New Gallery for Great Yarmouth

Free art gallery, showing local and international art, to open on the Norfolk Coast in May 2021

The Yare Gallery

The Yare Gallery, located on South Quay in Great Yarmouth, opens to the public on 29th May 2021.  The building, previously the Nelson Museum, is owned by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, and has now been repurposed as a new, free to enter art gallery for the town.

This beautiful, light-filled and atmospheric three floor Grade II listed building with walled garden was once the home of parliamentarian Sir George England in the 17th century and now begins a new chapter as a setting for local and international art.

The Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust has welcomed Norwich-based writer, curator and lecturer Sarah Lowndes to lead the new arts venue.  Sarah is a research fellow at Norwich University of the Arts and has previously curated exhibitions for galleries including Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Art and BQ, Berlin.

The Yare Gallery’s opening exhibition, WEATHERING: NEW ART FROM EAST ANGLIA, features the work of the Yarmouth 5, artists Katarzyna Coleman, Bridget Heriz, John Kiki, Emrys Parry and Brüer Tidman, in addition to other artists from across the region including Esmond Bingham, Anna Brass, Mark Cator, Ali Hewson, James Metsoja and Molly Thomson.

Lowndes says: “I have chosen the title Weathering to reflect the way that the terrain and climatic conditions of East Anglia influence work made here, and to acknowledge the resilience of artists who work in the region, ranging from those who have been active for many decades to newly emerging practitioners.

“Weathering will celebrate several generations of artists currently active in East Anglia.  The exhibition will showcase the work of over 20 artists and feature paintings, sculptures, textiles and ceramics.  This tactile and colourful exhibition highlights the heritage of handmade making in Norfolk and Suffolk through works that are as vibrant and varied as the hues and atmospheres of the local landscape.”

The exhibition will run for six weeks, and will be followed by a changing programme of exhibitions by local and international artists and events throughout the year, including talks and community activities.

This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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