East of England Arts Scene September 2018

Every month we round up the best art exhibitions taking place in East Anglia. Here’s what’s coming up in September 2018: 

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Applications open for Art Fair East 2018  

The major international contemporary art fair, Art Fair East 2018, has opened its applications for potential exhibitors.

Now in its fourth year, founders, curators and artists Will Teather and Brian Korteling are now inviting artists, galleries and art dealers to apply to exhibit their work in the 2018 event, which will take place from 29 November – 2 December at St Andrews Hall in Norwich.

Art Fair East showcases traditional and contemporary fine art, modern art, urban and street art, photography and sculpture. All artworks displayed in the event must be one-off or limited edition. The closing date for applications is 31 October and Teather suggests applying early as places are in high demand.

The 2017 event of almost 200 artists attracted thousands of visitors and cemented its establishment as a regular feature in the British art calendar. Further details at www.artfaireast.com

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Plans to celebrate Soper Family with education centre and gallery

Plans have been announced that the Soper family art collection, comprising more than 700 works of art by George Soper, as well as works by his daughters Eve and Eileen, is to be displayed in an impressive gallery and education centre to be built in Lavenham, Suffolk.

The artworks celebrate the rural countryside and wildlife and champion the working horse. Eileen Soper was a famous illustrator for Enid Blyton including the Famous Five books, and her sister Eve received recognition for her porcelain designs.

The Soper Collection was put together by John Baker and his wife Joy who adored “the sheer grace and power of the work.”

The plans have received backing from TV and radio personality Paul Heiney and artist and founder of the Society of Wildlife Artists, Robert Gillmor. A fundraising appeal has been launched for the creation of the gallery and education centre to display the collection to a wider audience. www.thesopercollection.org

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Voice Project Choir

Would you like to sing in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Norwich’s Voice Project on 22 December? If you think you have what it takes to be part of the choir, attend the no obligation free taster session on 2 October or the first rehearsal on 9 October. 

The taster session is an opportunity to meet co-directors Sian and Jonathan, sing some of the music, and hear about plans for the performances. 

The concert commemorating the 10th anniversary will be held at Norwich’s St Andrews Hall on 22 December. Titled ‘The Sky is Full of Light’ after one of the first songs specially written for the choir by jazz musician Barbara Thompson, it will feature some of The Voice Project’s favourite pieces from the past decade alongside new songs especially written for the event.

The Voice Project Choir is open to all. A community choir that absolutely anyone can join whether they have any experience of singing and music or not – there are no auditions and everything is taught by ear with no need to read music. 

For more details visit www.voiceproject.co.uk 

The Bublé of Beccles returns

After a successful performance last year, Tom Elgie returns to present his tribute to Michael Bublé on Saturday 8 September at Beccles Public Hall.

Dubbed the ‘Bublé of Beccles’, Elgie performs many of Bublé’s hits such as ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Sway’, ‘Home’ and ‘Heartache Tonight’ and much more.

The Bublé tribute performance is a fundraising event for Beccles Hall and tickets are now on sale at the Hall’s box office and online.  www.becclespublichall.com 

‘Art at the Altar’ exhibits in Ipswich

We Create Projects ltd have organised their annual Art at the Altar; four pop-up exhibitions which will run until 8 September.

The project is underway but you can still catch two of the exhibitions including  ‘Costa’ which will run 27 August-1 September and ‘Terra’ running from 3 -8 September.

The shows will exhibit over 150 pieces of artwork, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery from 34 East Anglian artists amongst the surroundings of St Stephens Church in Ipswich.

Art at the Altar aims to help artists to promote and sell their art and boost the public’s interest and commitment to the arts in Ipswich. The shows will be open to the public 9.30am-5pm Mondays to Saturdays. www.wecreateprojects.co.uk/artatthealtar

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