Three day festival to inspire

Art event in Lavenham.    Bronte Manning and Sapphire Raffle (correct) painting the Guildhall panorama.
Art event in Lavenham. Bronte Manning and Sapphire Raffle (correct) painting the Guildhall panorama.
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LAVENHAM staged its first Arts Festival over the weekend and despite the poor weather put on a fascinating range of art works.

From large bronze and stone sculptures to beautiful glasswork there was something to please everyone in the numerous galleries and exhibitions, many staged in the timber framed historic homes in the village.

Art event in Lavenham.   Sculptor Neil Rutherford in the Market Place.

Art event in Lavenham. Sculptor Neil Rutherford in the Market Place.

John Foster, from BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow, opened the event on Friday evening praising a selection of works on show.

He said Lavenham was a perfect setting to inspire artists and commented on the quality and value of the work on show. He told his audience: “It is really important to support your local artist. By supporting events like this we are maintaining our position as leaders in the world of contemporary art,”

As well as studios and galleries, which opened for the three-day weekend, there was a chance for children to take part in creating a giant mural of Lavenham and for visitors to watch potters and sculptures at work.

Artist Peter Partington drew a life drawing of an owl in one of the Market Place displays and children also drew their own pictures.This is the first festival of its kind and organiser are hoping to run alternate arts and literary festivals each year.

Philip Gibson, chairman of the organising committee, said the event had been ‘excellent’ both for the village and artists.

“People were walking round and going to all the studios and buying which was very satisfactory for the artists.”