Official symbol of the Festival of Suffolk designed by Joe Barnes

06:00 22 January 2022

A gardener who paints in his spare time has created a ‘magnificent’ symbol for the 2022 Festival of Suffolk – set to become the county’s biggest ever community event.

Joe Barnes, 33, from Southwold, was selected from local artists who applied to create the official symbol for the event, which celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The festival will feature a series of events, including a torch relay, a concert in Trinity Park, the Suffolk Show and the Festival of the Sea, between May and September.

Landscape gardener Joe has been painting since leaving school and heard about the opportunity to design the festival symbol from a friend while they were volunteering on the lifeboat.

Joe said: “I hope everyone is as proud of our symbol as I am. It’s such an honor to have my work recognized in this way and I look forward to seeing it used and enjoyed as we celebrate the festival together this year.

The symbol uses the Queen’s recognizable profile and includes the sunrise as it hits our county first in the UK.

The symbol of the Festival of Suffolk, by Joe Barnes
– Credit: Joe Barnes

Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, who is leading the plans for the festival, said: “Joe’s work is strikingly beautiful and captures the essence of the culture and character of our wonderful county. “

Erika Clegg, Communications Director of the Festival of Suffolk, said: “It was a pleasure to work with Joe, whose talent is belied by his humility, and I hope it will provide him with more opportunities to use his talent. of an artist.”

Joe Barnes with his Festival of Suffolk symbol

Joe Barnes created the symbol of the Festival of Suffolk
– Credit: Simon Hazelgrove

The Festival Of Suffolk symbol will feature on promotional material, with limited edition versions of the print being auctioned off to raise money for local charities. Merchandise bearing the symbol will be launched shortly via a dedicated online store for the festival.

You can see more of Joe Barnes’ artwork on his Instagram @joe_barnes88 and hanging at Coasters restaurant, Novoboats furniture and boat builders in Southwold and Baileys delicatessen in Beccles.

Festival of Suffolk events so far include:

  • Newmarket Jubilee Race Day on Saturday 14th May.
  • Queen’s Green Canopy planting 770,000 trees and hedges in Suffolk.
  • Torch Relay – a 580 mile journey through the county which will end at the Suffolk Show.
  • Red Rooster Festival from June 2 to 4.
  • Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, June 5, to encourage communities to come together and celebrate.
  • Suffolk Jubilee Service June 12 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 11am.
  • Suffolk Day June 21.
  • Sea Festival.
  • Community Games Festival on July 9.
  • Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon in Suffolk on Thursday June 2.
  • Community Big Lunches to link up with the Jubilee Big Lunch planned at The Mall in London.
  • 10 trade shows to celebrate entrepreneurship, innovation and business excellence in Suffolk.
  • Suffolk Garland for The Queen a special commemorative book. The first copy will be presented to the Queen
  • Let’s Rock a celebration of all things pop and the 80s, on September 10 at Trinity Park.
  • Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival on 24 and 25 September.
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