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Over the weekend of 5th and 6th October from 10 till 4 St Catherine’s Church in Ludham will be hosting an Art Exhibition to mark the UEA50th and the spirit of the Sainsbury Centre ‘Masterpieces’ Exhibition.

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The idea for this came about when the organisers of the Sainsbury Centre ‘Masterpieces’ Exhibition asked if the iconic wherry Albion could be sailed onto University Broad. This was not possible but over a cup of tea, with Miss Naomi Miller, (Development Officer for the Sainsbury Centre)one of Albion’s skippers Henry Gowman pondered on how the masterpiece that is the wherry ‘Albion’ could still be involved. This art show and trail is the result.
Henry Gowman says,” I have personally identified and invited the artists taking part in the show. They are all extremely good quality professional artists who are masters of their art, some creating pieces especially for this exhibition which is aimed at celebrating all that is special about East Anglia and Norfolk in particular.”
The Sainsbury Centre are keen that the term ‘masterpieces’ should be interpreted as widely as possible and not just confined to describe works of art.
As a result, on Saturday 5th only, in addition to the Art Show, there is a ‘Masterpieces Trail’ around the village incorporating several heritage sites, including working boatyards. Henry says, “This will give visitors the chance to talk to the people who keep heritage craft profitable and afloat for future generations to enjoy.”
Ludham village itself verges upon being a masterpiece, being a complete village. It has a school, a church, a village shop and post office, a pub and a tea shop. St Catherine’s church, the tea rooms and pub are at the centre of the village and form the hub from which the other attractions can be explored.
St Benet’s Abbey, recently restored, and is also involved. On the Saturday there are guided walks around the ruins, at 11.00 and again at 2.30. St Benet’s is a consecrated area. It is the only Abbey not to be dissolved by Henry VIII and has a fascinating history. If at all possible visitors are asked to park in the village and walk to the Abbey, as parking is restricted on site.
In addition, there are free ‘tutor led’ taster drawing and painting sessions being held in the Village hall, which will include visits to St Benet’s to draw and paint in the open air. Booking is essential for these sessions – Contact: Tel: 01603 462 987
“As a former tour guide at Toad Hole Cotttage museum, “says Henry, ‘no trip to Ludham would be complete without going on the Electric Eel to glide silently through the backwaters and marshes’. Again booking essential. Charges apply. Tel: 01692 678 763

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