Plans for inaugural arts festival gather pace

ALL ON BOARD: Artists commissioned to produce giant works across Sudbury as part of August's Arts for All festival check out the scale of the task ahead of them.
ALL ON BOARD: Artists commissioned to produce giant works across Sudbury as part of August's Arts for All festival check out the scale of the task ahead of them.

AN art extravaganza in Sudbury is beginning to take shape.

The Arts for All festival will begin with a craft event showcasing traditional skills, recycled crafts and modern techniques at St Peter’s on August 4.

Visitors will be entertained by performers including bands, dancers and comedians in Sudbury town centre during the week-long festival, which will feature 12 large works from local artists on display around the town as well as artistic demonstrations, guided by a specially produced trail map.

The festival will draw to a close on August 12 with children’s entertainment in Belle Vue Park, with the works staying up for another two weeks.

Organiser Julia Prior, who owns Bookends in Gaol Lane, is calling for volunteers and performers to help out during the week.

“It is all really exciting,” she said. “The more people we have come forward the better, as it is all about getting Sudbury involved.”

The festival has secured sponsorship from Sudbury Town Council and building merchants Ridgeons towards the eight feet by four feet boards and materials.

“A few of the artists were surprised at how big they were when they came to collect them,” said Mrs Prior. “Think how great they will look when they are done.”

q Anyone interested in sponsoring the festival or volunteering to help out or perform should visit www.sudburyhiddentalents.co.uk or call 01787 881232.