Everything you need to know about Art on the Prom
PUBLISHED: 14:19 30 August 2019
More than 20,000 people are expected to descend on Felixstowe seafront this weekend for Suffolk’s biggest outdoor celebration of art.
Art on the Prom is now in its 16th year and the free festival will showcase the work of more than 100 artists with lots of other attractions, too.
Where is it happening?
The festival takes place along the prom between Felixstowe Pier, along Undercliff Road West and as far as the Spa Gardens.
When is it on?
Sunday, September 1 from 10am to 4.30pm.
The official opening will be at 11am by Nick Barber, Mayor of Felixstowe, and just before that at 10.30am opposite The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie, 123 Undercliff Road, the resort's newest art installation featuring a 4ft octopus made of plastic waste is to be unveiled prior to moving to its new home.
11am - Felixstowe Harmonies (the Prom)
2.30pm - Felixstowe Harmonies (near the Spa)
1.30pm - The Ipswich Hospital Band (near the Spa)
2.45pm - The Ipswich Hospital Band (near the Spa)
What will the day feature?
A wide variety of art will be on show at the event on the prom, including work produced by more than 100 local, professional and amateur artists, featuring glass, ceramics, metalwork, willow work, painting and much more.
The art festival on the promenade gives visitors the chance to purchase pieces of art to take home and treasure.
There will also be the chace to take in have-a-go activities on offer for all age groups, creating a piece of art, to take away.
There will also be music, food and refreshments.
A travelling exhibition Food Wars: The Battle on the Home Front, will also be on display at the event, exploring the relationship between conflict and food, with original documents and archive footage of East Anglia from the Imperial War Museum.
One of the highlights will be the opportunity to see the new art installation - an underwater world of sea creatures made by school children from single-use plastic.
Schools collected 20 sq m of plastic which would have otherwise gone into landfall for the project.
Youngsters then worked with artist Tracy Barritt-Brown on the installation to accompany her large plastic octopus sculpture made of buoys, nets, fishing wire and other plastics collected locally for next month's Art on the Prom event.
Willow artist Tracy Barritt-Brown, who created the Spa Garden's willow family, worked with pupils from Causton Junior, Langer Primary and Colneis Junior schools on the schools project for Art on the Prom, sponsored by Jackamans Solicitors, to engage pupils in Felixstowe to collect single-use plastic.
The waste has been transformed into an underwater world of corals, creatures and sea plants made of plastic waste to accompany the Octopus on display at the festival.
She said: "The creativity of the students was wonderful. Their vision for turning everyday objects, which otherwise would be waste, into sea creatures was amazing!
"We had flatfish, pufferfish and even a lobster. The students all had a chance to use tools and equipment they may not have used before and had freedom for a day to immerse themselves in a purely creative environment.
"It's a really enriching project which everyone is so happy to be involved in."
Nichola Adams, Art on the Prom organiser, said: "Art on the Prom has grown in to a really special, local tradition.
"It really is democratising art - anyone can apply, anyone can visit and we want to keep it that way.
"It's brilliant to have the schools involved so that everyone can feel a part of the day and it's a great way to use our beautiful prom and show off what Felixstowe has to offer. It's another one of the town's amazing events run entirely voluntarily, so it's a great way of bringing the community together."
Sponsors this year include: Jackamans Felixstowe, Pier Marketing, Felixstowe Town Council, East of England Co-op, Healey's Print Group, Vikings Estate Agents & Property Management, Kingsland-Linassi, Coes Felixstowe, Fred Olsen Travel, The Orwell Hotel and The Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation.