Waveney & Blyth Arts reflects and promotes the rich cultural identity of north Suffolk and south Norfolk through the arts. We support the work of artists, musicians, writers and makers in the area, as well as partnering with other arts organisations. Our mission is to build connections between people, the arts and places by creating art and engaging our communities.
We initiate and support events, exhibitions, projects and workshops, and collaborate with organisations and artists to bring the arts to a wide audience.
We work across the towns and surrounding areas of Diss, Harleston, Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth along the river Waveney, and also the areas around Halesworth and Southwold in the Blyth valley.
- Celebrate – an annual environmental arts programme of activities inspired by the area, including themed creative walks, performances, exhibitions and workshops, running from summer to autumn
- Sculpture in the Valley – 27 May – 26 June 2022 at Potton Hall, Saxmundham – an annual sculpture event which attracts up to 5000 visitors, celebrates art in the landscape and showcases excellent arts work from across the area
- Monthly newsletters – promoting our W&BA programme alongside member’s creative events, and listings of local jobs and opportunities across the wider region
- Themed workshops, networking opportunities and an Annual General Meeting with speakers from the regional arts & culture sector
Waveney & Blyth Arts is run by a Management Committee who meet monthly. The members include our Chair: Spadge Hopkins, Treasurer: Jade Nice, Secretary: Brian Guthrie, Simon Raven, Vicky Russ and Grace Adam. Our programme is developed by this Committee, and led by local volunteers, writers, artists, historians, ecologists and residents.
Our Honorary President is Richard Mabey.