ART fans are invited to a very special event this Father’s Day.

Maggi Hambling CBE will be hosting a talk at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury as part of Essex Book Festival.

The internationally acclaimed Suffolk artist (pictured right) will be discussing the visionary paintings of her late father Harry Hambling.

The paintings form the basis of her latest book, A Suffolk Eye, which was co-written with historian and biographer Jamie Gilham. The book also has contributions from George Melly and author Andrew Lambirth.

As well as the Essex Book Festival, the talk is in partnership with River Stour Festival and the Quay itself. Maggi said: “Having lived in Suffolk all his life, once father began to paint its impossibly glowing skies, rampant rape fields, bare winter trees peopling the land, all these are made manifest with absolute authority in his work.

“Our jaded eyes are jolted into action by the purity of his vision.”

Maggi is best-known for her sculptures A Conversation with Oscar Wilde, in London and Scallop, a four-metre-high steel piece on Aldeburgh beach dedicated to Benjamin Britten. Both works have attracted a great degree of controversy.

Maggi’s talk will be held this Sunday at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10 from the box office on 01787 374745.