Creake Abbey to showcase the best of Norfolk’s creative talent

Fred Ingrams' painting Black Barn
Fred Ingrams' painting Black Barn
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Creake Abbey, the unique and beautiful site three miles south of Burnham Market, is leaping into spring with events and activities that showcase the very best of Norfolk’s creative talent.

It is hosting the latest show from Norfolk by Design, entitled Nature, which will open in Creake Abbey’s Main Barn today and continue over the weekend.

Visitors will discover works by 36 artists and designer-makers all of whom are either based in or take their inspiration from the natural riches of the Norfolk landscape. The show will include oils, photography, prints, etchings, mixed media, installations, sculpture, ceramics, shell work, collage and furniture design. Entrance to the exhibition is free and all items are for sale

Davina Barber of Norfolk by Design, said: “We offer the many creative residents of our inspiring county the opportunity to showcase their work in unique rural settings. We are thrilled to be opening our latest show at Creake Abbey which itself has a long history of supporting local artisans.”

Continuing the creative theme, one of Creake Abbey’s resident boutiques, Home by Annie Lambert, is holding Furniture Painting Workshops in the Main Barn on selected dates between April 24 and July.

This beautiful interiors store offers French antiques and accessories plus objets d’art from around the world. Julia Headland, a Norfolk-based specialist furniture painter, will lead the workshops and will use Grand Illusions’ vintage chalk-based paints and waxes to teach a range of techniques such as colour ageing, distressing and how to create a chalky finish. The day-long workshops cost £85 including all materials, lunch and refreshments.

Annie Lambert said: “Grand Illusions has recently released eight beautiful new colours in its wonderful vintage paint. After the success of previous workshops, we thought this was the perfect excuse to hold a further series of events, offering budding furniture ‘upcyclers’ the chance to give their furniture a new lease of life. Places are limited so please do book in advance.”

For a full list of workshop dates and to book your place, contact Annie on 07796 656384.

Last but by no means least, on Saturday, April 30, Creake Abbey will welcome 40 different artists, craftsmen, designers and food producers for its fantastic Spring Gift Fair. From artisan textiles to handmade cushions and lampshades, glass art, decorative china, beautiful children’s clothing and jewellery, visitors will be amazed at the wide range of high quality products and presents on offer.

And of course, never missing an opportunity to celebrate the finest in local gastronomy, Creake Abbey has chosen some selected traders from its award winning farmers’ market to keep busy shoppers fuelled throughout the day. The Creake Abbey Café will also be in full swing serving their usual fayre. The Spring Gift Fair is open from 10am to 4pm. Free parking and free admission.

Diana Brocklebank Scott, founder of Creake Abbey, said: “There’s nothing we enjoy more at Creake Abbey than giving Norfolk’s talented designers, artists and food producers the perfect platform to showcase their wares and reach a wider audience. Our Gift Fairs are hugely popular not only because of the quality of products on offer, but because we know our visitors love to discover local talent and support up-and-coming businesses.”