Art exhibit was a celebration of Sudbury history

Sudbury's Visons 2015 at St Peters Church''Pictured: 'Seeing Jesse Home' by Steven Binks ANL-150610-134115009
Sudbury's Visons 2015 at St Peters Church''Pictured: 'Seeing Jesse Home' by Steven Binks ANL-150610-134115009

The sixth bi-annual Sudbury Society’s Visions of Sudbury art exhibition has been hailed a success by organisers.

Opened to the public at St Peter’s, Sudbury on October 6, and ending October 11, almost 90 artists and photographers as well as pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School and Ryes College displayed their works, each one depicting one of the 247 listed buildings in the town.

This year Visions was organised by Robin Drury, vice chairman of the Sudbury Society, who said the event had been a great success.

The theme was Sudbury’s listed buildings, to make both artists and visitors aware that Sudbury had so many historic properties.

Many artists decided to depict the recent fire in Market Hill which destroyed two of the town’s listed buildings.

Imagination was not in short supply with creative takes on buildings, such as reflections in shop windows, with mosaics, acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolours and photography all on display.

Most of the works were also for sale.

The largest by far, both in size and price, was Steven Binks’ Seeing Jessie Home, a bird’s-eye view of a B-17 Flying Fortress “coming in on a wing and a prayer” as it returned damaged over Sudbury to Chilton airfield in 1944.

Around 2,300 people visited the exhibition and overall sales totalled more than £3,500, with a further £280 donation to the Friends of St Peter’s, collected during the event.

The Society awarded 43 prizes for the best works and those that answered the brief well.

Prize money was donated by Suffolk county councillors, John Sayers and Colin Spence from their Community Fund.

Works from the show will now feature in a book the Society intends to publish, highlighting Sudbury’s listed buildings.