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Welcome to the ARTSeast Visual Arts Guide 2017

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Southwoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Claire-Louise Dowson

With panoramic skies, picturesque broads,


sweeping expanses of sand, picture-postcard



villages and historic market towns, our region is


North Norfolk

an artist's dream.


South Norfolk

Perhaps in homage to this, Norfolk and Suffolk's


East Norfolk

towns are awash with galleries, studios, art


West Norfolk

centres, exhibition halls, museums, art fairs, art



shops and acclaimed arts courses.


North Suffolk

This Visual Arts Guide highlights many of the


South Suffolk

people and organisations that make up the


East Suffolk

eclectic art scene across both counties. It's a


West Suffolk

handy guide for art lovers to keep close by or


Constable Country

something artists or gallery owners can use to


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Norfolk and Suffolk into rough approximations of north, south, east and west with sections

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Norwich The fine city of Norwich has an artistic pedigree to be proud of. The renowned Norwich School of Painters, established in 1803, was inspired by the region's stunning landscape and brought together several generations of romantic artists including John Sell Cotman, John Crome, Robert Ladbroke and James Stark. Even today, you can sense the essence of the city in their

Today the thriving Norwich Twenty Group comprises more than eighty members including painters, sculptors, installation and conceptual artists, printmakers and photographers. They aim to put on two exhibitions each year. The city is also gaining a well-deserved reputation for providing some of the most innovative and exciting arts courses in the country including those at Norwich University of the Arts and the Anteros Foundation.

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Norwich is also home to one of the biggest arts festivals in the country - the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. It is also the setting for the prestigious Norwich Print Fair which showcases the work of contemporary printmakers in the city.

For the third year running, in October 2016, the streets of Norwich provided inspiration for Paint Out Norwich the UK's only juried plein air art competition. This popular event has grown in size since it was first conceived and in 2016 even offered artists the chance to take to the water to paint from a canoe on the River Wensum. 2016 also saw the introduction of a Freestyle larger form, 2-day event which proved very popular. The event is running again this year.

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Looking forward, Norwich is proud to be hosting the GoGoHares! sculpture trail in 2018. Fifty sculptures will be decorated by local artists and placed around the city as a follow-up to the incredibly successful GoGoDragons! and GoGoGorillas! trails from previous years. Wild in Art are working with the charity Break once again with the trail helping to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

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The Anteros Arts Foundation is an Arts Centre in Norwich and a registered charity (1135692) for arts and education. The centre offers a vibrant programme of free entry exhibitions. Highlights in 2017 will include Rachel Dalzell’s large scale landscape paintings in the Main Gallery, and James Sparshatt’s exhibition with a Cuban flavour in the Front Room (Feb 21-Mar 4). In May Artful Stitchers return with a large-scale textiles exhibition, John Midgley will present a formidable retrospective in September and the incredible talents of

Hannah Giffard and Lara Cobden will be on show November 28th to 9th December. For full listings please go to The Anteros Arts Foundation is also delighted to announce the launch of the Anteros Diploma starting in September 2017. This course is perfect for adults who wish for the time and space to learn real artist’s skills and build a portfolio with direction and encouragement. Classes take place at evenings and weekends and leave the school holidays free for recuperation!

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North Norfolk With one of the largest artistic communities in the UK,

Sheringham Art and Literary Festival) incorporates a

North Norfolk with its sweeping skies and idyllic

wide range of art forms including painting, sculpture,

beaches is an artist’s paradise. It can sometimes feel

dance, theatre, literature, photography, installations and

that around each corner is the perfect subject for an

workshops and takes place each October.

artist’s canvas or a photographer’s camera.

Each summer the lovely village of Cley-next-the-sea is

North Norfolk is also home to a range of stunning

home to a renowned month-long exhibition at St

market towns and villages that house numerous

Margaret’s Church. In 2017 this runs from July 6th-

galleries, studios and arts venues. From the lovely

August 6th and is not-to-be-missed.

coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham to Blakeney, Wells-next-the-sea and the beautiful Holkham Estate, the coast road offers a number of picturesque places of interest. Further inland the towns of Holt and

For the first time, in September 2016 a weekend plein air painting competition was held in Wells-next-the-Sea called Paint Out Wells. It was a huge success and will be back this year.

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South Norfolk South of Norwich and reaching down to the Suffolk border lies the region of South Norfolk. This area is awash with lovely market towns including Wymondham, Diss, Attleborough and Loddon, each offering their own creative output. Alongside its stunning 12th century Abbey, Wymondham also has a thriving arts centre in the heart of the town. Wymondham Arts Centre runs a varied programme of exhibitions and events with something for everyone. Formed in 2008, the Waveney Springs Art Collective is a group of artists and makers who live and work within an approximately 15 mile radius of Diss. Diss is also home to DesignerMakers21, a collective of local makers who produce a stunning range of arts and crafts from their town centre premises and prestigious auctioneers T W Gaze who hold art auctions every Friday. Close by, the lovely village of Harleston is home to the Harleston and Waveney Art Collective which comprises an eclectic mix of talented artists who hold a successful annual art trail. The town of Thetford hosts its Great Festival in late summer. There is a strong visual arts presence at the

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East Norfolk

Wherries on Barton Broad

Fanning out from the east of Norwich lies one of our

Since 2014 the Broads has been home to the UK’s

region’s finest gems.

first-ever Plein Air Painting Festival - A Brush with the

The Broads National Park is a watery, idyllic paradise that has inspired generations of artists, some of whom come to the region to soak up the tranquility of this stunning landscape. Covering an area of more than

Broads. This year it runs from September 21st-25th and artists are invited to take part in this outdoor painting challenge at locations dotted around the Broads.

300 square kilometres, the lakes and waterways of the

On Norfolk’s eastern coast lies the famed holiday

Broads are home to more than a quarter of the

hotspot of Great Yarmouth. While celebrating all things

country’s rarest wildlife and affords ample

seaside, it’s also home to some fantastic arts-related

opportunities for artists both on land and on water.

festivals including Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and the

The region’s towns and villages including Wroxham, Brundall, Filby, Ludham and North Walsham offer up a variety of galleries, eateries and sightseeing opportunities.

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West Norfolk

Castle Acre Priory

Norfolk’s western region is a myriad of stunning

year. The picture-postcard village of Burnham Market in

beaches and lovely market towns and is certainly fit for

the north of the region is a must-see for people who

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love art. Its eclectic mix of galleries, shops and eateries

The stunning royal residence of Sandringham is a

make for a lovely day out.

muse-see for visitors to the area. Its renowned spring

The area also hosts some brilliant arts festivals

and Christmas craft fairs showcase the work of local

including the Swaffham Visual Arts Festival in October

artists and makers. There is also a sculpture trail close

and the King’s Lynn Festival in July.

to the visitor centre carved from natural tree trunks.

The beaches and marshes of the north and west coast

King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Swaffham are home

have for centuries provided inspiration for artists and

to some fantastic art galleries and antique centres and

it’s easy to see why. The rolling sand dunes and

many of the area’s villages including Dersingham and

abundance of wildlife are a painter’s and

Castle Acre hold successful art trails throughout the

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Pigs Gone Wild on the Waterfront

The Suffolk town of Ipswich, situated on the River

The redeveloped waterfront area is a must-see for

Orwell, is a hub of creative and artistic talent.

lovers of the arts.

Students come to the town to study the arts in all it

In the summer of 2016, Ipswich was invaded by pigs!

forms with some fantastic courses on offer.

The Pigs Gone Wild Art Trail featured 40 larger-than-life

Visual arts have always been prominent in Ipswich.

pig sculptures, beautifully designed by artists from

One of the jewels in its crown is the stunning

across East Anglia, plus 30 junior sculptures decorated

Christchurch Mansion which houses the Wolsey Art

by schools and community groups. The trail raised a

Gallery. The mansion itself boasts a history of more

phenomenal ÂŁ200,000 for local charity St Elizabeth

than 500 years while the gallery houses the largest

Hospice and was visited by a quarter of a million

collection of paintings and sketches by Suffolk artists

people. Another brilliant art trail will be coming to

Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable outside of

Ipswich in the future so watch this space!


Each summer the renowned Ipswich Arts Festival -

The town is also home to some exciting galleries who

known as Ip-Art - takes to the streets of the town and

host a programme of events throughout the year.

has a strong visual arts presence.

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North Suffolk Defined by the meandering River Waveney, North Suffolk

The Bank community arts centre and cafe which holds

is a tranquil haven of pretty villages and laid back

regular art classes and exhibitions open to all.

market towns.

In Bungay, Black Dog Arts aims to develop art and craft

For centuries, this area has provided inspiration for

in the area and holds workshops, talks and exhibitions.

some of the country’s best-loved artists. The village of

The lovely Georgian Fisher Theatre in Bungay also holds

Mendham is famed as the birthplace of Suffolk painter

regular art exhibitions in its gallery space. Beccles has

Sir Alfred Munnings. Mendham Mill, the artist’s

a thriving art society - the Beccles Society of Artists -

childhood home and scene of some of his most famous

which meets monthly.

paintings, stands proudly looking much the same as it did in Munnings’ day. Eye, Bungay and Beccles are all home to galleries and

The River Waveney Study Centre in Earsham is home to an annual sculpture trail each summer organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, Over 30 artists exhibit work at

arts organisations that give the area its creative feel.

this beautiful riverside site of water meadows and

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antique fairs and street markets and Eye is home to

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South Suffolk Adjoining the Essex borders, South Suffolk is an area

wide range of art galleries and antiques to tempt

steeped in history and artistic heritage.

visitors. Every two years, it hosts the well-respected

The picture-perfect villages and towns of this region offer up a host of galleries, museums and fantastic independent shops. Sudbury is home to Gainsborough’s House - the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. Now a museum, the house has a permanent collection of the artist’s work and is a treasure trove for art lovers.

Lavenham Arts Festival which comprises a wealth of exhibitions, trails and demonstrations. The last one took place in June 2016. Just a few miles away is the lovely village of Long Melford. Famed for its antique shops - the well-known TV series Lovejoy was filmed here - it is also home to an eclectic mix of art galleries. On the outskirts of the village are two lovely stately homes, Long Melford Hall

Close by lies the beautiful village of Lavenham. In

and Kentwell Hall, both of which host events and

medieval times, Lavenham flourished as a wool town

exhibitions throughout the year. The pretty villages of

and the wealth of Tudor buildings still in existence

Clare and Cavendish are also well worth a visit.

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today is testament to that success. The town has a

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East Suffolk

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh

The stunning Suffolk coastline is famed both for its

impressive Martello Tower at Aldeburgh where it

lovely seaside towns and beaches but also for the

remained until May last year.

inspiration it provides to artists of all genres.

Away from the coast, the inland towns of Halesworth

The holiday hotspots of Lowestoft, Aldeburgh,

and Woodbridge also house excellent galleries, arts

Southwold and Felixstowe offer fantastic shopping,

centres and museums.

dining and entertainment, plus a wealth of galleries to showcase the work of both local and national makers.

Festivals play a big part in the life of this region including the renowned Latitude Festival at Henham

This is a region of iconic landmarks from the

Park, near Southwold, the Southwold Arts Festival, the

lighthouse at Southwold, Maggi Hamblingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scallop

Aldeburgh Festival, Art on the Prom in Felixstowe and

beach sculpture at Aldeburgh to the House in the

the Halesworth Arts Festival.

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West Suffolk

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds

Suffolkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s western region is home to a range of historic

Festival which offers ten days of music, theatre, film

towns including Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and

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Society which has been established for over 60 years.

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Just outside the town lies Blackthorpe Barn which hosts craft fairs and exhibitions including the annual exhibition of works by dynamic group Artworks made up of 30 contemporary artists from the region. Newmarket, famed for its racecourse, is home to many artists specialising in equestrian art and is the setting for the National Horseracing Museum and the British Sporting Art Trust. The Haverhill Arts Centre has a range of exhibitions

take. The artworks will be displayed in public buildings

among its many offerings and is instrumental in

and spaces throughout the town.

organising the Haverhill Arts Festival which takes place

Each May Bury comes alive with the Bury St Edmunds

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Constable Country

Flatford Mill Wildflower Meadow

Nestled on the borders of Suffolk and Essex is a

Aside from East Bergholt and Flatford, other main

beautiful swathe of villages known as Constable

villages include Dedham, Lawford and Capel St Mary.


There are many walking tours available around the area

The artist John Constable was born here and many of

to help visitors walk in Constableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps.

his most famous paintings, including The Hay Wain were

Dedham is also home to the excellent Munnings Art

inspired by the local landscape.

Museum at Castle House, the home of famous artist Sir

Constable was born in East Bergholt where his father owned Flatford Mill. The National Trust now has a centre at Flatford and offers tours of the sites that Constable painted.

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Alfred Munnings. Lady Munnings opened Castle House to the public in 1961, two years after his death. Visitors can view an extensive collection of his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work from drawings to paintings and advertising posters.



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Iceni Botanical Artists

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John O’Connor Sculptor


Bircham Gallery


Lavenham Contemporary


BIRDscapes Gallery


The Lion House Gallery


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Made in Cley


Bury St Edmunds Art Society


The Munnings Art Museum


Cat Pottery




Christine McKechnie


Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios


Claire-Louise Dowson


Norwich Art Supplies


The Coconut Loft


Norwich Print Fair


Cork Brick Art & Antiques Gallery


Orchard Frames


Crome Gallery Frame Workshop


Paint Out Norwich


David J Smeaden


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Deben Frames


Pocock’s the Artmonger


Delia Tournay-Godfrey


Seahorse Studio


Denny Bros


Suffolk Open Studios


East Anglian Traditional Art Centre NUA


Swaffham Visual Arts Festival


TW Gaze Auction House


East Gallery


The Fraser Gallery


Taplin Gallery


Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing


Tess Ainley Gallery


Gainsborough’s House


Theronda Hoffman


The Gallery Norfolk (Cromer)


Water Street Glass


The Gallery Norfolk (Norwich)


Westleton Art Gallery


Gallery Plus


Willow Ceramic Painting Studio

The Garden House Gallery


Windsor Gallery


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