Rich artistic talent based within the picture postcard village of Lavenham will be showcased during a weekend-long festival.
More than 45 artists have signed up to this year’s Lavenham Art Festival which promises a wealth of exhibitions, trails and demonstrations.
The weekend of activities between Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June will include an artists’ studio trail, art and craft demonstrations in the Market Place and art exhibitions in Little Hall and the Church of St Peter and St Paul.
In keeping with the inclusive ethos, an open art exhibition, open to anyone living in Lavenham will be hosted by the Guildhall, offering the opportunity for some artists to exhibit their work to the public for the first time.
A focus on young artists and recognition that the weekend is also Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday will take place in the Market Place with an exhibition of paintings of the Queen by the children of Lavenham School.
The children visiting the Festival will also be invited to help create a mural of the village while their parents are entertained by art and crafts demonstrations, including live sculpting, printmaking, pottery, spinning and weaving. Live music and refreshments will enhance the festival atmosphere.
One of the organisers, Gay Hutchings, a Lavenham based glass artist who has exhibited in Europe, USA and New Zealand, said the bi-annual event had become a highlight in the local calendar. She explained: “The Art Festival has become such a popular event because it truly is open to all. “Art should be inclusive and accessible and we are delighted to have such a fine array of local artists lending their support to what is a truly community event.”
Other artists to sign up to the festival range from Kate Denton, a renowned sculptor of 40 years, to Terry Pastor, best known as the artist who created the two iconic David Bowie album covers for Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.