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Sculpture trail to bring dramatic art to the Norfolk countryside

PUBLISHED: 16:03 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 12 July 2018

Work by Brian Korteling as part of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail which draws thousands of visitors to South Norfolk.

 Picture: Nick Butcher

Work by Brian Korteling as part of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail which draws thousands of visitors to South Norfolk. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail that sees eye-catching works of art grace the South Norfolk countryside is set to return this summer.

Curator Sarah Cannell studies one of the three birds crafted by Simon Griffiths in last year's Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham. Picture: Denise BradleyCurator Sarah Cannell studies one of the three birds crafted by Simon Griffiths in last year's Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham. Picture: Denise Bradley

The fifth trail will feature works by more than 30 artists on an idyllic three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners at Raveningham Centre, near Beccles.

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts the event at the little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley builds on the success of last year’s trail that attracted more than 3,000 visitors to see the work of 40 artists, generating around £12,000 worth of sales.

The trail of sculptures and site-specific artwork will include artworks in a wide variety of materials from ceramics, stone, bronze and steel to wood, wool, glass, clay, and in some cases sound.

Work by Tobias Ford as part of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail which draws thousands of visitors to South Norfolk.

 Picture: Tobias FordWork by Tobias Ford as part of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail which draws thousands of visitors to South Norfolk. Picture: Tobias Ford

Established artists including Simon Griffiths, Rob Harries, Gordon Senior, Jim Racine, Patrick Elder and Mike Challis will joined by up-and-coming artists taking part for the first time.

Curator Sarah Cannell, who has encouraged artists to create work in response to the site, said: “This is our second year at the magical Raveningham site and our fifth annual sculpture trail in South Norfolk.

“I am really excited to see how artists will respond to the space with the new meadow and paths now well established. We will be increasing the gallery space in the house and whilst the majority of artists taking part are based in East Anglia we have new work coming from makers in London, Dorset and Yorkshire for the first time.”

Work by Meg Amsden as at a previous Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. Photo: Nick ButcherWork by Meg Amsden as at a previous Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. Photo: Nick Butcher

Nicky Stainton, from Waveney & Blyth Arts said: “The site, with its areas of meadow, lawn, shrubbery and woodland, provides an ideal setting for the wide variety of artworks on display.”

The event, which runs from August 17 to September 16, will also include a programme of workshops, guided walks and events, including a curator’s guided tour of the site to give people an insight into how the sculpture trail was created.

There will also be an exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and 3-D work by the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail collective, and a pop-up shop selling a selection of the artists’ work.

A gymnastic figure that was part of last year's Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham. Picture: Denise BradleyA gymnastic figure that was part of last year's Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail at Raveningham. Picture: Denise Bradley

The trail is part of Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth 2018, a programme highlighting the unique character of the two valleys situated in North Suffolk and South Norfolk.

• For more information about the trail visit waveneyandblytharts.com

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