HWAT News : 2014 Tenth Anniversary of the Art Trail

2014 is the tenth year of the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail (HWAT), as artists open their art studios in and around the Harleston and Bungay area of the Waveney Valley. A number of the original artists who collaborated in 2004 continue to open their studios alongside more recent members.

HWAT 2014 Open Studios
24, 25, 26 May (holiday weekend)
31 May – 1 June 2014

HWAT is now thirty-nine strong with thirty artists opening studios this year and nine artists taking a sabbatical. We are delighted to still be offering visitors a wide variety of artworks, paintings, drawings, textiles, mosaics, and prints.

The Harleston Gallery became a hub for the Art Trail, with its very popular showcase & mini-artworks exhibitions showing a range of HWAT artists’ work. The adjoining Harleston Gallery café was a popular place for artists and others to meet over a light brunch or cake and coffee. In 2008 the gallery changed location and opened in the old Gurneys building in Harleston, with bigger, brighter premises and a wonderful exhibiting space. The Harleston Gallery closed when the owner retired.

In 2013 the HWAT collective made the decision to become an exhibiting art group – in addition to opening their studios – to exhibit locally and further afield. The first group exhibition was at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh in September 2013, the work of all the artists coming together in a harmony of colour and interest. The show attracted many visitors and HWAT were then offered a second group exhibition in Aldeburgh In November 2013 coinciding with the Benjamin Britten Centenary Festival.

We will be commencing our 10th Anniversary celebrations in April 2014 with two exhibitions: a special exhibition of all new small or mini artworks for sale at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay; and a new group exhibition, A Sense of Place’, at The Pond Gallery at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.

The mini-works art exhibition is entitled ‘Bag a Mystery Masterpiece’ as the identities of the artists behind the artworks will be a secret until they are sold! We will have a special ‘meet the artists’ preview on Tuesday 15 April 2014, 7 – 8.30pm.


7 – 20 April 2014
The Fisher Theatre Café
NR35 1EE

sarah johnson watercolour painting

3 – 9 April 2014
Pond Gallery
Snape Maltings
Suffolk IP17 1SR
Open 10am – 5pm
‘Meet the Artists’ on Sunday 6 April, from midday to 4pm

There will be two HWAT showcase exhibitions in 2014, to coincide with our two open studio weekends: 24, 25, 26 May (holiday weekend) and 31 May – 1 June 2014.

HWAT Open Studios Showcase Exhibition I
22 – 31 May 2014
The Pennoyer Centre
Pulham St Mary
IP21 4QT
Private View: Wed 21st May 2014 6.30–8.30pm

HWAT Open Studios Showcase Exhibition II
18 May – 15 June 2014
Waveney Gallery
Blacksmiths Nursery
IP21 4QA
‘Meet the Artists’ preview: Sun 18th May 2014 1–4pm

All are very welcome to join us in our 10th anniversary celebrations and attend our special preview events. If you need more information, you can contact us here.

In the meantime, please check back soon as the HWAT news page (blog) is regularly updated as events happen.