Open Studios

An exhibition in Norwich is set to give visitors a taste of what is in store at this year’s county-wide open studios scheme.

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is back for its 23rd year and art lovers will have their first opportunity to see some of this year’s treasures in the Central Taster Exhibition at The Forum.

Featuring the work of more than 160 artists, much of the work will be for sale and artists will be on hand each day to talk about their practice with many offering demonstrations of their techniques.

The event runs from 25 – 30 April.

During the run of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios (27 May – 11 June), over 500 artists around the county will be showing their work in 254 different venues, ranging from professional studios, to garages and spare rooms.

As well as the hundreds of artists taking part, 13 Norfolk schools will be exhibiting and 17 Art Trails will be running, allowing audiences to visit a number of artists in a particular area, stopping at studios and local attractions along the way.

Artists taking part are working in a diverse range of art forms and techniques, including wood turning, sculpture, glass work, papercuts, painting, textiles, jewellery, printing, ceramics and mosaic.

Some of the artists are first timers, some have been exhibiting for a few years and a select few have been involved since the very first year.

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is organised in partnership with Norfolk artists and in association with Wex Photographic.

Ros Dixon, Administrator of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, said: “Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios has been celebrating the diversity and talent of the county’s visual artists for more than twenty years.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see and meet artists in traditional studio spaces as well as garages, sheds and spare rooms.

“I look forward to Open Studios each year, and I’d like to thank all of the funders who help support the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios scheme, and in particular to thank our lead sponsor Wex Photographic.”

Continuing their support since 2014, Emma van Deventer, Events Manager at Wex Photographic, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studio programme, whose commitment to encouraging and promoting local artists reflects Wex Photographic’s core ethos.

“I look forward to experiencing the best of the Norfolk arts scene again in 2017.”

Central Taster Exhibition credit Julian Claxton

The Central Taster exhibition at The Forum runs from Tuesday 25 April until Sunday 30 April from 9.30am until 6.30pm each day. The exhibition closes at 4pm on 30 April.

Alongside the exhibition at the Forum, taster exhibitions are also taking place around the county at:

The Galleries at Great Yarmouth Library, 4-8 April, Eau Brink Studio in King’s Lynn, 14-20 April

The Old Workshop Gallery in Corpusty, 6 May – 11 June

Wayland Dragonfly Gallery in Watton, 19-21 May

Raveningham Centre 27 May – 11 June.

Sculptor Henry J Stephen

These are a great way to get a flavour of the extraordinary range and diversity of art produced in Norfolk and available to see in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios.

For the third year running, there will also be a special Schools’ Taster Exhibition at Norwich Millennium Library, from 25 April until 5 May.

It will showcase a selection of artwork by young people from the schools taking part in the scheme, giving a sample of the exceptional artistic talent of children across Norfolk.

Ceramicist Nicki Darrell

Studios throughout the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios fortnight are free to visit and all details, including studio opening days, directions, Art Trails and additional events and demonstrations, can be found in the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure and website.

Brochures can be picked up from participating artist’s studios, Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Cafes and various art venues across the county from 5 April.

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios runs from 27 May until 11 June, 2017.

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Taster Exhibitions:

Central Taster Exhibition
The Forum, Millennium Plain Norwich NR2 1TF
This annual Central Taster Exhibition in the heart of Norwich displays the exciting breadth of creativity throughout Norfolk, as it showcases works by artists across the county who are taking part in this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios scheme.
Tuesday 25 April – Sunday 30 April, 9.30am – 6.30pm (closes at 4pm on 30 April)

Breckland District Taster Exhibition
Wayland Dragonfly Gallery, Wayland House, High Street, Watton IP25 6AR
A celebration of the diverse group of talented artists within the Breckland area. Over twenty artists will be coming together to take part in this vibrant exhibition, showcasing a collection of their art works.
Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May, 10am – 4pm.

Broadland & Great Yarmouth Taster Exhibition.
The Galleries, Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH
This exhibition will showcase the talent of artists taking part in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios from Broadland & Great Yarmouth. It will offer visitors a taste of the inspiring and diverse art that is being produced by these very talented artists.
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 April, 10am – 5pm daily. Private View: Weds 5 April, 6 – 7.30pm.

West Norfolk Taster Exhibition
Eau Brink Studio, Eau Brink Cottage, King’s Lynn, PE34 4SQ
An exhibition showcasing a variety of work by some of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn artists who are taking part in open studios this year.
Friday 14 April, 1 – 6pm, Saturday 15 – Thursday 20 April, 10am – 7pm daily.

South Norfolk Taster Exhibition
Ravenous Cafe, Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, NR14 6NU

A selection of artwork by South Norfolk artists taking part in this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios
Displayed in the lovely surroundings of the Ravenous Cafe in Raveningham, with homemade food and fabulous cakes!
Saturday 27 May – Sunday 11June. Closed Tuesdays and Monday 5 June.

North Norfolk Taster Exhibition
The Old Workshop Gallery, The Street, Corpusty, Norwich, NR11 6QP
The Old Workshop Gallery is a beautiful and relaxed space in which to view and enjoy the diversity of work from a large number of the North Norfolk artists participating in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2017.
Saturday 6 May to Sunday 11 June. 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday & Bank Holiday Monday, Sundays 12 – 5pm.

Schools Taster Exhibition
Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1AW
This exhibition offers visitors the chance to preview the amazing artistic talent of young people across Norfolk, as schools taking part in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios display a selection of their students’ work.
Tuesday 25 April – Friday 5 May. Library and exhibition opening times; Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm.

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Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2017 Artist Profiles

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