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Waveney Sculpture trail will feature new music from Norfolk folk duo Laura Cannell and Polly Wright

A sculpture at Waveney Sculpture Trail Credit: Andy Jarrett

The Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will return to south Norfolk for five weeks this weekend.

Previous years have seen thousands of visitors attend the trail, which will this year feature the work of 38 different artists.

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event takes place at The Raveningham Centre, ten miles south of Norwich, on a three-acre site of lawns, hidden groves, orchards and walkways.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s trail will boast sound installations as well as 3-D constructions and sculpture.

An installation by musicians Laura Cannell and Polly Wright involves brightly coloured telephone receivers set amongst the trees. Visitors will be able to hear tracks from their new album, Sing as the Crow Flies.

Earlier this month, the duo’s debut vocal album, which was recorded in the centre, was named folk album of the week by The Guardian.

In it, the composers and performers re-voice the voices of the lost, forgotten and hidden people who have lived through the centuries in the rural landscape of the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Growing up on either side of the River Yare, with a common love of the area, Laura and Polly share deep roots in the marshes and traditions of this rural area. Polly Wright said:

Installation by Laura Cannell Credit: Laura Cannell

“I am very excited that my new musical collaboration with Laura Cannell features as part of this year’s sculpture trail. “It was wonderful creating experimental music in the haunting acoustics of Raveningham Church, responding to our beloved local marshland landscapes and the folklore and atmosphere which is entrenched so deeply within them.”

– Polly Wright

Both established and up-and-coming artists have explored the theme of The Woven Woodland for this year’s sculpture trail using materials, structures and creative ideas in the meadows, woodland and natural spaces at Raveningham. Nicky Stainton from Waveney & Blyth Arts said:

“We are so excited about this year's trail as almost half the artists are showing work with us for the first time. “The site has also extended and both these elements will mean that it will be a different experience for visitors. We are also happy to welcome back some of the artists from previous years and know that there is a lot of fascinating and beautiful work being created behind the scenes."

– Nicky Stainton, Waveney & Blyth Arts

Last year 4,000 visitors completed the sculpture trail.

Most 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.

The trail runs from Friday 2 August until Sunday 8 September and is open every day from 10am until 5pm at The Raveningham Centre in Beccles Road, Raveningham.

For more information, visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com