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Welcome to the ARTSeast Visual Arts Guide 2020 Cover image: Two Hearts - Two Minds by Samuel Thomas. www.samuelthomasart.co.uk

As always, we are very grateful and lucky to live in


such a beautiful area that has produced some of the


Norfolk Introduction


Samuel Thomas

best and most prolific artists in the country. Our

12 Sainsbury Centre: Art Nouveau region, steeped in artistic heritage, also has one eye firmly on the future as can be seen in the fantastic range of contemporary art available to view in our museums, galleries and colleges. This Visual Arts Guide is deigned to give an overview of both the biggest local art stories but also the

16 Norfolk Open Studios 18 Norwich Castle: Where Land and Water Meet

20 Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 135th Anniversary

23 Suffolk Introduction 26 Suffolk Open Studios

people, galleries, art groups and events that shape

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the artistic scene here in Norfolk and Suffolk. It’s a

30 Suffolk Craft Society 50th Anniversary

useful reference for both artists and art-lovers alike.

34 Abbey 1000 Sculpture Exhibition

If you would like to be included in next year’s guide,

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please do get in touch using the contact details opposite. We’d love to hear from you. For now, we hope you find inspiration within these pages and enjoy the many fantastic events and exhibitions that we are so lucky to have in our region.

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Norfolk Norfolk, with its big skies, stunning coastline and beautiful Broads has long been an artist’s paradise. Providing creative inspiration around each corner, the county has produced - and continues to produce - some of the country’s most innovative and talented artists. At its heart, the fine city of Norwich has a rich artistic heritage yet also leads the way in contemporary, ground-breaking art. The renowned Norwich School of Painters, established in 1803, celebrated the county with work by artists such as John Crome, Robert Ladbroke, John Sell Cotman and James Stark. Today, arts students flock to the city to take up places on one of the many creative courses on offer. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery are just two of the many exhibition spaces across the city and often provide a home for some of the best touring exhibitions in the country. Away from Norwich, the county’s villages, towns and beautiful natural highlights include the famous coastline and stunning Broads National Park. Art lovers are spoilt for choice with a wealth of galleries across the county offering an eclectic mix of art of all price ranges and genres. Many of the county’s stunning stately homes also host exhibitions including Blickling Hall and Houghton Hall. There are many festivals showcasing the visual arts including The Cromer and Sheringham Art & Literary Festival (COAST), Holt Festival Art Prize and the Swaffham Visual Arts Festival. Norfolk is also home to one of the most successful and popular open studios events in the country. The Norfolk Open Studios takes place from May 23rd - June 7th and sees more than 380 artists opening their studio doors to the public to exhibit, sell and Wherries at How Hill. The Broads Authority. © Bill Smith

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Samuel Thomas: Vision of Joy

Samuel Thomas returns to Norfolk in 2020 with a series

‘There is so much joy and freedom in our lives –

of exhibitions and new paintings. The artist - collected

sometimes we just need reminding of it’.’

both nationally and internationally - has been away exhibiting his artworks in Brighton since 2017, but now makes an exciting return to his home county to begin the next chapter of his painting evolution. His first exhibition runs from March 28th - April 20th at the Giggly Goat, Norwich which also celebrates the 6th anniversary of the shop. This exhibition titled ‘Norwich Spectrum’ introduces five NEW Norwich themed paintings celebrating the charm and beauty of this city. Alongside

The artist is also holding another exhibition at The Garden House Gallery on April 7th-19th with some new originals featuring his home town of Cromer as well as some new tree-inspired works. Then, May 23rd – June 7th sees the artist hold his largest exhibition of 2020 as part of the Norfolk Open Studios. As part of his big return Samuel will be showing a wide range of new and diverse original paintings and is keeping them a surprise until then.

these will be the artist’s wider collection of limited edition prints capturing the spirit and soul of many Norfolk

Visit the artist’s website to browse his latest artworks and

landscapes in his unique depictions.

for the key exhibition dates. Follow him on social media for new art unveilings and giveaways.

Samuel Thomas explains further; ‘I paint in a way that feeds the soul, I want to capture that feeling of elation and


joy that makes us all feel alive. Although my painting

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style is diverse and will always naturally evolve, my philosophy that motivates me to paint is unwavering:

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Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams

, pearl and 1 Gold, ruby 1898-190 s Fouquet, ge or Ge , A. ch eau. UE Orchid broo of Art Nouv n Collection © Anderso

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Rosewater sprinkler and vase, Johann Loetz Witwe (Attr), c.1900 Silver and glass © Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau. UEA.

Etagère, Louis Majorelle, c.1900 Walnut, oak, rosewood, silk and bronze © Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau. UEA.

From March 29th-September 13th, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts presents Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams, a dazzling new exhibition that delves into the origins and evolution of this muchloved, and sometimes controversial, style. The exhibition will focus on the formation of Art Nouveau as an artistic practice and its spread across Europe as the dominant force in architecture and design between 1890 and 1914. The show provides new perspectives on the role of English art and ideas in the genesis of Art Nouveau, and its fate in England. The PreRaphaelites, William Morris, the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements are considered as founding inspiration for the spectacular vision that swept across the continent, where it remains celebrated in numerous cities as a vital part of urban life. Through the treasures of the Anderson Collection at the Sainsbury Centre and those from multiple

Chair, Antoni Gaudi, c.1890 Oak © Museo del Modernismo de Barcelona. Photographer: Carles Insenser.

lenders, the exhibition showcases English masterpieces in avant-garde design to explore its importance and influence on Art Nouveau in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and also the United States. The role of nature is another key focus of the exhibition. The common theme of translating plants into patterns will be explored as a defining feature of the modern style. Art and objects will represent Art Nouveau from different countries, where it appeared characterised as flowing, tensile line, and dramatic movement, or by organic imagery combined with an informal geometry. The exhibition includes ceramic, furniture, glass, jewellery, paintings, posters and prints, sculpture, and textiles. Curated by Professor Paul Greenhalgh, it contains over 150 works of varying sizes, and is accompanied by a substantial catalogue. www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk www.artseast.co.uk | 13

Janice Alamanou Coastal Photography

Photography with Precious Metals Fine Art - Collages - Mixed Media Gallery 88 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the- Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AQ w: coastalphotography.co.uk m: 07798755757 e: enquiries@coastalphotography.co.uk w: www.coastalphotography.co.uk


June Mullarkey

hand-thrown porcelain and stoneware

Ben Mullarkey

paintings in acrylic on canvas, prints and cards

46 Chapel Road, Dersingham (1 mile Sandringham) Norfolk PE31 6PN 01485 540761 Open all year www.dersinghampottery.co.uk 14 |


Anthea Eames

Contemporary, abstract landscapes exploring layers of history. Rotary Club of Swaffham

Swaffham Visual Arts Festival

Mixed media incorporating earth, sand and ochres.


Saturday 1st October to Sunday 1st November 2020

THEME: Our Environment and the World Around Us Harriet Mead an English wildlife artist talking about her specialism in metal sculptures. Cora Mullenger this year will be offering 2 separate sessions, teaching painting techniques around this year’s theme. Nicholas Elliott will be demonstrating his oil techniques and talking about his influences and styles. Three’s Company has compiled a special anthology for this year’s festival, giving the opportunity to see some wonderful images and hear the poetry and prose they inspired. 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition and Sale of Works which this year includes an art competition for local schools. Dates and venues to be confirmed but all information will be available via www.swaffhamvisualartsfestival.co.uk Tickets for all events available from The Ceres Bookshop, 20 London Rd, Swaffham, PE37 7DG or telephone 01760 722504 For further information or to exhibit in the Art Exhibition contact Stephen Ward on 01366 328567 Charity Number 1061027 All proceeds will go to Rotary Charities.

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Behind the Scenes with Norfolk Open Studios

David Lendrum in his Studio

One of the most successful Open Studios schemes in

studios across Norfolk to see new art, meet artists,

the country is returning to Norfolk this year.

and - with many of the works on display being for

The award-winning Norfolk Open Studios, now in its 26th year, will run from Saturday May 23rd to Sunday June 7th. This year, more than 380 artists will throw open their studio doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work and practice.

sale - to buy original artworks directly from their creators. In 2020 Norfolk Open Studios will welcome 22 schools to the scheme and will host 22 Art Trails, allowing visitors to enjoy several studios in one day. Art demonstrations, private views, workshops and talks also make up this key event.

The free event annually attracts thousands of visitors and in 2019 more than 31,000 people flocked to

Ros Dixon, Norfolk Open Studios Administrator, said: ‘Norfolk Open Studios is a well-loved annual event

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Johno Cornish Studio Photo: Sam Rider

Olivia Jeffries Photo: Salsabil Morrison

which involves hundreds of Norfolk Artists and some

Internationally renowned artists as well as artists new

wonderful Norfolk schools and young artists, all

to the scheme take part each year and for many, it

helping to celebrate the diversity and creative talent

offers the opportunity to join a wider community of

that exists across the county.

artists which helps to bring their work to new and

‘Painters, sculptors, ceramicists and textile artists as well as many more will be offering a warm welcome, with something for everyone to enjoy and to find out

diverse audiences, opening up discussions about their practice. For more information visit norfolkstudios.org.uk

more about. Now in its 26th year, Norfolk Open Studios has a fresh new look, and so keep an eye out for the new logo and imagery dotted around the county in May and June.’

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Charles John Watson (1846-1927), Fye Bridge, 1885; pencil and watercolour on paper, 40.6 x 32 cm

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Norwich Castle: Where Land and Water Meet

John Sell Cotman (1782-1842), The Eel Boat, c.1820s; pencil and watercolour and body colour on paper; © Norfolk Museums Service – Norwich Castle Museum & Art Galley

William Philip Barnes Freeman (1813-1897), The River at Yarmouth, undated; watercolour and pencil on paper; © Norfolk Museums Service – Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norwich Castle’s Colman Watercolour Gallery is home

rivers Yare and Wensum impacted on the architecture of

this year to a new exhibition celebrating one of the most

Norwich, whilst others emphasise our waterways as

characteristic features of our region - Norfolk’s network

sites of leisure and as homes to diverse species of flora

of waterways. Important for trade, transport and

and fauna. Some of the works are topographically

industry in the past, they are now a major tourist

accurate, whereas others are atmospheric renderings of

destination as well as a haven for wildlife. Norfolk’s

romantic landscapes and ruins.

waterways have also been the setting for sporting activities such as duck shooting and ‘water frolics’, or regattas which have taken place at Wroxham, Thorpe and Great Yarmouth since the early nineteenth century.

Looking at these drawings and watercolours now, we can see how drastically Norwich and Norfolk have changed – architecturally, physically and environmentally – over the last two centuries.

Over the years, generations of artists have captured

Thankfully, many of our waterways and associated

many different aspects of Norfolk’s Broads and rivers.

buildings are now protected by a variety of cultural and

The artworks featured in this exhibition show some of

environmental agencies and institutions, which will help

the ways in which our waterways have been depicted

preserve the breath-taking landscape, rare plants, birds

by talented artists often working en plein air, or ‘on the

and animals, and beloved landmarks so they can be

spot’. Some of the artworks testify to the rivers’

enjoyed by future generations.

importance as arteries for the transport of goods and people, for fishing and other industries, and for

Where Land and Water Meet runs from March 30th for the rest of the year.

supplying the energy that powered mills. Also included are drawings and watercolours which focus on how the

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Sheila Volpe - After the flood

Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle celebrates 135 years A Norfolk art collective has launched a programme of

workshops will concentrate on oils, watercolours, ink

events, workshops and exhibitions as it marks 135

work, acrylics and mixed media.

years as a group.

A number of well-known artists will host demonstrations on techniques including Brian Korteling, Rachel Thomas, Sue Williams and Mo Teeuw. The group’s 201st exhibition takes place at The Forum in Norwich between May 9th and 14th and will feature painting and drawing in a variety of mediums, digital art, 3D work and sculpture. In July the collective will be travelling to the Munnings Museum in Dedham, Essex in a ground-breaking collaboration between the two organisations to mark the strong links of Sir Alfred Munnings and the

Malcolm Jarvis - The beauty that passers by don't see

Norwich and Norfolk Art Circle.

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle was established in

Entrance to demonstrations and

1885 following Crome & Cotman's famous Norwich

life classes is open to members

Society of Artists and has included in its membership

and non-members with pay-on-

artists of national and international acclaim such as

the-door entry. All workshops

Alfred Munnings, Edward Seago and Bernard

are bookable in advance -


members £25 and non-

And now, with more than 200 members, it is set to

members £35.

host 20 events and workshops across the county and

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle

beyond – including their 201st exhibition.

welcome new members who

All are invited to attend the packed programme of

are artists or interested in art.

exhibitions, demonstrations, life classes, workshops

For more information and to see

and talks.

the list of events, workshops and exhibitions visit

Life classes take place on a monthly basis from


Terry Richardson - Towards the sun

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Suffolk Just the word Suffolk conjures up images straight from famous paintings by artists such as John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, both of whom grew up on the southern edge of this stunning county. Continuing this rich artistic tradition, Suffolk is home to many artists and thriving art societies and collectives with numerous exhibitions held both on the coast and at the many galleries and exhibition spaces dotted inland. The beautiful countryside, picture-perfect villages and coastal charm have long provided inspiration to artists and still does so today. From Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture on the beach at Aldeburgh to sporting art on display at Palace House in Newmarket, there is something to delight and inspire people of all ages and interests. The town of Ipswich is home to Christchurch Mansion whose Wolsey Art Gallery showcases work by, among others, Constable and Gainsborough. It also has a fantastic programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year and offers some fantastic art courses at its university and colleges. The ever-popular Suffolk Open Studios - taking place in June offers a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes in the artists’ studios and to purchase unique, home-made items direct from the maker. Festivals play a big part in the life of this region with visual arts featuring in many such as the Southwold Arts Festival, Latitude Festival at Henham and the Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings. In 2020, St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds, is celebrating its 1000th anniversary with a packed programme of events including a fantastic new sculpture exhibition. Each month a different sculpture can be seen in the crypt of the Abbey ruins English Heritage

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THE Gallery Earsham Hall

Open daily Monday-Sunday


Waveney & Blyth Arts presents

Screen printing for artists Courses & Workshops. Studio Hire cut-editions@hotmail.com www.cut-editions.co.uk 07786330023

Cork Brick Art & Antiques Gallery 6 Earsham Street, Bungay NR35 1AG Established in Bungay since 1990

Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk 18th July to 2nd August. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. 48 artists from the local region will be responding to the theme 'Reflections on Landscape'. Yurt cafĂŠ on site selling light lunches, cakes and refreshments. Children's play area. Well-behaved dogs welcome on leads.

Open Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am-5pm T: 01986 894873 E:corkbrick@xln.co.uk www.corkbrickgallery.co.uk

Christine McKechnie Water colour painted cut paper collages

01728 628732

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Allan Williams (Church and Boat)

Suffolk Open Studios returns again in June for its 9th

As in previous years, the 2020 programme launches

successful year in its current format, and with a record

with the Annual Showcase Exhibition on May 27th at the

number of participants. Every weekend, artists across

Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds. This year, the event

the county will be opening their studios to the public to

will be opened by renowned artist and portrait painter,

give visitors a unique opportunity to see their work,

and long established Suffolk resident, Benjamin Sullivan

watch them create it and to discuss their practice.

RP NEAC, winner of the 2017 BP Portrait Award. Among

Starting on Saturday June 6th, this year’s programme runs over the four weekends of June. All studios are open 11am-5pm and entry is free. Numbers this year are significantly up on 2019 with nearly 140 artists and galleries taking part, marking a new high point for the

his other achievements, many people will recognise Benjamin’s work from his 2018


portrait of The Visitors can see work ranging from the strictly traditional


to the highly abstract, and covering every aspect of the visual arts – including painting, pottery, ceramics, glassware, print-making, screenprinting, woodturning,


Issy Coe (Seedheads II)

commented: ‘I’m delighted to be invited to open this year’s exhibition. Suffolk is famous for its artistic talent,

sculpture and more.

both past and present, and it’s a pleasure to be involved Cally James,

in a project which seeks to bring so much of that talent

Suffolk Open

into the public eye and give it the recognition it



Chairperson, Visitors can download a copy of the 2020 Directory

commented: ’It’s

from the Suffolk Open Studios website at

wonderful to see

www.suffolkopenstudios.org/artseast, where they can

record numbers of

learn about participating artists, see examples of their

members enrolling this year – some

Klair Bauly (The Beginning) Acrylic

old faces returning again from previous years, many joining for the first time. It’s testimony to the

work, check opening times and plan their route. They can also follow the programme on Facebook and Instagram: search for @suffolkopenstudios.

programme’s popularity that so many artists want to

Suffolk Open Studios continues to support the work of its

take part. The great thing about Suffolk Open Studios is

nominated charity, Suffolk Artlink. A new joint fund-

that it gives the public a unique opportunity to meet the

raising venture this year, “Hares around Bury”, will see

artists in person. How often do you go to a gallery, see

artists creating customised hares for display in retail

something you love and think “I wish I could ask them

premises around the town, with all entries available for

how they went about creating that – what was in their

purchase at the Annual Showcase exhibition at the Apex

mind”? With Suffolk Open Studios, you can!’

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© Lisa Gates

020 2 y e ll a V e h t Sculpture in

© Sian O’Ke effe

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© Bridget Pa lmer

One of the region’s flagship sculpture events is

Potton Hall is situated within Dunwich woodland, in

moving to a new location this year, curated by award

the Blyth river valley area of our patch. The new site

winning Suffolk based curator David Baldry.

for 2020 offers an opportunity for artists to explore a

Waveney & Blyth Arts’ seventh outdoor sculpture event – Sculpture in the Valley 2020 – will be hosted at Potton Hall in Westleton, along the Suffolk Coast &

distinct environment – from the domestic planted gardens to the wildflower meadow set against the rugged woodland.’

Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from July

For the event in 2020, the ‘Reflections on Landscape’

18th to August 2nd.

theme will see artists responding to ideas about our

Annually attracting thousands of visitors to the region, the event moves location every three years around the

relationships with the landscape, interactions between wild and cultivated areas, and living in the context of

Waveney and Blyth river valleys to reach new

climate crisis. As well as the external sculptural

audiences and explore different landscapes.

responses, Easterly Artists will be holding a visual arts exhibition in the Potton Hall recording studio

Genevieve Rudd, the new Chair of Waveney & Blyth Arts (W&BA), said: ‘2020 marks W&BA’s tenth birthday, so we wanted to develop this year’s sculpture event to celebrate our legacy of connecting art with landscape and place over the past decade.

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Sally Freer - After the Harvest

Summer Exhibition 2019

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Photo: Dennis Hales

Suffolk Craft Society’s 50th Anniversary

Rainforest Collection by Catherine Allen

Mary Jane Toulson Rug

2020 is a year to celebrate and reflect on 50 years since

This stunning six-week show has attracted over 6,000

the Suffolk Craft Society (SCS) was founded and held its

visitors a year, many returning annually as a valued part

first meeting at the Snape Maltings. From the outset, the

of their summer on the Suffolk Coast.

Society has set out to promote and support contemporary designer craft-making in and close to Suffolk.

Sadly, this is likely to be its final year at the Peter Pears Gallery as the property has been sold by Snape Maltings.

Craft-makers, trained or self-taught but usually with

So, the hunt is on for a new venue or venues for Summer

significant experience in their chosen craft, can apply to

2021. Meanwhile, this year’s special Celebratory

join. They are elected to membership by their peers. This

Summer Exhibition opens on Saturday July 18th and

is not to be elitist – as makers come from a very wide

runs to Bank Holiday Monday, August 31st.

range of backgrounds – but to ensure that the SCS maintains its reputation for diversity of craft disciplines and high quality. Over its 50 years hundreds have enjoyed membership of the Society and the opportunities it presents, assisting many in their successful craft careers. From 2006-2016 the SCS ran a Gallery in Ipswich Town

A special Spring Show at the historic Guildhall in Bury St. Edmunds is the opening to the Society’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and runs from Saturday April 25th – Sunday May 3rd. At both this and the Summer Exhibition, we aim to feature some examples of the work produced in each of the decades of the SCS’s life. www.suffolkcraftsociety.org

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ArtSpace Woodbridge

Theronda Hoffman

64 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk


Michael Coulter

Kesgrave Arts, 83 Main Road, Kesgrave,

An exhibition of original watercolours

Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 1AF t: 01473 333553

22 May – 3 June

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Theronda Hoffman, artist in residence: ‘I live to paint and paint to live’. • Art classes and life drawing • Picture framing

Fish and chips – Aldeburgh

Open Weekdays and Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-1pm

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Excellent artwork at affordable prices Changing exhibitions every month

Opening Times: Mon & Tues 1-3pm, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-3pm, Open before and during performances Closed Sundays.

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Celebrating 1000 years at St Edmundsbury Cathedral In 2020, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk will celebrate the

seen in the crypt of the Abbey ruins where the Shrine

founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute

of St Edmund would have stood.

1000 years ago.

A range of local artists has risen to the challenge of

A year of celebrations is being co-ordinated by the

re-telling the story of the Abbey and St Edmund in

Abbey 1000 Group, alongside the Abbey of St

new artistic and creative ways. Pupils from County

Edmund Heritage Partnership, with a year-long

Upper School in Bury St Edmunds have used scenes

programme of events leading up to the weekend of St

from the story of St Edmund to create a sculpture

Edmund’s Day on November 20th 2020.

decorated in ceramic tiles.

From Saturday May 23rd to Sunday November 22nd

Well-known local artist, John Williams, has carved a

a fantastic new sculpture exhibition celebrating 1,000

new image of St Edmund from a piece of oak

years of the Abbey of St Edmund and Saint Edmund

reclaimed from a local recycling yard. The life size

will be on display in the Abbey ruins in the Abbey

figure is depicted bound with rope accompanied by a

Gardens. Each month a different sculpture can be

wolf and halo.

Abbey of St Edmund ruins The Crypt and site of St Edmund's shrine (credit Andy Abbott)

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A metallic wolf, on all fours, is the creation of sculptor

construction company. The plinth will sit in the crypt

Jordan Britt, an already acclaimed young artist, who

of the Abbey church, surrounded by the atmospheric

has won awards for his sculptures, usually made of

stone ruins.

steel and inspired by folklore.

‘The shrine of St Edmund disappeared at the

Visitors to Bury St Edmunds are familiar with a

dissolution of the monasteries in 1539,’ comments

howling wolf which has pride of place on the

the Reverend Canon Matthew Vernon, Sub Dean of the

roundabout as you enter the town from the south.

Cathedral and Chairman of the Abbey of St Edmund

This was created by Suffolk artist, Ben Loughrill, on

Heritage partnership. ‘The crypt sculptures will draw

behalf of Bury in Bloom several years ago. In 2015 a

members of the public to the place close to where

similar, slightly smaller wolf, was part of a ‘wolf’ trail

Saint Edmund’s shrine used to stand, echoing the

in the town and was bought at the end of that year by

medieval pilgrim visitors. This will be a celebration of

private owners. They have kindly offered this wolf to

local creativity and local pride in the story of our

feature in the Abbey 1000 sculpture trail.

history and heritage.’

Each sculpture will take its turn on a specially created

The sculptures can be seen, free of charge, daily,

plinth, designed by Austin Cornish of Bury

when the Abbey Gardens are open.

Development Limited, local Bury St Edmunds based



St Edmund by John Williams

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Newmarket’s Palace House celebrates Man’s Best Friend

A new exhibition opening at Newmarket’s Palace House this summer is heaven sent for dog lovers.

subjects themselves – is packed with pawsonality. Among the works on display, are pieces by such

Opening on July 7th and running until November 1st,

luminaries as George Stubbs, William Hogarth, Edwin

The Good Companions: The Many Roles of our Canine

Landseer, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Sir Alfred

Friends is a compelling and engaging exploration of

Munnings, with depictions of dogs ranging from

our relationship with dogs down the centuries.

cheerful mongrels and sleek greyhounds to

Featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures,

determined terriers.

photographs, books and objects, even taxidermy of

Each of the 30-plus works were specially chosen by

four-legged friends, The Good Companions – like the

curator Katherine Field, as they tell extraordinary

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The Good Companions follows a series of distinct themes: Dogs as Companions, Dogs as Heroes and Sporting Dogs. In the former, visitors will see representations of artists own dogs such as Hogarth’s pug, Mrs Philip de Laszlo and her pet Pekingese (1928), Philip de Laszlo, Courtesy of the de Laszlo Archive © The Philip Trust

Trump, along with Philip de

László’s Chinky and Sir Alfred Munnings’ Black Knight, both Pekingese. The Heroes section takes visitors through a display of dogs working to help save lives during times of conflict. Of course, no exhibition at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art would be complete without a section devoted to sporting dogs. From merry spaniels in Francis Hayman’s Thomas Nuthall and his Friend Hambleton Lieut RW Sutherland, Cavalry Officer, 1916, by Sir Alfred Munnings, copyright the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

stories about individual dogs. The earliest pieces in the exhibition are A Gentleman with a Dog in a Wood (c.1746, Gainsborough’s House) by Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth’s wonderful selfportrait with his pet, Painter and his Pug (1746, Private Collection). Elisabeth Frink’s delightful, cast bronze sculpture of a seated terrier, Childhood (1992, Private Collection), is one of the last artworks she made before her death in 1993.

Custance (c.1748, Tate,

‘Water Dogs’ William Ward, Courtesy of © BSAT

on display at Palace House) and George Stubb’s finely observed A Spaniel, with its nose characteristically sniffing the ground and a pointer pointing (both British Sporting Art Trust, c.1772), to hounds hunting (in a series of Robert Bevan lithographs called Hunting Scenes, p.1898, Great Britain). The Good Companions reveals the unique bond between humans and canines; both as workers in the field, family members in the home and ultimately, our very best of friends. www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk

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