family of man


A gift from Barbara Hepworth to Benjamin Britten, The Family of Man sits alongside the reed beds at Snape Maltings and is part of a set of nine individual sculptures.

Crafted by Hepworth in the early 70s, the work was unfinished at the time of her death and the site at Snape offers a remarkable outlook of one on Britain’s most important twentieth century artists.

Discover what else is at Snape Maltings.

Plan a trip to the area at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Philip Vile
hesse lecture


In June 2015, Will Gompertz took a look at modernism in the visual arts and its legacy, at Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall, just on the edge of the seaside town’s pebbled beach.

In the lecture, Will posed the question: Can we ever escape Modernism? Will Gompertz was a director at the Tate in London for seven years and is now the BBC Arts Editor, where he writes, presents, and produces programmes about the arts. He was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine and is the author of the book What are you Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye.

You can book into Aldeburgh festival events on Aldeburgh Music’s website.

Make your visit complete with a jaunt round The Suffolk Coast.


Photo: Philip Vile
salisbury cathedral


Salisbury Cathedral, by Suffolk-born John Constable is characteristic of his collected works. Inspired by the landscape and light of Suffolk, many iconic local landmarks were recreated in his work.

In June 2015, this painting was on display at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, as part of the largest collection of Constables in the world, outside London.

Explore the collection at historic Christchurch Mansion.

Find out what else is on in Ipswich with All About Ipswich.

worlds 2015


Every year, Worlds Literature Festival takes place over a few days in June, with each edition taking on a different theme. Drawing together writers and translators from fourteen countries, Worlds is hosted by the Writers’ Centre in Norwich. Being England’s only UNESCO City of Literature gives Norwich a very special place in Europe’s literary community, and Worlds allows the people of the city and its visitors to access some of the smartest thinking and most inspiring writing that Europe and the world have to offer.

Explore the Worlds itinerary here.

If you’re coming to Norwich for Worlds, discover places to stay and seek refreshment here

Photo: Martin Figura

multi-story orchestra


A classical music concert in a carpark!

For one day in June 2015, as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, Multi-Story Orchestra took over the Endeavour House car park in Ipswich. Multi-Story is an innovative British orchestra determined to take concerts out of traditional venues and give people a first chance to experience the power of live orchestral music.

The 45-minute concert featured a programme centred around Copland’s Appalachian Spring and involved a choir of local children.

Explore the Aldeburgh Festival.

Interested in visiting Aldeburgh for the festival? Plan your trip at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Ambra Vernuccio
francis matthew schutz


What an unflattering idea – to paint someone vomiting into a chamber pot! Francis Matthew Schutz, in this engraving by William Hogarth which hangs in Norwich Castle Museum’s permanent collection, is not ill but drunk. Susan Schutz, his wife, asked Hogarth to portray her wayward, fun loving husband in bed. It was part of her campaign to persuade him to stop misbehaving. In the nineteenth century, shocked Schutz descendants had the vomit and chamber pot overpainted to disguise this embarrassing truth.

To inspect Schutz’s shame in fine detail, it’s worth exploring Norwich Castle Museum.

Find out more to do in Norwich here.

Photo: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
the goob


Guy Myhill’s feature debut, The Goob, premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival and since then has won a slew of awards and gone on general release. Featuring the flat landscape and big skies of the Norfolk Fens, The Goob is a gritty coming-of-age drama made special by the physicality and self possession of its locally-casted lead, Liam Walpole, and Simon Tindall’s atmospheric cinematography.

You can find out more about the film here.

And if you’re entranced by The Fens, plan a visit here.

james turrell


Seldom Seen, part of James Turrell’s Skyspace collection at Houghton Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk was installed in 2000 amongst the trees on the west side of the house.

For four months in 2015, Houghton Hall was home to LightSpace, an expanded collection of Turrell’s work, including a 45 minute lightshow created specifically for this exhibition, projected onto the west facade of the house.

If you want to visit Houghton Hall, plan your trip at Visit North Norfolk.

Photo: Sarah Cocke,