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Honor Blackman as Herself: Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Contents Visual Arts

p6 Visual Arts News p8 Brian Lewis p9 Halesworth Gallery p10 Galleries on View p11 Artist Interview: Rodger Foden p12 Josephine Harpur p13 Garden House Gallery & Shop p14 Rosie Phillips

Antiques & Collectables

p18 TW Gaze Gallery Sale p19 Beccles Antiques Street Market


p16 Thetford Grammar School p17 New Eccles Hall School

Local Arts Scene

p38 Lavenham Photos p39 Welcome to Lavenham p40 Lavenham Art Festival p42 Wildlife Art Gallery p43 Lion House / Lavenham Contemporary p44 Water Street Glass

Theatre & Film

p22 Theatre & Film News p24 Honor Blackman p26 Theatre Royal, Norwich p27 Granary Theatre p28 New Wolsey Theatre p29 New Eye Professional Theatre p30 Cinema City Competition p31 Seachange Arts

Welcome to the April edition of ARTSeast Magazine.

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p32 Music News p33 Cambridge Summer Music

Dolphin House (first floor) 23 Church Street, Diss Norfolk, IP22 4DD Editorial: Sarah Veness 01379 415001 Sales: Gary Enderby 01379 415002 Design: Keith Thompson 01379 651107


p20 Tony Warner: Vincent and Pablo p21 Turn the Page artists book fair

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What’s on

p34 Bury Festival p36 Norfolk & Norwich Festival

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It’s an exciting time to be in East Anglia! Over the next few weeks, two fantastic festivals will be entertaining arts lovers of all ages and putting our region firmly on the map. See inside for details of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and the Bury Festival - I can’t wait for both! The Lavenham Art Festival is fast approaching and this month we take a more in-depth look at this most beautiful of medieval towns. We also had a chat with Bond and Avengers legend Honor Blackman who is appearing at the Fisher Theatre, Bungay in May. Readers of our February issue may well remember Rosie Phillips, the school girl who won our Design a Cover competition. In this issue we feature more of Rosie’s work - she really is one to watch for the future. With each month that passes, ARTSeast is growing rapidly and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Your fantastic feedback proves what we felt to be the case - that Norfolk and Suffolk are more than worthy of their very own arts magazine. A big thank you to all our supporters. As ever, if you have an event, venue or skill you’d like us to cover, please get in touch. For the time being, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy…….

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Visual Arts News MellisArts - Monthly Exhibitions

MellisArts was formed two years ago as a joint venture between local artists and publicans Frank and Ester at The Railway Tavern, in Mellis, with the pub supplying permanent exhibition space, and the artists bringing business and another line of interest to the pub. The artists work in a range of media including glass, metal, wood, textiles, multimedia, oil, watercolour, pastel and batik, and range in experience from professional full time artists and art teachers, to enthusiastic, high calibre amateurs. The next venture for MellisArts is a series of monthly exhibitions. Two artists will exhibit their work for a month with the first exhibition starting on Friday April 18th. The first two artists are Peter Swaffer and Val Meyer Hall. Peter works in an impressionist style using oils and pen and wash. He will also be showing some giclee prints and local views. Val creates batik pictures, wall hangings, quilts and throws. The exhibition will be open during pub hours which are from 12 noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 6pm on Tuesday to Thursday. Everyone is welcome.

Bircham Gallery: Leigh Davies & Barry Stedman Exhibition

Specialising in modern, contemporary British art, the Bircham Gallery in Holt is delighted to be showing a fabulous new body of work from artist Leigh Davis who works predominantly in oil, creating bold, expressive, abstract paintings that with a few deft strokes of pen or brush focus upon form and structure. Complimenting Leigh’s work is ceramicist Barry Stedman who works with red earthenware clay and is usually wheel thrown and altered or constructed from soft slabs and then painted with coloured slips, stains and oxides.

Diss Corn Hall: Waveney Springs Art Collective

Once again Waveney Springs Art Collective is exhibiting at The Corn Hall Gallery in Diss. The exhibition runs from April 1st-12th and will feature a variety of art from oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, linocuts, textiles, ceramics and 3D sculptures in both glass, metal and wood. Some of the artists such as Issy Coe, and Rebecca Douglas Whatley often paint local views. The latter loves to paint in oils ‘en plein air’ so she can capture the ‘smells, sounds and essence of the place.’ Silke Schelenz produces fine etchings based on images which have caught her eye, especially playing with the ideas of light and dark and shadows. Frances Beasley, in contrast, enjoys pattern and colour and works in oils, acrylics and with lino cuts. David Mitchell’s work again is a complete contrast, since he specialises in landscape miniatures, while Graham Newcombe produces fascinating ceramic pots. The group hope this exhibition will be a tempting precursor to their Open Studios event which takes place over the weekends of May 24th-25th and May 31st-June 1st.

visual arts Elsey’s Gallery: Still Life - an Exhibition of Groupings

From April 4th- May 3rd, Elsey’s Gallery in Bury St Edmunds will host the Still Life exhibition which will display a range of still life groupings from traditional to contemporary in style. Visitors to Elsey’s gallery can view the groupings and take photographs, draw the still life groups themselves for 3p per minute, or have a 1-1 lesson for £5.00 from one of the professional artists who will be in residence for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors will bring their own drawing materials. Rosie Copeland is booked for residency for Wednesday 16th April. Others will be posted on the website - and Facebook: hadleyexhibitions. Elseys Gallery is at 2 Elsey’s Yard, Off Risbygate St, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3NJ. It is open Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm

Art Exhibition: New Buckenham Village Hall

From April 18th-21st New Buckenham Village Hall is “Still Life” playing host to an exhibition of various local artists’ work to raise money for the hall and the village’s church. One exhibitor is renowned wildlife artist Yvonne Lamden Cooper. Her beautiful pastel paintings of British wildlife, particularly the brown hare, have earned her a reputation as a real talent in the field. Last year her work was selected for the Portfolio in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition in the Mall Gallery, London. The exhibition is open 7.30-10pm on Friday April 18th (opening night, £3 including wine) and then from 11am-4.30pm the other days. To see more of Yvonne Lamden Cooper’s work go to


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Sheringham-based artist Brian Lewis and Norfolk publisher Mascot Media have got together to produce ‘Blue Skies and Boat Trips’, a 156-page hardback containing 165 of Brian’s pictures spanning more than 20 years. Sub-titled ‘The Norfolk of Brian Lewis’, the book travels along the North coast from Cromer to King’s Lynn, heading inland to Holt, Fakenham and Norwich. Readers can see the development of Brian’s style from early 1990s paintings of Walsingham and Wells, with their subdued tones, to the blue skies and golden sands of his later work. Brian’s pictures are populated by his slender ‘Lowryesque’ people, stylised dogs, seabirds and seals. There are also steam trains, lifeboats and flotillas of ‘Sharpie’ sailing vessels. Through Brian’s eyes, Norfolk seems to be an even brighter, more cheerful place. It is the Norfolk of holidays and happy times, which explains the enduring popularity of his prints and paintings. As Brian says; ‘I paint the blue sky days, the lighter side of life. I leave the grey days and the angst for others.’ ‘Blue Skies and Boat Trips’, by Alan Marshall, is available from April 2014 at £22.50. or

visual arts Enjoying Art at Halesworth Gallery This historic 17th century almshouse building at Steeple End, Halesworth, lies at the centre of this delightful Suffolk town, opposite St Mary’s Church. It was converted into extensive gallery space in 1966 and has held an annual range of excellent exhibitions since then. The objective was, and still is, ‘to exhibit modern painting and sculpture of the highest possible standard on a non-profit making basis and for the enjoyment of all.’ Early exhibitors included such prestigious artists as Elisabeth Frink, Mary Fedden, Felix Topolski, Josef Hermann and Margaret Mellis. The season traditionally opens with a local Schools’ Exhibition followed by a series of 3 week exhibitions, mainly the work of artists who have a connection with East Anglia. This year the gallery is supporting an important community event ‘Halesworth in Bloom’ with an exhibition ‘Paint in Bloom’ which runs from May 24th - June 11th. A percentage of all work sold will be donated to support Halesworth in Bloom plantings. A selection of local artists have been invited to submit work for this, and in due course some of the exhibits can be viewed at



paintings prints ceramics sculpture photography OPEN MAY - SEPT (incl) 11.00 - 5.00 daily 2.00 - 5.00 Sunday admission free Steeple End Halesworth Suffolk IP19 8LL Gallery Tel: 01986 873064

The gallery is run by a Committee made up of artists and local people interested in Fine Art. The shows are supervised entirely by volunteers, and anyone interested in becoming a steward is welcome to contact Zoe Mair, Chairman, on 01986 784217. Vital support is also given by ‘Friends of the Gallery’ who pay a small annual subscription. Friends attend shows and receive a specially editioned artwork. Details of Friends membership from David Moreton, Treasurer (01986 874760) or from the Gallery (01986 873064) during the season May – September. Opening hours: Weekdays and Saturdays 11am – 5pm Sundays 2 – 5pm. Admission free. All details of our forthcoming exhibitions for 2014 can be found on our website


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visual arts Artist Profile - Rodger Foden When you meet talented Norfolk woodturner Rodger Foden one thing is strikingly clear - he loves wood! ‘I’ve always loved whittling and carving,’ says Rodger. ‘Wood really is an amazing and beautiful thing that never stops moving.’ But Rodger hasn’t always been a woodturner. In his twenties he worked in farming until losing his arm in an accident. ‘I’m right-handed so I had to learn how to do everything all over again,’ says Rodger. ‘As part of my rehabilitation at Addenbrookes I went into a workshop and worked with wood. I made a box which I still have today.’ After Rodger’s accident he retrained as a gamekeeper but still maintained his love for wood. Working in Buckinghamshire - with access to a large workshop - he was able to use his skills to make walking sticks and shelves. One day in 1995, he discovered a woman in the village was selling her husband’s old lathe. ‘It was a rusty old thing but I decided I’d like to have a go at woodturning so I bought it,’ says Rodger. From then on, Rodger discovered a passion and flair for woodturning which led his career down an entirely different path. Over the years his commissions have been varied ranging from furniture restoration to one off artistic pieces. ‘I’m happiest when I’m in my workshop creating something unique,’ says Rodger. ‘I love the process of having an idea, researching into how it might work and then creating something out of a simple piece of wood.’ As can be seen on his website, Rodger makes a wide range of items including egg-shaped jewellery boxes, matching candlesticks, chairs, bowls, platters, clocks and even kaleidoscopes. He has won many competitions with his work and prides himself on knowing exactly where each piece of wood he uses has come from. Sometimes I have a piece of wood in my workshop for years before I decide what to make with it,’ says Rodger. Rodger works with many different types of wood but his favourite is yew. Two years ago Rodger’s wife Ann passed away suddenly. ‘I decide to make an urn out of yew to hold Ann’s ashes,’ says Rodger. ‘To me an urn is a very special thing and I wanted it to be personal to Ann.’ Since then, Rodger has started making urns for other people who have lost loved ones or cherished pets. ‘I can make an urn in any shape or size the customer requires,’ says Rodger. ‘People are more than welcome to call or come round to discuss what they would like.’ As well as urns, Rodger welcomes commissions and restoration work. He also offers personal one-to-one tuition in the art of woodturning from his well-equipped workshop in Wacton, South Norfolk. ‘I’m happy to provide tuition from a simple introduction to the craft for the complete novice to much more detailed and refined turning for the more experienced individual,’ says Rodger. Rodger is also available for woodturning demonstrations at local clubs, societies and events. ‘A lot of time and love goes into each item I make and I wouldn’t want it any other way,’ says Rodger. ‘I’m always thinking of beautiful new things to create and I love a challenge.’ email:, Tel: 01508 532621


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Art at its very best A feast of art will be at Bury St Edmunds in May with some exciting painters and sculptors creatively put together by Josephine Harpur. These include Eileen Hogan, 2013 selector for The Discerning Eye Exhibition. Eileen was the official artist for the Wimbledon Championships in 2009 and AELTC Olympic artist in 2012, producing a large painting of the Men’s Finals, which now hangs in the Members’ Dining Room at Wimbledon. She was commissioned to produce a giclee print of the painting to give to Andy Murray to commemorate his victory. The Edmund Gallery will be the first place the image will be seen outside of the AELTC and Andy’s flat! The atmospherics of Turner’s later works and perhaps to an even greater degree the earthiness of Constable is what we are constantly reminded of when looking at Louise Balaam’s Eileen Hogan work. There is nothing quite like the kick stimulated by the successful transportation to the senses of the rising hills, distant plains, scudding clouds and shifting light of Britain’s vistas. Both Eileen and Louise were part of Royal Academy Summer Show 2013. Exhibitions Advert_Exhibitions Advert 22/01/2014 10:30 Page 1

Katya Gridneva is an amazing artist who studied at the St-Petersburg Academy of Arts. She was JOSEPHINE HARPUR’S Artist in Resident EXHIBITIONS 2014 at Highclere Ann Armitage Castle and Louise Balaam painted several Louise Balaam Adam Binder members of Lord Canaervon’s family. Her ballet dancers are Sarah Coghill exquisite and her portraits unbelievable. Michael Clark Henrietta Dubrey Katya Gridneva Mark Hall Eileen Hogan Arthur Neal Colin Orchard Stephen Palmer

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Adam Binder is one of Britain’s leading wildlife sculptors, Adam has a signature fluid style of simple lines and flowing forms depicting both movement and emotion that beautifully captures the essence of his subjects. Working primarily in bronze with earthly rich patinas, Adam’s work is recognised and collected all over the world. Adam won the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2010/2011. These artists plus several more will be at The Edmund Gallery, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS from May 2nd - 8th and then at The Aldeburgh Gallery, 143 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AN from June 19th-25th. Michael Clark and Henrietta Dubrey are at Aldeburgh.

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Emerging Talent: Rosie Phillips Some people may remember that Rosie Phillips was named winner of our cover competition back in February. We were very impressed with her painting of a poppy field and windmill. In this issue we’ve spoken to Rosie, 13, and her mum Jayne about her love of art. ‘Ever since she was at pre-school from about the age of 3 or 4 Rosie has shown a real love of drawing, says Jayne. ‘At primary school she was often in trouble for drawing on her school books when she should have been writing and doing sums.’ But it was when she started at North Walsham High School, that Rosie’s talent was really recognised. ‘In her first year at the school Rosie painted a portrait of the family on a huge canvas for her homework,’ recalls Jayne. ‘She was named Artist of the Moment and the painting was hung on the wall of the school for six months. “Rosie collecting her prize” We were really proud of her.’ At home, Rosie draws at every available opportunity. ‘She loves drawing animals, particularly horses,’ says Jayne. ‘She’s also really good at people and has sketched a lot of her friends. On her bedroom wall she has a painting that she did of the pop star Rihanna and one of my favourite paintings of hers is of the singer Katy Perry.’ So, where does Rosie get her talent from? ‘Not me,’ laughs Jayne. ‘Her dad’s side of the family are

quite artistic. Her grandad in particular is interested in art and is very impressed with Rosie’s work.’ Rosie is happy to talk about the future. ‘I plan to do art GCSE and A-Level and then hopefully go on to study art at college,’ she says. ‘I’m not sure whether I’d like to be a full-time artist or whether it’s something I’ll do part-time or as a hobby as I’d really like to work with animals too.’ Rosie enjoys experimenting with lots of different artistic styles.

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The Gallery Sale: TW Gaze Auctions Rooms, Diss February saw the first new Gallery Sale take place at the Auctions Rooms and it was a huge success. Launched at the beginning of the year, the new Gallery Sale is the inspiration of James Bassam, a senior valuer at the auction rooms. With a changed format, new layout and re-design, the auction was able to host up to approximately 180 lots ranging from the 17th to the 21st century. These included fine oils, watercolours, artists’ proofs, prints, sculpture and art volumes. This new layout allowed visitors to circulate around the saleroom with ease. The inaugural sale was also notable for the calibre of works, arguably higher than seen before. Visitors flocked to the salesroom to see some impressive works from artists such as Thomas Smythe (18251900), Samuel David Colkett and Frank. H. Partridge all from the traditional Norwich School of the 19th Century to contemporary artists such as David Hockney, Tessa Newcombe and Dame Laura Knight; oils watercolours, pencil studies, acrylics, artists’ prints, sculptures (even Pablo Picasso print of abstract figures) and many more. Many works of art attracted lots of interest from buyers and made well over their estimates, works such as pencil studies by Dame Laura Knights estimated at £300 - £400 made over £1000 and two charcoal studies on paper of circus clowns did extremely well: estimated between £450 - £675 it made £850. An oil painting by Samuel David Colkett depicting a figure on lane with cottages behind estimated between £800 £1,200, made £1,800. One painting headlining the sale was Samuel David Colkett a watercolour by one of The Norwich School’s most famous artists; a watercolour by John Sell Cotman entitled “View of Raven”. This work demanded an estimate worthy of between £9,000 to £12,000, which looked very achievable based on the buzz around it at viewing. However bids were not forthcoming and the vendor has since returned it to his wall for his continued enjoyment. A 19th Century onyx and brass torchere surmounted by a bronze figural electric lamp as a nymph holding branches signed H. David Hockney Allouard made a dazzling £1,600, estimated between £680 - £880. The love of a local artist too, it was good to see an outstanding collection of works by Stephen Walker, a group of miniatures in oils depicting horses and rural scenes. However the star of the show was a watercolour by Rose Maynard Barton R.W.S (1856-1926) depicting horse-drawn London cabs in a wet evening street with Big Ben in the distance, signed and dated1899, making well over its estimate at £2,600. The trend from buyers was a move towards oils than watercolour, but more over it was fantastic to see high quality art generally making strong prices in Diss. So anyone out there who has anything extraordinary to sell from a Turner to a Bridget Riley, pick up the phone. If you require any further information about our forthcoming Gallery Sale on August 23rd 2014 please contact James Bassam on 01379 650306 or Rose Maynard Barton

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Beccles Antiques Street Market

Now in its fifth year, the Beccles Antiques Street Market marks its first return of the year on May 4th from 8am-4.30pm (the second being on 24th August). Visited by thousands, the market has doubled in size to 100 stalls. General and specialist dealers will be selling a wide range of antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. The dealers are experts in their field and are quite happy to share their knowledge and expertise with collectors. Many of the local shops, restaurants and bars are open that day and first class catering is incorporated into the market; including Big Sky Pies, a hog roast and local ice cream. If you haven’t been before you really should give it a visit and experience the pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market. Free entry, well signposted, SAT NAV. NR34 9HA For further details please contact Kate Lee on 01502 711174. Follow us on facebook: www.


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Vincent and Pablo: The Revised Version For many years, Tony Warner worked as the art critic for the Eastern Daily Press. Now, this talented author has turned his hand to writing novels. There are many books that chart the life of Vincent van Gogh and Picasso, but there are very few that discuss their early personal life. Vincent and Pablo: The Revised Version is a romantic fiction that explores what might have happened if both artists had arrived in London, as they both intended, at the same time. In 1873, Vincent van Gogh was sent to London as a gallery assistant for Goupil and Co. He lived in Brixton and preached in a local church. Gradually, he became disillusioned with art dealing and unhappy in his personal life. He was recalled to Paris, giving up art dealing for the church and then for art itself. If he had stayed in London, his passion for art, and his personal life, may have concluded very differently. In 1900, Pablo Picasso set off from Barcelona to travel to London via Paris. After a short stay in Paris, terrible weather and personal difficulties forced him to return to Barcelona. if Picasso had made it to London and van Gogh had stayed, could they have both established a friendship? Would their art be different from the masterpieces that followed?

Tony Warner believes that Lust for Life by Irving Stone, about van Gogh, is one of the best-known books in the artistic sphere. He hopes to recreate the writing style of Graham Greene and Pat Barker, both of whom have a way of a telling a story without overburdening it with metaphysics or allegory. This book will be enjoyed by readers of historical fiction, especially those with an interest in art and romance. TONY WARNER has spent the last 30 years combining the teaching of communication skills and art history with the writing of articles on the arts. Tony obtained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and later a degree in History of Art at the University of East Anglia. Communication Skills for Information Systems was Tony’s first published book as an author. He lives in Norwich where he continues to work as a freelance writer. Vincent and Pablo: The Revised Version will be published on June 28th.


Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May @ The Forum, Norwich  Open from 10am to 6pm both days  turn the page artists’ book fair returns to the Forum, Norwich in spectacular form for its third year. Showcasing the work of over 60 innovative UK and International book artists, the fair provides a unique exhibiting and selling platform for contemporary book arts and a must see event for visitors who will experience the bustling atmosphere of a market place teamed with the quality of a fine art exhibition. Launched in 2011 by artist Jules Allen and musician Marina Florance, turn the page is fast becoming one of the most prestigious book art events in the UK.  Unfettered by the protocols of mass publishing, artists’ books take many forms from the conventional to the sculptural. Each year, artists from all over the globe are selected by a jury of experts within the field to come together for this unique two day event. Alongside this years book artists  will be an exciting program of events including Illuminated Letter and Poetry workshops, film screenings in the Forum’s Fusion Gallery and the ever growing community project The Norfolk Longbook will be on display. Rosie Sherwood will host Elbow Room Live featuring award winning writers and poets including the brilliant George Szirtes and music from the Late Arrivals Club, the indie folk band Swallow and the Wolf and the angelic voice of singer songwriter Raevennan Husbandes, winner of 2012 Next Big Thing. Books...but not as you know them Live Sessions  6pm to 9.30pm Friday 2nd May  1pm to 4pm  Saturday 3rd May To find out more or to book your place on a workshop please visit;  or email us at


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Theatre & Film News Charlie & Lola come to Bury St Edmunds

From national screen to local stage, cartoon stars of the hit CBeebies television show, Charlie and Lola, come to life in a magical mix of music and puppetry that will delight both young and old at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from April 17th-19th. With Lola wide awake but bedtime fast approaching how will big brother, Charlie, ever convince her to go to bed? Teasing tigers, dancing dogs and an array of fantastic scenarios see the audience enter the colourful imagination of this delightful duo as they playfully deviate from their night-time routine. Enjoy a wonderful stage show that charmingly explores the special relationship between two siblings. The adventurous pair will teach your little ones the value of friendship, imagination and playing safely. With a thrilling set that easily transports young and old alike to the magical world of Charlie and Lola’s imagination, this might just be their “bestest” adventure to date! Tickets’ - or 01284 769505

Steve Hewlett on Tour

Steve Hewlett, fresh from his stunning appearance on Britains Got Talent, now embarks on a major theatre tour with his hilarious friends. On April 27th he’s playing at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre. From talking hands, to bottles of water, from Arthur Lager to Little ‘Simon Cowell’, Steve and his creations won the hearts of the nation and wowed the judges in the BGT final. Now Steve and his cast of zany characters, along with international award-winning illusionist Richard Griffin, take a brand new, spectacular show on the road to delight and amaze the whole family. Don’t miss TV’s top comedy ventriloquist.

Cambridge Film Festival: Calling all Filmmakers

The closing date for submissions for the 34th Cambridge Film Festival is May 15th. In 2014, for the first time, film submission fees are being waived for all filmmakers who are based in the Film Hub Central East region which includes both Norfolk and Suffolk, among other counties. To find out about deadlines and how to submit a film go to the website. The festival runs from August 28th - September 7th.

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John Hurt at Norwich Playhouse

On May 18th, as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Festival director William Galinsky will chair a discussion between acclaimed actor John Hurt and the man who inspired his route into acting, John Granger. The conversation will reminisce about a school play that began Hurt’s interest in drama and the lessons he carried with him to RADA and beyond. Granger, who taught Hurt at Lincoln School, will talk about his own theatrical career.

The Accrington Pals

On April 25th, this lyrical and absorbing play comes to The Cut, Halsworth. It is set a century ago in Accrington during the first two years of the Great War. The ‘Pals’ are the Accrington men who marched high spiritedly off to war in answer to Lord Kitchener’s callto-arms. Their experiences in the battlefields of Northern France are contrasted with those of the women they leave behind and the play acts as a moving and powerful study of war and its impact on a small community.


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Coffee and a Chat Former Bond Girl and Avenger Honor Blackman chats to ARTSeast editor Sarah Veness about her latest - and very personal - show.

theatre & film Whether dressed in a bikini or leather catsuit, Honor Blackman was the undisputed star of our screens in the mid 1960s. As smart, sexy Cathy Gales in the television series The Avengers, Honor wowed us with her judo-style fighting moves. As Pussy Galore in Goldinger, Honor not only won James Bond’s heart, she also won the hearts of every Bond fan, and indeed every man, in the country. ‘Playing Pussy Galore was one of the luckiest roles I played,’ says Honor. ‘And I got to work with Sean Connery who was the best - and sexiest - Bond ever.’ Now, an unbelievable 50 years later, Honor still oozes sophistication and is still very much working in the business. On May 8th she brings her new show - Honor Blackman as Herself - to the Fisher Theatre in Bungay. For someone who has rarely spoken about her personal life, this is a new challenge for Honor. ‘I’m endlessly asked by publishers when I’ll be writing my autobiography,’ says Honor. ‘For me, writing this show about myself is a wonderful shortcut as I’m probably too lazy to sit down and write a whole book.’ And what a life she has had. Brought up in the East End of London, Honor was lucky enough to be offered elocution lessons by her father as a sixteenth birthday present. ‘He told me I had to choose between a bike and the lessons and it was terribly difficult as I really wanted a bike,’ laughs Honor. ‘But my father was a very clever man who realised the importance of speaking as if you’d had a public education.’ These lessons opened up a world of theatre and poetry to Honor and she never looked back. ‘In my show I talk about my childhood and how my career started and took shape,’ says Honor. ‘It’s really the story of somebody who started off in the East End of London with not a lot of future but somehow, with the help of her father, made it to success in this business.’ Honor is joined on stage by director, professor and lecturer Richard Digby Day. ‘Richard has directed me many times ,’ says Honor. ‘We’ve known each other for 33 years so he was the perfect person to do this show with. If I start to digress, he’s right there to get me back on track.’ As part of her show, Honor sings two sings - one her Mother used to sing and then Send in the Clowns which she sang in A Little Night Music, a show Honor is particularly proud of. ‘I really believe that musical was the best thing I’ve ever done,’ says Honor. Honor is looking forward to the intimacy of the Fisher Theatre. I’m a big advocate of small, local theatres,’ says Honor. ‘They are so important as they create a sense of community which I fear we’re in danger of losing. They encourage people to get out and about, mingle, perhaps get creative themselves. A show like mine works best in a small venue like this as there’s just Richard and I on the stage and the intimacy makes it really special.’ • See Honor in ‘Honor Blackman as Herself’ at the Fisher Theatre, Bungay on May 8th at 7.30pm. For tickets go to or call 01986 897130


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Private Peaceful

Theatre Royal, Norwich, May 1st-3rd To mark the centenary of World War 1, the celebrated stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s hugely popular children’s story, Private Peaceful, is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal. Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his first days at school; the death of his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Michael Morpurgo’s inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War. Paul Chequer plays the tragic soldier, a role he created for the original production. He also appeared in a different role in the movie version of Michael Morpurgo’s popular book. Paul is also no stranger to the small screen where he is probably best known for playing the part of Jamie Collier in the Channel 4 cult series As If, as well as starring in the BBC Three drama Synchronicity. He’s also enjoyed a number of stage roles including starring in another of Michael Morpurgo’s tales War Horse at the National Theatre. Please note the production is suitable for ages 8+ Performance times: (May 1st - 2pm, May 2nd - 11am and 2pm, May 3rd -11am) Tickets: or 01603 630000

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Light Entertainment Comedy Opera Drama Children’s Shows Jazz Folk Blues May 9th – Martin Alvarado

Returning to the Granary Theatre after his sold out performance last year is Argentina’s world renowned tango vocalist, Martín Alvarado who will deliver a mesmerising evening of tango songs accompanied by world class musician Claudio Constantini on piano and bandoneón (Argentine button accordian).

May 16th - Kim Richey & Gareth Dunlop.

Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Gareth Dunlop is from Belfast and was hailed “One to Watch”  by BBC Radio Ulster and named 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year at the Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.

May 17th - Second Side present Love Steals Us From Loneliness...

A night out. Friends, alcohol, a rubbish club, a strop - the usual. But tonight is different. Tonight will change things forever. A play about the stupid things you do when you’re young and f**ked. Set in Great Yarmouth, it explores growing up, the horrible things we do to each other and the ways in which life can surprise you. The performance contains language and themes some people may find offensive.

May 23rd - 24th - Baroque Theatre Co

present Michael Treddinick’s Up Pompeii. Based on the original characters from the BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the favourites in this full-length play. As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up in the myriad of liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house. Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance–what could it possibly be?

May 27th - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston.

Miranda Sykes is well known as the third member of SHOW OF HANDS. She is an accomplished singer and one of the few female double bassists in England. Rex Preston has a reputation as a fine & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. Tickets on sale in the Wells Tourist Information Centre or book online at For queries regarding tickets ring 01328 710193 Visit for more details.


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The New Wolsey’s Secret The New Wolsey Theatre has a secret. Or at least it may seem like a secret when you start to talk about it. This secret is nothing to hide, it just so happens that not a lot of people know about it. The secret is… that they are a registered charity. Frequently asked questions include - in what way can a theatre be a charity? What will I be donating my money to, exactly? These are common questions and myths that they want to break down by simply telling you where your money goes. And believe them when they say, they are grateful for every penny! Your donations go to help the following projects: New Talent – As their Patron, Sir Trevor Nunn, states discovering and nurturing new talent is at the very heart of what the New Wolsey is about. They use money here to support the annual Pulse Festival, and the work developed and rolled out by their Creative Learning Programme. Pulse provides a platform for artists that are in the early stages of their career, whilst the demand of our Creative Learning programme is ever increasing, with artists and young people participating in workshops that they may not ever get to access otherwise. New Access – In late 2012, they proudly received a Most Welcoming Theatre award which reflects and recognises absolute commitment to community, inclusion and Access for all. To extend our access performance programme which includes a greater number of captioned performances for those who are hard of hearing, and more audio described performances with touch tours for those who are visually impaired. With our Agent for Change Ali Briggs in post, we plan to further our engagement with disability arts and artists to provide a development network and to change the way people think about and react to disabled artists. New Theatre – the delivery of great work to the widest possible audience with newly written and produced shows sits very highly amongst our goals. We have built a national reputation for the quality of our own productions and are acknowledged as a leading player in the development of our new musicals. If we can find the funding there is so much more we can do in bringing the magic of theatre to Ipswich and the region. If you feel inspired to make a donation, please call the Box Office on 01473 295900. Thank you!

theatre & film A New Theatre Company for Eye It’s not often that a quiet market town gets its very own brand new professional theatre company. But Eye, Suffolk is breaking the mould. The New Eye Professional Theatre is made up of a group of local actors with a vast wealth of experience between them. The Company is based at the Bank Community Arts Centre in Eye, from where short tours are planned to visit other Theatre venues. Rather than just following in the tradition of performing only established stage plays, the Company is also producing new works and developing embryonic acting talent - regardless of age. Two of these exciting new works - both one act plays written by John Gleeson - will be premiering in Eye this month. The comedy ‘Body and Soulmates’ features Tim Hall and Jak Quartermaine playing hospital porters awaiting a night time call to carry out a nervous duty. Their tentative expectation reveals their fears and aspirations. Comedy/Drama ‘Bus Pass to Peterborough’ features Helen Fraser and Rob Johnson as an unlikely couple forced to wait together in an isolated rural bus shelter. Their ‘chalk and cheese’ lifestyles expose comic contradictions and deep-felt John Gleeson & Helen Fraser sadness. ‘We are really excited about the Company and can’t wait to attract more talent to our fold,’ says John Gleeson. ‘As a town, we’ve missed our theatre which closed down some eight years ago. The opening of the Bank Community Arts Centre is a blessing for us. Other forms of entrainment are to be introduced whether it be music, radio, film, dance or even stand-up comedy or celebrity speakers.’ Body and Soulmates and Bus Pass to Peterborough are both performed in the same evening. The tour will be arriving soon at a town or village near you. The Bank, Eye - April 26th-27th. John Peel Centre, Stowmarket - May 1st Fisher Theatre, Bungay - May 2nd Botesdale Village Hall - May 8th Wingfield Barns - May 9th For tickets contact individual venues.

Tim Hall & Jak Quartermaine


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Classic Cinema at Cinema City

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE Sunday 11 May, 5.00pm There’s a new kid in town. He has a past that troubles him and hopes to find a replacement love for what’s missing at home. He forms a relationship with Judy (Natalie Wood) and a friendship with Ray (Edward Platt) and receives adulation from Pluto (Sal Mineo), but still has to fight his peers to gain respect. The switchknife and the speeding car are the weapons of choice. With an Academy-Award winning script by Stewart Stern (and Awards for the two key support performances), REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE became a classic even in its day. This fine new transfer from the BFI - in its original aspect ratio - with some newly restored elements retains the authentic 1950s mood but provides optimum sound, and is an essential item in any serious home film library. The film’s dramatic content is universal and timeless: the generation gap. But as usual, it’s not just what it is, but how..


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Some of the capital’s finest new small-scale theatre comes to Great Yarmouth this month in a programme called Unwrapped Theatre. Unwrapped is a new initiative from SeaChange Arts and the Collaborative Touring Network, headed by Battersea Arts Centre. The trio of shows includes Major Tom, in which Victoria Melody and her unruly Basset Hound recount their efforts to dominate the twin challenges of beauty pageants and the show-dog circuit. This obsessive and confusing world of personal scrutiny is explored and exploded in this acclaimed and humorous onewoman, one-dog show. ‘Major Tom is the most ambitious and challenging show I have created,’ says Victoria. ‘Over the course of a couple of years I have literally metamorphosed into a beauty queen and a champion show dog handler. Whilst this has been a lot of fun it has also created its fair share of problems.’ Those problems included overcoming being told Major Tom’s ribcage was too large and that she’d better off investing in a new dog. As a self-confessed ‘slight-chubby’, she also received the predictable advice that she needed to loose weight. Despite this, Victoria’s now the current holder of Mrs Brighton! Discover this unlikely tale of two underdogs at St. George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth on Friday 11 April. Tickets just £5, available on 01493 331484. For further information on Major Tom and the rest of the Unwrapped Theatre programme, visit

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Music News The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Direct from London’s West End, awardwinning actor Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly in ‘Buddy - The Musical’) and a full cast of performers tell the compelling story of the greatest music duo of all time in this 50th Anniversary Celebration appearing at Lowestoft Marina Theatre on May 4th. Using original photos and film footage, it also features a live band performing all their hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, Cecilia’, ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ and many more.

Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane

The Marble Hall at Holkham Hall is the perfect setting for a classical concert. On May 10th, the extremely talented Gould Piano Trio will be performing. For over 20 years, the Gould Piano Trio has remained at the forefront of the chamber music scene, having been launched into an international career by winning the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. They perform at major festivals and venues in the UK and abroad, with regular tours to the USA. Together with Robert Plane, soloist and principal clarinet of the BBC Orchestra of Wales, they created the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumberland. Robert is a keen promoter of undeservedly neglected English music and the programme reflects his interest with the inclusion of works by Frank Bridge and Gerald Finzi. These two works are framed by Beethoven’s early and spirited Clarinet Trio and one of the bestloved works in all chamber music, Dvorak’s ‘Dumky’ Piano Trio; a six movement, Bohemian fantasy.

Norwich Arts Centre: Ben Watt with Bernard Butler

After 20 years in Everything but the Girl, and 10 years as a respected DJ and record label boss, Ben Watt has just completed two creative solo projects. The first is his second book - Romany and Tom - which is a dazzling portrait of his parents. The second is ‘Hendra’, his first solo album for over 30 years. Ben is touring as a duo with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on guitar and appears at Norwich Arts Centre on April 23rd.

music Cambridge Summer Music Music in Quiet Places & The Spring Concert Series Cambridge Summer Music presents a double portion of musical Spring delights! The success of Music in Quiet Places, which only started two years ago, has been in presenting great music in many different Cambridgeshire villages. Audiences have come from both the villages themselves or from further afield to explore new places, perhaps visiting a local pub before immersing themselves in beautiful music in a local church. Girton, Comberton, Landbeach, and Balsham are this Spring season’s Quiet Places to enjoy. Vivaldi from La Serenissima, Beethoven and Mendelssohn quartets from the Wu String Quartet, traditional and mesmerising folk music from Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid and music with a wartime theme by Westcombe Brass is the tantalising four-concert offer, all on Friday evenings. Meanwhile five Spring concerts will take place in equally serene city settings in Cambridge including the beautiful Chapels of Jesus College Tom Poster and Sidney Sussex College. You can hear music for the cello from Bartholomew LaFollette “the most exciting young classical talent in Britain”, gorgeous singing by two singers from English Touring Opera’s cast of superb soloists, sonatas by Bach from the renowned violinist Jacqueline Ross, and a programme of solo piano works by Grieg, Beethoven and Chopin played by the “marvel who can play anything in any style”, Tom Poster. The series finishes with organist Anne Page along with historian and TV presenter Paul Binski in a fascinating look at two Cambridge colleges and their organs. These concerts provide a taster for the Cambridge Summer Music Festival in July, with performances by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Sing-Akademie conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, the Aurora Orchestra with Jitterbug, Jacqui Dankworth, Joanna MacGregor, Lucy Parham & Henry Goodman, Roderick Williams, and St John’s College Choir, to name but a few highlights. For details of all the Music in Quiet Places and Spring concerts, as well as some of the July Festival concerts, please visit the website email: or phone 01223 894161 to request your brochure for these concerts .


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Bury Festival 2014: A Feast of the Arts The Bury St Edmunds Festival is back to ten days this year, with a packed programme of high quality events running from Friday May 16th to Sunday May 25th 2014. Based at the award-winning Apex concert hall, Festival events will also take place at the Theatre Royal, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Athenaeum, St Mary’s Church, Unitarian Meeting House, The Hunter Club, Bury Picture House, Smiths Row and Elsey’s Yard.

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Festival organisers are working closely with the Theatre Royal, other arts venues, businesses and community groups to involve local people and attract visitors to the area. This year’s Festival is providing a weekend of free street entertainment around the town sponsored by the Our Bury St Edmunds and Arc and coincides with the display of the Lincoln Magna Carta at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in preparation for the 800th anniversary celebrations. Festival Manager, Nick Wells says: ‘It’s great to have the Festival back to full strength and to be able to make the most of the wonderful venues to bring top performers to the town.’

Highlights include:

The return of Penguin Café, the powerful sound behind countless theme tunes, the amazing Aurora Orchestra players distilling the essence of Mahler’s 1st Symphony and brass band champions Fodens Band. Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating its first year since Dixie Strollers making its Festival debut and the inaugural concert of Suffolk Camerata a new chamber orchestra founded by professional conductor Ben Palmer, who went to school in Bury St Edmunds. A weekend of free Street Entertainment kicking off with Bury Busk musicians all over the town on the Saturday and then on Sunday Onyx Brass perform on Charter Square followed by entertaining street theatre performers. The much-loved Mbawalu band is back to perform South African jazz grooves at the Apex with a 200-strong township choir of local adults and primary school children singers, and Kosmos offer world music What the World Needs Now …The Music of Burt Bacharach re-lives the sound of classic pop with a top band and singers performing his hits from the charts, stage and screen, while the emotive songs of folk legends The Fureys have entertained audiences for many years. Renowned soloists Lavinia Meijer, a Dutch harpist whose recordings of music by Einaudi and Philip Glass are top-sellers, and pianist Lara Melda, a rising star since winning BBC Young Musician in 2010. The Armonico Consort along with the English Cornett and Sackbut Nine Daies Wonder

what’s on Ensemble perform breathtaking medieval plainchants and motets including Tallis’ Spem in Allium, which topped the classical charts after featuring in the best-selling novel ‘50 Shades of Grey’. Festival favourites Endellion String Quartet and poet Wendy Cope combine music by Roxanna Panufnik and witty poems caricaturing members of The Audience, while the Royal Academy of Music String Soloists make a popular return. Acclaimed dancer Steven Player re-creates the bawdy Elizabethan Supersize polyphony jigs performed by Shakespearian actor Will Kemp in his Nine Daies Wonder from London to Norwich, while Bach and the Organist’s Daughter by Respectable Groove tells the true story of another surprising musical journey. Salsa dancing to Son Yambu Cuban band, exploring The Beauty of the Bossa Nova with award-winning singer Georgia Mancio, or the explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing of Jaleo Flamenco. Fun for all the family with comedy cabaret from hit variety troupe Slightly Fat Features, a special Comedy Club 4 Kids featuring top comedians without the rude bits, and world-famous Gandini Juggling mixing circus and theatre. Laid back lunchtimes every week day at the Apex featuring the engaging 4 Girls and 4 Harps, saxophonist Alan Barnes, upbeat Dixie Strollers, and West Suffolk Youth Lara Melda Jazz Orchestra to name a few. Also look out for the brilliant comic, Rainer Hersch’s show All Classical Music Explained – a simple and stupid approach to a difficult subject! Is the triangle hard? What do conductors actually do? …and why classical music is so much like sex. Plus a season of previews at the Abbeygate Picturehouse, themed walks, art exhibitions, organ recitals, and much more…. 4 Girls 4 Harps To view the Festival brochure, or book tickets go to Tickets can also be bought from the Apex Box Office on 01284 758000. Follow the Festival on Twitter @buryfestival

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival This fantastic annual arts feast for the East brings international stars, community engagement and artistic diversity to Norfolk. Norfolk & Norwich Festival enjoys an ever-growing reputation for innovative and inspirational events as one of the UK’s big four arts festivals. The 2014 Festival runs from May 9th-25th with free outdoor spectaculars, the best contemporary and classical music, theatre, circus and dance, engaging children’s shows, thought-provoking visual arts, literary events and the ever popular Adnams Spiegeltent. It’s always hard to choose highlights from such an impressive programme but amongst the big hitters is one of only four UK appearances from Dmitry Krymov’s Opus No 7, an extraordinary theatrical experience from Russia exploring the relationship between the artist and the autocratic state. Brilliant Australian circus company Circa follow their 2013 sell-outs How Like An Angel and Beyond with the UK premier of S set to the intoxicating music of the Kronos Quartet. Michael Clark Company’s latest work animal/ vegetable/mineral with its soundtrack of Sex Pistols, Scritti Politti etc easily maintains the standards expected from this British dance iconoclast. David Leddy’s dynamic, uplifting and boisterous play Long Live The Little Knife takes a micro tour of the county. Legendary record producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, REM, John Martyn, Fairport Convention) will talk about his book chronicling his 1960s musical adventures. As part of The UNESCO City of Literature programme novelist Kate Mosse delivers the second Harriet Martineau lecture, celebrating the life and legacy of the 19th Century radical, the world’s first female journalist. With a selection including big names of the classical world, Royal Academy of Music stars of the future, world music of the highest calibre and 2014 Grammy winners Snarky Puppy, this is perhaps the most varied music line-up the Festival has seen in its 240+ years. In his 75th year South African trumpet maestro Hugh Masekela is still performing music that knows no boundaries encompassing jazz, funk,

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what’s on hip-hop and the urban township jive of his birthplace. From Mali comes Toumani Diabaté the world’s greatest kora exponent performing with his son Sidiki and there are shows from sultry Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan. Pianist, composer and bandleader Mike Westbrook brings a rare chance to hear his jazz settings of William Blake’s poetry while Jessie Ware/ Paloma Faith producer Dave Okumu and The Invisible team up with brilliant Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa for the world premiere of their new commission Stars Align. There are treats for the eyes too with three visual arts projects commissioned especially for the Festival. Cork based Stephen Brandes’ The Last Travelogue Of Albert Sitzfleisch uses multiple billboards in Norwich’s Upper Cathedral Close and Tim Davis’ Within includes a new film reflecting Norwich’s historic context. Tipping Point is the world premiere of a kinetic sound sculpture from Bristol based artist Kathy Hinde. Using suspended glass vessels filled with differing levels of water Hinde will create an immersive sonic experience enhanced by responsive LED lighting. For night owls [Live] Art Club is the late night Festival club with a distinct difference. Moments of wild artistic abandon including a 3-day pop up appearance from the remarkable café as art installation Hunt & Darton Cafe. Full details of all Norfolk & Norwich Festival events are at where you can also book tickets.

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local arts scene Beautiful Lavenham

Lavenham is, without a doubt, one of the finest and most attractive medieval villages in England. Back in the sixteenth century it would have been wrong to label Lavenham a village. This flourishing and wealthy wool town was famous for a coarse, woad-dyed broadcloth that was known as far away as Russia. In fact, in 1524, it was England’s 14th richest town until a generation later when the cloth industry collapsed. One thing that still remains however are the huge number of timber-framed buildings - more than 300 buildings are listed as being of architectural and historical interest - making Lavenham one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the country. History lovers must visit the famous National Trust Lavenham Guildhall and the Little Hall in the town’s Market Place. Today, Lavenham is steeped in historic significance but has two feet firmly in the modern world with an array of art galleries, independent shops, fine dining restaurants, pubs, cafes and holiday accommodation. In May 2014 it hosts its bi-annual Art Festival which provides the perfect opportunity for people to come and sample this truly magical place.

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Lavenham Art Festival 2014 Bank Holiday Weekend May 24th-26th             

This is the weekend when the beautiful medieval village of Lavenham - home to so many artists and creative talent - turns into a walking art tour, with open studios to visit and many exciting and unusual artistic events taking place in the old Market Place. At least 10 local artists and sculptors will be opening their own studios or exhibiting in the glorious gallery at Lavenham Hall and Lavenham Photographic Studio and they will all be on hand to show their work and discuss it.  A once -in-a-year opportunity as they usually create their masterpieces behind closed doors! The three-day festival includes hands-on activities for children in marquees in the Market Place and fascinating displays in the historic Little Hall by  the village’s potters, weavers and spinners.   There will also be the chance to watch a piece of jewellery being designed and created by local jeweller Jonathan Lambert and works in progress by quilt-makers and tapestrymakers. One of the festival highlights will be a  unique ‘moving art project’ by one of the country’s top sculptors, Kate Denton, whose gallery at Lavenham Hall will also be open.  She just hopes the ‘project’ won’t move too much as it involves two unpredictable Shetland ponies…….Kate will be making life-size sculptures of the ponies in the Market Place -- an amazing spectacle to watch from start to finish. Wildlife artist Peter Partington will be drawing live birds of prey and Vernon Lever and Dave Gilbert will be working with ‘budding artists’ - local and visiting children - to create and colour in a giant mural of Lavenham. Artist Elizabeth de Alwis will be organising painting and drawing for children and will also create pen portraits of people and pets. All the village galleries will be involved, with special exhibitions for the weekend.

local arts scene You can pick up free colour programmes with a map showing where all the events are taking place and Lavenham’s renowned Great House restaurant will be selling food and drinks. The Suffolk Art Society are staging an exhibition in the church and the local school will also be exhibiting pupils’ art works. For more information about this wonderful weekend of art go to


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Beautiful Galleries in Lavenham The Wildlife Art Gallery

The WAG was opened in 1988 and in the intervening years has shown work by most of the leading wildlife artists. Artists from America and Europe alongside the UK members of The Society of Wildlife Artists have shown the wide breadth of styles and approach there are in capturing our natural world. It has been fortunate in hosting studio exhibitions of artists such as Eric Ennion, R B Talbot Kelly, Sir Peter Scott, Harry Becker and George and Eileen Soper. To coincide with this years Lavenham Arts Fair, the gallery which is situated next door to the Swan Hotel, is showing Colin See-Paynton’s new exhibition of wood engravings ‘Nocturnal Encounters’ alongside work of the late printmaker Pauline S Hall.   Colin See-Paynton is recognised as one of the leading artists of wood engraving, a true master in this medium, taking it to an entirely new dimension. His inspiration is the natural world around him, which he meticulously studies, so that the finished image totally encaptures the movement and habitat of the subject. Colin is a Fellow of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of PainterPrintmakers and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. “Colin See-Paynton has introduced yet another vision to the rich tradition of wood engraving. His delight in the lines of a bird so elegantly inscribed by the cut of his graver, his skill in varying texture even though he only has black and white with which to do so, his palpable pleasure in composing his subjects into joyous designs have brought something new to the portrayal of birds. It is a true privilege to provide these few words to introduce them.”  Sir David Attenborough  

Pauline S. Hall 1918 -2007

Pauline studied physiology and zoology at Birmingham University. In 1955 she accompanied her husband to Cape Town, where the wildlife greatly inspired her imagination. She enrolled at the Michaelis School of Art at Cape Town University, studying life drawing and printmaking techniques. She returned to the UK in 1960, but still made numerous trips back to South and East Africa. Pauline excelled at print making and from her studio in Warwickshire produced outstanding images of African wildlife, and later on her second love Siamese cats. In 1964 Pauline was one of the first artists to be elected as a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists. Tel: 01787 248562 All framing for the three Lavenham Galleries is by College Farm Picture Framers. They can be contacted on 01787 247190.

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The Lion House Gallery

Nestling in the centre of the delightful medieval village of Lavenham is the warm and welcoming Lion House Gallery. Established now for almost four years, this artist-led gallery is fast gaining a reputation for showcasing the very best in professional British arts and crafts from East Anglia and beyond. Carefully chosen by owner Lizzi Stevens, ably assisted by her right-hand assistant Jane Crick, a stable of artists has been gathered together making original, unique and highly desirable work in a wide variety of media – paintings, original prints, ceramics, glass, wood and silver. The emphasis is on the quirky and unusual, and the gallery is proud to exhibit and support work by both established and up and coming artists. The Lion House Gallery Lavenham Suffolk   CO10 9PR Tel. 01787 249616 email:

Lavenham Contemporary

Painter Paul Evans’ knowledge of the landscape and the wildlife surrounding his home in Suffolk is startling. By isolating a few key locations in and around this area, as well as in his favoured Cornwall and birth county of Sussex, Paul is able to capture a deep sense of place in his work.  We also become privy to sun drenched cornfields, bridle paths delicately edged in hoar frost or a dazzling array of wildflowers with their radiant robes of colour.   Decades of familiarity has enabled artist Paul Evans to showcase nature in all her glory.  But it is his innate skill, and this sense of place, that allows him to incorporate the sounds, smells and atmosphere of one specific moment which is most impressive.  So many artists paint landscapes, but for Paul it is not just about bringing to life the scene set out before him.  He has taken an age-old subject and enables us to be part of it, to see it through his eyes as our senses become alert to his vantage point. Paul Evans is a rare artist.  He manages to lift you out of the confines of your own life to be transported next to him, perceiving the land through his eyes. For a few moments we too step back and watch the scene before us fall into focus and perspective.  Captivating and honest, Paul’s vision allows us to find ourselves at one with nature, and finally discover our own true sense of place.   A selection of new paintings, limited edition prints, books and greetings cards are always available from the artist’s own gallery. Lavenham Contemporary High Street  Lavenham  Suffolk CO10 9PT Tel. 01787 249451 Email:


ARTSeast April 2014

Water Street Glass Water Street Glass is a delightful gift shop in the medieval village of Lavenham. Selling all kinds of glass gift ware there is plenty of choice to suit all tastes and budgets, from inexpensive earring dishes from Cornwall to more exclusive wall art local to Suffolk. Every piece is handmade in the UK no two are ever the same - so you are guaranteed an unique gift for friends and family or even just as a treat for yourself. Owner Katrina Farrow guarantees you a warm welcome. Feel free to browse the shop at your leisure and allow yourself time to enjoy the diverse mix of colours, shapes and styles of glass on offer. She is always on hand to answer any questions. The glass cabinets are open for you to inspect the many pieces of handmade jewellery for that special someone. In fact, Water Street Glass encourages you to handle the items on display so that you can better appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece.


Gay Hutchings Glass Artist, Painter & Printmaker Contemporary Glass Art Colourful and decorative fused glass pieces inspired by nature; the colours, shapes and light of landscape, together with a large dose of imagination. 47 High Street Lavenham Suffolk CO10 9PY Tel. 01787247506 Email:


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Lifestyle What interests you? Visual arts Music Film Theatre Dance Gigs Literature Photography How often do you visit the theatre? Never Very occasionally Once a month More often How likely are you to visit an art gallery? Never Very occasionally Regular visitor How often do you go to a music event? Never Very occasionally Every opportunity How often do you dine out in a restaurant? Never Only special occasions Once a week Once a month

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The Angel Hotel, Lavenham is delighted to offer a two course meal for two with a bottle of house wine. To be in with a chance of winning, just complete this page and post to ARTSeast, Dolphin House (First Floor), 23 Church Street, DIss, Norfolk, IP21 4DD. Name Address Email

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ARTSeast main pick up points Aldeburgh: Aldeburgh Cinema , Aldeburgh Gallery, Aldeburgh Music, David’s Place, Thompson’s Gallery, The White Lion Hotel Attleborough: DCR Music. Beccles: Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, Beccles Sewing & Handicrafts , Blyburgate Antiques, Honeysuckle Days, Number 21a Retro & Crafts, Twyfords Cafe, Vintage Mischief Bungay: The Art Trading Company, Bells of Suffolk, Cork Brick Gallery and Antiques, Earsham Street Gallery, Fisher Theatre, No 4, The Castle Inn, The Old Bank. Burnham Market: Fairfax Gallery, Mable’s Paint Pot, The Hoste Hotel Bury St Edmunds: Abbeygate Picturehouse, Balaam’s Music, Benson Blakes, Cafe Del Mar, Cafe Rogue, Caffé Nero, Elizabeth Gash, Hatter Street Studio, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Ottewill Art (Denny Bros), Really Rather Good Coffee House, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Smiths Row, Street Level Cafe, The Angel Hotel, The Apex, The Athenaeum, The Coffee House, The Lounge, The Priory Hotel, Theatre Royal, Walton Veldhuizen Art. Cromer: Blue Willow tea rooms, Huckleberries, Pavillion Bar, Rocket House Café, Sticky Earth Ceramic Café, The Gallery, The Garden House , The Pier Pavillion Dereham: Art Academy East, Bead This, Craft That, Norfolk Camera Centre, Norfolk Images Gallery, Sounds Music Shop, Wetherspoon Hotel Diss: Amandines Cafe, Designer Makers, Diss Corn Hall, Falcon Publications (above Ashtons), Happy Palace, Orchard Frames, Park Hotel, Photo Elite, Sundown Guitars, The Hub Eye: The Bank Community Arts Centre Halesworth: Angel Hotel, Cafe Frappa, Coast & Country, The Cut, Focus Organic, Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth Stationers, Metherells Auctioneers & Valuers, The Little Gallery, World Land Trust. Harleston: Chameleon House Restaurant, Cornucopia, Egg ‘n’ Easel Café, JD Young Hotel, Millhouse Pottery, Robinson’s, Sparkle and Flair, The Swan Hotel, Town Living. Holt: Baron Art, Bircham Gallery, Doodle Pots, Feathers Hotel, Folly Tearoom, Horatio Mugs, Jeremy Barlow Fine Art, Photographers’ Gallery, Picturecraft Gallery, The Barn Cafe-Bistro, The Café, The Last Picture Show. Ipswich: New Wolsey Theatre Lavenham: Angel Gallery, Angel Hotel, Chilli & Chives, Elizabeth Gash, Lavenham Guildhall, Great House, Lion House Gallery, Marshbeck Interiors, Munnings tearoom, Sweetmeats tearoom, The Swan, The Wildlife Art Gallery, Water Street Glass Leiston: Film Theatre Long Melford: George & Dragon, Imagine Gallery, Kentwell Hall, Landers Bookshop, Long Melford Fine Foods, Long Melford Swan, Melford Antiques & Interiors, The Bead Boutique, The Bull Hotel, The Crown Inn, The Hunter Gallery, The Jessica Muir Gallery, The Lounge. Norwich: Anteros Arts Foundation, Artorios, Artshoproject, Bert Western Brook Hotel, Blackfriars Hall, Café Rogue, Cinema City, Crome Gallery, Dunston Hall, Expresso, Fairhurst Gallery, Finnie’s Juice Bar, Flat House, Frank’s Bar, Ground Coffee Shop, Head in the Clouds, Jack White Music, Jade Tree ,King of Hearts, Café Loch Fyne Restaurant, Maddermarket Theatre, Maids Head Hotel, Mandell’s Gallery, No 33 Café Bar, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Art Supplies, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich University of the Arts, Open, St Giles House Hotel, St Gregory’s Antiques, Saints Bistro , Strangers Coffee House, Take 5, The Assembly House, Theatre Royal, The Forum, The Garage, The Guildhall, The Iron House Brasserie, The Last Wine Bar, The Library Restaurant The Playhouse, The Playhouse Bar, The Ribs of Beef, Stew Gallery Scole: Scole Inn. Snape: Aldeburgh Music, Granary Teashop, The Gallery at Snape Maltings. Southwold: Blyth Hotel, Buckenham Galleries, Craftco, Gallery Thea, Le Roc, Saint Felix School, Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold Summer Theatre, Sutherland House & Restaurant, The Crown, The Swan Hotel Stowmarket: John Peel Centre, Museum of East Anglian Life, Pickwicks Coffee Shop, Regal Theatre, Style, West Suffolk College, Winchester’s Wine Bar Sudbury: Art & Framing Centre, Gainsborough House, Quay Theatre Wells-next-the-Sea: Ashley Studios, Bean 2 The Coast, Granary Theatre, Ollies Restaurant & The Edinburgh Inn, Saltmarsh Coast Gallery, Sands Restaurant, The Crown Hotel, The Globe Inn, Wells Deli. Woodbridge: Fraser Gallery, Georgian Coffee House, Jars of Clay, RE + new gallery, The Bull Hotel, The Crown, The Riverside Theatre, Top Floor Studio Gallery, Woodbridge Violins. Wymondham: Creative Arts East, Kett’s Books, The Coffee Shop, Wymondham Art Centre. Also at tourist information centres and libraries across the region.

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Dolphin House (first floor) Church Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4DD Dolphin House (first floor), 23 Church Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4DD telephone 01379 415 002 telephone 01379 415002

Artseast April 2014  

Welcome to ARTSeast - The April 2014 edition of the arts magazine for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge.