The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail (also known as HWAT) is a diverse and lively community of professional artists who live and work in the beautiful Waveney Valley, all within reach of Harleston, a small market town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail has taken place every summer since 2005. Each year we open our studios and workshops for two or three consecutive weekends.

Entry to all studios and workshops is free, browsers are very welcome, and work can be purchased direct from the artists. All the studios are within ten miles of Harleston: you can tour by bike, on foot or by car (we hope the weather will be nice, and the roses out!). Two bicycles are available to hire from the Swan Hotel in the centre of Harleston. If you are travelling from outside the area or planning a holiday break in the Waveney Valley, then we have some suggestions of places to stay and beautiful country walks you can take in the Waveney Valley.

The many artforms pursued by our artists include drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, photography, ceramics, glass and mosaics. In recent years we have invited guest artists, such as Clive Davies, an excellent potter of long standing in the district, who works in Bungay, and Derek Nice, painter and sculptor of boats and the sea, who lives in Somerset and Malta, but who grew up and is presently working in East Anglia.

Up until 2012, The Harleston Gallery was the physical hub of the Art Trail, hosting special taster exhibitions of artwork from all participating artists.

Read more about HWAT news and events in our blog.

Read more about the history of HWAT.