Spring art exhibitions

The region’s art galleries are embracing the new season with a range of interesting and colourful art exhibitions. Here are our top picks:

Water Rising

Water Rising at GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn

GroundWork Gallery opens its spring season with an exhibition featuring works by artists who are thinking about water. On display from 9 March to 1 June, the exhibition contains a number of underlying stories including the spectacle and drama of water’s turbulence, the ways in which humans pit their strength against rising water levels and the imperative to conserve, to create barriers, to keep safe and dry.

The intentionally thought provoking exhibition, extends over two floors throughout the building and contains work in a variety of media: film, painting and drawing, photography, ceramics and glass. www.groundworkgallery.com/water-rising

‘Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918’ at Castle House, Dedham

For the first time in 100 years, 41 wartime paintings by Alfred Munnings are returning to the UK from the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa for the exhibition ‘Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918’ at his former home, Castle House in Dedham from 23 March to 3 November 2019.

In this once-in-a-lifetime display, the paintings will be shown side by side with the surviving sketchbooks that inspired them – the first time those have ever been on public display. More than 150 other works by Munnings—from his boyhood sketches, through his early commercial work, to his iconic horse paintings—will also be on display, offering a complete survey of his life and development as an artist.


Barbara Hepworth, Group III (Evocation), 1952, photograph by David Lambert-Rod Tidnam, Courtesy of the Pier Arts Centre Collection

Barbara Hepworth: Artist in Society 1948-53 at St Albans Museum + Gallery

From 23 March to 8 September visitors to St Albans Museum + Gallery can enjoy an exhibition by ‘Barbara Hepworth: Artist in Society 1948-53’. Exploring a short yet significant period in the life of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, it features sculptures, drawings and archival material, and reunites works that have not been seen together since they were first created 70 years ago. 

It includes over 100 fascinating objects, showcasing 20 significant works of different media, each shining new light on Hepworth’s craft and renewed focus on the human form during these pivotal five years.                                                                                                                                                

The exhibition will be displayed in the hand-excavated Weston Gallery at St Albans Museum + Gallery and will be free for all visitors.  www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/visit/st-albans-museum-gallery

Henry Moore, Apple Orchard at Dane Tree House 1981.Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

The Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will host the largest exhibition devoted to Henry Moore’s drawings in 40 years from 3 April to 27 October.

Presenting a long-overdue career survey with exclusive focus on drawing, ‘The Art of Seeing’ includes over 150 works from the collections of the Henry Moore Foundation, Tate, the British Museum and other public and private collections.

Although Henry Moore is best known as a sculptor, he was an exceptionally talented and prolific draughtsman, producing a body of nearly 7,500 drawings over seven decades. The exhibition explores the many different ways in which Moore used drawing. Starting with studies from life of the 1920s and ending with the rarely seen, fine late drawings of the 1970s and early 1980s, the display guides visitors through a continually expanding range of ideas, techniques and formal languages. www.henry-moore.org/visit/henry-moore-studios-gardens

Anglian Potters

Anglian Potters announce Spring Exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich

‘All Things Clay’, the Anglian Potters spring exhibition returns to the Undercroft Gallery in Norwich from Saturday 6 April to Sunday 21 April. It will showcase the latest work of more than 75 talented ceramic artists and transforms the Undercroft into an Aladdin’s cave of contemporary and traditional studio ceramics.

Entry is free and visitors are invited to come and browse, meet some of the potters and to enjoy the vast range of work on display. With everything from hand-thrown studio pottery to wall-mounted pieces, jewellery and sculpture, the exhibition is a riot of colour, texture and shape.  

The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm. www.anglianpotters.org.uk


‘Kjell Engman: Journey of Dreams’ at Gallery in the Lanes, Norwich

Gallery in the Lanes on Bedford Street, Norwich, is hosting the first significant solo exhibition in the UK by internationally renowned Swedish art glass designer Kjell Engman from 18 May to 28 June.

The exhibition is curated by Engman and will feature around 30 pieces, primarily one-off original art works, including new pieces made for the show and all for sale. The art work is full-on, bold, bright colourful, often with a narrative element, showing another side to Swedish design. His style is distinctive and immediately recognisable, ranging from the playful to the delicate to the sensuous. 

This is the largest exhibition the gallery has ever hosted, and one not to be missed! www.galleryinthelanes.co.uk

Exhibition of works by the Royal Society of British Artists at Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding an exhibition of works by selected Members of the Royal Society of British Artists from 20 April to 19 May 2019.            

The exhibition comprises 60 works and will showcase a broad variety of styles and techniques with a strong thread of quality running through as you would expect from such a well-known and long established art society. 

In this exhibition, the gallery has chosen 25 of its current members to represent the society and some of whom have exhibited with the gallery before and some who are new. www.thompsonsgallery.co.uk


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