On Friday 3rd March 2023 Two Sisters Arts Centre in Trimley St Mary unveiled a stunning new art installation to mark their five year anniversary and the culmination of a long held ambition by Artistic Director Suzanne Hawkes to create a warm and welcoming space for performance artists and audience alike within the now redundant church of St Marys.
The installation entitled Words & Music is the work of talented local wicker artist Tracy Barritt- Brown and is made up of two life size figures – a girl sitting reading a book and a boy playing the saxophone. Together they sum up the vision of Two Sisters to provide a platform to encompass literature, music and art, and they will be a permanent feature for everyone who uses the building to enjoy.
The art was made possible by generous donations from supporters via crowd funding, the creation of a ‘Friends’ scheme, plus major sponsorship from local business Jackamans Solicitors and a small grant from Felixstowe Town Council.
The evening itself was opened and compared by Radio Caroline’s Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster and featured a specially composed song, ‘Sanctuary’ from acappella trio Triangle and a lively set from world class saxophonist Phil Veacock with Nic French on drums and Jim Watson on keyboard.
This opening event heralds a packed programme lined up for the rest of the year including regular jazz, blues and folk sessions from internationally acclaimed artists, touring drama from Eastern Angles, High Tide & Black & White Productions, comedy from the Edinburgh Fringe, the music of Sir Patrick Moore, Charlie Haylock on the origin of surnames, poetry events from local writers and literature from Felixstowe Book Festival to name but a few.
Information and booking links can be found on the website
Photo: 'Words & Music by Tracy Barritt-Brown (photo credit S Hawkes)'