Next meeting: Tuesday 5 December, from 7.30pm
Our annual festive party!
At the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF from 7.30pm
All welcome – please bring a dish to share, savoury or sweet, and a bottle.
A convivial evening, with food and drink brought along this time not artwork.
Plus for all who wish, to take part in the art quiz!
Our next ‘open meeting’ when art is to be displayed will be Tuesday 9 January 2024.
Tuesday 7 November
At the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF.
With thanks to Charlie Ditcham, a Norfolk-based artist freelancer with a background in film and TV, for his talk about his practice.
Ditcham works with digital video, sound, and photography at his studio in Great Yarmouth. Over the past year Ditcham has collaborated with painters, sculptors, and contemporary dancers on a range of funded audio-visual projects, while also running community animation workshops with children aged 8-10.

Tuesday 3 October, from 7.30pm at the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF.

Very big thanks to Carrie Clarke and Marek Jeczalik for sharing their art practice

Carrie and Marek are our newest licentiate members, who graduated from Norwich University of the Arts in June.

A reminder that we hold meetings regularly on the first Tuesday of each month.

All are welcome – group members and not – to come along, just turn up to the chapel.

Good to see many friendly faces at our September meeting, our next ‘open’ one – to bring artwork to display and discuss – will be on Tuesday 9 January.

Thanks to the many visitors to our third group exhibition of the year, from Saturday 16 September – Sunday 1 October 2023

Thanks to everyone who came to our huge exhibition at the Undercroft Gallery of work from life drawing workshop regulars.

With 10-12 drawings from each artist made at our scout hut workshop, and as the title suggests, more – other artworks in 2D and 3D media, figurative and not, to complement the drawings.



From Village People magazine July/August 2023


Thanks to everyone who attended our opening night.

The exhibition continues daily until Saturday 24 June, open from 11am to 5pm.

Group members will be sitting in during these times, and can discuss the show with visitors.


Joint event with the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society on Tuesday 20 June.

Thanks to everyone who came, and for an engaging question and answer session at the talk end.


Group meetings at The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF from 7.30pm


Next meeting date –

Tuesday 7 November – Charlie Ditcham 


Tuesday 3 October – New Licentiate members

Thanks for giving a great welcome to our recent graduates from Norwich University of the Arts who have been invited to join the group for a two year period, talking about their art practice.


Thanks to everyone who made our first meeting of the Autumn on Tuesday 5 September such a lively evening, with plenty of art to see, from group members and others.


Please note that everyone is welcome to bring art among to open meetings – with the next one of these planned for Tuesday 9 January 2024.

All welcome come along to meetings in months of January – April, also June, and September – December

May is for members and proposed members only, and there are no meetings in July and August.

2023 meetings – these are usually the first Tuesday of the month.

Very pleased to announce that artist Simon Bill will be giving a talk – the venue for this will be the Undercroft, during our group exhibition in June:

The subject of Visual Perception featured strongly in the teaching of art until the 80s, when it was dropped because it was not commensurate with Critical Theory. The orthodoxy of Critical Theory is in decline, whilst the study of perception as a branch of neuroscience has advanced rapidly. The response to these developments has been slow in art schools – this talk offers an introduction to Visual Perception and a survey of the subject as it stands today. 

Simon with two images from his Op Art murals on Great Yarmouth seafront:

Tuesday 6 June  – The role of arts to engage people with the Earth crisis

Thanks to Bridget McKenzie and Jennie Pedley for introducing their practice and ideas, and for thoughts on how the visual arts can engage people with climate and biodiversity issues to enable Norwich and Norfolk to be more liveable, safe and healthy in future.
Bridget McKenzie is an artist, researcher and creative curator focused on culture’s response to the Earth crisis. She is the founder of Climate Museum UK and of Culture Declares Emergency. She is working on links between the local arts and environment sectors, and creating a base for the Climate Museum in the City. Jennie Pedley is a co-founder of Edible East Community Interest Company, which promotes a healthy and sustainable future for everyone through creative workshops, community gardening and cultural events, all informed by the latest research.
Bridget McKenzie
Jennie Pedley

May – Welcome to our two new members, Natasha Day (former licentiate member) and Rachel Furze.

Tuesday 4 April
Thanks to everyone who came along to a busy evening at the chapel for an open meeting format – with plenty of artwork brought along to display and discuss.


(Photo from a previous open meeting)



For more information about meetings and membership:

For ‘open’ meetings – all are welcome to bring artwork along – we advise bringing something that you can easily carry, and can be displayed on a table or leaning on a side table or chair against a wall.


Tuesday 7 March 

Another ‘open’ meeting, where artists – both group members and not – shared ideas and showed both work in progress and recent art.


Tuesday 7 February, which had a Q & A format, thanks to Christine Allman and Jos Wickham – group members who each talked about their work, with questions posed by Peter Baldwin and Martin Battye.


Tuesday 3 January 2023 – Good to see old faces and new at our first meeting of the year with plenty of artwork displayed and discussed.


Tuesday 6 December – our annual party celebration!

Tuesday 1 November

Thanks to everyone who came to our meeting, where four recent NUA Fine Art graduates gave talks about their art practice.

A priviledge to hear from Jo Bellamy, Carl Durban, Catherine Swain and Luke Underwood, our new licentiate members:


Tuesday 4 October

Format – an ‘open’ meeting – with works in progress brought along to display and discuss.

Good to see a mix of familiar faces and new, thanks to all for attending.


Thanks to everyone who came along to our September meeting too, also an ‘open’ meeting, noting all are welcome – with or without artwork.

Please check here for updates and our newsletter for any changes to dates.


All are welcome to our meetings, noting that the May meetings are for members and proposed prospective members only.

Thanks very much to artists who brought their work along in May 2022.

We’re very pleased to welcome four new members:

Christine Allman, Craig Frost, Sally Hirst and Helen Ireland.


Thanks to members and visitors for making a successful return to meetings this year, here’s a photo from Tuesday 1 March.


2021: Lovely to hold our festive party meeting on Thursday 9 December.

Thanks to everyone who came along on Tuesday 2 November – with talks about their art practice by recent NUA graduates, Jennifer Lovatt and Natasha Day.

With thanks to Natasha, giving her talk in the photo below here, and Jennifer too!



Poster image – David Woods, Blue without green


Thanks to so many visitors for coming to the opening of our first group exhibition of the year, in the Yare Gallery, Great Yarmouth.

Plus to all those who visited over the almost four weeks which the show ran – with work on show from more than 50 group members, in six rooms over three floors of the beautiful gallery space.


Here are a few images from the opening night:



The life workshop is at the scout hut next to St Anne’s church, on the junction with Colman Road and The Avenues.
Run on a drop in basis, with a 7pm start, arrive from 6.45pm – the cost is £5 each week, payable on the night by cash.
We take a break from 8-8.15, and drawing ends at 9.15, with a floor display of drawings by anyone who wishes.
All are welcome – please note that you do not need to be a member of the group, just someone keen to work from life!
Thanks to all out drop in drawers this term, which has now ended – we will be back for another term in September 2023:
The workshop continues weekly from Thursday 14 September – 7 December (no session half term week 26 October) – for a 12 week term.
Before then see the Naked in Norwich Plus post for details of our exhibition in August…
Please note that the space doesn’t have equipment, so anything needed, boards etc. as well as art materials, will need to be brought along.
There are chairs, and we can use the car park which is right next to the scout hut (overflow parking also available behind Earlham library across the road if needed).

Huge thanks to artist Jayne Ivimey , who gave a wonderful talk about her art practice for our June meeting – this talk was postponed due to the pandemic back in April 2020.

Jayne Ivimey with David Jones at the meeting: