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Sizewell, watercolour

Sizewell, viewed from Dunwich Heath Artist Jennifer Hall


Step with that numbing crump of stone ever present, following each footfall. There are clumps of purple-spread splendour – sea kale Crambe maritima – that rest up on the pillow of the sloping pebble beds, hidden tap roots digging deep underground seeking fresh water. Such strange sea creatures stranded here over the tide line. Walk on, blown down the beach into a cloud, an invisible smirr of exotic scent – the coconut perfume of the gorse in bloom. A burst of brilliant sunshine: the furze flowers reflect the fishermen in their Day-Glo jackets who shelter tucked in tents beside their rod antennae, which stick from the sands and with gossamer threads reach into the deep grey sea, the German Sea. The beach huts here are surrounded with a rusty sea detritus: scatterings, smatterings of once brave boats now broken, sunken, splintered by the waves, the winds, the tide of time. And behind the backs of all, that vast puffball, unnaturally perfect circle of white cloud which blots the horizon, an ever present moon dropped from the sky.

Sizewell – James Canton

An exhibition of words, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by artists and writers, depicting the coastline and rivers of Suffolk.

 Saturday 23 March to Sunday 28 April 2013

Long Shop Museum, Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4ES

Exhibition open Monday to Saturday  10am to 5pm,

Wednesdays 3rd and 10th April ONLY 10am to 5pm,

Sunday 11am to 5pm,

Entrance to the exhibition is free but admission charges apply to the rest of the museum.

 Supper and talk by Tidal Margins Artists on 18th April – 7.00pm 

For tickets and information –

                                                        or   01728 832 189


The Suffolk Heritage Coast is constantly evolving with the actions of natural forces in particular, the sea – there is a short and urgent timeframe to capture for future generations, its power, its history and its inspiration. Landscape is an essential component of people’s surroundings. It is an expression of the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage. It is a foundation of their identity. Therefore, more than ever, there is a need to interpret and value contemporary landscape anew.

A collective of six artists, two writers and a photographer are working  to paint, draw, photograph, print, collect, sculpt and write the Suffolk Coastline from Covehithe to Felixstowe.

For close to a year we have, collectively and individually, walked, swam and sailed the Suffolk coast. Our footsteps have traced the shoreline in snow, rain and howling winds; with hot water bottles strapped to our bodies and flasks of tea to fuel us, we have drawn, painted and written the landscape.  We have sat through balmy, sun-filled hours, watched sun and moon rise and set; seen the port lights compete with the stars; followed the paths of container ships and seals; picked up pebbles, shells, wax and corn husks from the shore.  We have told stories, dropped words into the sea and dreamed of what lay beneath the waves.

Many of us have an emotional connection with the sea.  It can be seen as a symbol of birth, of transformation, of death and of life; it represents our unconscious.  Throughout history, the oceans and seas have fed us and offered a way of exploring the world.  Yet the sea can also take lives, change coastlines and destroy communities.  It is a natural element, but not a neutral force and, as much as we may wish it, the sea cannot be made static or controlled.  Its power, both positive and negative, can only be understood retrospectively, by capturing the trace of where it has once been and the effect that it has had.

Tidal Margins is concerned with narratives – both visual and written – that connect people and place.  History, memory, imagination, the past and the present are all woven together to offer a new way of seeing the skyscapes, seascapes and landscapes of the Suffolk coast.