Walk through the art at Woburn

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VISITORS to Woburn won’t have to enter any galleries to enjoy the work of some of the region’s top artists.

Woburn Artbeat launched last week and is a real-life art gallery on the streets of the town in support of the British Heart Foundation.

The festival will run for 18 days until May 2.

The show, now into its second year, was kicked off with a spectacular sculpture exhibition in the gardens of Woburn Abbey.

Almost 90 artists are exhibiting their art throughout Woburn, on wall, window and floor space provided by the traders in the village.

Guests included high profile exhibiting sculptors including Thomas Ostenberg who has been commissioned to produce works for the Olympics 2012.

In addition, the Duke and Duchess of Bedford have provided the 36-acre gardens at Woburn Abbey for the sculpture exhibition, which will remain on display until Sunday July 31.

Here, visitors can see the work of 20 sculptors including John Brown, Frederic Chevarin (ARBS), Kate Denton, Jonathan Loxley, Nick Moran, Thomas Ostenberg, Helen Sinclair and Paul Vanstone.

All of the sculptors exhibiting are well known with work in public and private collections across the world.

The amazing real-life art exhibition is a non profit event, with proceeds this year donated to The British Heart Foundation, in memory of Richard Carr, general manager of the Inn at Woburn, who died suddenly a few months ago.

The longer term intention is to create a fund, where Woburn as a whole will sponsor one artist a year to study or develop a specific skill.

More information about the artists involved in the event itself, which is organised by Woburn’s Bedford Street Gallery, can be found on www.woburnartbeat.co.uk