Hundreds flock to Lavenham art festival

Art event in Lavenham.   Sculptor Neil Rutherford in the Market Place.
Art event in Lavenham. Sculptor Neil Rutherford in the Market Place.

VISITORS to Lavenham got the chance to get their hands dirty as they gave art a go during a three-day festival.

Running over the bank holiday weekend, the village’s first art festival attracted hundreds of people, despite changeable weather, as 15 artists opened up their studios to give demonstrations.

ART FOR ALL: Madeline Bennet, eight, paints the Guildhall during the Lavenham Art Festival.

ART FOR ALL: Madeline Bennet, eight, paints the Guildhall during the Lavenham Art Festival.

Galleries held special displays and the Market Place was filled with marquees as those with creative instincts took the opportunity to attempt sculpting and painting under the guidance of professionals.

“It was a really great weekend and all the hard work paid off,” said Lesley Thompson, one of the event’s organisers.

“Children loved having a go themselves and lots of the artists got to know each other better. Some even ran out of paintings they were selling so well.”

The festival was opened by John Foster, from the BBC’S Antiques Roadshow, and also featured pottery demonstrations, advice on how to draw a live owl and a panorama painting of the Guildhall.

The event is due to return in 2013, with the Lavenham Literacy Festival running in its place next year.