Art to be brought to life with return of village festival

STAR: Sculptor Kate Denton.
STAR: Sculptor Kate Denton.

An art festival resurrected following an absence of half-a-century is to return.

Lavenham Art Festival sees many of the village’s creative talents open up their studios for visitors to get an insight into how they work.

The three-day event was brought back after a 50-year break in 2012 and will be taking place once again next month.

During the festival, art will be on display at the village hall, workshops for children will be put on and 15 artists are to take part in a trail of open studios.

Sculptor Kate Denton, from Lavenham Hall, will also be creating a life-size sculptor of a Shetland pony.

“There are so many artists that live here and it would be crazy not to do something to celebrate their skills,” said Lesley Thompson, one of the festival’s organisers.

“This is a rare opportunity to see their work at close quarters, as for most of the year they are working behind closed doors.”

Throughout the festival, which is running from May 24 to 26, De Vere House, in Water Street, will also be staging an art exhibition and selling cream teas in the garden to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

“Hundreds of visitors came last time, despite some bad weather, so we should get a good turnout,” added Mrs Thompson.