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Framlingham Library launch new Court Room Gallery with ‘Wild’ exhibition featuring artwork by local artists

Framlingham Library is delighted to announce the launch of its new Court Room Gallery on Thursday 26 May with a special view and the opening of the inaugural exhibition called ‘Wild’. 

'Wild' will feature work from seven stunning artists inspired by the natural world as part of Suffolk Libraries’ Wild Reads project. 

The exhibition will be on display from 7 June to 5 July, and art enthusiasts can visit on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10:30AM and 12:30PM to view and purchase the artwork.

Also on display is an artwork by mysterious Suffolk artist ‘The Hat’, who has donated a painting titled ‘lilypond’ for Framlingham Library to auction. The true identity of this reclusive painter is a mystery, although some people have suggested Ed Sheeran could be the man behind the hat.

Sadly, 'The Hat' will not be able to join the event in person, but several of the wonderful artists behind the Wild exhibition will be at the event to talk about their work. 

Close-up of the painting 'lilypond', kindly donated to Framlingham Library by elusive local artist The Hat.
Bruce Leeke, our Chief Executive Officer, with the donated painting.

The Court Room Gallery launch event is taking place at the library on Thursday 26 May between 6pm and 8pm. The event is free to attend, but please RSVP to framlibevents@suffolklibrary.co.uk to book your place. 

Proceeds from the auction of ‘lilypond’ will be combined with other fundraising to fund the renovation of the children’s area in the library. ‘lilypond’ will be auctioned later in the year and a fundraising JustGiving page will also be set up next month for anyone who wants to support the library’s campaign to renovate the children’s area.

Vivia Bamford, Framlingham Library Manager, said:

“We were absolutely delighted to receive the wonderful donation of lilypond. I could not have dreamt when I first saw the painting last year that it would end up at Framlingham Library.

“It is a beautiful work with calming colours to encourage rest and relaxation which captures the movement of water. You can imagine sitting under a willow tree enjoying a light breeze on a warm day. It means a lot to us and could help us to create a very special Children’s Library area.”

“We’re also delighted to be hosting the ‘Wild’ exhibition and everyone is very excited to be launching these new exhibitions which we hope will become a regular event.”