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Art on the Prom – everything you need to know

PUBLISHED: 16:01 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 29 August 2018

Thousands of people are due to descend on Felixstowe seafront for Art on the Prom Picture: BARRY PEACOCK

Thousands of people are due to descend on Felixstowe seafront for Art on the Prom Picture: BARRY PEACOCK

BARRY PEACOCK

More than 20,000 people are expected to head for Felixstowe seafront this weekend as the resort stages one of its most popular annual events.

The art extravaganza is taking over the seafront on September 2 Picture: BARRY PEACOCKThe art extravaganza is taking over the seafront on September 2 Picture: BARRY PEACOCK

Art on the Prom takes place on Sunday, September 2 between 10am and 4.30pm when there will be around 120 artists with stands on the prom, as well as a host of other activities, including music, art workshops, have-a-go sessions, art displays, and refreshments.

The free festival will be taking place between the pier and the Spa Pavilion.

Art work being exhibited and for sale will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass work, photography, textiles and more.

Stephen Wyatt, Art on the Prom organiser, said: “Art on the Prom is a fantastic platform for artists to showcase their work and offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see how much creative talent is on our doorstep. We are proud to organise such a popular event that has something to offer for everyone.

Art on the Prom takes place on Sunday Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNArt on the Prom takes place on Sunday Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We are very thankful for all the support we have received towards Art on the Prom from a number of local businesses including Kingsland Linassi, Healeys Print Group, Pier PR & Marketing and Jackamans Solicitors and Gotelee Solicitors as well as grants from the town council and Mike Deacon from Suffolk Coastal District Council.”

Art on the Prom will be officially opened on the day by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman at 11am.

The event will have a slightly different layout to previous years, with stalls being separated into three sections along the prom between the pier and the Spa Pavilion Gardens as well as additional stalls in the Spa Pavilion car park and on the approach road to the theatre.

Professional artists will lead activity sessions offering children and adults the opportunity to have-a-go at art with workshops including flags and banners, collage, willow weaving, postcards and print-making, lino cutting and drawing workshops.

A wide variety of art will be on show  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA wide variety of art will be on show Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Free drawing classes by professional artist Malcolm Cudmore will also be taking place in a marquee along the seafront. Due the popularity of last year’s drawing classes, Art on the Prom has recommended pre-booking by contacting Malcolm on 01986 893291 or emailing info@malcolm-cudmore.com.

The 90-minute sessions wil take place at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Live music includes 1940s band Chocks Away, who will be encouraging visitors to dance alongside the prom. Other entertainment on the day will be provided by the Ipswich Hospital Band and Felixstowe Harmonies.

A special exhibition featuring artwork created by local school children from Trimley St Mary Primary School, Grange Community Primary School and Kingsfleet Primary School will be on display. The children have been working hard with artist Tracy Barritt-Brown to create willow sculptures with a ‘sea creatures’ theme. This exhibition is sponsored by Jackamans Solicitors.

Food and drink will be available on the lawn at the bottom of Ranelagh Road steps, including Bombay Nites curries, the Xpresso Coffee van as well as the famous Peter’s Ice Cream van. Walking Wok will also be serving on a green opposite the lawn.

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