Raveningham

Raveningham Sculpture Trail 2022 – 31st July – 5th Sept

Tickets on sale here July 1st 2022

Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU

Check out this year’s Artists here

Raveningham Sculpture Trail is an established annual exhibition of contemporary artworks through 3 acres of semi-wild meadows, gardens and woodland in the grounds of Castell Farm, a Tudor farmhouse at The Raveningham Centre on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. The trail is curated by Sarah Cannell and is a Creative Odyssey CIC Project – Arts projects in nature to inspire and soothe the soul. This year will feature 60 selected artists from across the UK creating diverse site specific artworks for the trail and 2 pop-up gallery spaces. We welcome over 5000 visitors to the summer exhibition and create an uplifting, inspiring space for people to experience contemporary art in a rural setting. 

Book one timeslot (£6 + Eventbrite fee) which admits one person then visit with up to 5 additional people (max. group size 6 per timeslot). Pay for additional guests at the box office on arrival. Trail entry £6 per person, free for under 18s. 31st July – 5th Sept, 10-5pm, site closes at 6.30pm, Ravenous Cafe open daily 10-5pm. Some parts of the trail are wheelchair accessible, we have a mobility scooter available, more info at box office. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible toilets. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Check the website for up to date information about visiting the trail and about this years artist’s and our other work through the Creative Odyssey CIC. Follow us on Instagram at @raveninghamsculpturetrail  

As our personal and collective creative journeys have been thrown off course or changed tack wildly over the past couple of years we are continuing our Creative Odyssey at Raveningham by thinking particularly about journeys. Creative journeys as our community of artists continue dreaming, thriving and inspiring us, imagined or dream journeys, spiritual journeys and for some of us actual journeys. Artist’s will be responding to this theme and the magical natural site at Raveningham thinking about the flora/fauna which have lifted our spirits celebrating everything from the tiny Fungi in the woods to the beautiful Red Kites and Marsh Harriers above. Artworks will be in the form of sculpture, site specific works, stories, magic, sound, light, film and more for the meadows, pond, gardens, and woodland at Raveningham.

In the current climate it is of the utmost importance to us that artists and visitors alike are able to visit the trail safely. For this reason we have decided to keep the timeslot booking system we put in place last year to ensure everyone has a relaxing visit and that we keep the numbers of people on site manageable and spread out. The 3 acre trail route through meadows, gardens and woods is one way and the pop up gallery will be open but we ask that visitors wear masks when looking around the gallery.

During the pandemic the Raveningham Sculpture Trail has supported it’s community and artists and managed to open the gates during challenging times. We feel proud to be able to create a space for artists to regularly show and share their work safely with thousands of visitors. 2022 will feature our 2nd Woodland Lumiere and our 6th Raveningham Sculpture Trail. Please check the website www.raveninghamsculpturetrail.com for more information or sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out on forthcoming events. Follow us on Instagram @raveninghamsculpturetrail 

Annually we give four awards to participating artists, The Visitor’s Choice 1st £250, 2nd £200, 3rd £150 and The Curator’s Choice £200. Many of the artworks on the trail are available for sale and artists can be commissioned to create bespoke works for individual gardens.  

About The Curator: Sarah Cannell started the Raveningham Sculpture Trail, in 2014 with Waveney and Blyth Arts alongside curating 2 monthly solo and mixed exhibitions at Norwich Theatre Royal since 2007. She is an established freelance Artist and Curator, most recently running workshops for UEA students as part of their ‘Do Something Different’ festival. Sarah has curated many diverse arts exhibitions and projects around the UK including Salthouse Contemporary, Norwich Fringe Festival at the Factory 2003 – 2007 and managed one off exhibitions and commissions in London, Birmingham and Manchester. She has a unique ability to inspire and engage people in the Arts as well as being able to develop creative concepts which often involve large numbers of people to diverse audiences. More about Sarah’s practice at her website www.sarahcannell.com 

History – The Sculpture Trail arrived at Raveningham in 2017 after 3 successful years at a site along the river Waveney in Earsham, about 8 miles west of Raveningham. The Sculpture Trail was originally started through conversations between Nicky Stainton (chairman of Waveney & Blyth Arts), Sarah Cannell (freelance Curator and Artist) and Geoff Doggett (founding trustee of the River Waveney Trust). The River Waveney Trust were keen to have an Arts event on the site and Waveney & Blyth Arts engaged Sarah Cannell to curate, develop and deliver the creative vision for the trail. The first Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail in 2014 featured 16 artists installing work over the 7 acre site and in the cafe space, with around 1500 visitors. The Trail was curated by Sarah again in 2015 and by Dulcie Humphrey (Curator Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich) in 2016 with support from Sarah. When the site at Earsham was needed for a new project we had to find a new home for the trail within the Waveney Valley area and after a lot of consideration the trail was moved to Raveningham,  home to Sarah’s parents Liz and Mal Cannell and their established businesses. At this time Liz Cannell became more involved as site manger having supported the trail at Earsham with practical help voluntarily in previous years. The move to Raveningham, meant a huge amount of work to get the 3 acre site ready and the team along with friends, volunteers, artists, rediscovered woodland paths, planted a new meadow and shaped the natural space to create vistas and cosy nooks for sculptures to be exhibited. The Sculpture Trail began to take on a life of it’s own and really settled into the landscape. In 2019 there were 40 artists exhibiting on the trail with a further 20 in the pop up gallery and 5000 visitors over the 5 week exhibition.

The increased demands of running such a large event have meant that a new dedicated team of volunteers and artists has developed alongside the trail. In 2020 we rebranded as Raveningham Sculpture Trail and set up Creative Odyssey Projects CIC alongside the trail to develop more investment in the trail and wellbeing projects alongside the main exhibition. Find out more about Creative Odyssey Projects CIC.