A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.
The Festival launch takes place on 22nd April 2017 this year and events and exhibitions take place through until 21st May with over 40 local, regional, national and international artists and makers plus a programme of Festival Talks, Farm Suppers, pop-up Open Studios and pop-up Hedgerow Tea Rooms.
The projects this year are much more tightly curated, with closer links to the land - and also several more Suffolk and East Anglian arts and wildlife charities.
The main theme for this year's Spring Festival Exhibition is Quercus & Co ~ A Celebration of the English Oak, Woodland and local Wildlife - with works by 14 sculptors, painters and 4 chairmakers.
- the first Suffolk installation of Maggi Hambling’s Aftermath Series;
- a major showing of new paintings and drawings by Jelly Green about woodlands in the UK;
- the first showing of To the Moon and Back by Craig Hudson;
- a VR installation about Suffolk woods by Richard Elliott;
- first showings of works from new residency projects at White House Farm;
- new works from The Suffolk Chair Collection by Jim Parsons, Raymond Hopkins, Dan Hussey and Dylan Pym.
Running alongside the Festival Exhibition is a new project - a series of Workshop Residencies supporting new and established makers. The theme is 'Handmade' and over 16 makers will have residencies / open studios / pop up demonstrations of their work in a second farmyard at the farm.
The Farm Suppers are held each Thursday evening between 22nd April and 20th May at White House Farm 7.30pm arrival for a 8.00pm start.
The ticket price of £35.50 pp includes refreshment upon arrival and a three course bespoke supper created by Peter Harrison served by candle light in the farmhouse Dining Rooms. Guests of Honour each week include writers staying at the farm and local producers.
Max 36 guests for each Supper. Please book early. Please BYO beer or wine for supper.
View the Farm Suppers leaflet here:
Alde Valley Spring Festival