Summer Art Exhibitions

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Discover the region’s inspiring arts scene with a trip to one of the many exhibitions, open studios and trails taking place this summer 

Cambridge Open Studio: katharina klug

Visit the Cambridge Open Studios this July

Cambridge Open Studios brings together over 500 talented artists, craftspeople and designer-makers working throughout the county. On weekends through July, the community will be showcasing their work to the public with open studios, exhibitions and displays. It’s an opportunity to bring artists and local people together to learn more about the creations, inspiration behind the work and techniques used.

Anthony Theakston

August Bank Holiday Contemporary Craft Fair, 23-26 August

Craft In Focus is staging its contemporary craft and design fair during the August bank holiday weekend within the RHS Garden at Hyde Hall, from23-26 August.

This craft event will showcase 140 contemporary craftmakers and artists in the UK and will give the public the opportunity to view and purchase direct from talented designer makers who have a real passion for the work that they create.

Also included is a food village with exhibitors selling delicious food products and a varied selection of live music throughout the event making this an enjoyable day for the whole family.Opening times: 10 am – 5 pm.


Saddle Up

Newmarket-based animal charity, the Animal Health Trust has teamed up with local and national artists, local businesses, organisations and community groups to bring a fun and exciting art trail to Newmarket this summer. 

A herd of horses will gallop into the town centre from July to September as part of the Saddle Up Art Trail. There will be 18 inspiring art installations around the town, with a Trail map available to help find them. 

The horses are all fabulously different, designed and created by talented artists using the same theme ‘What do horses mean to you?’ Some pieces are large in size and others might require explorers to look a bit harder to find them!

Enjoy the Trail as a family, with friends or absorb yourself in the artwork and admire the talented artists and sculptors involved. You can find out more about the Saddle Up Art Trail on the Animal Health Trust at

A Way With Words

The Lettering Arts Centre’s ‘A Way With Words’ is a major touring exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, with almost 100 selected pieces of calligraphic and lettering work, in a variety of media, to show the huge range of ways to express words visually and beautifully. Traditional manuscript painting and gilding can be seen alongside many other techniques, such as writing on metals or glass, work with nibs, brushes and other tools, paints, inks and engraving, linocuts and digitally manipulated images. The exhibition continues until 22 September. Open Friday – Monday   ​11am – 5pm.                

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail 2019: Simon Turner

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail 2019

The sixth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will return to south Norfolk from 2 August to 8 September. Annually attracting thousands of visitors to the region, this year’s trail will feature the work of 38 artists from across the UK. Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event takes place at The Raveningham Centre, on a three-acre site of lawns, hidden groves, orchards and walkways.

This year’s trail will include site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture.A new area of woodland, which gives views out over neighbouring meadows and pasture land, has been opened up for 2019 to provide a space for large-scale sculpture.All artwork on the trail will be available for sale and there will be a pop-up gallery in the farmhouse showing prints, paintings, textiles and ceramics. Open every day from 10am-5pm. Entry £6 for adults, under 18s are free.

Exhibition of all Female Landscape Artists

The Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich, is presenting a group show of all female landscape artists from 4 June to 27 July. With shifting political landscapes happening around the world, galleries and museums are re-assessing the underrepresentation of women artists.

The forthcoming exhibition seeks to specifically examine the genre of landscape art from the perspective of seven contemporary artists working in and around Norfolk today, including Ruth Bunnewell, Lara Cobden, Katarzyna Coleman, Alex Egan, Katie Falcon, Emilie Houssart and Malca Schotten. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Solo Exhibition by Terence Clarke at Thompson Gallery

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding a solo exhibition by the hugely popular artist Terence Clarke from 13 July to 3 August. The exhibition will show works from Terence’s travels around Europe and the US, including several paintings from Port d’Olon near Cassis and Theoule sur Mer on the Cote d’Azur.

Plein Air paint out

House of Dreams – a One-Day Plein Air Painting Competition

Following a host of plein air painting workshops and masterclasses being run throughout the summer, painters of all abilities are invited to demonstrate their skills in this miniPlein Air Painting Competitionat Munnings Art Museum in Dedham, on Saturday 17 August, from 10am to 3pm.

Let your creativity flow, inspired by the home Alfred Munnings bought 100 years ago and which he called the ‘house of my dreams’, as you create a work that captures the spirit of Castle House in the 21st century.

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