Art sales soar in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE'S First Annual Affordable Art Festival has been an outstanding success.Several hundred people filled the gardens of the Red House, Cumberland Street, on Sunday.

WOODBRIDGE'S First Annual Affordable Art Festival has been an outstanding success.

Several hundred people filled the gardens of the Red House, Cumberland Street, on Sunday.

And with total takings of nearly £10,000, approximately £3,500 has been raised for the Family Charity Home-Start, Suffolk Coastal – sole beneficiary of this year's festival.

Opened by the major of Woodbridge Councillor Neil Montgomery, and Caroline Hawkesley, who outlined the aims of Home-Start, the festival gave the public a chance to view a broad range of paintings and sculptures by established local artists and art students.

The historic gardens and orangery of the Red House – now the home of Mr and Mrs Douglas Armati – have been the scene of many charitable events in the past.

Said Jenny Armati, festival organiser: "The afternoon was a fantastic success – a combination of perfect weather and a chance for the public to buy local art at really affordable prices. Works around £50 were the most popular, but we had a real mix of art on display. We are planning as an annual event, so it's really put Woodbridge on the map as an important arts centre in Suffolk."