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Last week to hear voices from past at Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

PUBLISHED: 08:52 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:52 03 September 2019

Work by Andy Jarrett at the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail 2019. Picture: Kate Royall

Work by Andy Jarrett at the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail 2019. Picture: Kate Royall

Kate Royall

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail that sees eye-catching works of art grace the South Norfolk countryside this year features the work of 38 artists from across the UK.

Laura Cannell and Polly Wright whose sound installation is at Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. Picture: Stuart Pearson WrightLaura Cannell and Polly Wright whose sound installation is at Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. Picture: Stuart Pearson Wright

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event attracts thousands of visitors to The Raveningham Centre, on a three-acre site of lawns, hidden groves, orchards and walkways, and continues until September 8.

Now in its sixth year, this year's trail features a host of work including site-specific work, 3-D constructions, sculptures and sound installations.

An installation by Laura Cannell and Polly Wright involves vivid telephone receivers set amongst the trees on which visitors will be able to hear tracks from the duo's debut vocal album, Sing as the Crow Flies, which was created at Raveningham Church.

In it, the composers and performers re-voice the voices of the lost, forgotten and hidden people who have lived, worked and loved through the centuries in the rural landscape, surrounding reed beds and marshes on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Growing up on either side of the River Yare, with a common love of the area, Laura and Polly share deep roots in the marshes and traditions of this rural area.

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Polly said: "It was wonderful creating experimental music in the haunting acoustics of Raveningham Church, responding to our beloved local marshland landscapes and the folklore and atmosphere which are entrenched so deeply within them."

Accompanying this installation are cascades of pom poms within the treescape created by Boudicca's Women, led by Laura Cannell.

Both established and up-and-coming artists have explored the theme of The Woven Woodland for this year's trail using materials, structures and creative ideas in the meadows, woodland and natural spaces at Raveningham.

The trail, which drew almost 4,000 visitors in 2018, is curated again by Sarah Cannell.

She said: "My overall vision is to continue to encourage public interaction with contemporary art in a rural setting."

Most artworks are for sale and there is a pop-up gallery in the farmhouse showing prints, paintings, textiles and ceramics.

The trail runs until Sunday, September 8 and is open every day from 10am until 5pm at The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, NR14 6NU. Entry £6 adults (£5 members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), under-18s are free. Pay on entry only and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

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