Bumper line-up of attractions for this year’s Art on the Prom at Felixstowe

More than 120 exhibitors are expected at Art on the Prom on September 3

More than 120 exhibitors are expected at Art on the Prom on September 3 - Credit: Archant

More than 20,000 people are expected to flock to Felixstowe seafront next month to see the work of 120-plus artists exhibiting on the resort’s promenade.

Organisers are keeping fingers crossed for good weather and expect 20,000 visitors for the arts fest

Organisers are keeping fingers crossed for good weather and expect 20,000 visitors for the arts festival - Credit: Archant

The 14th annual Art on the Prom festival takes place on Sunday, September 3, providing local artists with the opportunity to display and sell their original work.

This year’s art work will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass work, photography, textiles and more. There will also be demonstrations by a weaver and blacksmith.

The free festival takes place from 10am to 4.30pm between the newly-refurbished pier and the Spa Pavilion and will be officially opened by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber, at 11am.

New to Art on the Prom for 2017 is the opportunity for anyone aged 15 and above to join a free 90-minute drawing class taught by professional artist Malcolm Cudmore. There will be three sessions and spaces are limited so people should call Malcolm on 01986 893291 or email info@malcolm-cudmore.com to book a place.

A special exhibition will feature artwork created by children from Fairfield Infants, Felixstowe Academy, Colneis Junior School, Trimley St Martin Primary and Thomas Wolsey in workshops with artists Jenny Nutbeem and Bee Farrell on the theme of Feasting on Seaside Foods using willow, wire, bamboo, beads, wool, empty plastic bottles and recycled materials.

There will also be opportunities to join in the free art activity tents on the green in front of The Alex, popular with children and adults alike. This year the art workshops are:

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• Seascape Collage – with paper, tissue, paints and sand

• Corn Dollies – traditional straw weaving

• Jitterbug Tiles – using clay, mini-beasts casts and metallic paints

• Paint a Picnic – using fabrics and dyes

• Weaving – using ribbons, sticks, strings and thread

Entertainment on the day will include music and performances from the Ipswich Hospital Band, JS and the Lockerbillies, Felixstowe Harmonies, Skedaddle Ceilidh band, Danegeld Morris Dancers and Bridie the stilt-walking tea lady.

Festival organiser Stephen Wyatt said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s Art on the Prom. The event is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy whilst taking in the Felixstowe seaside.

“Art on the Prom simply couldn’t go ahead without help from Kingsland Linassi, Barnes Construction, Coes, Healeys Print Group, Jackamans, East of England Co-op, Gotelee Solicitors, Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Activities Unlimited, Flyer Press, The Alex, Adnams and Pier PR and Marketing.

“We’re so grateful for all of the support we receive from these companies and the public alike, particularly our volunteers, and it’s a pleasure to be able to continue to put on such a unique event.”

There will also be an Adnams beer tent, at the bottom of Ranelagh Road steps, the usual array of refreshments, including Bombay Nite, providing curries, Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum, two Xpresso vans and the Peters Ice Cream van, by the Spa Pavilion roundabout.

Art on the Prom is a non-profit event that relies on volunteers and sponsors. If you would like to help with the planning or to volunteer on the day, please visit Art on the Prom here.

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