July Arts Scene 2017

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We round up the best art exhibitions taking place in Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex and Bedfordshire this July…

Art of the Holt Summer Festival

As part of the Holt Summer Festival, 22-30 July, Bircham Gallery in Holt will be showing paintings and prints by Jane Human and vivid colour vessels in fused glass by Ruth Shelley.

Jane Human is a painter and printmaker whose origins are in the East Anglian fens and whose main focus is the interpretation of landscape, space and boundaries. Ruth Shelley specialises in contemporary glass design using vivid, dramatic colours in kiln formed glass. Much of her work is inspired by her love of travelling; observation of the beautiful horizons and dramatic shapes and forms of landscape and coastline.


The exhibition will be available from 22 July to 9 August. www.birchamgallery.co.uk

Cambridge Open Studios 2017

Taking place over the first four weekends of July, Cambridge Open Studios is an opportunity to see works from around 470 artists, craftspeople and designer-makers working throughout Cambridgeshire.

The aim of the event is to bring artists and local people together. Visitors can engage directly with artists; discuss their inspirations and techniques; and browse or purchase their work. There is a huge range of mediums for visitors to see – from watercolour and oil paintings, to needle felted landscapes made from local wool. www.camopenstudios.co.uk

Applications invited for Art Fair East 2017

Applications to take part in the Eastern region’s largest and liveliest contemporary art event are now open. 

Art Fair East is an established as a regular feature in the Norfolk art calendar. 
Founded and curated by experienced arts professionals Will Teather and Brian Korteling, Art Fair East showcases quality galleries, dealers and artists. It has become acknowledged as one of the country’s leading fairs outside London. As successful artists themselves, the organisers are both passionate about getting more people interested in original contemporary art and helping artists to make a living from their work. 
Will and Brian are now inviting artists, galleries and art dealers to apply to exhibit their work in this year’s fair, the third annual event. Art Fair East 2017 takes place at St. Andrews Hall, Norwich from 30 November to 3 December 2017. They are interested in hearing from potential exhibitors wishing to display contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited edition prints. All artworks must be one-off or limited edition. 
The Fair has attracted many applications from artists based in the east of England, especially Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, but there have also been exhibitors from across the UK and overseas, from as far afield as France, China and Lebanon.

Find out how to enter at http://artfaireast.com

Art takes flight in pub mural

Colin Mason, aviation artist and also resident artist in the Arts Lounge Gallery, Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk has been commissioned to paint a mural on an outside wall of The Wellington pub & restaurant in Feltwell. The wall measures 60ft, which is in three sections of 20ft long.

The painting will be of a Wellington Bomber aircraft, the crew, a mission and RAF Feltwell as it was in years gone by. Work started last month and visitors are welcome to drop by and see work in progress. www.colinmasonfineart.co.uk

Nelson & Norfolk at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Nelson & Norfolk, a one-off exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery opens on 29 July and runs through the summer holiday closing on 1 October 2017.

The exhibition presents some of the most extraordinary and potent objects connected to Admiral Lord Nelson (1758 –1805), from his boyhood in Norfolk to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Highlights include a monumental early French Tricolour Ensign (flag) captured from French warship Le Généreux in 1800 – measuring the size of a tennis court, which has not seen in public since 1905. Nelson’s undress coat and hat worn at the Battle of the Nile, a locket and dramatic black velvet drape will also feature. www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Orchestra of Letters, Suffolk

Opening at the Lettering Arts Centre from 2 June to 2 October 2017, as part of Snape Maltings’ 50th anniversary celebrations for its world famous concert hall, the Letterimg arts trust presents ‘Orchestra of Letters’, bringing together a remarkable ensemble of all the disciplines associated with the art of lettering. Thirty-six of the UK’s foremost lettering artists, curated by master letterer Mark Frith, present original works for sale.

The objective is for the exhibition to provide a rich narrative, which celebrates the relationship between lettering, music and the beautiful location at Snape Maltings.

As with an orchestra, the lettering artists’ instruments that create the collective effect are varied and technically different. Here they feature calligraphy, typography, letterpress, laser, oxidation, ceramics, glass, wood and stone letter carving. Taking the comparison with the exhibition’s theme, some works are pianissimo (quiet and reflective), others display the maker’s elaborate coloratura.

Art in Your Eye, Norfolk 

The Fifth Ringstead Annual Open Art Exhibition from 29 July – 6 August     provides a showcase for a range of work from traditional to contemporary for many local talented artists. Over 200 original items by over 40 artists will be on display, with a diversity of subjects, styles and media.

Ringstead Village Hall, Ringstead near Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5JU from 10am till 5pm

Bird After Bird, Norfolk 

King’s Lynn’s GroundWork Gallery is turning its attention towards birds in the summer season,

displaying works of art fromaward-winning artists. Bird after Bird, from 15 July to 10 September features six artists, each in their different ways obsessed with the fragility of birds, examining birds both tenderly and eerily, exploring them in life and death.

At the heart of the exhibition and giving it its title is the work of Norfolk-based artist, Jayne Ivimey. The exhibition will also feature works by Bristol-based Milo Newman, sculptor Patrick Haines, Nessie Stonebridge’s painting inspired by the Norok coastline and Dutch artist Martin Brandsma.

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