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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


An extract from a review by John Grant in the East Anglian Daily Times: The art of appreciating a coastline’s caress

Writing, photography, painting and sculpting combine with the allure of the sea, estuaries, marshes and reedbeds to produce an intoxicating mixture, as JOHN GRANT reports.

Suffolk’s celebrated coast is subtle rather than dramatic, no towering sea cliffs here, no rugged landscapes, but it has power – a bewitching power to engage and beguile those who come under its spell.

Naturalists have long been fascinated by the coast’s seemingly endless wildlife wonders, environmentalists have fought to protect it. And artists have drawn inspiration from it in a wealth of creative ways.

The nine talented artists in the Tidal Margins collective certainly have. Six portray their feelings about this acclaimed area of sea, beaches, estuaries, rivers, reedbeds, marshes and heathland on canvass in various ways. Two writers put down their feelings in words and one sees the coast through a camera’s lens. All have a unifying love for the area –a love that illuminates their works and a love that draws the onlooker in.


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.


For someone who has grown up and lived on the Suffolk Coast all my life and have a deep affinity with coastal Suffolk I felt the exhibition really captured something elemental about the place – something of its history and mystery

Wonderful interpretation of the wild local landscapes

Wonderfully local, beautiful and bright

A lovely exuberant exhibition with a very varied range of styles and media making a very coherent group.

Best group show I have seen for a long while – love the ‘journey’ around our coast and the accompanying text.  Thank you