LRR and The Henley Arts Trail



Credit: Richard Conway-Jones


This year, Little Red Rooster is excited to announce that it is a proud sponsor of the Henley Arts Trail. Now in its 12th year, the Henley Arts Trail is one of the biggest cultural events on the Henley-on-Thames social calendar, having developed into an exciting showcase of some of the finest artistic talent in Henley and its surrounding areas.


Spanning the course of three days over the bank holiday weekend, the Henley Arts Trail will consist of 32 venues across north Henley to Waltham St Lawrence in the south. Over 200 artists will be in attendance, showcasing their work and offering demonstrations of everything from bespoke handmade jewellery, clever carpentry, stunning paintings and impressive ceramic displays.


One of the many artists exhibiting this year is our Victoria Ruffy’s old next door neighbour – musician and artist Richard Conway-Jones. Richard first exhibited his work back in 1987 and has been a firm favourite at the Henley Arts Trail for several years. As fans of innovative, experimental art and design at Little Red Rooster, we love Richard’s collection this year – you can visit his work at his house – ‘The Most Beautiful House in the World’. Seemingly drawing influence from the impressionists, who famously experimented with colour and a unique abstract methodology, his work nostalgically reminds us of the likes of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso who pioneered and ultimately dominated this artistic style. As if we didn’t enjoy his work enough already, he loves our creative director Keef and is a massive Rolling Stones fan!


Credit: Richard Conway-Jones


Our Vic also recommends a visit to Coltman’s Farm in Waltham St Lawrence to see the work of sculptor Dick Budden. Vic particularly loves his bronze garden sculptures especially the golden pear and cherries. You can also indulge in a spot of tea and cake as the Budden’s throw a lovely spread!


Credit: Dick Budden


If cake and tea doesn’t hit the spot then a pint of cider and lunch at The Bell in the same village should do the trick. Another Rooster recommendation.


The Henley Arts Trail will take place this weekend from 29th April to the 1st May. A map of everywhere to visit can be found here. If you can’t make it this weekend, you can follow the event at its Instagram page here.

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