Whatever the weather has in store for us this Summer, our reports in this issue of Venue show that the arts scene, at least, promises to be exciting and vibrant.  It is Open Studios time of course, when we have many opportunities to see the region’s brilliant creatives at work in their studios and talk to them about their inspirations, methods and materials. This Summer we are even offered an Art Trail you can access by boat on the beautiful Norfolk Broads!
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 In featuring some of the region’s artists and designers in this issue we are reminded of the importance of the handing down of creative skills through the generations. Painter Ian Hay developed his drawing and painting skills in the excellent arts education establishments we have in this country, and throughout his successful creative career he has also passed on to the next generation of students the lessons he learned, and his enthusiasm for his art. We also feature Tom Sargeant who, in a rather different way, initially learned his skills as a letter-cutter and designer from his father, and is taking this further via an apprenticeship scheme offered by The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust. The circuitous route to his chosen art makes for fascinating reading, and there is every reason to think that he, too, one day will be passing on
his skills.
 Another theme which comes across strongly in this issue is the importance of art, crafts and design in the home – as important today as at any time in our history. And we are not just talking about a beautiful painting or stunning ornament, but also, for instance, the colours of paints, designs of textiles, development of appliances:  the list seems apparently endless. At the other end of the spectrum we have included events which remind us that throughout history, art has often had a role in addressing social issues – such as injustice, violence, war, sexuality and drugs –- and
challenging stereotypes.
 Most of us in East Anglia and neighbouring counties have easy access to London’s world-class arts scene. Our London Beat columns report that there is much going on in the capital this Summer to make a visit well worthwhile. One stand-out event, particularly for those of us who are still getting to grips with new technologies and their impact on the arts, is Digital Revolution, at the Barbican. As it brings together a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers at the cutting edge of their fields using digital media, it promises some answers for us about the creative possibilities of the likes of artificial intelligence, wearable technologies, robotics and
3D printing.
 Summer being the season for fairs and festivals, these feature in this issue too, from local events such as Felixstowe’s Book Fair, to London’s major Festival of Architecture and inviting al fresco events. And if the weather does let us down, that will just be an incentive to tuck ourselves up with a good book or CD – our reviewers have picked out some that will keep us enthralled until the sun comes out again.

Fran Goss Editor

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