The Alde Valley Spring Festival 2018

A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape & the arts. Exhibitions, open studios, pop up tearoom, farm suppers, festival talks and The Big Spring Picnic are all included in this feast of culture, arts and farming!

The Spring Festival Exhibition:
CLAUDIUS - Suffolk’s Roman Emperor

A Celebration of Portraiture, Life Drawing & the Figure in the Landscape

Open 10am – 6pm daily from 21st April– 20th May except non-Bank Holiday Mondays – Free Entry

The 2018 Spring Festival Exhibition takes inspiration from the bronze head of Emperor Claudius found in the River Alde in 1907 at Rendham village, two miles upstream of White House Farm. It is regarded as one of England’s earliest examples of portraiture.

The Exhibition explores portraiture and the representation of the figure in sculpture, drawing, prints, paintings and photography – Sculpture ranges from classical portraits and studies in bronze, plaster and steel to more personal interpretations of the figure and the figure in the landscape made in bronze and wood.

From a curatorial perspective, these works all flow from three monumental busts in plaster and bronze by Laurence Edwards – presented in the farm’s hay barn. Works on paper, board and canvas that depict the figure are heralded by a magnificent new self-portrait by Maggi Hambling.

Implicit within the Festival Exhibition’s theme is the movement of people through the land. In Suffolk, this has included Paleolithic and Neolithic humans, Belgic Celts, Romans and Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans and more recently refugees seeking safety and new lives. A series of drawings by Gideon Summerfield and photographs by Enri Canaj touch upon this reality in the contemporary world.

Open Studios

Open 10am – 6pm weekends + Bank Holiday. Free Entry.

Meet local makers in Open Studios at the farm – including leatherwork / bag making, chair making, wood turning, letter carving, jewellery, knife making, tree surgery, drawing, wool work  and basketry.

Farm Suppers

Thursday evenings 7.30pm on 26th April, 3rd / 10th & 17th May – £37.50 pp.

The Farm Suppers grew out of The Alde Valley Food Adventures. They introduce up to 30 guests to seasonal farmed and wild foods from East Suffolk, alongside some more exotic ingredients from abroad. Each Farm Supper presents a different three course menu devised and prepared by renowned Suffolk chef Peter Harrison. They are served in the farmhouse Dining Rooms by candlelight with woodstove lit. BYO beer / wine.

Booking essential

Festival Talks

6.30pm : Sat 28th Apr, Fri 11th May, Sat 12th May - £15 pp.

Two in-conversation format talks explore different aspects of this year’s Spring Festival Exhibition.

Sat 28th April : Maggi Hambling on Portraiture, Life Drawing & the Figure.

Friday 11th May : Simon Loftus on Harry Becker and the Figure in the Landscape.

Saturday 12th May: we are very honoured to welcome Charlotte Howarth to give a talk on the art of Letter Carving as part of a residency link with the Lettering Arts Trust. Booking essential.

Harry Becker Archive Exhibition

Open 10am – 6pm daily from 21st April – 20th May except non-Bank Holiday Mondays – Free Entry.

An archive exhibition about Harry Becker is on show in the Farmyard Classroom. A larger selling exhibition of works by Becker is being held in the main farmyard barns as part of the 2018 Spring Festival Exhibition[with thanks to Simon Loftus and Abbott & Holder]. The Festival Shop is also selling cards and limited edition reproductions of selected works by Harry Becker.

The Big Spring Picnic

12pm – 4pm, Sat 19th May. Booking necessary - £5 entry; U16s £3.

Come and join us for a celebration of local foods from the beautiful Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast. The Big Spring Picnic takes place on the Straits field, home to the farm’s 209m long oak picnic / dining table - the longest oak-topped dining table in Suffolk and possibly on the planet!

Other festival delights!

  • Pop Up Tea Rooms - Open 10am – 6pm weekends + Bank Holiday. Free entry
  • Hedge Quarters 2018 - Writing and Makers’ Residencies
  • Festival Shop - Open weekends & Bank Holiday Mondays from 21st April – 20th May 10am – 6pm
  • Farm Nature Walks - Open 10am – 6pm daily from 21st April – 20th May except non-Bank Holiday Mondays – Free Entry.

See the website for all details

Event name:
The Alde Valley Spring Festival 2018
Opening Hours:
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