Huge town centre painting the highlight of Visions of Sudbury
The Visions of Sudbury art exhibition in St Peter’s continues until Sunday, showcasing the wonderfully varied nature of the town’s finest buildings.
This year the focus was on Sudbury’s listed buildings, with 297 to choose from, the choice was as wide as the plethora of styles on show, with many detailing the destruction of the recent fire.
From photography to watercolours through to the great number of artworks produced by students from Thomas Gainsborough School and Ryes College, there is much to be impressed by.
The star attraction is Steven Binks’ massive birds-eye view of Market Hill in 1944, called ‘Seeing Jesse Home’.
The price tag of £6,950 reflects the huge number of hours it has taken him.
Lord Phillips of Sudbury, who opened the exhibition, said: “I sometimes think we take our town for granted.
“Hats off to Sudbury Society for giving us this great eye opener. It’s great to see pupils showing their appreciation of Sudbury.”
Robin Drury, organiser and Sudbury Society vice-chairman, said the focus on Sudbury’s listed buildings was in anticipation of a book on the subject to be published by the Society next year.
Set up in 2003 and now in its sixth year, the show is about making people aware of the building environment in the town.
Around 2,500 people visit the free biennial event, with donations taken to support the former church and refreshments sold by Sudbury charity The Bridge Project.
Mr Drury said he was delighted with the quality of work from artists. “The Sudbury Society is incredibly pleased with the response,” he said.
The show is also being used to host the inaugural Sudbury Small Business Show.
Mr Drury said this had been a great success, adding he hoped it would expand and have its own show in the new year.
It runs 10am-6pm each day at St Peter’s, ending on Sunday at 2pm.