East of England Arts Scene November 2018

Five new and exciting art exhibitions you won’t want miss this November.

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich

Elisabeth Frink exhibition preview at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, Norfolk

This autumn, the Sainsbury Centre will present a major new exhibition of work by Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), until 24 February 2019.

Featuring over 130 works by the artist, it will be the largest showing of Frink’s work in 25 years. The exhibition will provide new perspectives and examine her radical and bohemian beginnings in 1950s London, reappraising one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century. Frink’s work will be placed alongside that of other modern masters, most notably Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon, Germaine Richier and Louise Bourgeois.

Elisabeth Frink exhibition preview at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, Norfolk

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals’ will trace the evolution of Frink’s work over four decades, presenting the major themes in her practice and paying significant attention to her early work in the context of artists such as Rodin, Giacometti and Richier who inspired her. Further details at www.scva.ac.uk


New exhibition at The Art Hound Gallery

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The Art Hound Gallery at Burwash Manor in Cambridge, is exhibiting its first solo show with Steve Smythe, a major up and coming artist in the Urban art scene, whose works are exhibited and collected worldwide, from 10-18 November.

An immersive and multi sensory exhibition, it will strip away the mystique behind the question ‘what is a print?’ with a focus on Steve’s process. Visitors to the show will experience an exciting physical mash up between a traditional gallery space and Steve Smythe’s own paint splattered working studio.

As a contemporary original print maker, Steve Smythe explores the notion that screen printing is a cocktail of technical precision blended with an edgy rough and ready ‘hands on’ ethos. He leaves behind the idea that a print is simply a reproduction or one of thousands – the show will highlight hand print making as the ultimate medium for creating experimental works on paper. www.thearthoundgallery.com

East Anglia’s Most Wanted: Championing a Dynamic Hub for British Art

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are holding an East Anglian themed valuation day at their Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms on Friday 9 November.

The auctioneers have a strong track record selling a plethora of works by local artists and artisans and are hopeful of meeting members of the public with similar pieces for valuation for sale.

Specialists in other disciplines such as silver, furniture, ceramics, books, maps and works of art are also hopeful of seeing pieces by some of the region’s most talented artisans and craftsmen. Tudor and Stuart silver made in Norwich (an assay office closed in 1701), porcelain from the Lowestoft factory (active from 1757 to 1802), Nelson memorabilia and glass and creamware decorated by William Absolon (1751-1815) of Great Yarmouth have all been well-received at auction in recent years. To make an appointment to meet with one of the specialists, please contact [email protected] or call 01279 817778.  www.sworder.co.uk

Anglian Potters Christmas Ceramics Exhibition returns to All Saints’ Cambridge

Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition returns from 10 November to 9 December at All Saints’ Church, Cambridge where more than 70 potters will be showing their latest work.

This eagerly anticipated exhibition, held in the Arts and Crafts interior of All Saints’ Church, features a wide range of ceramics from cutting-edge contemporary art to handcrafted functional domestic ware, decorative forms, cards and sculpture. A vast range of handmade ceramic Christmas decorations are also available with all proceeds going to charity.

Entrance is free and visitors are invited to meet the potters, browse and perhaps purchase a Christmas gift or two from the wide variety of handmade items on display. 

Open every day from 10am to 4pm.  www.anglianpotters.org.uk

‘Skating’ at National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket, 15 November 2018 – 28 April 2019

The sport of kings is renowned for the grace, poise and speed of its principal athletes, the horses themselves. However a new exhibition seeks to explore similar themes and draw unusual parallels with the sport and pastime of ice skating.

Opening on 15 November 2018 at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket, ‘Skating’ will present a fascinating collection of 30 works from the past 400 years, ranging from 17th century Flemish painting and Victorian panoramic scenes to 20th century photographs (including those taken by the iconic Bassano studio), vintage skates and Pathé films.

To further illustrate just how long men and women have taken to the ice, ‘Skating’ has a display of skates loaned from the Norris Museum in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. These include a pair of stout leather ankle boots, complete with skates from Norway and a pair of early Dutch skates.



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