Tuesday, 11 August 2015

River Waveney Sculpture Trail Opens on Friday 14 August

Waveney and Blyth Arts’ River Waveney Sculpture Trail returns for the second year this summer to the River Waveney Trust near Bungay, opening on Friday, August 14.

The Sculpture Trail, which is supported by Essex & Suffolk Water’s Branch Out fund and is curated by Norfolk artist and curator, Sarah Cannell, will feature 40 new sculptures and installations from 32 artists that respond to the beauty of this stunning part of the River Waveney.

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from August 14 to September 6 and August Bank Holiday Monday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is adult £4, under 18 free and £3 for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts and River Waveney Trust. Venue address – River Waveney Study Centre, Old Harleston Road, Earsham, Bungay NR35 2AF.

Sculptures and installations on the trail include:

Rachael Long’s exotic giraffes. Fascinated by the skeleton and musculature of animals and birds she transforms redundant machine parts into forms that convey the essence of living creatures to magical effect.

Inspired by the fabulous natural environment at the River Waveney Trust, Meryem Siemmond’s 'Swand' sculpture has travelled all the way from a quarry in Carrera, Italy, where it was created.

Meg Amsden’s - Part the branches – enter the alder glade, listen, look, sniff. Who lives here? Leaping, crawling, flying things and maybe a glimpse of the god Pan.

“Waveney and Blyth Arts are delighted to be collaborating with the River Waveney Trust again on this inspirational arts event kindly supported by Essex & Suffolk Water. The curator, Sarah Cannell, has selected artists whose work responds to the site in a creative and magical way. This year you can expect to find tiny masterpiece paintings 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!” Nicky Stainton, Chairperson, Waveney & Blyth Arts.

Norfolk and Suffolk artists whose work will feature on the trail are: Meg Amsden, Nick Ball, Kelly Briggs, Clive, Sarah Cannell, Mike Challis, Rebecca Clifford, Malcolm Cudmore, Lorry Cudmore, Nicki Darrell, Kally Davison, Mike Dodd, Patrick Elder, Sophie Giller, Patrick Goodall, Joanna Guthrie, Pamela Harling-Challis, Mel Horwood, Jayne Ivimey, Davide Lakshmanasamy, Rachael Long, Caroline Mackenzie, Kathleen Madigan, Eric Marland, Liz McGowan, Nikkita Morgan, Simon Raven, James Rose, Meryem Siemmond, Bobbie Watchorn, Caroline Way and Terry Wright.

Thanks to Essex and Suffolk Water's grant, Waveney and Blyth Arts has been able to commission a guest artist to create a new work for the trail. Sound artist Mike Challis has created Soundhide trail, a structure incorporating a soundscape recorded on the site during the seasons and at different times of day and night and through different elements – air, water and wood.

The trail will also feature The Book Project exhibition in the café at River Waveney Trust’s Study Centre, comprising preliminary paintings, drawings, photographs and prints celebrating the River Waveney between Brockdish and Bungay, created by members of Harleston & Waveney Art Trail. A full-colour book of images and text will be published later this year.

Special Events
Dancing the Landscape, Saturday, August 22, 4pm to 6pm, cost £5 including entry to the trail. Community dance practitioner, Mel Horwood will lead participants through ways to connect with the Waveney landscape through movement responses. Adults only, no dance experience necessary. To book 07500 600176.

Curator’s Guided Walk, Thursday, August 27, 2pm to 4pm, cost £7 including tea and cake. Sarah Cannell’s tour will give an insight into the process of creating the trail and the artists’ work. To book email sarah.cannell1@gmail.com

Family Fun Day, Sunday, August 30, 10am to 4pm, cost £2 per child – a day of drop-in creative activities.

River Waveney Trust Café is open daily serving tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches.

For information about access on the site go to www.phototrails.org search under Norfolk for the River Waveney Trust.

Only trained assistance dogs are allowed on the trail.