The latest news & exhibitions from the regions art galleries

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This August East Anglia's favourite galleries will be hosting a mix of vibrant and colourful exhibitions. Take a look the latest arts news, events and exhibitions for the month ahead… 

Loving the 70s Exhibition

Pupils at schools in West Suffolk are being encouraged to take part in a ‘design a poster’ competition for the forthcoming 1970s exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds.

The exhibition, called ‘Loving the 70s’, will run from July 5 to November 2 and detail the influential decade through a collection of local 70s memorabilia, oral histories, photographs, documents, films and recordings.


Youngsters in West Suffolk are being given the chance to design the poster for the event, which could also earn them an annual Family Heritage Ticket, worth £30. 

Moyse’s Hall is one of 11 museums across Suffolk and Hertfordshire to join forces for the two-year ‘Saving the 70s’ project, led by the Association of Suffolk Museums. 

The project has been awarded a £247,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with the overall aim to build up a picture of the 1970s across the two counties to assess how it has impacted the life we know today.

Moyse’s ‘Loving the 70s’ exhibition will focus on leisure and entertainment and cover everything from fashion to music, technology, sport, film and TV.

There will also be special craft workshops running during the exhibition for youngsters, including making Sherbet Flying Saucers, Mood Jewellery, Muppet Making and Tie Dye classes.


Colour In The Landscape

An exhibition of landscape photographs by local professional, Dan Evans will be on display 7 to 29 August at Three Hares Gallery, Olney.

This exhibition will showcase Dan’s greatly admired landscapes, including a few colourful flower images and the occasional black and white landscape print, all beautifully framed and presented.

The landscapes will include some stunning local scenes as well as featuring the beauty of the English Lake District and Provence in France.

Three Hares Gallery, Cowper & Newton Museum, Market Square, Olney. Tel: 01234 711516


New exhibition at Lowestoft Arts Centre

The Lowestoft Arts Centre has a permanent changing exhibition of works by local artists and craftspeople.

Throughout August, paintings by local Lowestoft artist Carole Kemp will be available to view.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

13 St Peter Street (Triangle Market Place), Lowestoft, NR32 1Q. Tel: 01502 500004


Carved, Cast and Constructed at Wymondham Arts Centre

Norwich sculptor, Ros Newman is curating, Carved, Cast and Constructed, an exhibition featuring sculpture from 11 Norfolk and Suffolk artists at Wymondham Arts Centre from 19 to 31 August, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday,12 noon to 5pm.

Artists featured are Nigel Barnett, Pip Collyer, Chedgy, Chris Dixon, Andy Jarrett, Laure Olivier Minns, John Nicholson, Andy Reeve, Zoë Rubens and Monica Wesselman.

18 Church St, Wymondham, Norfolk


Arts Council England supports Kettle's Yard’s future plans

Kettle's Yard has received first stage backing from the Arts Council England Capital Investment Programme Fund.

The Arts Council funding of £3.5m will substantially support the creation of a new Education Wing and major improvements to the exhibition galleries, alongside better services for visitors including a small cafe. The plans have been drawn up by Jamie Fobert Architects.

The total campaign target is £8.7m. The Heritage Lottery Fund have already committed £1,982,200 towards the Education Wing from a total grant of £2,456,300, which includes activity costs.

The Arts Council funding is released in two stages: an initial £150,000 development grant, and £3.5 million when Kettle's Yard have developed the plans further and secured the further financial backing needed to proceed.

Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle's Yard, said: "We are immensely grateful to Arts Council England for this major grant towards our plans, alongside generous existing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our aim is to ensure that Kettle's Yard has state of the art facilities, so that our programme of exhibitions, concerts and learning activities can continue to be outstanding."

Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ. Tel: 01223 748100


Arts events at Diss Corn Hall

This month Diss Corn Hall will host a number of exhibitions and art workshops.

Held in the Diss Corn Hall Gallery, on 9 August will be an exhibition by Tory Lawrence, titled ‘Mystical Creatures’.

An exhibition, ‘A Print Quartet’ will showcase the works of artists Di Griffiths, Annette Rolston, Suzanne Breeze & Mike fenton, 11 to 30 August with evening viewing available Wednesday 13 August.

All exhibitions are free to view.

Diss Corn Hall, Norfolk Tel: 01379 652241


Bryan Harford Art exhibition

A large collection of works by Bryan including his increasingly popular poster works is to be held at Morston Village Hall, Norfolk from 1 to 11 August 10.30 am – 5.00pm daily.


Second Annual Ringstead Art Exhibition

A large collection of works by local artists titled ‘ART in YOUR EYE’ will be available to view at Ringstead Village Hall, North Norfolk from 15 to 22 August 10.00 am – 5.00pm daily.

All the pictures displayed are for sale with prices from £10.00 to several hundred.


London by Edward Bawden

London by Edward Bawden, an exhibition at The Higgins Bedford, showcases the artist and designers iconic vision of the city.

Having opened in May the exhibition continues to be a great success. The exhibition includes examples of Bawden’s work for London Underground, his large, structural linocuts of London monuments and London markets, and images of the Horse Guards and Kew Gardens. These remarkable images offer insight into how Bawden’s relationship with the city developed throughout his long career.  

Bawden’s work returned time and again to certain parts of the city. Liverpool Street Station was the subject of work both from the 1920’s and the 1960s but it was Kew Gardens that was to have the most lasting appeal.

Bawden’s earliest work depicting Kew is a manuscript, acquired by The Higgins Bedford with assistance from The Art Fund in 2010, entitled A General Guide to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Spring & Easter 1923. The unpublished manuscript is a mock-up guide book for Kew Gardens dedicated on the first page to his friend, the artist, Eric Ravilious. The book features many humorous characters enjoying the gardens, and an early example of Bawden’s characteristic illustrate

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD. Tel: 01234 718618 

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