Arts Scene: December 2017

Every month we round up the best art exhibitions taking place in East Anglia. Here’s what’s coming up this December: 

The Fairhurst Gallery set to return to the traditional this Christmas with exhibition and new gallery shop 

The Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich will host an exhibition by two young artists, both renowned for their classical work from 1-23 December. 

‘The Fall of Light’ exhibition will include paintings and drawings by London-based artists Olivia Crane and Georgina Stanley. 


Alongside the exhibition the Fairhurst Gallery will be launching their new Gallery Shop, which will stock a range of special editions made by emerging and internationally established artists and designers. 

The gallery, on Bedford Street, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm with additional viewings available by appointment.  For more information visit

Gainsborough’s House plans redevelopment project

Gainsborough’s House is planning a £8.5m redevelopment project on an empty local authority building, situated at the rear of the museum. The new building will feature; new exhibition spaces for loans of international renown, a Gainsborough Gallery showing the best of the artist’s full-length portraits, a community gallery for printmakers, contemporary artists and schools, and a landscape studio with the view of the countryside replicated in Gainsborough’s famous portrait, “Mr and Mrs Andrews.”

Using materials from local heritage companies, including The Bulmer Brick and Tile Company, and Sudbury silk, the project will ensure further economic benefits for the community. The new building will also create up to five on-going apprenticeship opportunities, offering community members the chance to learn valuable skills.

Chelmsford Museum opens doors for Art Society’s Winter Exhibition

Art lovers could stumble upon the next Grayson Perry or Billie Bond as talented and well respected local artists work goes on display at Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, as part of the Chelmsford Art Society’s Winter Exhibition, from 9 December to 14 January.

The Chelmsford Art Society will be showcasing 100 works of art that utilise acrylics, water colours, pastels, screen printing and oils, by both professional artists and skilled amateurs. The displayed art work will be for sale and the exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to buy original pieces of art for affordable prices.

 Entry to the Winter Exhibition and the Foaming Seas – the Coast Line of Orkney is free.

Seven Sudbury Artists at Riverside Art & Glass

Iris by Judith Glover

Seven Sudbury Artists will be taking part in their first group exhibition at The Annexe at Riverside Art & Glass Gallery in Wroxham from 7 to 20 December.

The exhibition will showcase a unique display of contemporary glass art, ceramics, paintings, original prints, textiles and sculpture.

Show highlights will include the gossamer softness of Clare Kiely’s textiles, all spun, woven or felted by hand with fleece gathered from Norman, Clement and Fergus, her own home-reared alpacas. There are soft pastels and delicate florals by Judith Glover, sensitive, abstract oil paintings and organic ceramics by Marnie Deakins and Rebecca Mansbridge’s skilfully crafted, fused glass artworks in bright, jewel-like colours.

Discover more art exhibitions across East Anglia here 

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