Thanks to everyone who has visited our group exhibition, with dates of Monday 13 – Saturday 25 June.

Open daily from 11am – 5pm, all are welcome to visit over the last few days!

Here are just a few views of the many artworks in the show, about 130 in all.

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

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

 

2022 dates

We are pleased to have returned to the chapel – dates are usually the first Tuesday of the month

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. 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!

 

 

For more information about meetings and membership: https://www.norwich20group.co.uk/about/

 

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. Our next open meeting will be in the Autumn.

We have found a new venue for our life drawing sessions on Thursday evenings, after over 30 years at Wensum Lodge.
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, the summer term continues weekly until Thursday 7 July – the cost is £5 each week, payable on the night by cash.  The workshop will continue next term from September, dates to confirm.
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).

Horizon

After the group’s first show at this venue three years ago, the group returned for an exhibition at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, from Wednesday 22 December 2021 – Saturday 15 January 2022.

 

Here are some views of the exhibition, many thanks to
Julia Cameron and Rosie Winn for sharing photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to all those who visited, with positive comments received, we’re very pleased that so many came to see the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Norfolk Arts Awards  – Pleased that both Norwich 20 Group and group member Gennadiy Ivanov are Visual Art category nominees!

Nominees for Norfolk Arts Award, Visual Arts Category.
Representing Norwich 20 Group are Brigitte Hague and Julia Cameron, while Gena Ivanov was nominated as an individual.

The group was pipped to the post by Gena (centre):

Congratulations to Gennadiy Ivanov, award winner.
It was still an honour to have been nominated so there were no losers here!

Norwich 20 Group has also been nominated in the EDP People’s Choice Awards, and was a finalist in this category too:

Thanks to everyone who voted for us, with the awards taking place on 23 October.

 

Brigitte Hague and Julia Cameron, previous and current group chairs

The next group show followed fast on the footsteps of the end June/July 2021 annual exhibition – N2021G

– with a return to the bright and airy St Margaret’s church, for Outside the box, where 60 artworks by 35 members were shown.

 

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening night and who visited over the 13 days of the exhibition.

 

 

Exhibition dates – from Monday 20 September until Saturday 2 October.

Some views of the exhibition:

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who visited our exhibition, with artworks from our weekly life workshop!

We haven’t been able to resume the workshop, works shown were created from the previous two terms – before the March 2020 lockdown, plus artworks created since then.

 

The exhibition was a celebration of the group’s life workshop, with 28 artists’ works included, life drawings and more – with works from 13 Norwich 20 Group members.
The exhibition also includes a selection of artworks by our much missed life workshop regular, Martin Ayres RIP.
With two of his sculptures shown here, and another on the poster below:

Local press coverage – a link to online EDP article with great images:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/things-to-do/norwich-20-group-at-st-margarets-church-8192994

 

The exhibition ended with an open drawing event from clothed models posing in the church – great to see many attending, with some distance between participants – and enjoying the chance to draw!

We do not yet know when the life workshop will return, as soon as we have any update we will post here and via the group’s social media accounts.

 

John Midgley obituary

John Midgley at work in his studio in Norfolk.
John Midgley at work in his studio in Norfolk. He specialised in designing posters and banners for trade unions

 

My husband, John Midgley, who has died aged 85, was an artist who specialised in creating posters and banners for trade unions.

He got into designing for trade unions following a period of his own workplace activism in the early 1960s, when he was sacked as a tutor at the Camden Arts Institute in London for supporting staff and students in a labour dispute.

He then set up a studio with a group of other artists in Brent in north-west London, and began to create political posters and banners for several trade unions, in particular for the National Union of Mineworkers, as well as for various community groups. He also created panels for the TUC’s Congress House in London. To see his many banners moving along the streets during the Durham Miners’ galas made him immensely proud.

Born in Leeds to Sidney Midgley, a butcher, and Grace (nee Lupton), a teacher, John went to Ilkley grammar school and after national service trained in fine art at Harrogate Art School.

September Song, painting by John Midgley
September Song, by John Midgley

From 1965 to 1980, he lived in London, working for a couple of years as an arts adviser for the London borough of Haringey, helping the council to set up art exhibitions and encouraging local artists to show their work around the borough – while also continuing his private art work. He then taught at Camden Arts Institute before setting up studios in Brent for artists, film-makers, craftspeople, sculptors etc. It was during this period – in 1969 – that he and I met at the Railway Tavern in Hampstead.

In 1980 we moved to Aylsham in Norfolk, where we were married in 1981, then, shortly afterwards, to Plumstead, also in Norfolk, where John ran a small business making his banners and posters from a purpose-built studio. Aside from that work, he was excellent at drawing people and scenes; around 2010, John became a member of the Norwich 20 Group of artists. We moved to Mundesley in 2013, not long after he sold his business, and John did some of his best paintings there.

Over the years his work was shown at a number of galleries, including at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and at the Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich.

John was a kind and generous man, and will missed by his many friends and past colleagues.

He is survived by me and by his sister, Christine.

Maggie Midgley

Wiveton Bridge

Road To Southrepps

Oil on canvas – 50 x 70cm

Back Road

Oil on canvas – 50 x 70cm

By Road

Oil on canvas – 50 x 70cm

Farm Road

Oil on canvas – 50 x 70cm

Forgotten Road

Oil on canvas – 50 x 70cm

Very sorry to write that John died in November 2020, RIP.

From John: ‘One of many paintings of a single ‘motif’. The value of restricting work to one single image like this, from nature, is that the fundamental changes that happen as work progresses, force the artist to constantly reassess his role in the creative process.

This is a quote from a discussion about the impulse to create coming from some mysterious external location…which I don’t really go along with BUT I do know that the harder you consciously will yourself to create something, the less creative you are actually likely to be.  You have to ‘get out of your own way’ somehow.’

 

Thanks to all the almost 1200 visitors to N2021G, our annual exhibition, at St Margaret’s Church of Art, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich!

Dates were Tuesday 22 June, open daily until Saturday 3 July.

 

 

We will confirm information about group events, including meetings and the life workshop when we can.

 

Group Chair Brigitte Hague (2019-2021) at group exhibition N20G in 2020, in December at Mandell’s Gallery