RoughCast is an East Anglian theatre company. We produce classic works of theatre for the love of it and tour them throughout Suffolk and Norfolk. We are based loosely around the Harleston area.
A principal aim of IBBAS is to raise awareness of Harry Becker’s work, a fine artist who lived and worked here in the Blyth Valley in the early years of the 20th century.
The society runs an exhibition each year in August, which, since 2019, has been in held the “Cathedral of the Marshes”: Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk. The exhibition showcases over 100 contemporary artworks from East Anglian artists who find inspiration in Becker’s approach to his work. Each year new artists are added to our numbers, keeping the collection vibrant and exciting. Its a show with celebration at its heart, and Holy Trinity provides an additional layer of excitement to the Society’s goals, because it is where the Becker familia’s are buried; the favourite and much loved church of Becker’s daughter, and home to the tenor bell funded by Becker’s widow and daughter. We really feel at home in this light-filled, ancient space.
The ‘Paint-Out’ Competition which has become a regular part of the exhibition, grows in popularity each year, attracting artists whose speciality is painting ‘en plein air’. They certainly have a very beautiful landscape and building to use as their subject matter, and their work is places on display in the main exhibition.
We have recently incorporated an art workshop within the show, run by our Chair, the professional artist Annie Brundrit.
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Bee is a visual artist focussing on environmental arts, from tiny collage to large outdoor installations.
Her materials are textile, drawing photography and found / natural materials. She also makes performances, combining visual, song/ sound, and movement based on life stories and loving attention to the natural world. She is member of Anam Cora vocal ensemble, who are based within Norfolk/ Suffolk, and Mosaic dance group.
She has exhibited the last few years at the WBA sculpture trails, and at Raveningham, and is also a member of Pomegranate artists group who have shared and shown work together since the late 1990s.
Co-founded women’s theatre company and toured throughout Europe and Scandinavia http://www.unfinishedhistories.com/history/companies/cunning-stunts/ Awarded Arts Council bursary to travel to Australia. Performed with Circus Oz and explored aboriginal arts where place and people are understood as interconnected. Moved to Bungay and formed environmental arts company https://companyofimagination.co.uk Became arts and cultural development officer, manager and consultant. Helped form Waveney and Blyth Arts.
Mike Challis is a freelance sound artist, maker and educator.
His SoundHides for Waveney Sculpture Trail 2015 and SPILL 2016 created a den in a straw hut playing recordings of sounds of nature from local habitats. He is working on a new SoundHide for Suffolk Wildlife Trust using recordings made at their Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. This SoundHide will feature in the FirstLight Festival in Lowestoft in June.
His aeolian sculptures, Beech Cello and Microtonal Chimes, were exhibited at the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail in 2018 and 2019.
2018 Mike ran Still Solos for SPILL 2018 and will be running listening walks at Snape Maltings during the Aldeburgh Festival and then throughout the summer, and in 2019, SoundHide Cinema.
paper-works* is an artist led printmaking studio in a generous edwardian seaside house in Lowestoft just a few minutes walk to the beach on the suffolk coast. Our aim is to facilitate and encourage the exploration of works on paper, from printmaking to drawing, photography and the written word. All with an emphasis on analogue, eco-friendly, low tech and sustainable techniques.
We provide studio access through our membership scheme and also run a regular Tuesday evening printmaking workshop and a programme of day courses.
Sculptor, painter and photographer based on the Suffolk coast.
My painting tends towards abstraction, my sculpture tends to be large repurposing found objects.
My motivation is environment, colour and form.
For our first Thrilling Thursdays event of 2020, we’ll be diving into the extraordinary world of fungi. Fungi will inspire a fascinating morning of talks around the delights of foraging and the threats to their survival, such as climate change and habitat loss.
The morning will include Jon Tyler who has a background in conservation management and environmental education and is a fungi enthusiast. Jon is an experienced forager and bush-craft practitioner with a natural passion and enthusiasm for wildlife, wild food and outdoor living. He runs courses across East Anglia.
We’ll also be joined by Joanna Scott AKA Dotty Scotty, W&BA member and needle-felter extraordinaire. Joanna will be hosting a display of her fungi-themed wool felted creations, demoing her technique and offering visitors a chance to take part in a taster to make your own felted mushroom to take home.
Tony Leech, the Norfolk County Fungus Recorder, will be talking at our Fantastic Fungi event. He says he enjoys the challenge of trying to name fungi, as it’s “like solving crossword puzzles: you know there is an answer, you might get it and feel good if you do.” Tony taught Biology for 27 years, and still enjoys sharing the excitement and frustration of studying fungi. The novelty of eating fungi has worn off for him, but he is happy to advise others.
The Fantastic Fungi event will illustrate the diversity, beauty, and role fungi play in the environment, plus The Cut are laying on a mushroom-themed café menu!
To book your place on Fantasic Fungi happening on Thursday 5th March, 10:30am to 1pm, at The Cut in Halesworth, take a look at our event page.
Thrilling Thursday events bring together art and science. If you’re interested in learning more about the previous Thrilling Thursdays talks, you can find recordings of Searching for Doggerland, Spiderwomen, and Orchards on our Thrilling Thursdays page.
Abstract artist living and working in Suffolk.
I am a Suffolk based artist I paint instinctively blending oils straight onto canvas my inspiration comes from the natural environment I enjoy making marks and the movement in my work, I have been described as a fearless painter a term I enjoy!
I explore two themes through my paintings and drawings – the shapes and colours of the landscape around the Waveney Valley, often captured in winter when the bones of the landscape are more evident. And a more complex theme that addresses displacement, dispossession and loss. With these I incorporate fragments of old maps as a base for charcoal drawing and then encase them in encaustic wax. The half-hidden tracks and contour lines speak of places remembered and left behind, borders, barriers, the past and a network of life-lines etched onto the faces of these dispossessed people. I hope to create a connection between viewer and viewed, to stimulate a conversation, or at least internal reflection, about those who have been uprooted. I have been an active member of Harleston & Waveney Art Trail (HWAT) Collective since 2014.
I was Chair of W&BA for 9 years, until the 2019 AGM.