Dedicated to the arts in the Eastern Region
ARTSeast February-March 2019
Nicole Farhi at Gainsborough’s House From Pen to Performance with the INK Festival
V i s u a l A r t s | T h e a t r e & Fi l m | M u s i c | W h a t ’s O n
Pick up your free copy of
The Visual Arts Guide 2019
Featuring artists, art galleries and workshops across Norfolk & Suffolk Published by ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22 Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, IP22 4GT
01379 773347 www.artseast.co.uk
ARTSeast Competition Winners from the previous issue: Tickets to see Mary Queen of Scots at Cinema City, Norwich - Davina Mellon of Wymondham
Tickets to see Bowjangles at Norwich Playhouse - Stephen Harris of Ditchingham, Bungay
ARTSeast Magazine DBH 21-22, Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GT www.artseast.co.uk www.falconpublications.co.uk follow us @artseastmag
Publishers Gary Enderby & Sarah Veness Editorial Sarah Veness email@example.com 01379 773348 07803 328258 Advertising Gary Enderby firstname.lastname@example.org 01379 773347 07722 163703
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
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.
Social Media Manager Sam Enderby
Sarah Veness Editor
Accounts Julia Aitken email@example.com 01379 773349 Design Copy Concept firstname.lastname@example.org 01379 608358 Distribution Melvyn Veness Andrea Snowden Published by Falcon Publications
Cover image: Kathryn Tickell who is performing at Saffron Hall on April l5th
22 Theatre & Film News
Artist Profile: Mary Richardson
Bury Theatre Royal Competition:
Corn Hall Diss Competition:
10 Visual Arts News 12 Arts & Crafts Directory 13 Nicole Farhi: Gainsborough’s House
16 Art, Obsession and Maturity Exhibition
18 Arts Council: Developing Leadership
The Wind in the Willows
32 Music News
35 Saffron Hall Competition: Kathryn Tickell
37 What’s On News
20 Coffee & a Chat: Matthew Bourne 38 Munnings Museum Subscribe to ARTSeast We can deliver ARTSeast direct to your door with a year’s subscription of six issues at just £15. All subscribers receive will also receive a £15 voucher to spend at Photo Elite in Diss which can be redeemed online at www.photoelitediss.co.uk Just order your subscription online and pay by PayPal at email@example.com or by online bank payment to Falcon Publications account no: 45594171 sort code 52-30-31 stating your name as reference. Please also remember to email your full name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
For all your... Art supplies Stationery Print & Copy
The Art & Craft Shop in Saffron Walden For all your Art materials, Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Sennelier, Proarte stockists, Paints, papers, boards, pens, pastels, canvas etc.... For all your Knitting, Crochet, Embroidery, Tapestry supplies, DMC, Anchor, Appletons, Sirdar, King Cole, Patons, Kits, Canvas, Aida, wool, thread, needles, patterns, felt, ribbon etc.... For all your modelling materials, plaster, glue, Balsa wood, construction card, Mount board, Doll’s house brick paper etc.... For all Mum’s homework and junior project requirements, pipe cleaners, poster paints, feathers, pom poms, glue, card, peel-offs, fat quarters, blank cards etc.... Useful stuff – Useful staff! Full programme of Art & Craft Workshops starting February, see our website for details. Where is this Emporium? Where it has been for over forty years.
Colorcraft, 1-2 Emson Close, Saffron Walden CB10 1HL Open 9.30am - 5pm, Mon to Sat
Telephone: 01799 522607 Email: email@example.com wwwcolorcraftsw.com
DALER ROWNEY DERWENT COPIC POSCA PARKER LEUCHTTURM1917 FILOFAX SELLOTAPE MT TAPE CARAN D’ACHE
PILOT PROMARKER LIQUITEX STAEDTLER STABILO HELIX WINSOR & NEWTON BEROL MONTANA
SHARPIE HP EPSON PRITT TIPP-EX CANON BROTHER PEBEO PUKKA
EXCHANGE STREET NORWICH JARROLD.CO.UK
All Welcome. Entry Free Over 100 watercolours on exhibition. Workshops and taster sessions (Booking required). Meet the artists.
Wednesday 30th January to Sunday 24th February. 11am to 4pm daily. To be held at Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AN
Artist ProďŹ le: Mary Richardson A lifelong passion for both animals and art have combined with great results for Norfolk artist Mary Richardson.
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.
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.
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
the potters and to enjoy the vast range of contemporary and traditional
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,
the exhibition is sure to be a riot of colour, texture and shape. And, as
this is a selling event, any purchases can be removed on the day.
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
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.’
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
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.
Sunday & Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm
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.
Arts & Crafts
DIRECTORY UNIQUELY PRINTMAKING Courses for artists of all abilities and ages 2019 Course programme now available
curwenprintstudy.co.uk 01223 892380 firstname.lastname@example.org
Screen printing for artists Courses & Workshops email@example.com www.cut-editions.co.uk 07786330023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dedicated to the arts in the Eastern Region
From Fashion to Faces Renowned fashion designer and talented sculptor Nicole Farhi comes to Gainsboroughâ€™s House with the ďŹ rst ever solo exhibition of her work
Nicole at work
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
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
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.
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.
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
‘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.
‘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
Orlando: Norwich Playhouse
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.email@example.com
The world’s first female time travelling doctor coming to Norwich
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.
Interested in the arts? ARTSeast is the only bi-monthly publication in the region dedicated to the arts. Each issue we cover the best of visual arts, theatre, music, film, dance and literature. We are as passionate about the arts as our readers are, and would love to help bring you that bit closer to the eclectic mix of events happening in our region in each issue.
ARTSeast is distributed by our own in-house distribution team across the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk every month. If you have difficulty picking up a copy please give us a call on 01379 773347. ARTSeast is also online at www.artseast.co.uk. To promote your event online contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBSCRIBE for the year (six issues) for just ÂŁ15 and receive a ÂŁ15 voucher to spend online at Photo Elite in Diss. Just order your subscription by email to
Please also remember to email your full name
email@example.com and pay online via PayPal
and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will
or by online bank payment to Falcon
receive six issues of ARTSeast throughout the
Publications account no 45594171 sort code
year together with a free copy of the 2019
52-30-31 stating your name as reference.
Visual Arts Guide.
Childhood Classic Brought to Life
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
WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds to offer one lucky reader the chance to win four tickets to The Wind in the Willows. To be in with a chance of winning, please email your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com. Closing date: March 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply
Do you need a programme, brochure or leaflet published? Falcon Publications publish a range of programmes, brochures and town guides for arts venues and local councils. Can we help with yours? Just give us a call on 01379 773347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Publishing is our business
Falcon Publications DBH 21-22 Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss IP22 4GT Tel: 01379 773347/773348/773349 email@example.com www.falconpublications.co.uk
FEB-MAR BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Tues 5 – Sat 16 Feb CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical Mon 18 Feb MILKSHAKE LIVE! Join Milkshake! Monkey and friends for their biggest live show ever! Wed 20 Feb MIKE AND THE MECHANICS With tracks from their latest albums, plus all the hits Fri 22 – Sat 23 Feb RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY Lyrical choreography performed by one of the world’s best dance ensembles Mon 25 Feb – Sat 2 Mar CLUB TROPICANA The ultimate holiday musical set to the iconic pop anthems of the 80s
Mon 11 – Sat 16 Mar THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL The No. 1 best-selling author brings us the world premiere of his spine-chilling thriller Sun 17 Mar FLANDERS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Belgium’s leading orchestra performs Rossini, Beethoven, Puccini and Mendelssohn Tues 19 Mar SING-A-LONG-A THE GREATEST SHOWMAN A screening of the movie with live host, lyrics on screen and full audience participation Wed 20 Mar BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL An evening of extraordinary short films to ignite your passion for adventure and travel
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk THEATRE STREET, NORWICH NR2 1RL
Thurs 21 Mar NISH KUMAR A brand new live show from rising star and host of TV’s The Mash Report
Mon 25 – Sat 30 Mar ROUGH CROSSING Opening night draws close but events are unravelling in Tom Stoppard’s hilarious play
TICKETS FROM £10
The House on Cold Hill
Putting on a Play
Celebrating the art of Script-Writing, the INK festival is making a welcome return
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.
Dining Out.....In Diss
Independent, family run restaurant housed in a 15th Century timber framed building in the market town of Diss.
Enjoy relaxed friendly service and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients cooked with care.
Pre-show dining available at 6.30. Please call to book and pre-order so
you have time to enjoy your meal before the show.
Weavers Wine Bar & Eating House, Market Hill, Diss IP22 4JZ T: 01379 642411 | www.weaversdiss.com
Pie & Mash Shop
2 St Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB â€˜Inspired by London with a Norfolk Twistâ€™ Eat In and Take Away Opening Hours Monday - Wednesday 11am - 3pm Thursday - Saturday 11am - 5.30pm 01379 650551 Find us on Facebook
Number 11 is a grade II listed building in the heart of the heritage triangle, directly next to the Corn Hall. We offer a range of home-cooked, locally sourced meals along with a wide selection of local ales, ciders and spirits. * Pre-theatre dining * Available for private hire and large parties * Family (and dog) friendly Number 11, St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB Website: www.number11diss.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01379 644186 Opening hours Tuesday-Thursday 12.00-23.30 Friday-Saturday 12.00-00.00 Sunday 12.00-18.00 Food Service Hours Tuesday-Saturday 12.00-14.30 & 18.00-21.00 Sunday 12.00-16.00
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
WIN TICKETS ARTSeast has teamed up with The Corn Hall, Diss to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Rebellious Sisters on April 25th. To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com Closing date: March 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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.
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’.
CHARTER SQUARE, BURY ST EDMUNDS, IP33 3FD 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
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
ARTSeast has teamed up with Saffron Hall to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to see Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening on April 5th at 7.30pm To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date: March 22nd, usual terms and conditions apply
What’s On News
Handmade in Norfolk
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.
everyone has a chance to meet Jack Jay and Johnny Mac!
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
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
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
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
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.
Behind the Lines:
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 email@example.com 01206 322127 Reg. charity no. 310671
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...
Published on Feb 4, 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...