Sculpture in the Valley 2021: New Artists Announced

Pakefield Man in the Sun

Three new artists have been announced for Sculpture in the Valley 2021, a flagship event for Waveney & Blyth Arts at Potton Hall on the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB this early Summer.

Laurence Edwards will be exhibiting A Thousand Tides (edition no 2) a twin of the bronze figure at Butley Creek. The figure started its life in Laurence Edwards’ studio not far from Potton Hall where it was modelled prone. Not used to horizontal modelling, having only sculpted standing figures before, Edwards was surprised at the empathy he felt with the clay man. This relationship evolved into the summer when, on uncovering the clay in the mornings, Edwards would involuntarily reach to touch its hand, as if to take a pulse. The figure became a patient more than a sculpture. Now a bronze the sculpture is coming to the Valley.

Tobias Ford captured the hearts of visitors to First Light Festival in Lowestoft with Pakefield Man, a large iron human form which was inspired by a flint, evidence of the earliest humans in Britain, found under Pakefield Cliffs. He will preside over the Wildflower Meadow and tower over visitors to Potton Hall, Waveney & Blyth arts urge visitors to come and see him.

Tobias Ford

Mark Goldsworthy is bringing Cynosure to the Meditation Garden. A reclining nude the piece is made from Ancaster limestone which is made of millions of tiny crustaceans that died millions of years ago. Mark explains, ‘When I think of this and feel the stone being worked I realise how brief our lives are. To observe and witness is the first step to understanding.’ 

The theme of the trail ‘Reflections on Landscape’ asked artists to make sculptural work on our perspectives and relationships with the natural world. The beautiful Potton Hall site is nestled in a valley, with sheep grazing fields, formal gardens, and wildflower meadow and is the perfect site for over 40 pieces that perfectly answer that brief.

Tickets are only available in advance and for timed slots making Sculpture in the Valley an outdoor sculpture trail that will allow visitors to socially distance in their own bubble, or household, around the large, spread-out grounds of the hall.

Visitors to Sculpture in the Valley 2021 will come away with a renewed appreciation of the landscape. 

Entry is £6 for adults (£5 members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), wheelchair users £2, under 18s are free. 

The Yurt Café will be open every day for light lunches, drinks, cakes, and home- made refreshments.

Potton Hall, Blythburgh Rd, Saxmundham IP17 3EF

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