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Lavenham Art Festival a success

Kate Denton at Lavenham Arts Festival ANL-160616-114814001
Kate Denton at Lavenham Arts Festival ANL-160616-114814001

Organisers behind a weekend festival showcasing the work of more than 45 artists have described their delight after visitors flocked to the event.

The third ever Lavenham Arts Festival saw a wealth of exhibitions, trails and demonstrations around the historic village streets on June 11 and 12.

Lavenham Arts Festival ANL-160616-114825001
Lavenham Arts Festival ANL-160616-114825001

Visitors were able to explore the artists’ studio trail which showcased a range of artworks while exhibitions were also held in the Little Hall and the Church of St Peter and St Paul.

In the Market Place, there was an opportunity to see artists paint and sculpt live animals while the Queen’s 90th birthday was also commemorated with a fun competition involving Lavenham Community Primary School.

One of the organisers, Gay Hutchings, a Lavenham-based glass artist who opened her studio along the trail, said: “We were delighted with how the arts festival went. There seemed to be a lot of people doing the artists’ trail and a lot in the Market Place.

“We wanted to make the festival inclusive and open to all the family and we think we achieved that.”

The festival included an open art exhibition, at the Guildhall, offering the opportunity for some artists to exhibit for the first time.

A number of arts and crafts demonstrations were other attractions including printmaking, pottery, spinning and weaving as well as Kate Denton who live sculpted alongside two donkeys.

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