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Class Arts collective raring to go for exhibition in Long Melford after using coronavirus lockdown to expand creative horizons




While the Covid-19 pandemic forced a long gap between exhibitions, members of a new art collective have sought to make the most of the time away by expanding their creative horizons during lockdown.

Class Arts is now raring to go for its next public event, taking place at the Old School Community Centre in Long Melford across two days this weekend, having built up eight months of artwork since its inaugural showcase in October.

Formed over the first lockdown period last year, the group has since expanded from eight to 12 members, all based in the Sudbury and Long Melford area, covering styles such as watercolour, pastel and mixed media.

Class Arts, a new collective of artists from the Sudbury and Long Melford area, staged their first exhibition at the weekend..Pictured: Organisers Julie Iveson and Vernon J Lever...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (42638605)
Class Arts, a new collective of artists from the Sudbury and Long Melford area, staged their first exhibition at the weekend..Pictured: Organisers Julie Iveson and Vernon J Lever...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (42638605)

All of the art on display will be available to buy, including a variety of work up for grabs from £5 at the new ‘bargain corner’.

Julie Iveson, co-founder of Class Arts with Vernon Lever, told the Free Press: “Our homes are bursting with everything we’ve been up to, so we’ll be selling some work at knock-down prices. We’ve been painting on our own and being creative in these very unusual months.

“We’ve got a plethora of work because we’ve not had an exhibition for some time. It’s another window to welcome people to come and have a look and buy some art.

“It’s going to be lovely, because everyone who came last time was so pleased. We were all overwhelmed by how many people came along and how much work they sold.

“There has been a huge amount of online tutorials where renowned artists have given their time to impart knowledge, so many of us have been trying to learn new skills and add that to our portfolio.

“This has introduced new ideas and concepts, and we’ve stretched ourselves and moved away from some of the things we’ve done for many years. Lockdown has introduced a lot of new knowledge to our members.”

Christine Bishop, one of the members of Class Arts, stated they feel lucky to have so many talented local artists, and feels there will be something for everyone at the sale.

“We are only a small group and we have found everyone full of enthusiasm,” she added. “This year, some more people have joined and we haven’t met everyone yet, but it’s going to be great to get to know more artists and make new friends.”

The event, which the group hopes will become a twice-yearly fixture, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, with social distancing and face masks in place.