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Saddle Up for an exciting art trail this summer

03/07/2019

A herd of decorative horses, designed by artists and sculptors, will arrive in Newmarket this summer to help raise awareness of local charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

The AHT has teamed up with local and national artists, local businesses, organisations and community groups to bring 17 works of art to the town centre, creating a free, fun and inspiring art event in Newmarket.

From Monday 8 July, you will be able to enjoy the ‘Saddle Up’ art trail with family, friends or by yourself, admiring the talented artists and sculptors involved. Each piece is spectacularly different, using a variety of materials from textile, metal, ceramics and paintings, but all are inspired by the theme ‘What do horses mean to you?’

Nigel Kaines, Saddle Up Art Trail artist, said: “Art Trails give people, both residents and visitors, stimulating art works to see and they engage people. They also encourage people to walk in areas they don’t normally see.”

The pieces will be located in prominent places in Newmarket including museums, open public spaces and on the High Street from Monday 8 July until Sunday 22 September 2019.

Vivien Thomas, Events Manager at the AHT, said: “We are very grateful to our artists, sponsors and locations for helping us create this wonderful art trail that we hope lots of people will come out to enjoy this summer. As a local charity, working to help horses, dogs and cats, it’s wonderful to be creating this installation in our home town.”

From Monday 8 July, a trail map detailing the artworks will be available to download from the AHT website at www.aht.org.uk/saddleup or to pick up from Tindalls on Newmarket High Street, or from Palace House.

Viv added: “There will be a competition element to the art trail. Each piece of art will carry a letter, collect all of the letters to spell a phrase, and enter a prize draw to win a variety of gifts and prizes.”

Alongside the Saddle Up Art Trail, the AHT will be running a number of events and activities throughout the summer, details of which will appear on the website at www.aht.org.uk/saddleup

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