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 and 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.
Alde Valley Spring Festival