New search for prom art

ARTISTS are being encouraged to submit examples of their work for the chance to take part in one of Felixstowe's biggest events of the year.Art on the Prom is in its fourth year and has attracted nearly 50,000 visitors to its first three events.

ARTISTS are being encouraged to submit examples of their work for the chance to take part in one of Felixstowe's biggest events of the year.

Art on the Prom is in its fourth year and has attracted nearly 50,000 visitors to its first three events.

This year it takes place on September 2 and the number of artists is being limited to 75.

A range of other attractions are also being planned - and the event has been given a £7,000 Community Trust grant which it intends to use for a range of children's art workshops.

Organiser Jessie Fotherby, who is standing down after this year's show, said: “We have decided to limit the artists to 75 in total in order to be able to select those taking part and try to make it a bit more professional.

“We are inviting artists to submit their work for selection by July 22.

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“That should give us time to make selections and then plan for the event.”

The art work will be placed on the prom and in the seafront gardens between the Spa Pavilion and pier, and entertainment will include a Caribbean steel band and the Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Band.

“We are thrilled with the £7,000 grant and it should enable us to do something really special for the children with an exciting range of workshops,” she added.

Mrs Fotherby launched the event four years ago after seeing a similar event in her home at Virginia Beach in America.

She is having to give up organising the day because of the expansion of her own Felixstowe-based business, the Little Ice Cream Company, which is opening new premises in Colchester.

Art on the Prom attracts visitors from all over the region and London to see the variety of art.

Last year its big attraction was Rockaway Felix You Are Here, a large red circle made from thousands of sticks of seaside rock by artist Bryony Graham, with passers by encouraged to pick up and take the rock.

Artists wanting to find out how to take part in the selection process should ring 07957 835 793.

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