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Ambitious plans to create cultural arts hub in Hadleigh set to be unveiled at weekend event





Plans to create a cultural arts hub in Hadleigh will be revealed as part of a pop-up art exhibition at the weekend.

The event is being staged at The Old School in Bridge Street, a Victorian building which is being transformed into a vibrant centre to celebrate the arts in the wider community.

Visitors will have the chance to share their ideas on events they would like to see showcased at the venue once it has been fully established.

A pop-up art exhibition, which will coincide with National Heritage Day on Saturday, is being staged between 10am and 4pm.

Ian Grutchfield, co-owner of Hadleigh Old School, which is being transformed into a new arts venue. (42185735)
Ian Grutchfield, co-owner of Hadleigh Old School, which is being transformed into a new arts venue. (42185735)

The event will feature a range of paintings and sculptures crafted by artist Cris Coe, whose work is inspired by the Suffolk landscape, coastline and natural forms.

A sculpture inspired by the Syrian civil war will be showcased in The Old School’s garden.

The venue’s co-owner, Ian Grutchfield, whose accomplished career in television includes work on the BBC’s Doctor Who, said: “The purpose behind this inaugural event is not only to mark National Heritage Open Day and to exhibit Cris’ stunning artwork, but also to reveal plans to develop the venue as a cultural hub and to seek suggestions from the local community about events they would like to attend and participate in.”

Plans to transform the Old School in Hadleigh into an arts venue will be unveiled at a pop-up art exhibition at the weekend. (42196505)
Plans to transform the Old School in Hadleigh into an arts venue will be unveiled at a pop-up art exhibition at the weekend. (42196505)

A series of safety measures will be put in place during the event to aid social distancing, with hand sanitiser stations in operation.

For more information about the venue, email hadleigholdschool@gmail.com. To sign up to its newsletter, go online to www.hadleigholdschool.co.uk.