Arts Scene October 2018

If you want something to do indoors now that there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are beginning to fall, why not head to one these galleries and check out a local exhibition?

This article features the top autumn exhibitions in the East, including a wide variety of showcases – from small scale to big names; surely there’s something to tickle the art critic within.

Image by Rosie Copeland

‘The Artist’s Garden’ exhibition, until 13 October

In South Norfolk until 13 October there will be ‘The Artist’s Garden’ exhibition featuring works by David Hockney and Lucian Freud as well as several artworks by regional and local artists, at the newly refurbished Corn Hall in Diss.

The exhibition demonstrates the impression gardens have made across time on all artists. “This diverse exhibition explores how all artists engage with their natural everyday surroundings,” says Sophie Towne, the Arts & Heritage Outreach Manager for Corn Hall. Not only a great day out, all the exhibitions are free and open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday.

Stephen Lawrence’s running vest made into a tribute of ‘The Boy Who Loved To Run’ by Rosalind Wyatt

‘How Do You Want To Be Remembered?’, 21 September to 18 November

The Suffolk Lettering Arts Centre at the Snape Maltings will play host to the ‘How Do You Want To Be Remembered?’ exhibition from 21 September to 18 November.


Works will be a celebration of 30 years of memorials, curated by Annet Stirling and Harriet Frazer. The exhibition aims to show how surprising, varied and moving memorials can be: from Stephen Lawrence’s running shirt, to the Bali Bombing memorial, and personal headstones for private individuals.

Making the exhibition even more notable, the venue will also show a selection of artworks from The Lettering Arts Trust’s Art & Memory Collection. Usually only on show at five UK locations to demonstrate the breadth of creativity and the skills of the artists who created them.

Image by Alan Noyes – ‘Remember that afternoon’

Watercolours in Ely, 16-28 October

The Society of East Anglian Watercolourists are coming together for a showcase of local art at this annual selected exhibition held at the Babylon Gallery in Ely, from 16-28 October.

The prize giving for the best submission is the day prior to the exhibit on 15October. This Ely celebration of local art is supported by both the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours & the Royal Watercolour Society. This year happens to be the 10thanniversary; so why not show some support for the budding artists of Cambridgeshire?

‘The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective’ at Sir William Harpur Gallery, Bedford, until 16 December

The free exhibition taking place until 16 December, will include JMW Turner’s unrivalled painting of The High Street, Oxford. The painting is accompanied by an exhibition exploring the young Turner’s interest in architecture and the development of his skills in the art of perspective.

Open Studio Weekend in Harlow, Essex, 13-14 October 

The  Gatehouse Arts Open Studio Weekend will be showing for the 8 year. The weekend runs from Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 October and is free entry.

New Woburn Gallery

Five artist friends have come together to create their own gallery, in the charming market town of Woburn, Beds. Located at The Telephone Exchange on the Market Place, the venture was devised after the artists struggled to find opportunities to exhibit, despite success at local exhibitions and open studios.  The high end gallery offers paintings, pottery, sculptures, glassware and jewellery. Visitors can expect a high turn over of exhibitions and artists, alongside a warm welcome.



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