Pleased to announce our opening evening on Monday 3 June from 6pm!

 

At the Undercroft Gallery, Norwich

Annual exhibition N2024G from 3 – 16 June 2024

 

View from the show in June 2023:

Next meeting: Artists in conversation

Tuesday 11 June 2024 – note one week later than the usual first Tuesday of the month

Please arrive for 7.30pm with a seated format

At the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF

Please note that our May meeting is for members and prospective members only.

Tuesday 2 April 2024 Cromer Artspace

Thanks very much to Ruth and Barry from to the team at Cromer Artspace for an enlightening an overview of the gallery space and activities plus the exhibition programme for the months ahead!
Do go to their website to find details of the events, and sign up to receive the newsletter.

www.cromer-artspace.co.uk

Cromer Artspace aims to bring art to Cromer for the benefit of residents and visitors. The charity was set up during the constraints of 2020 and has rapidly become widely recognised as a significant contributor to the arts in Norfolk.

The charity has established Artspace on the Prom in an iconic art deco building on the west promenade in Cromer. In the first two seasons, exhibitions have presented contemporary artists from the region and beyond, as well as showcasing emerging artists from local colleges and from Norwich University of the Arts. Over 10,000 people have visited Artspace on the Prom each year.

Cromer Artspace aims to present art in accessible and sometimes unexpected spaces. In collaboration with the National Gallery and local businesses the charity has brought art trails to the streets of Cromer, showing life size reproductions of works. Transport and finance prevents many local people from seeing such works in galleries.

In the future there are possibilities for more outside exhibitions in collaboration with different galleries from across the country, improvements to the Artspace on the Prom building, significant exhibitions and increased community engagement.

Cromer Artspace also organises workshops, talks and residencies and works with local schools and community groups. Quarterly Advisory Forums engage views on specific topics.
Here are some photos of the building, the first in glorious coastal sunlight, and the second, the programme cover, which also helps to pinpoint the location and access, right on the promenade.


Tuesday 5 March ‘open’ meeting – thanks to many who came to the chapel, bringing art along too:

Tuesday 6 February meeting – talk: originalprojects;

We were very pleased to welcome Kaavous Clayton, who gave a talk about originalprojects; in Great Yarmouth.

Established in 2016, originalprojects; have developed a distinctive approach to working with artists in a range of local communities to explore relationships between generosity, creativity and place.

Their projects unlock creative opportunities supporting everyone to learn new skills, build confidence and thrive through experiencing sustainable and pioneering great art.

This manifests through exhibitions, studio provision, space for community engagement, showcasing local makers, workshops, public commissions, talks, research visits, conferences, podcasts, a sonic arts festival and gastronomic events; all delivered in partnership with peers, artists, learning providers, other cultural organisations, community and voluntary sector and local businesses.

On Friday 22 March they are planning CONTRAcurricular – a summit for radical and alternative art education.

https://originalprojects.co.uk/

https://contracurricular.co.uk/

https://www.yarmonics.com/

Tuesday 9 January 2024 – Open meeting

Our first meeting of the year, good to see so many at the chapel, members and not – and tables full of artwork.

Tuesday 5 December
Our annual festive party!
At the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF from 7.30pm
A convivial evening, with food and drink brought along this time not artwork.
Thanks to Barbara for decking out the chapel with festive lighting, and to Rory for the fabulous the art quiz!
A big cheers here to absent friends, and a happy new year to all from the group.
Life drawing workshop update – change of day to Wednesdays and arrive from 7pm!
The workshop continues weekly from Wednesday 17 April 2024 for a 12 week term, with no session on 29 May in the half term week.
The life workshop is at the Colman Road 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 7.15pm start, arrive from 7pm – please don’t arrive earlier as there is another booking in the space, and their participants need to be able to leave the car park.
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!
Also, 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).
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

So very sorry to post that John Rance died in March 2023 – our thoughts to his family and friends.

We commemorated John’s creative output in our annual exhibition in June.

John wrote:

My work involves both painting and sculpture and often the two mediums will overlap into what is effectively a 3D painting/relief sculpture. I have worked with a variety of materials using what best suits the end result, welded steel, bronze casting, plastics, etc. though currently I’m principally working in wood. I like to work a material against its natural qualities to set up questions in the mind of the viewer.

My work in wood will often look like folded paper which of course is not possible with a hard product like wood so it creates a small perceptual mystery I’m also extremely interested in colour (at heart I am a colourist) and how colour works both physically and emotionally in both the mind and eye of the artist and the reception in the onlooker.

My other love is Life Drawing, I think it is essential for an artist to stay in touch with the core values of observational drawing and the disciplines involved.

What lies beneath, Oil on canvas

Tropical nights, Oil and collage on board

Deeper, Oil and collage on board

Summer, Emulsion on wood

 

Thanks to everyone who attended our opening night.

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

Group members were present in during these times, to 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.