Managing a Masterpiece in the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale

The Managing a Masterpiece project, which is run by The Stour Valley Partnership (and funded by the Heritage Lottery) is now in its third year. The vision for it, is to understand, care for and celebrate the landscape and for it to remain “…the quintessential lowland English landscape, with the rich heritage of meadows, riverside trees, field boundaries and historic structures that have inspired generations of artists.”

Panting by Alfred Munnings

Painting by Sir Alfred Munnings. His work can be seen at The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, Castle House Dedham.

This last stage of the project is all about celebration and local communities and visitors to the area are being encouraged to participate in a range of community arts projects. These include:

The Poet of the Valley

Suffolk poet Dean Parkin will be involved in this project, so it’s going to be fun and a bit quirky! He will be producing new poems inspired by the landscape and cultural heritage of the area and there will also be a poetry competion where aspiring poets are invited to submit their work – there are prizes to be won, including publication of the winning poem.

If you want to find out more about Dean, have a look at this interview with him where he chatted to the folks over at The Suffolk Guide.

Dean Parkin Poet of the Valley, Managing a Masterpiece Dean Parkin, Poet of the Valley, Managing a MasterpieceDean Parking, Poet of the Valley, Managing a Masterpiece

Public Art Events

A series of one day ‘taster’ workshops are planned with local artists using materials and inspiration from the local landscape and on October 6th there will be a Plein Air Painting Day at Flatford Mill. Throughout the day, people will be invited to paint together to end up with a huge canvas to create a panoramic view of the Dedham Vale. This event will take place whatever the weather!!

Flatford Mill

There will also be an art exhibition in Sudbury in February 2013 and artists are invited to submit their work (flat art and 3D) – the theme is ‘My Stour Valley’. Time to get out into the countryside and let those creative juices flow.

The Sudbury night will be lit up in March of next year, when a Light Night Walk with lanterns takes place in the countryside and along the river, followed by a showing of a film made by local young filmmakers. If you want to be involved in making this film, please contact Offshoot Films, who are running this part of the project.

How to get involved….

Sign up for the Managing a Masterpiece newsletter for updates on what’s going on or keep an eye on the website and Twitter for further updates

If you are an artist, poet or community group and would like to submit work for the art exhibition or poetry competition, please contact the organisers.

Follow Managing a Masterpiece on Twitter @ArtDedhamVale


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