April 23, 2019

Summer 2019: The Big Scream in Bury

July 20th 2019: local artists will be setting up their easels and creating their own interpretations based on Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream.

The Big Scream in Bury is a large-scale, live, art-themed event based in Bury Market and supported by West Suffolk Council.

Saturday 20th July – 11am-3pm

What’s happening in Bury on the day?

A number of artists will set up their easels in and around the centre of Bury St Edmunds.

On their easels will be a small postcard of ‘The Scream‘. The artists will use these as inspiration for painting, then and there, their own interpretation of ‘The Scream’.

Click here to see the artists and their art.


We’ll have a map of where to find all the artists – more on this nearer the time.

People can take part by photographing their favourite of the artworks and posting their photos to Instagram.

We’ll also be running a free prize competition with a Big Scream t-shirt as a prize.

Free art workshops will be running outside Moyses Hall. We will have a live photo booth where you can feature in your very own version of ‘The Scream’ or draw your own mini scream or even make one out of clay.

Why ‘The Scream’?

Edvard Munch’s iconic painting is one of the best-known paintings in the world. And one of the most disturbing. Here’s what he said about it himself:

for several years I was almost mad… You know my picture, ‘The Scream?’ I was stretched to the limit—nature was screaming in my blood… After that I gave up hope ever of being able to love again.”

What better choice of art to use as a focus for getting people thinking about mental health?