Art trail in Bury St Edmunds next month will showcase work of artists from the region

Art Trail launch in Bury St Edmunds. Cate Hadley is hosting the event which includes 29 shops across

Art Trail launch in Bury St Edmunds. Cate Hadley is hosting the event which includes 29 shops across Bury. Left to right, Cate Hadley and artist Lizzie Jackson. - Credit: Gregg Brown

An art trail in Bury St Edmunds next month is aiming to bring a diverse range of works to the town.

The initiative, which will run from May 8 to 27, has been launched by curator and gallery owner Cate Hadley and is part of both the Bury Festival and Festival of Ideas.

There will be at least 30 pieces, ranging from paintings and ceramics to textiles and photography, at various businesses across the town centre.

The trail will showcase work from artists from across the region, and the pieces will also be for sale.

Ms Hadley said: “It’s top-notch stuff and instead of being in a gallery it’s taking it out of the gallery and bringing it to people.”

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She said some people found the experience of going into a gallery quite intimidating.

One of the artists to be contributing her work is Lizzie Jackson, who will have a painting displayed at Viv’s Patisserie in Woolhall Street.

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The artist, who is based in the town, said the bakery was the inspiration for her work. “And I wanted people to be drawn into coming in,” she said.

Ms Hadley said: “The work had to sit well with the business, and the business managers and owners had to feel really good about putting the work in there.”

The trail, which has been part-funded by councillor Mark Ereira’s locality budget, will end up at the Angel, which will also be displaying work.

Ms Hadley added: “It’s a community pilot project this year, but we are hoping it could turn into a real tourist attraction for the town.”

Trail leaflets will be at the Apex and businesses taking part.

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