cannell, who curated the trail. She said: 'It was a huge amount of work by the team here and many volunteers, including the participating artists, but it has been worth it.

'The final work is very pleasing and it shows off the fantastic work submitted by the artists.'

The artworks on show, most of which are available to purchase, include a full size rhino made from recycled farm machinery, textile pieces woven around living branches and a giant timber whale.

On site the Ravenous Café will be hosting a group exhibition of more than 40 paintings, prints and framed textiles by members of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail.

Further limited edition prints, books and cards are available in a pop-up shop situated in the main house.

The trail, exhibition and café are open every day 10am to 5pm until Sunday, September 17.

Along with the trail, the centre is also offering drawing, dance and photography workshops.

Entrance to the sculpture trail is £5 for adults - £4 for members of Waveney and Blyth Arts – while children under 18 go free.

Fees are payable on the door.

More details on the event can be found on www.waveneyandblytharts.com or via the Waveney And Blyth Arts Facebook page.

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