Art on the Prom, one of Suffolk’s annual calendar highlights, is expected to draw in over 20,000 visitors to Felixstowe’s historic seafront promenade. The contemporary art exhibition is free to the public and aims to encourage people to experience the joy of making and selling art. From 10am on Sunday 6th September the public will also have the opportunity to see the supersized deckchair installation created by one of the artists, Ruth Richmond, specifically for the event. Due to popular demand the opening hours have been extended this year.
Visitors will be able to view and purchase some of Felixstowe and Suffolk’s finest work from local artists. Now in its 12th year and with over 80 stalls this year’s event is expected to draw thousands to the region.
Over 100 hundred artists will be showcasing a wide range of paintings, ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and textiles. The organisers hope the quality and commitment to art in the region inspires all those who attend not only to consider buying art but also to have a go themselves, with free workshops open to all ages lead by qualified artists. Visitors can turn their hand to mono printing, mosaics, 3D picture postcards, clay tiles, cardboard models and painted flags and banners.
There is a range of entertainment on offer including the Tutti Frutti voices and, new this year, Mambo Chutney who will perform jazz flavours from around the world. The Ipswich Hospital Band and Felixstowe Strings will also be performing. A blacksmith and a weaver will be demonstrating their skills live whilst the notorious stilt walkers cannot be missed. In addition the spectacular Team Spirit cheer leaders will be entertaining the crowds.
During the summer, Art on the Prom’s artists have been working with children from the Grange, Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin schools. Miss Plant who is a teacher at Trimley St Mary School voiced that: “It was great for the children to have the opportunity to work with a professional artist. Heather was fantastic with the children and gave them lots of ideas, materials and help to produce their own works of art.” Heather Prince is an artist who will be leading one of the art activity tents this year. All of the schools’ work will be displayed and enjoyed near the six free activity tents situated on the grass by Bent Hill.
As Art on the Prom organiser Stephen Wyatt comments: “Art on the Prom is a non-profit making event which aims to promote well-being and foster a sense of pride in our community.”
Stephen’s wife and co-organiser Mary Wyatt commented: “We are so happy to treat the public to even more exhibitions and free activity workshops this year. It is a perfect way to get creative and have fun with the whole family. We always welcome volunteers to help give out programmes so if people would like to get involved they can contact us via our website.”
The event is wheelchair accessible and there are facilities to support those with disabilities.
For further information on Felixstowe’s enticing exhibition visit Art on the Prom’s website: www.artontheprom.org