About The Exhibition: The Raveningham Centre offers opportunities for site specific work and sculpture in the grounds of Castell Farm, a Tudor farmhouse with 3 acres of meadow, gardens and woodland. The Ravenous Cafe is on site and will feature an exhibition of textile works responding to The Creative Odyssey theme with further works by sculpture trail participants and invited artists in the farmhouse popup Gallery. The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU.
Commission on sales is 30% which goes towards management of the event and is then re-invested into the trail, the participating artists and future Creative Odyssey Projects. There will be a good opportunity to sell smaller artworks, cards, prints and books in the cafe and shop. Exhibiting artists are required to invigilate for 2 days during the Sculpture Trail. There will be four awards for participating artists, The Visitor’s Choice 1st £250, 2nd £200, 3rd £150 and The Curator’s Choice £250.
The 2020 Sculpture Trail at Raveningham will embrace the magic of the space at twilight with artworks which incorporate light or sculptures which are lit with the opportunity for evening viewings for visitors.
About The Curator: Sarah Cannell has curated the Waveney Valley Sculpture trail for 5 of its 6 years alongside curating 2 monthly 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.
Creative Odyssey Core Team: Sarah Cannell, Liz Cannell, Fern Spray, Lizzie Lawrence, Vicky Beck, Dana Adams, Jane Dutton. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved with the Sculpture Trail and other projects. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering with us.
Sculpture Trail History – The Waveney Valley 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 Geoff Doggett (founding trustee of the River Waveney Trust), Nicky Stainton (chairman of Waveney & Blyth Arts) and Sarah Cannell (freelance Curator and Artist), the River Waveney Trust were keen to have an Arts event on the site and Waveney & Blyth Arts engaged Sarah Cannell to curate and develop 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 needed 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 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 Waveney & Blyth Arts (our Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail partners at Raveningham for the past 3 years and previously at Earsham for 3 years) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an exciting new project in the Blyth valley called ‘Sculpture in the Valley 2020’. Sculptors and artists working in 3-D will be invited to explore the theme of ‘reflections on landscape’ in the amazing setting of Potton Hall at Westleton, near Dunwich. The exhibition has been postponed due to Covid-19 for more information go to www.waveneyandblytharts.com.