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Art on the Prom

A feast for the arts as Art on the Prom returns, Sunday 1st September.

The free art festival, in its 16th year, will stretch along the Felixstowe seafront from the pier to the Spa Gardens, showcasing over 100 artists to over 20,000 visitors during one of the biggest outdoor art festivals in Suffolk. A wide variety of art will be on show, displaying work produced by local, professional and amateur artists, featuring glass, ceramics, metalwork, willow work, painting and much more.

The art festival, which is free to attend, gives visitors the chance to purchase pieces of art to take home and treasure or take part in have-a-go activities on offer for all age groups, creating a piece of art, to take away.

Visitors can make a day of it, enjoying everything that Felixstowe has to offer with Art on the Prom bestowing a feast for the senses. The popular art festival will include music, food and refreshments for all to enjoy whilst taking in the art on offer during a leisurely stroll along the prom.

Nichola Adams, Art on the Prom organiser explains, “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.”

In the lead up to the event, Local willow artist Tracy Barritt-Brown, creator of the Spa Garden’s willow family, has been busy creating a large plastic octopus sculpture made of buoys, nets, fishing wire and other plastics collected locally. Following the event the spectacle of tentacles will be on display at Felixstowe Ferry.

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.

Art on the Prom is expecting a bumper year of visitors this year, attracting more than 20,000 visitors, growing year-on-year, showcasing art along Felixstowe’s award winning seafront to visitors from far and wide.

Art on the Prom is a non-profit event, run by volunteers and would not be the success it is without the time and effort of volunteers.

To plan your day and for more event information please visit www.artontheprom.uk or follow @artontheprom on social media platforms.

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