Fifty Shades of Clay and trail to splash artwork across region

Artist Sue Rudland (left)
Artist Sue Rudland (left)

A Fifty Shades of Clay exhibition and an art trail put on by a newly formed group is aiming to raise the profile of artwork across the county.

South Northamptonshire Arts has regularly taken part in the county-wide Open Studios event but since it will not go ahead this year, the group has decided to stage its own.

It has been funded by a community grant from South Northants Council (SNC) and the trail will feature a variety of work by professional artists and tutors.

Rosie Herring, SNC’s member for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “Not only is it about showcasing the great talent in the district but it’s also about economic development.

“Artists are essentially sole traders and we want them to survive in the places where they are inspired to create their work.

“It is good to see the local artists springing into action to make a special event happen in our district, even without a county set-up.”

There is a launch event on September 7 in the courtyard at the Bell Plantation in Towcester, ahead of a two-week-long Art Trail beginning on September 13.

Sculptor and tutor Pam Foley will be displaying work by her students as part of a Fifty Shades of Clay exhibition alongside wire sculptures by Linda Johns and Ruth Lyne’s work in glass.

John Damsell will be in his studio in Potterspury and in Silverstone there will be painters, textile artists and a jeweller at Sue Rudland’s studio.

The trail leaflet with map and venues is available at The Bell Plantation, the council offices and libraries, or can be downloaded from