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The first Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival 23-31 October 2010

Sceptics might carp: ‘Not another Festival! Aren’t there already enough to go round?’ To which I’d reply that festivals make things happen that we’d otherwise not have the chance to enjoy. Festivals focus the mind in a way that scattered, individual events do not. They punctuate the year. They put a place on the map. They enhance a sense of community. I think we’ve got a long way to go before we suffer from ‘Festivalitis’.

TO COAST! And if ever somewhere deserved an arts festival, it must be this favoured stretch of North Norfolk coast. Things have come a long way since, over a century ago, Clement Scott, with his lyrical evocation of the delights of ‘Poppyland’, made it a magnet for art makers and art lovers of every stripe. So it’s great that erstwhile rivals, Cromer and Sheringham – the Crab and the Lobster – have now got together to celebrate and show off the creative vitality of this area - perched, in Ian Collins’ fine phrase, ‘on the brink’.

The organisers have worked hard to ensure that there is a rich and varied programme in store for us in the last nine days of October. So much so that, even though ‘Coast’ is a first, it’s already generated that indispensable complement to any arts festival worth its salt: a Fringe!

Robert Short Hon. President.

COAST ART ON SHOW 01 Art Exhibition Anna-Lise Horsley: Sand paintings and mixed media works on paper and canvas inspired by natural forms, order and disorder. Margie Britz: Miscellaneous works reflecting abiding themes and concerns in various media. Opening night Friday 22 7pm - 9 pm. Late night opening Thursday 28 7pm - 9pm. 22 - 29 October 11am - 5pm. The Stables, The Lobster Public House, Sheringham. Free entry - no booking required.

02 Festival Art Exhibition Paintings by members of the Cromer and District Art Society. 29 - 31 October 10am - 4pm. Cromer Community Centre, Garden Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

03 Further Reflections An exhibition of paintings by NOVA artists on the theme of reflections. 22 - 30 October 10.30am - 4pm. The Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham. Free entry - no booking required.

04 New Works by Paston Sixth Form College and North Walsham Artists Textiles, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and design work by students living in North Norfolk and currently studying at Paston Sixth Form College. 23 - 31 October 10am - 4pm. Cemetery Chapel, Cromer Cemetery. Free entry - donations to expenses welcome.

05 Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Autumn Show What do you think “contemporary” means? Norfolk Contemporary Art Society has its own ideas and is presenting a varied selection of art from Norfolk and Suffolk chosen from their Summer Exhibition, NCA10. 23 - 31 October 10am - 5pm. The Rocket House, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

06 Pam Gurney Paintings To celebrate her 90th birthday, the festival is pleased to show examples of the life’s work of Pam Gurney of Northrepps, who has been painting and drawing this locality since she was three years old. 23 - 31 October 9am - 5pm. Merchants’ Place, Church Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

07 Schools and Community Exhibition Exhibition of art and literature from schools in the Sheringham area including Woodfields and the Junior school. Community art exhibition upstairs. 28 October 10am - 4pm. Sheringham Community Centre. Free entry - no booking required.

08 Seaside Arts Society Exhibition Film and Exhibition from the Heritage Lottery Youth Project which has been researching the history of seaside entertainment along the East Coast. 25 - 30 October 10am - 4pm. The Hub, Sheringham Little Theatre. Free entry - no booking required.

09 Shorelines An exhibition of work inspired by our beautiful coast from Barrington Farm artists, including Barbara Symmons, Chris Angell, Michael Smith and Ian Partridge. Also on display is ‘Writing Art’ created by About with Friends in workshops with Cley Poetry Circle. 29 - 31 October 10am - 4pm. Beeston Hall School Sports Hall, West Runton NR27 9NQ. Free entry - no booking required. Donations please - proceeds to About with Friends and The Barrington Farm Trust.

10 The Beaten Track A group of local artists present an inspirational exhibition of their work in various disciplines. 23 - 30 October 10.30am - 4.30pm. The Red Lion, Tucker Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

11 Unusual Art in Unusual Places Interesting and unusual artworks displayed in interesting and unusual settings. Be prepared to visit cafés, shops, beach huts, tents, caravans, bus shelters, allotments, cellars, ballrooms, shop windows, flagpoles, fish tanks, shoeboxes - whatever! 23 - 31 October. Various venues - see on-street posters, local press and COAST “Unusual Art in Unusual Places” leaflet. Free entry - no booking required.

12 Water Marks Exhibition featuring work by ‘The Painter in Wool’ John Craske (1881 - 1943). Supportive exhibition by Peter Baldwin and H.J. Jackson. 23 - 29 October. 10am - 4.30pm. The Mo, Sheringham Museum Normal museum admission price - no booking required.

Jacqui Jones ‘Oil-Skin’ at Cromer Museum See details in the mid-September ‘Unusual Art in Unusual Places’ brochure

C O A S T A RT W O R K S H O P S 13 Drawing and Painting for Beginners and Rusties Bob Larking offers a tutored drawing and painting class working with still-life themes. Participants should bring their own materials - water based paints only, no oils. 27 October 10am - 1pm. Upper Sheringham Village Hall. £30 per person (aged 16+) less 10% with valid COAST Loyalty Card. Refreshments included. Bookings: 01362 668941.

14 Pop Ups and Cut Outs Learn how to use these fascinating techniques in a workshop with children’s illustrator Peter Kent. We will be making a boat using cross sections to show the inner and outer layers. Suitable for children and young people over 8. Norwich based, Peter Kent has written and illustrated numerous children’s books. There is an exhibition of Peter’s work in Cromer Library throughout October. 26 October 10am - 12pm. Cromer Library, Cromer. Free entry - but please book at the library.

15 Sheringham Lacemakers ‘Open House’ Lacemaking exhibition, demonstrations - and your chance to have a go! 30 October 10am - 4pm. Sheringham Methodist Church, the small hall. Free entry - no booking required.

16 The Big Draw - ‘On my Island’ Drop in to Beeston Hall School where artist Jessica Perry will assist you to draw your fantasy home, creating an enormous ocean, full of islands and connected by fleets of decorated paper boats. 30 - 31 October 10am - 4pm. Beeston Hall School Sports Hall, Beeston Regis NR27 9NQ. Free entry - no booking required.

17 Traditional Life Drawing Class A tutored class in life drawing with a professional (nude) model. Participants should bring their own materials - no oil paints. 28 October 10am - 4pm. Upper Sheringham Village Hall. £30 per person (aged 16+) less 10% with valid COAST Loyalty Card. Refreshments included. Bookings: 01362 668941.

18 Woodland Halloween Trail A Fancy Dress Halloween Trail around the Woods with family art and craft activities, prizes and wacky wildlife fun and facts. Children must be with an adult at all times. 25 October 10am - 12pm. Pretty Corner Woods, Sheringham. £2.00 per child, under 3s free.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT With so much to see, a day is not enough. Why not stay over at one of our recommended festival-friendly B and Bs? See our website for further details.

COAST ENCOUNTERS The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is bringing its outreach project ‘The Culture of the Countryside’ to celebrate the drama of the coast with a series of weather-related projects throughout the month of the festival involving many artists and local people. Weather memories A collaboration throughout September and October with UEA’s Weatherquest to recall the ordinary or extraordinary weather that has shaped our lives. Post your weather memories in one of our collection boxes in public museums and libraries in Cromer and Sheringham. Along with Gaia Shaw’s weather diary project, they will be exhibited at our Sheringham and Cromer Beach Hut ‘weather museums’. Project led by Annie Edwards and Kate Royall.

Projects funded by CUE East will take place and be exhibited at The Brick Works, Cromer Road, West Runton, at our weather stations at East and West Runton and at our special beach huts at Cromer and Sheringham.

19 East Coast Surfers A visual documentation of the obsession surfers share with the weather. Site specific sculpture/installations over-looking the surf. Surfer stories in the pub (look out for details at the weather stations). Project led by artist Mark Haywood incorporating observations, experiences and interviews. 23 - 31 October 11am - 5pm. Old Brickworks, Cromer Road, West Runton. Free entry - no booking required.

20 Mapping the wind Come and explore this capricious force of nature with Salt trail artists Liz McGowan and Jane Frost. 16 - 17 October 11am - 3pm. Pavilion Weather Station, West Runton. Free entry - no booking required.

21 Muggy, breezy or chilly? Gavin Mount explores making atmospheric pictures using simple recycled technology and homemade cameras. Free photography workshops. Bring outdoor clothes and a camera. 23, 24, 27 October 11am - 3pm. Old Brickworks, Cromer Road, West Runton. Free entry - no booking required.

22 Own the sky - if only for a minute Buy your share of the wonderful skies of the Cromer and Sheringham Coastline! Capture and create a piece of weather art for someone to keep and own forever. Project led by Doo Gurney and Alison Atkins. 25 - 26 October 11am - 3pm. Meet at the Pavilion Weather Station, West Runton. Free entry - no booking required.

23 The Art and Science of Weather Steve Dorling from UEA’s specialist weather-forecasting service Weatherquest will talk about how weather memory and weather science may work together and how a scientist predicts the weather in spite of its chaos. Community weather memories will be on show! 30 October 4.30pm - 6.30pm. Merchants’ Place, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

24 We are bound by the ocean, the same water kisses our shores Visiting artists and Maori spiritual leaders George Nuku and Rosanna Raymond will make translucent temporary structures to contain poetry, carving, installations, jewels and ornaments - using the natural resources of the beach and the crafts of the sea.

Artist in residence George Nuku

23 - 31 October 11am - 5pm. Old Brickworks, Cromer Road, West Runton. Free entry - no booking required.

COAST DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE 25 “By the Seaside” - Youth Performance A performance by young people aged 8 - 16 years led by professional practitioners. 30 October 7pm - 9pm. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. £5.

26 Animal Farm George Orwell’s political satire. 20 - 23 October 7.30pm -10pm. Also at 2.30pm on 23rd. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. d Sat. Wed.,Thurs. and Sat. matinee £8. Fri. and evening £9. Box Office 01263 822347


SM Productions with the UEA present:

Shakespeare’s Henry V

28 October 7.30pm - 10.30pm. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. Box Office: 01263 822347 £8 concessions available.

28 Eastern Angles “Palm Wine and Stout” A wickedly funny portrayal of Segun Lee-French’s trip back to his father’s homeland, Nigeria, with his white mother. Relatives, customs and music combine in a theatrical journey that will amuse and entertain anyone who has explored their own family history or had to re-examine their assumptions. 26 October 7.30pm - 9pm. Cromer Parish Hall. £8, £6 concessions, £5 students.

29 Storytelling for Families Join in Music, Dance and Storytelling with acclaimed Ghanaian ‘Music for Change’ Storyteller George Fiawoo. Suitable for families with younger children (under 8s). 23 October Sheringham Library 11am - 12pm. Cromer Library 2pm - 3pm. Free - but please book at the library.

Photo: Music for Change

30 Youth Workshop A workshop for young people aged 8 - 16 years led by professional practitioners and culminating in a performance on 30th October. 29 - 30 October 10am - 4pm. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. £30 for two days. Booking is advised.

COAST FILM 31 Two minutes of your time Two-minute films made by members of the North Norfolk community. Be amazed at what people can do with a simple camera and 120 seconds! 26 October 7.30pm - 9.30pm. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. Free entry - no booking required. 27 October 4pm - 6pm. Continuous show. The Cottage Function Room, Cromer. Drop in when convenient . . . be delighted, be inspired!

32 Art Films Triple Bill Three films about Artists “Show Time” Katherine Hamilton and the Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus. ”Making Waves” Southwold Artists from C17th to the present day. ”Kurt Schwitters in Norway” The artist in exile. 27 October 7pm - 10pm. The Cottage Function Room, Cromer. red red. Free entry - no booking required.

33 North Walsham High gh School Film “Vampires” “V+” was filmed in North Walsham and Romania! 27 October 7pm. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. Free entry - no booking required.

COAST GLASS Contemporary Glass Events and Exhibition Demonstrations, using a unique mobile hot glass unit, by international artists Scott Benefield (U.S.A.) and Andrea Spencer (UK) will take place in the Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, from 23rd – 31st October. The Centre will be open from 10.30am – 4.00pm. On Wednesday 27th October the artists will be giving an illustrated talk at 2pm in the Little Theatre Sheringham. There will be no demonstrations in the Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, on that day. Accompanying this will be an exhibition featuring the work of the resident artists Scott Benefield and Andrea Spencer as well as work by artists from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Scott’s work draws on the traditional Italian techniques of glassblowing, using coloured canes to form intricate patterns in the body of the vessel. The result is a contemporary updating of the traditions of Murano glass, with sleek modern forms adorned with complex decorative details. Andrea’s glass has the material properties of transparency and fragility. The flameworking process used allows a great degree of fine detail. This process evokes both science and craft and becomes a metaphor that carries a multitude of interpretations. The exhibition will be open from 10.30am – 4.00pm and will continue until the 12th November.

34 Contemporary Glass Exhibition 22 October - 12 November 10.30am - 4pm. Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand. Free entry - no booking required.

35 Contemporary Glass Talk 27 October 2pm - 4pm. The Little Theatre, Sheringham. Free entry - no booking required.

36 Contemporary Glass Workshop 23 - 31 October 10.30am - 4pm. Not 27th October. Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand. Free entry - no booking required.

37 Schools Students’ Workshop 1 A talented glass artist will be working with the ďŹ nal year students of two local primary schools to produce exciting glass panels for their buildings. 18-20th October 10.30am - 4pm. Belfry Arts Centre,Overstrand. Free entry - no booking required.

C O A S T L I T E R AT U R E 38 Book Event Local author Mark Pearson will be signing copies of his new thriller. 30 October 10am - 12pm. Jarrold, Church Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

39 Book Signing Ian Collins and his new book ‘Water Marks, East Anglia in Art.’ 23 October 2pm - 4pm. The Mo, Sheringham Museum. Free entry - no booking required.

40 Desert Island Dusks Keith Skipper presents a selection of bedtime reading for a Norfolk castaway featuring his favourite local books spanning the years. 22 October 7.30pm - 9.30pm. The Red Lion, Cromer. £5.

41 Literary Lunch Neil Storey and Caroline Gilfillan will talk about their work over a delicious two-course lunch at the Virginia Court Hotel, Cromer. 30 October 12.45pm - 3.30pm. Virginia Court Hotel, Cliff Avenue, Cromer. £15 per head to include free glass of wine or juice and complimentary tea or coffee. Booking: directly with Virginia Court Hotel by 23rd October 2010. £5 non-refundable deposit. Tel: Naomi Davies on 01263 512398 or email her:

42 Literary Surgery Caroline Gilfillan, published writer and poet and experienced creative writing tutor and mentor, offers 20 minute one-to-one sessions. Writers of all levels of experience can discuss up to 20 lines of poetry or 1,000 words of prose. Send work in advance, or bring on the day. 30 October 10am - 12pm. Cromer Museum. £5 for 20 minute slot. Sessions must be booked in advance. Tel: 01328 855545. Email:

43 Pastons’ Country Evening ‘The Pastons’ Country’, a hand-printed book based on the 15th century Paston Letters, will be on display. There will be a talk about the making of the book and the Cromer connection, followed by a poetry reading. 23 October 6pm - 8pm. Garden House Gallery, Garden Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

44 The Pastons’ Country Exhibition Paston Heritage Society’s exhibition of prints and poetry based on the famous 15th century Paston Letters. 23 - 26 October 10am - 5pm. Sunday 11am - 4pm. Garden House Gallery, Garden Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

45 Through a Glass Darkly A day to explore the ghostly and supernatural in writing with ghost and thriller writer Kelvin Jones. 27 October 10am - 4pm. Cromer Museum in the morning and Cromer Library in the afternoon. £15 for the day. Book at Cromer Museum.

COAST MUSIC 46 City of London Sinfonia Handel: Concerto Grosso in B flat Op. 3 No. 2. Sibelius: Suite Champêtre. Haydn: Symphony No. 59 Fire Symphony. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons. Nicholas Ward, violin/director. 23 October 7.30pm - 9pm. Picture: Gerald Sharp Photography St Peter’s Church, Sheringham. £14.50 adults, £5 under 16s - tickets available from Sheringham Little Theatre. .

47 Cyan Traces with Holly Graham Direct from their successful residency at the Assembly House Norwich Cyan Traces, with vocalist Holly Graham, bring a special blend of beautiful melodies, interesting harmonies and artistic lyrics - for a charming “Jazz By The Sea”evening. 28 October 8pm - 10.30pm. The Red Lion, Cromer. £3 per person.

48 Hannah Marcinowicz Cromer Music Evenings’ classical saxophone concert. Hannah Marcinowicz - Saxophone, Simon Lane - Piano. 29 October 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Church of St Peter and St Paul, Cromer. £8, £5 Cromer Music Evening members, £3 children.

49 Jane Wirgman and Gareth Butcher + friends 35 years of experience of playing with, or supporting, such luminaries as Dr John, Lowell Fulson, Richard Thompson, Neil Innes, Suzanne Vega and Jimmy Witherspoon - and it shows!

Picture: Eloise O’Hare

26 - 28 October 8pm. The Red Lion, Tucker Street, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

50 Jefferson’s Mandolins A musical event to accompany Reflections 2. 31 October 2pm - 4pm. Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham. Free entry - no booking required.

51 Last Night of the Proms This event will be a celebration not only of the first Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival but also 20 years of music making by the North Norfolk Orchestral Society. The programme will t’ include some regular ‘Last Night’ favourites so flags are required! 30 October 7.30pm - 9.30pm. St Peter’s Church, Sheringham. £5 - concessions.

52 Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society Concert Choral concert including extracts from ‘The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace’ by Karl Jenkins and European Sacred Songs. 25 October 7.30pm. Church of St Peter and St Paul, Cromer. £6 per person.

COAST OTHER EVENTS 53 Cromer Train Station You are given a postcard of Cromer Train Station. What might you do to make the station your fantasy station? Postcard answers will be exhibited by Bev Broadhead. 1 - 31 October. Cromer Train Station. Free entry - no booking required.

54 Living with Surrealism A conversation between Krzysztof Fijalowski and Robert Short Both our speakers have been devotees of Surrealism since their early teens. In a freewheeling exchange, they’ll explain how they came by Surrealism and how it inflects their experience of life. Robert will recall the series of all-night surreal ‘happenings’ he instigated in the sixties and seventies. Krzysztof will talk about his direct involvement with current surrealist fraternities in Paris, Prague and here in the UK. They’ll illustrate the discussion with several of their favorite surrealist images and maybe a slide or two of their own collages and assemblages. 24 October 7.30pm - 10pm. The Red Lion, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

55 Out 140 Members of the LGBT community have told their coming out stories in 140 characters (a tweet on Twitter!) or less. Some have made a 12 second film of their story, see the results on the giant plasma screen. 23 - 31 October 9am - 5pm. Merchants’ Place, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

56 The Turning Point Moongates, reflecting pool, garden sculpture, acapella/acoustic music, jewellery, prayer flags workshop. Let the magic of the place restore your connectedness to the rhythms of the world and perhaps enrol on the courses planned here for the coming months both creative and nurturing. 29 - 31 October 10am - 5pm. The Turning Point, Sheringwood, Beeston Regis, Sheringham Free entry - no booking required.

57 Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales’ Town Criers’ Competition As part of the Festival, the town of Sheringham has invited twelve Town Criers, including lady Criers, from all parts of the country to take part in a competition. The first cry will be at 10.30am and the second at 2.15pm including street entertainment during the day. 30 October 10.30am - 3pm. Sheringham High Street. Free entry - no booking required.

Photo: Chris Taylor

C O A S T P H O TO G R A P H Y 58 Reflections An exhibition of photographic images by NOVA artists on the theme of reflections. 22 - 31 October. 10.30am - 4pm. Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer. Free entry - no booking required.

Photo: Jenny Rumens

59 Rob Spray and Dawn Watson - Hidden Treasures of Norfolk’s Secret Sea The underwater landscape of the North Sea is out of sight and out of mind - because of its ferocity and power many assume nothing survives under the surface but in fact a vibrant community of amazing and unfamiliar creatures occupy every niche. Rob and Dawn dive the seas around the UK and particularly Norfolk to photograph the stunning animals and environments and share the results in incredible pictures. 23 - 31 October. The Burlington Hotel, Sheringham 11am - 11pm. The Blue Sky Cafe, Cromer 10am - 5.30pm. Free entry - no booking required.

60 TC Imagery Exhibition Contemporary-themed Photographs and modern Graphic Illustrations. 26 October 10am - 5pm. ‘Studio 1’ at Alby Crafts, Erpingham. Free entry - no booking required.

Photo: Tim Coppendale

HELP FOR HUNGRY FESTIVAL-GOERS See our website for a range of recommended restaurants happy to welcome visitors to the festival.

COAST POETRY 61 The Joy of Six plus Sam Riviere & Tom Warner An evening of sheer oral temptation! - Poetry Ensemble The Joy of Six: The Joy of Six Andre Mangeot, Andrea Porter, Anne Berkeley, Martin Figura and Peter Howard will be joined by Faber poets Sam Riviere and Tom Warner, with musical interludes. 30 October 7pm. Cromer Library. Tickets £6

62 Poetry Workshop ‘When is a poem like glass? What if it’s etched, or reflects (what?) back at you? Explore your creativity in words, using ‘glass’ and its properties as a focus.’ Anna Reckin’s work has been published in the UK and the US, most recently in Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, edited by Carrie Etter. 30 October 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Cromer Library. £10 - booking essential.

63 Shorelines Supper Poetry Supper: An evening of poetry readings and discussions compered by Martin Figura with poets Jehane Markham, Helena Nelson and Helen Ivory. A musical interlude with Jeffersons Mandolins and supper provided by About with Friends (to be pre-booked at £6 per head). On display will be coastal-inspired works in a variety of media by artists from Barrington Farm; alongside ‘writing art’ by About with Friends. 29 October 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Beeston Hall School Sports Hall. Free entry - booking required for supper at £6 per head - contact 01263 821012 Donations please - proceeds to About with Friends and The Barrington Farm Trust.

Martin Figura

Helena Nelson Jehane Markham

Helen Ivory

COAST SCULPTURE 64 Join The Sculptors You are invited to come to the Felbrigg garden and help the NOVA sculptors to make a festival mosaic. 24 October 12pm - 3.30pm. Felbrigg Hall. Normal admission charges to the gardens apply. Adults £4.10, children £1.60.

65 Sculpture in the garden An exhibition by NOVA sculptors in the walled garden at Felbrigg Hall. 2 - 30 October 11am - 5pm. Felbrigg Hall. Entry to the garden £4.10 adults, £1.60 child.


POETRY CIRCLE Are you a poetry lover? Would you like to meet other poetry lovers? Well, here is your chance. Cley Poetry Circle meets fortnightly to read and discuss poetry in all its forms. You don’t need an encyclopaedic knowledge of poetry to join - one of the many pleasures of belonging is finding out about poets new and old, established and rising stars. Throughout the year we organise poetry events where we like to give a “leg up” to those starting out on their chosen path. We have been meeting for over 60 years and in addition have organised the prestigious Cley Little Festival of Poetry.

For information contact Helen Birtwell 01263 821012

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