Best of Visions


The fifth bi-annual art exhibition, Visions of Sudbury, organised by the Sudbury Society and held in St Peter’s church, ran from 8-13 October. Visitor numbers were slightly down on 2011 but sales of artworks were up.

Artwork included sculpture, needlework, pencil drawings, photographs and a mix of paintings in a variety of media depicting seasonal images, markets, street scenes, meadow views, local walks, portraiture and events. This year, depictions of nearby villages were also included.

The youngest entrant was Joshua Thomas who took beautiful photographs when he was ten years old – he’s eleven now. Both photos were sold. Well done, Joshua! At the other end of the age scale, the oldest entrant was Kate Thatcher, 97, who exhibited tapestries of the pub she and her husband used to run called the Windmill.

Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite. Many said it was just too difficult to choose! The winner and two runners-up were announced on Sunday morning: David Richold of Cornard gained the most votes for his glorious sunset painting At the end of the day. In second place, by just five fewer votes, was Christopher Ryland of Sudbury with his bold and snowy Valley Walk in Winter, and third was Simon Whittnall of Bury St Edmunds with his atmospheric and poignant Old Grandstand, Sudbury. All three received cheques from the Treasurer of the Sudbury Society, Peter Mills.

To commemorate the fine standard of artistic work submitted, a full colour book is being produced featuring a selection of about 90 of the 250 artworks on show. These have been chosen by local publisher, Robin Drury of Radius Design. The book will be on sale at Kestrel Bookshop, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury Tourist Information Centre (in the library) and Waitrose, or online at from mid November. The price will be £7.95.

Anne Grimshaw