Waveney & Blyth Arts connects people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border through creativity, and promotes the distinct identity of this beautiful area through exciting arts events and activities.
An annual programme of activities shines a light on the landscape, wildlife, history and people of this area, and includes themed creative guided walks, performances, exhibitions, creative workshops, talks, outdoor sculpture trail and creative writing activities.
Events are open to all, but members also receive a fortnightly e-newsletter with information about current arts events and exhibitions, local arts venues and festivals, exclusive artists opportunities, as well as discounted ticket prices.
Waveney & Blyth Arts is a not-for-profit organisation, established by local people in 2010, which covers the areas around Halesworth and Southwold in the Blyth valley, and the Waveney valley from the river's source near Diss to the coast at Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
The main activities are...
Celebrate the Waveney and Blyth*
An annual summer-time programme of activities inspired by the landscape, wildlife, history and people of this area. Events include guided walks on arts themes or incorporating creative activities, the Two Rivers Book Festival, themed art exhibitions, creative workshops, and talks. All are listed in the Celebrate Waveney & Blyth brochure and on the website at www.waveneyandblytharts.com .
As well as the summer programme, throughout the rest of the year there are themed talks, conferences and networking days.
Sculpture in the Valley, formerly known as Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail, is the biggest event of the year and has become a major event in the arts calendar, featuring work by over 30 artists and sculptors, and attracting more than 4000 visitors in 2019. In 2020 it was due to take up residence in the Blyth Valley area at Potton Hall, near Westleton. Unfortunately, the trail had to cancel this event due to the Covid-19 but they are working on an alternative 'fringe' style programme of online events under the Sculpture in the Valley banner, so keep checking the web page for updates at www.waveneyandblytharts.com/wba-activities/sculpture-in-the-valley-2020/
*Sadly, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, a lot of planned events this year have been cancelled or postponed, but you can keep up to date with plans by following our social media feeds, checking the website, or signing up for the free email newsletter which provides info on current arts events and exhibitions, local arts venues and festivals.
All events are open to everyone but those interested in supporting the organisation and its aims are invited to become a member. Membership costs £15 per year for individuals and £20 for organisations. To become a member and find out about the benefits, go to www.waveneyandblytharts.com/product/yearly-membership/