East Anglian Arts News March 2018

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Jeanette Hayes Pink Trees, St James pastel 19” x 30” current President of Patel society
Jeanette Hayes Pink Trees, St James pastel 19” x 30” current President of Patel society

Pastel Society Exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding its third exhibition by selected members of The Pastel Society which opens on Saturday 31 March until Saturday 21 April 2018. 

The Pastel Society UK is a registered charity and is recognised for promoting and encouraging the use of pastels within the contemporary art world. The exhibition will showcase works created in pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal and reflects that the diverse nature of the dry medium is limitless. 

The exhibition of contemporary artists will show abstract and experimental works by such artists as Angela A’Court, Joanne Last and Keith Roper alongside the traditional representation of John Tookey, Cheryl Culver, Margaret Glass and Peter Vincent, to name but a few.

Thompson’s Gallery, 175 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AN


Tel. 01728 453743 | www.thompsonsgallery.co.uk


Orchids 2018 at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

This year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s ‘how to build an orchid’ exhibition, taking place until 11 March, is going back to basics as it reveals, from the root up, what makes an orchid an orchid.

The orchid family is one of the largest plant families in the world; over 25,000 different species can be found across every continent apart from Antarctica. Orchids are found from the arctic tundra to tropical forests, growing on rocks, in soil, high-up suspended on other plants and even underground. Their exotic nature continues to keep enthusiasts enamored and enraptured.

Many different species of orchid will be on display in the warmth of the Garden’s Glasshouse Range for ‘Orchids 2018: an exhibition, how to build an orchid’. Visitors will be able to explore and examine the different parts that make up an orchid and understand how each part is crucial to the survival and reproduction of this widely recognisable yet diverse group of plants.

Admission £6.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Tel: 01223 336265 | www.botanic.cam.ac.uk


Wilfrid Scawen Blunt on Pharoah, Lady Anne Blunt (c) Philip Viscount Knebworth
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt on Pharoah, Lady Anne Blunt (c) Philip Viscount Knebworth

Exhibition on the centenary of the Arab Horse Society at National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

‘Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World’, is a new exhibition at Palace House Newmarket that will present a rich selection of key works to mark this memorable anniversary and to celebrate the history of the world’s oldest horse breed. The exhibition opens on Thursday 22 March until Friday 13 July 2018.

Brought together for the first time on public display will be the first mapped genome of an Arab horse, ‘Sambist’, together with paintings, prints and artefacts all from the untapped archives of The Arab Horse Society.

The exhibition will tell the story of the Arab horse from its earliest Bedouin origins to the present day.  Complementing the exhibition will be two parades of Arabian horses in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena on Saturday 7 April at 3pm and Saturday 28 April at 2.30pm.

Thompson Galleries, National Heritage Centre at Palace House, Newmarket [map]



‘Vladimir Piven: Adventures in Impasto Painting’ at Riverside Art & Glass, Wroxham

Riverside Art & Glass in Wroxham has announced a permanent exhibition of Vladimir Piven paintings. Admirers of the artist’s work travel to Wroxham from all over the UK and abroad to add to their collections.

Vladimir has gained a great reputation in his home country of Ukraine for his expressive and audacious style of painting. His mastering of the impasto technique is the key to his success. He demonstrates great skill with the palette knife, using large amounts of paint to give his work expression and movement. His use of colour and texture define his work.

Riverside Art & Glass is the only gallery in the UK to stock Vladimir’s work and has an extensive range of paintings including a series of traditional subjects, such as landscapes, mountains and rivers, horses and swans.

Vladimir Piven’s paintings are available to purchase at the gallery and prices range from £495 to £2,200.

24 Norwich Road, Wroxham, NR12 8RX [map]

Tel: 01603 784000 | www.riversideartandglass.co.uk


Historic portrait collection from Norfolk estate up for auction

Portraits of some of Britain’s most famous historical figures will be sold at Cheffins Auctioneers, based in Cambridge, on the 7 and 8 March.

Originating from the historic West Acre High House in Norfolk, now owned by Sir Anthony Gormley, the private collection will be coming to the open market for the first time.

Within the collection are works by some of the most prominent portrait painters of the 17th and 18th centuries, including the likes of Charles Jervas, Antoine-Francois Callet and Henry William Pickersgill.

The highlight of the collection will be a portrait of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, by Charles Jervas. The picture is thought to date back to 1725 and have been painted as a gift for Walpole’s sister Susan Hamond. It carries an estimate of £7,000 – £10,000.

Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7EA

Tel: 01223 213343 | www.cheffins.co.uk

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