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 Arts, Crafts &
Beyond the Image, Thornham Estate
Friday 1 - Sunday 31 July
Located in Red House Yard on the Thornham Estate near Eye, Beyond the image is not-for-profit gallery that showcases the work of artists and photographers from Suffolk and beyond. Throughout July, their White Wall will be inhabited by a selection of works from painter and printmaker Molly Wallis. From her childhood in rural Norfolk, to her time spent living in Australia and on the edge of the Peak District, Molly has always been absorbed by nature and the idea of landscape and memories. Now based in Suffolk, these themes continue to shape her works, whether large scale metal paintings or minutely crafted mezzotints documenting the decline in UK birds.
Admission free
Food Museum, Stowmarket
July 5 & 26, August 6, 20 or 26, 10am-12:30pm It’s never too late to start journaling and the world around us can prove a rich source of inspiration. During this 2.5-hour workshop, journal-keeper Sharon Williamson will provide you with the hints, tips and ideas needed to start your very own record of nature and the changing seasons. You’ll take a walk through the Food Museum’s beautiful grounds and join in with a number of journaling exercises, including drawing challenges, observational tasks and creating mini- landscapes. All materials will be provided but remember to wear suitable outdoor clothing to stay comfortable while exploring.
Tickets: £15
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Until Sunday 10 July
Suffolk-based artist Wayne Tanswell has honed his letter painting skills over the course of a 40-year career as a traditional sign writer. His latest show at The Apex Gallery was inspired by his love of words and features oxymorons, or words that contradict each other. Painted directly onto oriented strand board, with overlapping letters in different styles, these eye-catching pieces are evidence of Wayne’s impressive talent and steady hand.
Admission free
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Until Monday 29 August
This unique exhibition explores the inventive ways in which artists of the 18th and 19th centuries recorded fleeting moments in nature, capturing the effects of light, drama and atmosphere with incredible skill while working outdoors. Featuring works by John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Edgar Degas and Louise-Joséphine Sarazin de Belmont, the show brings together more than 100 oil sketches from The Foundation Custodia in Paris, The National Gallery of Art in Washington and The
Fitzwilliam itself. Feel the artists’ wonder as they paint storm-torn skies, limpid rockpools or the awe-inspiring sight of an erupting volcano. With spectacular attention to nature’s detail, the exhibition also highlights developments in the earth sciences.
Admission free
Special Events
Bury St Edmunds
Sunday 3 July, 11am-5pm
Now in its 36th year, Bury St Edmunds Hidden Gardens is an annual, one day event in which the town’s residents open their gardens to the public. Discover what lies behind some of the flint walls and wooden fences in Bury’s historic centre. You might be surprised by the diversity of plots and planting as you meet the welcoming owners and explore gardens old and new, large and small. Around 30 gardens will be included in this year’s event, all within walking distance of each other. Some will be running plant sales and there will be refreshments and live entertainment to look forward to in others. The event’s proceeds go to
St. Nicholas Hospice Care, so you can enjoy a delightful walk (and a bit of noseying) while supporting a
good cause.
Tickets: £7
Food Museum, Stowmarket
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 August
The East Anglian Storytelling Festival returns with another three-day celebration of one of the world’s oldest arts. Talented storytellers from far and wide will pay a visit to Stowmarket, treating Suffolk audiences to dramatic recitals of their tales. This year’s line-up will feature Taffy Thomas, Clare Murphy, Alim Kamara, Maria Gillen and Kestrel Morton. There will be plenty of exciting events to get involved in, including story rounds, ceilidhs and more. You’ll even be able to stay on site for the whole weekend, camping in the museum’s spacious grounds.
Tickets: From £60 (adult), £40 (12-17s), £10 (4-11s)
Giraffe Photo from at last year’s Open Gardens event courtesy of Carol Street Photography

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