Arts News and Exhibitions February 2019

We round up the latest news and best art exhibitions taking place this February. Here’s what’s to look forward to from the arts scene this month: 

Dedham High Street Acrylic Ink by Francesca Ucci

The Secret Art Fair comes to Colchester

Discover one-off contemporary art at The Secret Art Fair at The Minories Art Gallery in Colchester from 1-3 March.

Taking over the first floor of the gallery, the fair is the go-to event for discovering a refined selection of professional contemporary artists showing work including original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and fine art prints.

The fair gives residents the chance to view an otherwise unseen high calibre visual art. Artists confirmed include Abi Fawcus, Alison Wagstaffe, Bev Howe, Elise Clitheroe, Evelyn Polk, Gillian Plummer and Val Bright Jones. All works displayed will be available to purchase.


Glass Fair returns to Knebworth House

On Sunday 24 February, the Glass Fair will return to Knebworth House Barns for its seventh year, showcasing works from 70 exhibitors.

The Fair will feature a collective mix of types and ages of antique and contemporary glass. Glass from all periods and genres will be offered for sale from fine quality antiques and continental high design to retro collectables and pressed glass, paperweights and more.

For those interested in contemporary studio glass, the field will be well represented by exhibitors with artists showing their highly skilled works including hand blown cameo, graal pieces, sculpture, kilnforming and engraving.

Exhibitors will be available to discuss items with visitors. The fair is open 10.30am-4pm, entry £5.

Liz West, Our Colour Reflection, 2016. Image: Hannah Devereux

Art installation by acclaimed artist Liz West comes to Hertfordshire

UHArts is bringing Liz West’s stunning site-specific installation ‘Our Colour Reflection’ to St Albans Museum + Gallery from 6 February – 19 March. 

With hundreds of mirrors made of coloured acrylic, the installation will reflect light and project colour into the historic interior of the Assembly Room. The installation creates a conversation between the viewer and the space using more than 700 mirrors of different colours and sizes, set at various heights on the floor. Reflecting its surroundings and bathing the room in colour, the installation is playful and engaging, elegant and thoughtful. There is also an element of performance to the work – viewers’ perspectives and experiences are affected by movement through the space and through time. |

Image: The Cuerdale Hoard © The Trustees of the British Museum

Rediscover the Legend at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Some of the most significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking treasures ever discovered in Britain will go on display together at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 9 February to 8 September.

Featuring star objects from the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum, ‘Viking: Rediscover the Legend’ will offer a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped many aspects of life in Britain. The exhibition will include the Anglo-Saxon York Helmet, the most outstanding example of its type to survive, as well as the most significant Viking treasure ever found in the UK – the Vale of York, Cuerdale and Bedale Viking Hoards.

These finds will be shown alongside highlights from Norwich Castle’s own extensive collections, including items on display for the first time, and will be interpreted in new ways which challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.

The exhibition will be supported by an extensive schools programme and events programme including talks and Viking themed holiday activities for the February half term and Easter.

Image: Daniel Jones

Artist Studios Expanded at Hylands Estate

Adding to its vibrant community of artists, The Stables at Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, is being expanded to include an additional nine studios.

The new studios will range from small workshops sized from 7.2m² to open plan spaces of up to 30.2m². All studios will benefit from being part of the artistic community at Hylands Estate as well as gaining inspiration from the nearby Repton parkland and Hylands House. 

The studios will complement the existing 11 studios at the historic converted Victorian stable block. Michelle Marwood, assistant manager at Hylands Estate, said: “The Stables are a wonderful environment for designers, artists and crafts people to work, display their art, and sell their stunning wares. We already have established artists working with glass, furniture, illustration and jewellery, as well as hand knitted designer clothes, screen printers and bridal hair accessories”.

The Stables Artist Studios are located close to the Hylands Estate public car park and the studios are open to the public 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

To discover more about the artists at Hylands Estate, visit

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