The Art Trail Expands in 2014
The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective (HWAT) is going from strength to strength. Last year’s thirty three members have been joined by seven new members elected at the recent AGM. The seven artists add to HWAT’s already diverse range of skills, experience and approaches to art.
Barbara Bernard in Ditchingham is a silkscreen printer who also paints and works in needlepoint; Jean and Derek Bailey, based in Bungay, both use a surprisingly wide range of media; as does Malcolm Cudmore, also Bungay-based, who adds portraiture.
Victoria Townley, in Needham, has her graphic design background for her recycling of objects. Harleston artist Nicky Stainton uses acrylic, charcoal, oils and monoprints while Katherine Wallace, also of Harleston, adds pastel, wax and batik dyes in her abstract works.
The Art Trail’s success depends on the high standard it maintains. That is why joining the collective is no walkover. As well as having to have their studios within ten miles of Harleston, prospective members have to show the selection group – which meets annually to evaluate applications – that they can maintain or improve the already high profile of existing members’ work.
As well as opening their studios to the public over two or three summer weekends, the HWAT Collective now exhibits throughout the year. 2014 will see shows at the Pond Gallery at Snape Maltings; a return to Aldeburgh’s Peter Pears Gallery; and local galleries Pennoyer’s Centre in Pulham St Mary, Bungay’s Fisher Theatre, and Rushall’s Waveney Gallery. Read more about our exhibitions in 2014.
A business consultant to Harleston said that most towns, Town Councils and shopkeepers would “give their right arm” to have an art group like Harleston & Waveney Art Trail attracting visitors and money to the area. The Art Trail studios log up anything from 4,500 to 5,500 visitors over the usual three summer weekends – visitors purchasing between £25,000 to £35,000 worth of art works; and the number of visitors has increased year by year.
2014 is a special year for the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail – it being ten years since the Art Trail was founded in 2004. The 2014 programme will be available from March from many sources in Norfolk and Suffolk, as will be a downloadable PDF from this website.
[Text by David Rock]