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ARTSeast Competition Winners from the previous issue: Tickets to see Mary Queen of Scots at Cinema City, Norwich - Davina Mellon of Wymondham

Editor’s Welcome

Tickets to see Bowjangles at Norwich Playhouse - Stephen Harris of Ditchingham, Bungay

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A warm welcome to the February / March

For our coffee and a chat feature, we caught up with

issue of ARTSeast Magazine.

renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne ahead of

I say warm but, as I write this, I’m wearing a scarf

his reworking of iconic Swan Lake which is taking to

indoors and the view out of the window looks

the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal in April.

beautiful bathed in a sheet of ice.

In this issue we have some fantastic prizes on offer

In this issue we take a look at the Nicole Farhi

including tickets to The Wind in the Willows at Theatre

exhibition at Gainsborough’s House, chat to Norfolk

Royal Bury St Edmunds, the chance to see Rebellious

artist Mary Richardson and preview the fantastic INK

Sisterhood - honouring the centenary of the womens’

festival taking place in Halesworth before it goes

vote - at The Corn Hall Diss and concert tickets to see

on tour.

Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening at Saffron Hall.

Our news pages offer the chance to flag up some of

So wrap up warm and enjoy this jam-packed issue

the many amazing shows, concerts, events and

with a nice warm hot chocolate……

performances happening across the region.

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Artist ProďŹ le: Mary Richardson A lifelong passion for both animals and art have combined with great results for Norfolk artist Mary Richardson.

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As a child, artwas always part of our lives. My mum was a self-taught artist, producing some beautiful paintings of us children as well as still lives. I loved painting but it was just for fun, like playing outside and building dens. After school, I became an accountant and stayed in the field for 51 years until I retired in 2017. But the urge to pick up a paintbrush never really went away. In 2000, I started painting again. At night, I’d sit at the kitchen table perfecting my craft. It wasn’t long before I felt confident enough to enter one of my watercolours into an exhibition in Sheringham, near my home in Edinthorpe Green, North Walsham. I was thrilled when it was accepted.

I continued painting and exhibiting but there was one thing more than any other that I wanted to learn - sculpture. It was strange as no one in the family had ever done it but it was just something that nagged away at me. I’ve always been the kind of person who throws myself into everything I do so I decided to enrol on a sculpture course at Wensum Lodge to find out exactly how it all worked. With the basics under my belt, I began to have a go. For me, the subject matter was obvious. I’d loved animals all my life and was always glued to David Attenborough and Johnny Morris programmes on the TV as I was growing up. I enjoyed seeing animals in the flesh too and would take my camera to the zoo to photograph them.


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Over the years, I’ve travelled to many far-flung destinations to see them in the wild too. I went to Ethiopia to look for baboons, Rwanda and Burundi to see gorillas and even managed to see Polar Bears in the Arctic. I was also lucky enough to travel to Antartica where I was thrilled to see whales, penguins and leopard seals. Back home, the challenge was to replicate these beautiful creatures in 3D form from the photographs. Determined to find out about every aspect of the process, I took a moulding and casting course. I started with a simple model of a barn owl and was thrilled to cast my first piece. I’d learnt to sculpt the animal from clay, create a mould and make the glass fibre casing. It’s a time-consuming and physically demanding process but I worked hard to teach myself everything I needed to know.

Since then, I’ve scaled up to much bigger and more intricate pieces. In my first year of sculpting I set myself the target of selling six pieces to enable me to pay for the bronze and rubber to create them - instead I sold 38! That number has steadily increased year on year, I sell work at The Norfolk Show and at The Wildlife Trust at Cley. I also organise collective exhibitions at The Forum in Norwich three times a year. This year I will be exhibiting with Art Norfolk 19. We are also holding an exhibition in The Loft Gallery at Blickling Hall and I organise a garden sculpture trail in the grounds of the hall in the summer. Anyone interested in my work is very welcome to visit during Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios in May. It’s been fantastic to be able to combine my passion for art and animals.

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News

Visual Arts

Festival of Watercolour in Wells Art enthusiasts can welcome another exciting exhibition at Wells Maltings in Wells-next-the-Sea with the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW) set to show their work in the Handa Gallery from January 30th to Sunday 24th February. ‘Awash: A Festival of Watercolour’ will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm daily, featuring original paintings and greetings cards, demonstrations, workshops and more. All of the work will be for sale, and the quality

Anglian Potters announce Spring Exhibition

promises to be high, with the original paintings submitted by SEAW members. Following a call to artists at the end of last year, there will

One of the regions’ largest collaborative exhibitions of ‘all things clay’

also be a small selection of other watercolour work on display, sent

will be held at the Undercroft Gallery in Norwich from April 6th - 21st

in by other aspiring East Anglian artists, and selected and approved

and will showcase the latest work of more than 75 ceramic artists in an

by the prestigious SEAW panel. SEAW chair Vandy Massey said; ‘The

exhibition that promises something for everyone.

Society of East

Entry is free and visitors are invited to come and browse, meet some of

Anglian

the potters and to enjoy the vast range of contemporary and traditional

Watercolourists is

ceramics on show. With everything from hand-thrown studio pottery to

a regional group

wall-mounted pieces, jewellery and sculpture for both indoors and out,

of experienced

the exhibition is sure to be a riot of colour, texture and shape. And, as

watercolourists

this is a selling event, any purchases can be removed on the day.

who exhibit

Ian Vance, who is the Exhibition Organiser as well as an exhibitor, said:

together on a regular basis. We aim to promote the medium of

‘We are delighted to be back at the Undercroft following the

watercolour across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk

exceptionally warm welcome that Norwich gave us last year. Our

and Suffolk.’ During the Festival of Watercolour there will be a host

Norwich event, which has been an on-going success, is the largest

of watercolour workshops priced at £45 each or £35 for Friends of

collaborative exhibition that Anglian Potters organises and is made

the SEAW. These focus on experimental watercolours, the sky and

possible by the involvement of all the potters that have work on

sea of East Anglia, creating texture in watercolour, abstracts,

display.’ The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm. The

portraits and painting wildlife, as well as two workshops called

Undercroft is at the back of Norwich market, at the Guildhall (north) end

‘Going with the Flow’ which will be run by Alan Noyes, whose work

of the gardens. Look out for the Anglian Potters banners. Further

has been exhibited by the much-respected Royal Institute of

information is available at www.anglianpotters.org.uk or via the group’s

Painters in Watercolours and the Institute of East Anglian Artists.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @anglianpotters

www.seaw.co.uk

Suffolk Open Studios: Annual Showcase Exhibition Suffolk Open Studios announces the launch of its annual Showcase, taking place at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds from February 26th-March 31st. This year’s show will be opened by Ania Hobson, 2018 Winner of the Young Artist Award, BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. With over 100 members contributing work across a wide spectrum of 2D and 3D media, the Suffolk Open Studios Annual Showcase marks a highpoint in the artistic calendar and is the premier exhibition for visual artists across the county. Ania Hobson commented: ‘I’m very pleased to be opening this year’s Showcase. It’s never easy for artists, particularly younger ones, to establish themselves and the Showcase provides them with a major opportunity to show their work to a wider audience and gain the exposure they deserve.’

www.theapex.co.uk/gallery


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Alison Wagstaffe: The Secret Art Fair Norfolk artist Alison Wagstaffe will be showing her work at The Secret Art Fair at The Minories, Colchester from March 1st-3rd. Alison is a printmaker producing collagraphs on a hand-operated etching press in her garden studio.’The inspiration for my pictures comes from stories, myths, dreams, feelings, a line of halfremember poetry - the things of the interior world which for me are endlessly

Celebrating the work of Henry Moore

fascination, drenched in

Reopening on April 3rd, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is the best

imagination and

place in the world to appreciate the work of Britain’s foremost

possibility. I started

modern sculptor. Set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, you

printmaking with etching

can spend the day exploring Henry Moore’s iconic artworks in over

and drypoint - which

70 acres of sculpture garden and take a tour of his family home.

satisfied the drawing

Included in your entry ticket in 2019 is a major new exhibition

person in me - but,

showcasing Moore’s career on paper. Henry Moore Drawings: The

needing more texture, I

Art of Seeing is the largest exhibition of the artist’s drawings in over

swiftly moved onto aquatint and from there to the non toxic art of

40 years, revealing a new and colourful side to Moore’s work

the collagraph. For a rather disorganised and untidy person such

through over 150 works. Starting with his life studies of the 1920s

as myself, not messing about with acid and other potentially

and ending with the rarely seen, but surprisingly fine, late drawings

dangerous substances is really the safest option!’ The Secret Art

of the 1970s and early 1980s, Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of

Fair offers a refined selection of work by professional

Seeing will guide you through a continually expanding range of

contemporary artists including original paintings, sculpture,

ideas, techniques and formal languages. Open Wednesday to

ceramics, jewellery and fine art prints.

www.aliwagstaffe.co.uk

Sunday & Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

www.henry-moore.org

What Lies Beneath? Norfolk’s Great Barrier Reef is the inspiration behind a major exhibition in the county this March. The collaboration between fused glass artist Susan Purser Hope and painter Rainie Kay opens at the Anteros Gallery in Fye Bridge Street, Norwich on March 5th and runs until March 16th. It will be officially unveiled by Anwen, Lady Hurt on March 7th and pays homage to the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created when dinosaurs ruled the earth, stretching 20 miles into the North Sea, with its extraordinary and beautiful world of marine life. Susan, a fused glass artist and Chair of the Contemporary Glass Society says; ‘Our work illustrates the fragile beauty of this ocean environment and the threat to the creatures that live within it from man-made plastic pollution.’ It was a chance meeting with diver Rob Spray from Seasearch that instigated this collaboration between Susan and Rainie. Rob, who led the team that discovered the reef, described it at the time as, “like finding a natural Stonehenge hidden under the water”. Rob will be talking about this little known marine world in a lecture at Anteros on March 9th. Susan lives in Cromer and her glass installations feature in public and private buildings throughout the UK. Her main focus is on promoting wellbeing through community based glass workshops. She will be running a series of workshops for children and adults during the exhibition. Rainie Kay works from her studio on the coast near Cromer and is a former professional photographer. She is Chair of the North Norfolk Organisation of Visual Artists and a passionate conservationist.

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Do you have an exhibition or event coming up in 2019? ARTSeast can help promote your exhibition to art lovers across the region. Just call us on 01379 773347 or email gary@artseast.co.uk

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From Fashion to Faces Renowned fashion designer and talented sculptor Nicole Farhi comes to Gainsborough’s House with the ďŹ rst ever solo exhibition of her work

Nicole at work

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Francis Bacon

Lucian Freud

Thomas Gainsborough


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Although better known for her fashion designs, Nicole

‘To make a good portrait you have to try and capture

Farhi is also a sculptor, who was tutored and

the character of the person to come through,’ Fahri

mentored by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

said of her experience portraying Gainsborough, as it

Farhi has now been sculpting full-time for five years, and this year will have her first ever, solo museum exhibition at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury – Nicole Farhi: Heads and Hands.

was unveiled. ‘This was a challenge as there were very few portraits of the artist to be inspired by. Nevertheless, when I looked at Gainsborough’s work I found kindness and love for his native Suffolk in his beautiful landscapes, and a certain sense of humour

The relationship between Nicole Farhi and

in his portraits of the society around him. These two

Gainsborough’s House began in 2015, when the

elements gave me the departure for the portrait.’

sculptor created a bronze bust of Thomas Gainsborough for the museum in support of their fundraising campaign for a major project to transform the site into a national centre celebrating the life of the 18th-century artist. The campaign was successful and building work will be getting underway as Farhi’s exhibition opens.

The exhibition also includes portraits of hands and, like the heads that they accompany, they show character and reflect the life and work of the sitter. They portray the dexterous hands of musicians, the graceful hands of dancers, the experienced hands of a sculptor and the joyful hands of children. ‘Hands,” Nicole says, ‘..can be even more expressive than the

The exhibition features over 30 works, including busts

face. They can tell you everything about who the

of some of the greatest artists of the past 100 years -

person is, what they are like, what they do.’

Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Francis Bacon (1909 1992), and perhaps most notably, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Nicole Farhi’s great friend and teacher. Influential figures from stage and screen are represented through the heads of Tom Stoppard, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter and Farhi’s husband, Sir David Hare.

Gainsborough’s House Director Mark Bills says; ‘Nicole is a huge supporter of Gainsborough’s House and her bust of him is exceptional - even though they are separated by more than 200 years, I think there is an understanding there, one artist to another. This is a quality she brings to all her sculptures, and why we are so delighted to be able to show much more of her

Talking about the process of creating her work, Nicole

work at the museum.

explains that the portrait busts emerge from a sitting in the studio where photographs are taken of the subject. ‘I then start building an armature and after a few hours sculpting in clay the structure of the face will appear, or not ... Once I have the structure the true character will follow—sometimes days later, weeks, sometimes months,’ she says.

Nicole Farhi: Heads and Hands from February 23rd - June 16th. www.gainsborough.org

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Art, Obsession and maturity A new exhibition of work by three older, women artists opens in Norwich this March According to art critics, it’s the era of mature, women artists. Now, a new exhibition in Norwich, ‘Obsession, Art and Maturity’ will celebrate this trend for the rise of older women artists by showcasing the work of three leading, Norwich-based artists. Photographer Julia Cameron, painter Mary Mellor and sculptor Vanessa Pooley all have decades of experience, a notable back catalogue of work – and a lifelong creative obsession that has led them to create their most inspired work later in life. ‘It’s an exciting time,’ says sculptor Vanessa Pooley, a fellow of the British Society of Sculptors. ‘Art critics, curators and collectors are suddenly taking notice of older, women artists – many of whom have worked quietly under the radar for many years.’ A new phenomenon in the art world now sees critics overlook the young and up-and-coming in favour of veteran creatives – and particularly more mature women artists. Leading art critic Waldemar Januszczak recently declared in the Sunday Times; ‘…young is out. Old is in. The YBA’s are being turfed out by the OBAs. Today, if you want to be a fashionable and successful artist in Britain, my advice is to wait until you are entitled to a bus pass.”’ The labels YBAs, or Young British Artists, is a term applied to a loose group of British artists – mostly young and recently graduated - who began to exhibit together in 1988 and became known for their shock tactics and entrepreneurial attitude. They include Damian Hirst and Tracey Emin. Many older women artists have recently come to the fore, including painter Phyllida Barlow, 73, winning the Turner prize and acclaimed shows by painter Rose Wylie, 83, and Lubaina Himid, 63.

All three artists in the Norwich exhibition are united by a lifelong creative obsession with a theme. Photographer Julia Cameron, 64, repeatedly visits the same sparse landscapes around the salt marshes and the South Beach of Great Yarmouth. ‘Photography is all about capturing light and these places have a quality that is special: misty, murky and washed out,’ she says.’The places are desolate and fulfil my need for solitude and a oneness with a big landscape.’ The results are quiet, elegiac images of the Norfolk landscape. Julia has hundreds or maybe thousands of photographs from revisiting these areas. ‘It is an obsession,’ she says. ‘We have all spent half a century obsessing..taking one thing and exploring it for all it’s worth.’ Painter Mary Mellor, 68, has returned to the theme of composition in paintings over many decades producing tens of works that revisit this. ‘People tell me I should move on, so I experiment with other subjects,’ she says. ‘But, I keep coming back to this same fascination with the geometry of the rectangle that has gripped me for nearly 20 years, inspired by French writer Charles Bouleau and his book The Painter’s Secret Geometry: A Study of Composition in Art.’ Sculptor Vanessa Pooley, 60, has been obsessed with the female figure since she began working as an artist 40 years ago. ‘I feel guilty that I am going to make yet another female figure but in all honesty it’s the only thing that interests me,’ she says. ‘As you mature as an artist you simplify and simplify yet again and you have to be older to realise that less is more. All three of us are working towards knowing more and more about less and less.’ Art, obsession and maturity: Work by Julia Cameron, Mary Mellor and Vanessa Pooley is at The Crypt Gallery, Norwich School from March 21st April 5th (9am-5pm daily, closed Sunday) www.juliacameon.co.uk, www.marymellor.co.uk, www.vanessa-pooley-bronze-sculptures.com

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Transforming leadership We have an incredible arts and cultural sector in England, one that we should be rightly proud of. But for arts, culture and creativity to continue to thrive, we must support those who will drive its continued growth, diversity and long-term sustainability of our sector.

Ambitious Transforming Leadership is an ambitious aim, but it should be. It’s founded on the firm belief that we need to attract the best talent, wherever they are to be found. And to do this, we need to create great opportunities for development and great

And so the Arts Council has launched Transforming

workplaces to make that happen.

Leadership, a new £6 million fund that will invest in

You can learn more about Transforming Leadership on our

leadership development across the arts and cultural sector. It is the largest investment in leadership we have made in the last 10 years and recognises that leadership is the most influential factor in shaping ways of working and workplace culture. Whilst those currently at the top have a huge role to play, it’s important to remember that leadership exists at all levels and at all career stages. Through Transforming Leadership, we want to make grants to innovative development providers so that they can deliver a wide range of opportunities for leaders; whether they are freelancers, just embarking on their career, fully established, or those who are already respected as leaders. In our current ten-year strategy, we set out a goal for people working in the cultural sector that “the leadership of the arts, museum and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled”. Whilst progress has been made, with some outstanding leaders already working in our sector, we know there is more to do. Leadership gaps From research carried out by Kings College and Sue Hoyle, we know that there are several particular skills gaps. We know there is a lack of diversity in leadership across race, disability and gender. We also know that there’s not enough development opportunities for emerging and early career leaders. Through this fund we want to explore whether there are new providers we can work with to offer innovative development interventions that test a range of different approaches covering all of these. We believe that this will help a wider range of people to enter, progress and shape the sector over the coming years.

website: www.artscouncil.org.uk/fundingfinder/transforming-leadership

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Coffee & a Chat Renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne is touring a fresh new production of Swan Lake this year. We caught up with him

ahead of his return to Norwich Theatre Royal in April.


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Matthew Bourne first staged Swan Lake in 1995 and it went on to

become the longest-running ballet on the West End and Broadway. Still now, it is perhaps his best-known and best-loved work.

With that in mind, how does he feel about bringing it back to UK audiences across the country?

‘Well, I didn’t see any point in creating a Swan Lake that was similar

to any of the others that were around, because there were certainly a lot of those! Mostly they were classical versions – all a bit different

but all telling a similar story – and so this version had to be different,’ says Matthew. ‘We’re a contemporary dance theatre company, so we

‘It’s always exciting to bring back Swan Lake,’ says Matthew. ‘So many

people love it, and you know they’re going to want to come and see it

again and bring friends and family to watch it who didn’t see it last

time. Many of the men in the show, and in fact the women too, first

came to dance through this piece having been taken to see it as a child and now they’re in it themselves.’

The new staging of the show is described as having a fresh look for

the 21st century. But revisiting such a loved and well-known piece of

work must come with its challenges?

‘It’s an interesting point about changing a piece that is so well-known

and so well-loved,’ says Matthew Bourne. ‘We’ve made these

changes for several reasons – one being that it’s been around for 23 years now since we first made the piece and Lez Brotherston (Set &

Costume Design) and I felt it was a great opportunity to refresh it. I

wouldn’t say we’re changing it enormously but refreshing it for this

next period of time. It may change again in the future, who knows. I

certainly don’t think audiences who already love the piece will be in

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

had to tell a story through movement, in a different way, and it

any way disappointed.’

needed a big idea to make people see it in a different way as well.

Adam Cooper played the original Swan/Stranger. His performance

‘So, the male swans were the big idea and a secondary big idea was

seems to have instigated a huge rise in the number of boys and

young men wanting to pursue dance as a career. Will Bozier, who will be playing the Swan/Stranger in the new production himself credits

Adam’s performance as being his inspiration to become a

professional dancer.

‘Obviously when we made Swan Lake we didn’t know that it would

modern Royal scandal. This was in the news all the time whilst we

were making the piece, with Diana & Charles, and Sarah Ferguson,

and Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Princess Margaret. All of these stories were daily news during the making of the show. And so, it was very topical thing to have a Prince who couldn’t be the person he really

was, or to be with the person he wanted to be with - all very relevant

have the impact it’s had, but over the years I’ve come to realise that

to contemporary Britain and contemporary Royalty. So, we’re still

dance,’ says Matthew.

Royal family.’

‘I think it felt like something very cool and very masculine, yet it

What message does Matthew hope to convey in this version?

it’s been the trigger for a lot of boys and young men going into

required a lot of artistry and sensitivity. I find that a lovely aspect of

the show now, as it’s so meaningful for the people in it. They really

want to be in it and it’s their ambition to be in it. There aren’t many

shows where you can you say that you’ve got an entire cast of people

whose burning ambition it is to be in the piece, so you get a

wonderful connection with the dancers and a wonderful sense of community.’

Matthew took Swan Lake in a completely different direction from the

versions that had gone before it. What motivated and inspired him to do that?

telling the same story – it’s still about a Royal family, but a modern

‘Ultimately it is about someone struggling with who they are and the world they are in,’ says Matthew. ‘I think the piece moves people

because it has a message about looking for acceptance; but it also

moves people because it’s about loss as well, and it’s about people that you’ve lost. I feel those themes are very universal and very

much things that touch all of us. It’s a very human piece and global both in its message and in the way that it brings us all together.’ Swan Lake is at Norwich Theatre Royal from April 2nd-6th. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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News

Theatre & Film

Growing Old Disgracefully at Snape Maltings When an agony aunt reaches her sixties and seventies she can lie like a

From the award-winning creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography,

trooper, jump off a bridge

Christmas Gothic, Dalloway, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, The Time

– or take to the

Machine and Austen’s Women. Orlando: Who is she? Who is he?

stage.“Growing Old

Who are we? Find out in

Disgracefully”, written and

the life-affirming, comedic

performed by Virginia

tale of an immortal poet,

Ironside, is a joyful

whose gender cannot be

evening of her personal

pinned down, whose spirit

musings and observations,

cannot be caged, and

directed by the ‘Young

whose irreverent, romantic

Ones’ Nigel Planer. She is the writer of numerous humorous

adventures across British

books, as well as columns in The Oldie, The Idler and formerly in

history – from the 1500s to

The Independent, in which her wry and witty observations have

the present day – provide a

gained her a large following of empathetic admirers. She voices

magic-realist exploration of

the unspoken thoughts that many people share about the

human identity; personal,

dilemmas of ageing gracefully, disgracefully, even outrageously.

sexual and national. Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically-

Virginia Ironside explains that unlimited free drugs, boring for

acclaimed theatre-making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca

Britain, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex – or, even better, no

Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones – explore what it

sex – make life after sixty the best – and funniest - time of your

means to find our place in the world whilst remaining utterly true to

life! The performance is in aid of the Lettering Arts Trust, of which

who we are. Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Ironside is a Patron.

www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

www.letteringartstrust.org.uk

Major Dance Events at Saffron Hall Saffron Hall presents a series of major dance events for its 2019 spring season. Barbican Associate and hip-hop company Boy Blue presents its brand new ‘Project R.E.B.E.L’ on March 8th, an energy-fuelled work with themes of revolution and liberty. The timely piece explores social tensions and cultural identity in 21st century Britain – a brave and stark reflection of our society that’s sure to leave audiences moved. Scotland’s national contemporary dance company Scottish Dance Theatre – known for its daring commissions and internationally-renowned choreographers - performs RITUALIA on June 1st, a reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Les Noces. This piece is paired with a brand-new commission by world-renowned choreographer Emanuel Gat, which has been specially created for the dance company based on his intense work with individual dancers within the troupe. The piece will be making its world-premiere tour across the UK throughout 2019, and Saffron Hall will be one of the first venues to preview the work. On June 2nd, Scottish Dance Theatre presents an enchanting family performance for ages 3+. Innocence creates a magical theatrical journey, designed to engage young children with the medium of dance through movement, live music and animal noises. The National Youth Dance Company – the UK’s hugely inclusive flagship youth dance company - presents MADHEAD on July 13th, a piece specially-commissioned for the troupe that fuses contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop.

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Were you a member of The Chelmsford Ballet Company? As part of The Chelmsford Ballet Company’s 70th anniversary celebrations, it is inviting past members of company to get back in touch, to share stories, and reveal any archive material (such as photographs, newspaper clippings)

John Godber’s Bouncers returns Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is thrilled to present John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield’s updated production of Bouncers from Feb 25th-27th, the international smash hit comedy telling the tales of a Yorkshire nightclub through the watchful eyes of its doormen. Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are back and telling the tales of Zoo! – a Yorkshire nightclub. Of lads and lasses, sticky floors and shots galore, and the early morning taxi home. Written by the multi award-winning John Godber, this modern classic will see the boys catapulted into the 21st century, with contemporary music and an updated script to boot, this one’s worth getting dressed up for! The actors all multi-role in true Godber style and portray not only the Bouncers but the girls and boys who are out on the town too.

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that they may have to form part of this special year. Past members have also been invited to watch a rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by afternoon tea, the chance to meet the dancers and share stories about the company. This special day will form part of the company’s year-long plans to celebrate its history, stage its anniversary production at the Civic Theatre from March 20th-23rd , and look ahead to the next 70 years. The Chelmsford Ballet Company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream & 70th Anniversary Celebrations, accompanied by a historic performance from its past repertoire, choreographed by Annette Potter. The Chelmsford Ballet Company has a fascinating history, and many members have passed through its doors over the past 70 years. The company is therefore looking back as much as it is looking forward, and past members can play their part in the celebrations too. For more information and to RSVP as a past member, contact Jacqui Murphy (Heuer), dancing member 19871989, on Jacqui.murphy.dance@gmail.com

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/dance/a-

The world’s first female time travelling doctor coming to Norwich

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We all write notes to our future selves - remember gym kit, cancel free trial, call mum, but what happens if the future starts writing back? Doctor Rosy Carrick has created her show Passionate Machine to help us find out – and she’s bringing it to Norwich Arts Centre on March 27th as part of a national tour. Pipping Jodie Whittaker to the post as the world’s first female time travelling doctor, Rosy debuted this funny, poignant, sad, and at points shocking, show at the 2018 Brighton Fringe, where it won the coveted Best New Play Award, and the Edinburgh Festival, where it walked away with the Infallible Award for Theatrical Excellence. Dr Carrick has been charged with the task of building a time machine in order to rescue her future self who is stranded 100 years in the past. Thus begins an exhilarating, high-octane mission of science, sci-fi and serious attention to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rosy weighs up the glory of being a time travelling superstar against the fear that every decision she makes might take her into a parallel timeline and away from her predestined path. Darting playfully between multiple narratives, this complex and emotional performance explores the reality of time travel and self-determination, taking in Bowie, Russian Revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, motherhood CERN and the Large Hadron Collider alongside some most heinous hangovers along the way.

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Childhood Classic Brought to Life

February-March 2019

This Easter, there’s a treat in store for the whole family as the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Young Company present The Wind in the Willows from April 18th-20th. Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad in Alan Bennett’s delightful and witty adaptation of this much-loved classic. When Mole first steps out onto the riverbank, he encounters a medley of woodland creatures. After making firm friends with Ratty, Mole is introduced to the delights of boating, the terrors of the Wild Wood and the peculiarities of the Wide World beyond. When the pair meet the infamous Toad of Toad Hall with his fads and foibles, they are whisked off on a madcap adventure! A fantastic family production that brings Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story to life on stage. www.theatreroyal.org

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February-March 2019

Putting on a Play

Celebrating the art of Script-Writing, the INK festival is making a welcome return

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2019 is the fifth year that the INK Festival will be held at The

The Festival has also worked with local students, inviting them

Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk. Showcasing over 35 brand new short

to enter a script. Abi Kemp, 14, from Alde Valley Academy,

plays, staged and performed by 40 professional actors and

Leiston will see her play performed at the Festival.

directors, it is one of the largest producing festivals in the UK. The Festival will also feature performance poetry, curated by patron, Luke Wright, talks and workshops by prominent writers and theatre practitioners, comedy and children’s activities. After the sell-out success of last year, the 2019 Festival has been expanded to include a third day with performances taking place in additional new locations, including The MR King showroom and The Museum. Four well known writers have each written a 5-minute script

Julia Sowerbutts, Artistic Director says; ‘We have received over 300 submissions of new short plays for stage and radio, a huge increase on last year – 2019 is going to be a wonderful festival of such contrasting work – a showcase of the incredible talent here in Eastern England.’ After the Festival ends, it goes on tour to nine locations across East Anglia - The Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich (April 18th), The Headgate Theatre in Colchester (19th & 20th), The Sheringham Little Theatre (23rd), The Garage in Norwich

around a common theme: Scarlett Curtis, Greg Mosse, Shappi

(24th), The Westacre Theatre near King’s Lynn (25th), The

Khorsandi and Paul Heiney will all have their plays performed

Fisher Theatre in Bungay (26th), Bradfield Village Hall (27th)

at The Festival.

and Brandeston Village Hall (28th).

Other performances include Shappi Khorsandi, (Mock the

INK is a theatre company and registered charity that sources,

Week, Have I Got News for You, QI and I’m a Celebrity) in

develops and produces the best new short plays for stage and

stand-up comedy on Saturday April 13th. Workshops and talks

radio from writers with an East Anglian connection.

will be given by Greg Mosse, Richard Curtis and many more

The INK Festival runs from April 12th-14th at The Cut in

leading theatrical professionals. There is a children’s programme ‘A play in a day’ where children will be given the opportunity to write, produce and perform a play in 24 hours. Art@INK - an exhibition of 12 artists new work - will be shown for the first time in The Gallery at The Cut.

Halesworth, Suffolk

www.inkfestival.org


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Shappi Khorsandi

Greg Mosse

Paul Heiney

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Rebellious Sisterhood - Votes for Women

Norfolk based theatre company Broad Horizons are touring the country - arriving at the Corn Hall, Diss on April 25th - to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. Their exciting new play, Rebellious Sisterhood, by Karen Forbes takes a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the private lives and the personal cost paid by the leaders of the Suffragettes. Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst is not a well woman. Recently released from prison, refusing to eat has left her weak and debilitated. She finds sanctuary at the cottage of her friend, the composer, Ethel Smyth. But their peace is challenged by the arrival of young firebrand, Grace Roe, fresh from turning East Anglia into a hotbed of Suffragette protest. Memories surface - some are amusing, while others are painful. Hunger striking, force feeding and even martyrdom are balanced by exciting rallies, camaraderie on being arrested, humour at facing the judges and sisterhood, even in prison. 'No cost is too high, in service of the Cause,' Mrs Pankhurst tells young Grace. But the cost is indeed very high, as family rifts, rivalries and growing violence threaten the three women . Will the end really justify the means or the price paid? www.thecornhall.co.uk

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Music News

Thank you for the Music ABBA – Forever, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, is one of the UK’s leading International tribute shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long

The Salts – Twentieth Century Folk

enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest

On March 30th, The Fisher Theatre, Bungay plays host to one of the

pop band. Coming to Cambridge Corn Exchange on March 30th,

most exciting and energetic bands around. The Salts perform original

the unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention

material alongside their own interpretations of traditional songs we

to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic

all know and love. Their live shows have been going down a storm

guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. Two

throughout the UK at festivals and venues alike. Recent performances

outstanding Abba girls complete the line-up, adding the

include the Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, The Pirate Festival Brixham,

essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and gently

Wilton’s Music Hall, Crawley Folk Festival and many more. Their new

humorous show. The superb lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn

album ‘Brave’ is receiving rave reviews across the board and is getting

are sung in wonderful harmony by all six performers on stage.

radio plays around the country and abroad. The band features five

Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top-class

seasoned musicians collectively performing a mixture of instruments

musicianship and an all live performance ensures that the ABBA

as well as great harmonies and is guaranteed to get the crowd

Forever show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to

singing and dancing along.

the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular.

www.fishertheatre.org

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/abba-forever

Flanders Symphony Orchestra comes to Norwich Belgium’s leading symphony orchestra takes to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage on March 17th, with a celebration of Rossini, Beethoven, Puccini and Mendelssohn. The Flanders Symphony Orchestra, known for electrifying renditions of the main symphonic repertoire from the classical period onwards, is composed of 60 highly-committed and passionate musicians, and will be led by its renowned chief conductor Jan Latham-Koenig. Acclaimed Italian pianist, Filippo Gorini also joins the orchestra in Norwich to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The Flanders Symphony Orchestra creates opportunities for young, talented musicians, composers, soloists and conductors, performing and creating new compositions, presenting everything from full symphonies and jazz performances, to cello concertos and oratoria. In addition to Beethoven’s elemental third piano concerto, the programme for its Norwich date features Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (known as The Scottish) which was inspired by his visit to Scotland, and an opportunity to hear one of Puccini’s purely orchestral works, the delightful Chrysanthemums.

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Beach Boys Tribute This March, have an early taster of summer when Beach Boys Smile takes to the stage of the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on March 16th. Love of music, vocal harmony and Brian Wilson's composition are what brings five young and incredibly talented musicians together to form Beach Boys Smile (aka BBS).  Their roots can be traced as far back as the 80s when three brothers sang along to the classic surf tunes of the Beach Boys in the car on their way to the sunny beach, radio cranked up high! Every time BBS put on a show, all these memories flood back and put a smile on audiences’ faces the world over. All the greatest songs and feel of The Beach Boys!! 

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

2018 National Champion Brass Band comes to Norwich For its 81st Gala Concert the East Anglian Brass Band Association is presenting a concert by the 2018 National Champions, the Foden’s Band at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich on June 2nd. As well as being very successful on the contest front, the band has won numerous awards for cd releases, regularly appears on BBC TV and Radio and performs at leading concert halls around the world. They have also been invited to represent England at the European Brass Band Championships to be held in Lithuania in 2020. Concertgoers receive a £2 discount per ticket if purchased before March 31st. For further information and tickets telephone 01449 672600 or 07790241299 or email

administration@eabba.org.uk

Foals announce Thetford date Foals have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. They care coming to Thetford Forest on June 20th. From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks. After more than a decade in the game, Foals again embrace that love for the unconventional with the bravest and most ambitious project of their career: not one, but two astonishing new albums: ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’. A pair of releases, separate but related, they share a title, themes and artwork. ‘Part 1’ will be released on March 8th, with ‘Part 2’ following in the autumn.

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JOHN ILLSLEY APEX THEATRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS MONDAY 25 MARCH, 7.30pm The Life and Times of Dire Straits - a concert and Q&A of music & memories. John will reveal the story of the band from its humble beginnings in a South London council flat, to playing all over the world to millions of fans. John and his band will also play classic songs including ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Brothers in Arms’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Sultans of Swing’.

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This April, Saffron Hall plays host to folk legend Kathryn Tickell and her band The Darkening…. Multi-award winning Kathryn Tickell is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Artist of the Year and a recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music. She started playing the Northumbrian pipes at the age of nine, and now – well, in the words of Living Tradition, “To say that Kathryn plays pipes is like saying that Shakespeare was a bit of a writer”. A supreme folk-artist, Tickell understands that tradition is about the present and the future, as well as the past; whether she’s performing with Evelyn Glennie or Sting, her music communicates vibrantly and poetically in the here and now. This concert , on April 5th, features her new band The Competition Darkening playing material from their new album. Band members are also known for their work with: Seth Lakeman, Sting, Soumik Datta, The Shee, Monster Ceilidh Band, Songs of Separation, Carthy, Oates, Farrell & Young, Moulettes, Uiscedwr, Kathryn Tickell Band and many more Award-winning Saffron Hall, in the heart of Saffron Walden, is one of the UK’s most exciting new performance spaces seating 740. www.saffronhall.com

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What’s On News

Handmade in Norfolk

Pirates Ahoy!

Norfolk Makers’ Festival is the new name for the popular

The Hippodrome's Easter blockbuster show Pirates Live! Returns from

Makers’ Month event organised and run by The Forum since

April 6th-28th with a brand new production for 2019. This all-action

2016. The new look event celebrates the county’s local crafts

pirate water show has been called "phenomenal" by the Eastern Daily

people, artists and making heritage. If you’ve ever wanted to

Press and for good reason, this immense production brings together a

learn a new skill this is the time with opportunities for

motley crew of pirates, fire eaters, acrobats, aerialists and hilarious

complete beginners to learn how to sew, embroider, crochet,

comedy in an experience like no other. All the action takes place in a

knit, draw, paint, print, felt, spin, weave and much more. The

movie style set. The massive 40ft galleon made by 3d creations who

festival wouldn’t be complete without a visit by the animals

made parts of the set for Pirates of the Caribbean, is the centre piece

that provide the raw materials – and Alpacas from Burnt Fen

to the swashbuckling skullduggery. This all new version of the smash

and sheep from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust will be returning

hit show is set to break all records, with advance bookings at an all-

this year. Learn how the fleece from these wonderful animals

time high. If you or the kids feel like dressing as a Pirate, do it, it will

are fashioned into a variety of cosy and stylish items. Norfolk

make a great family photo or selfie at the end of the show when

Makers’ Festival runs from February 9th-24th.

www.norfolkmakersfestival.co.uk

everyone has a chance to meet Jack Jay and Johnny Mac!

www.hippodromecircus.co.uk

Norwich celebrates Literary Talent Running until May 2nd, the University of East Anglia’s Spring Literary Festival brings an eclectic mix of today’s best writers, thinkers and speakers to Norwich. We will hear from Tracey Thorn (Feb 13th), one half of legendary pop duo Everything But The Girl, prominent political campaigner Gina Miller (March 6th) and two of the finest contemporary novelists, Tessa Hadley (Feb 20th) and Rachel Cusk (March 20th). Joining them will be UEA alumni John Boyne (March 13th), author of worldwide bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James (Feb 27th), and Max Porter (March 27th), author of the remarkable Grief Is The Thing With Feathers. The festival closes with Damian Barr (May 2nd), whose debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, is set to be one of the discoveries of the year. Festival profits are used to fund student scholarships. All events are followed by a book signing in the UEA campus Waterstones. www.uea.ac.uk/litfest/tickets

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Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918 Charge of Flowerdew's Squadron, 1918, by Sir Alfred Munnings, copyright Beaverbrook Collection of War Art at the Candian War Museum, Ottawa

Celebrated as one of England’s finest equestrian painters, Sir

Behind the Lines: Alfred

Alfred Munnings forged much of his early reputation as a

Munnings, War Artist,

brilliant war artist. Serving in eastern France with the Canadian

1918 follows a series of

Expeditionary Force in 1918, Munnings sketched and painted

distinct themes,

landscapes, battle scenes and, naturally, horses to document

including the aftermath

Colonel Patterso n, Fort Garry's, Canadian Cava March 1918, by lry Brigade, Sir Alfred Munn ings, copyright Munnings Art Museum, Dedh The am

life on the fighting front and the vital logistical work taking

of war, the logistics of conflict, bravery and, of course,

place behind the lines.

horses. The exhibition also juxtaposes the mundanity of life

Now, for the first time in 100 years, 41 wartime paintings by Munnings are returning to the UK on tour from the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. In this once-in-a-lifetime display from March 23rd - November 3rd at his former home, Castle House

behind the lines, in paintings such as A Grey Team, And Forest of Dreux with doomed gallantry, as so vividly depicted in Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron. No exhibition of Munnings work is complete without horses,

in Dedham, the paintings will be shown side by side with the

so we see Lord Strathcona’s Horse on the March showing a line

surviving sketchbooks that inspired them. This is the first time

of cavalry moving through the French countryside, while Log

these sketchbooks have ever been on public display together

Loading reminds the viewer that heavy and pack horses were

with the finished pictures, and will provide a unique view of

still used to move bulky loads.

life ‘behind the lines’—in every sense of that phrase.

Jenny Hand, Director of The Munnings Art Museum believes

More than 150 other works by Munnings—from his boyhood

the exhibition will appeal to a new audience: ‘Even for

sketches, through his early commercial work, to his iconic

established fans of Sir Alfred’s work, this touring exhibition

horse paintings—will also be on display throughout Castle

represents an opportunity to see 41 paintings not shown

House at the same time, offering a complete survey of his life

outside of Canada since 1919, and enjoy new insights into his

and development as an artist. Munnings had tried to enlist in the army at the outset of the First World War in 1914, but was turned down on account of

handling of the subject of war. I also think the exhibition will resonate with people whose relatives served in the forces in eastern France and those with connections to Canada.’

only having sight in one eye. Instead, he found himself at the

The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War

Remounts, Calcot Park, Reading checking horses prior to their

Museum (Ottawa, Canada), in partnership with the Munnings

embarkation to France. It was while there that the art critic Paul

Art Museum and generously supported by The Beaverbrook

Konody recommended Munnings to the Canadian War

Canadian Foundation.

Memorials Fund as an official war artist. In January 1918

For more information about The Munnings Art Museum

Munnings found himself embedded within the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and later, the Canadian Forestry Corps—an army comprised largely of citizen soldiers—fighting on the Western Front.

follow @AlfredMunnings on Twitter and like the ‘Munnings Art Museum’ Facebook page or visit www.munningsmuseum.org.uk


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Sir Alfred Munnings forged much of his early reputation from time spent as a war artist in France during 1918. In 2019, for the first time in 100 years, 41 paintings by Munnings are returning together from the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. In this once-in-a-lifetime display the finished paintings will be shown side by side with the surviving sketchbooks, from the museum’s own collection, that inspired them. An additional 150 of Munnings life’s works will be hung chronologically throughout the museum to give a sense of the man and his art.

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ALFRED MUNNINGS WAR ARTIST, 1918

23 March - 3 November 2019 2pm-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays Adults £8 (inc seniors) Children £1 Concessions for students and National Art Pass holders • Group bookings welcome Car and coach parking • Cafe and shop

The Munnings Art Museum Castle Hill, Dedham, CO7 6AZ www.munningsmuseum.org.uk enquiries@munningsmuseum.org.uk 01206 322127 Reg. charity no. 310671

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ARTS east - Issue February / March 2019  

Welcome to the February / March issue of ARTSeast In this issue we take a look at the excellent Nicole Farhi exhibition at Gainsborough’s Ho...

ARTS east - Issue February / March 2019  

Welcome to the February / March issue of ARTSeast In this issue we take a look at the excellent Nicole Farhi exhibition at Gainsborough’s Ho...

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