2020 will be a significant year for Waveney & Blyth Arts – we’ll be hosting the seventh outdoor sculpture event, this year entitled Sculpture in the Valley 2020, and celebrating 10 years of the organisation.
Every 3 years, our annual sculpture trail moves around the W&BA patch to reach new audiences and explore different landscapes. In 2020, our flagship event’s newest incarnation will take place at Potton Hall, located close to Dunwich Forest in the Blyth valley area of Suffolk, and we hope that many 3-D artists will want to take part in this fantastic initiative. We are also delighted to welcome our new curator, David Baldry, a well-known artist and curator in the Suffolk art scene.
Sculpture in the Valley 2020 is the flagship event of Waveney & Blyth Arts’ annual Celebrate programme, which uses the arts to connect people to the unique features of the Waveney and Blyth river valleys, coastal areas and market towns. Our multi-arts programme offers a lens to view the environment through and to discover the fascination and stories of those connected to the micro-region.
For the event in 2020, we’re setting the brief ‘Reflections on Landscape’ and will be looking for work that responds to that brief. We’re expecting artists to consider ideas about scale (micro to macro), perspectives and interaction between wild and cultivated aspects of the landscape. We are living in the context of climate crisis and this, along with broader perspectives on the landscapes we live in and our relationships with it could be compelling ideas to explore. The work will be selected and curated by this year’s curator David Baldry.
The theme ‘Reflections on Landscape’ has been inspired by the 10 years of art and landscape work Waveney & Blyth Arts has delivered. Artists may submit proposals for site-specific works, newly created pieces and existing work suitable for this location.
Leading up to this year’s event, the event has been supported by a sub-committee of practising artists – Mike Challis, Meryem Siemmond and Stephen Worrall –to whom we are very grateful.
- Artist’s pre-application site visit (recommended): Saturday 25th January, 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Application deadline: Friday 7th February
- Application decision by: Friday 28th February
- Selected artist’s site visit (recommended): Saturday 14th March, 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Deadline for statements, photographs and information for press and event materials: Friday 29th May
- On-site installation: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th July – to be arranged between Artist and Project Coordinator
- Private View: Friday 17th July, 6pm to 9pm, opening speech at 6:30pm
- Sculpture in the Valley 2020: Saturday 18th July to Sunday 2nd August, 10am to 5pm daily
- Take down: Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th August – to be arranged between Artist and Project Coordinator
Make an application
Please read the information document first before completing the form below, which outlines information on the theme, venue site, and increased artist commission rate and expenses for 2020: Artist call-out information document