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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