The first-ever outdoor art trail in Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, will take place this summer, with a series of fascinating sculptures celebrating the town’s rich and varied history.
All the work in the Wells Heritage Art Trail has been created by Norfolk artists specifically for the event which runs 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 (some are collaborations), all of which will be for sale.
The Trail has been curated by well-known Wells residents and art experts John and Yvonne Millwood and 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.
John Millwood explains: “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 Café and one in the pinewoods.”
John adds: “All the works reflect the heritage of Wells. The Art Trail should appeal to local people and to all those interested in life on the sea and the shore. It’s accessible to all.”
The Art Trail will be made up of all manner of media, including glass, wood, metal, stone, plaster and rope, 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 Heather Tamplin, and Teucer Wilson.
The Millwoods selected the artists and the sites, while Mary Blue Brady, Wells Maltings’ learning and engagement officer, has also been very busy behind the scenes, working on the logistics and project management of the trail and keeping in regular contact with the artists. Harbour master Robert Smith MBE, the Holkham Estate and North Norfolk District Council have also all been consulted and have assisted with exact site locations, planning permissions and so on.
To download the trail guide please click here
Click the map to download the Herritage Trail Map