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Art Exhibition:On A Knife Edge - nature in peril at Snape Maltingsadd to shortlist

Art Exhibition, Wed 14 Jul - Sun 7 Nov 2021, free entry

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Pink Sea Fan Coral by Harry Brockway features in 'On A Knife Edge' at the Lettering Arts Centre

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In 2019 ‘The State of Nature’ report highlighted the plight of numerous species, flora, fauna and habitats in the UK. “On A Knife Edge” is a response by some of the UK’s foremost lettering artists to this perilous condition. The title of the exhibition is also a nod to the precious heritage craft of hand letter cutting - a declining art form for which the Lettering Arts Trust, as a charity, is dedicated to sustain.

28 artists present works depicting endangered animals, plants and natural habitats, which as a compelling collection serves to illustrate and highlight the need to conserve and protect our precious environment.

This mixed media exhibition features stone carving, calligraphy, etching and woodcarving. Each work demands closer investigation into its topic.

A beautiful, fully illustrated catalogue, featuring the artists’ personal views and details of their creative approaches, alongside essays and comments from world renowned naturalists such as Sir David Attenborough will accompany the exhibition.

Lynne Alexander, the curator for “On A Knife Edge” comments:
“The Lettering Arts Trust is presenting the “On A Knife Edge” exhibition as a ‘call to action’ using art as the vehicle to bring it home to visitors and the wider population that it’s not too late to change our habits and live in synergy with nature, whilst helping to highlight the devasting consequences of doing nothing. It is clear that lettering artists, as a community, feel strongly about this topic and are using their craft to voice their concerns. I have been particularly heartened by their responses; the subjects they have chosen – and of course the skill displayed in executing their ideas.”

Suffolk Poetry Society collaboration
Inspired by the theme of “On A Knife Edge”, members of the Suffolk Poetry Society composed a number of poignant poems. These will be published in a booklet which will be available to purchase from the Lettering Arts Centre from June 2021.

Journeyman carving
As part of its ambition to sustain the craft of hand letter cutting, the Lettering Arts Trust supports the training of the next generation of artists with journeyman opportunities. As part of his sojourn training with a Master letter cutting, current Journeyman, George Edwards has selected ‘Honey on a Knife Edge’,by Valerie Denton from the Suffolk Poetry Society’s poems, which he will carve in stone. This will be displayed within the exhibition.

Sales and Commissions
All of the works presented for ‘On A Knife Edge’ are for sale, and further commissions can also be undertaken by these artists.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 14 Jul - Sun 7 Nov 2021 11:00 to 17:00
Daily (Monday to Sunday) - check website to confirm.


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 14 Jul - Sun 7 Nov On A Knife Edge - nature in peril
Fri 10 - Wed 15 Sep Chain Reaction


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Map reference: TM 393574  Lat: 52.16348 Long: 1.49776

By Road:
Snape Maltings is on the B1069 just south of Snape village and well signposted from the A12.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Saxmundham station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu