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Heritage art trail set to open this summer

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 June 2018

Wells Heritage Art Trail - Tony Bellars Photo: Wells Heritage Art Trail

Wells Heritage Art Trail - Tony Bellars Photo: Wells Heritage Art Trail

Wells Heritage Art Trail

A series of fascinating sculptures celebrating the rich and varied history of Wells-next-the-Sea is to be shown in the towns first ever outdoor art trail.

Wells Heritage Art Trail - Polly Ionides WHELK at Wells Maltings Photo: Wells Heritage Art TrailWells Heritage Art Trail - Polly Ionides WHELK at Wells Maltings Photo: Wells Heritage Art Trail

All the work in the Wells Heritage Trail has been created by Norfolk artists specifically for the event which will open to the public on Saturday, June 28 and will run until the end of September.

Commissioned by Wells Maltings, the new £5m arts, heritage and community hub on Staithe Street, and funded by the Heritage Lottery, the Wells Heritage Art Trail will feature 17 artworks by 26 artists, all of which will be for sale.

The trail has been curated by well-known Wells residents and art experts John and Yvonne Millwood. It should take around an hour and a half to complete.

Free trail maps will be available from the new Wells Maltings complex, which will also open at the end of June.

Wells Heritage Art Trail - Jack Cox in Tugboat Yard by Linda and Frances Pattrick Photo: Wells Heritage Art TrailWells Heritage Art Trail - Jack Cox in Tugboat Yard by Linda and Frances Pattrick Photo: Wells Heritage Art Trail

Mr Millwood said: “The Wells Heritage Art Trail celebrates the life of the Wells people of sea and shore, past and present, with each artwork telling its own story.

“The trail begins in Wells Maltings and then runs to the harbour, with two extensions - one out along East Quay, and then it jumps a mile along the side of the channel, with two works at the Beach Cafe and one in the pinewoods.

“All the works reflect the heritage of Wells. The art trail should be appealing to local people and to all those interested in life on the sea and the shore. It’s accessible to all.”

The trail will be made up from glass, wood, metal, stone, rope and more, with each of the 17 artworks having been created specifically for its own particular site to reflect an aspect of heritage in an appropriate setting.

The artists involved in the trail are Kate Allsop and the Wells Ceramic Group, Nick Ball, Nigel Barnett, Tony Bellars, Sarah Caputo and Neal French, Mary Crofts, Kaitlin Ferguson, Polly Ionides, Rachael Long, Debbie Lyddon, Florence North Foster, Linda and Frances Pattrick, Andrew Ruffhead, Andrew Schumann, Gordon Senior, Robert Smith with Hather Tamplin, and Teucer Wilson.

For more information on the Wells Heritage Art Trail, visit www.wellsmaltings.org.uk or follow Wells Maltings Trust on Facebook and @WellsMaltings on Twitter.

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