An exhibition organised by one of Norfolk’s most established art groups is set to go live.

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, which was established in 1885, will launch their new exhibition on 28th May 2021.

The online exhibition will replace the group’s show at the Forum, which is traditionally held every May, due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

During the first lockdown the group was one of the first in the county to switch to online exhibitions when audiences were hungry for art but unable to visit physical exhibition spaces.

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle are continuing their virtual offering as a way of supporting new and existing members.

In this second online iteration, there will be a variety of art forms represented in various mediums and subject matter, with all proceeds going straight to the artists.

Hazel Pidsley, Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, said: “As we were unable to meet again to select for our first major exhibition of the year and our venue was closed, we again decided to support our members by launching our second virtual exhibition.

“Artists submitted their artwork online and then an anonymised presentation was made to a selection panel. Those with a majority vote were selected for the exhibition.

“All works will be for sale and, as an extra bonus, Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle will not be charging a commission on sales. We feel strongly that artists have had their livelihood disrupted so severely due to the pandemic, that this is a way to support the creative arts and our valued members.

“I do hope that people who love art will look at our website on 28th May 2021.”

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, which is marking its 136th year, was established in 1885 following Crome & Cotman’s famous Norwich Society of Artists and has included in its membership artists of national and international acclaim such as Alfred Munnings, Edward Seago and Bernard Reynolds.

It now has more than 200 members.

The group continues to offer its monthly online demonstrations by well-known artists with non- members welcome for a fee of £5.

Later in the year, the group will travel to the Munnings Museum in Dedham, Essex in an ongoing collaboration with the museum to mark the strong links of the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle to its former member Sir Alfred Munnings. The exhibition will take place between 28th July and 1st August 2021.

In October the group will host an exhibition at St Margaret’s Church of Art, Norwich. To view the online exhibition from the 28th May visit


About Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle

The Circle began as the Norwich Art Circle in 1885, following Crome & Cotman’s famous Norwich Society of Artists.

It acquired its full title about forty years later when it merged with the Woodpeckers Art Club, presided over by Nugent Monck. After this, its members increased dramatically. The NNAC has included in its membership artists of national and international acclaim such as Arnesby Brown, Alfred Munnings, Jeffery Camp, Michael Andrews, Bernard Meadows, Edward Seago, Bernard Reynolds and Ian Houston.

The Circle is open to anyone over the age of 17, who is interested in the practice or appreciation of the visual arts and who has connections with East Anglia. Many members have had formal art training, others pursue drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture as a pastime. Others simply enjoy learning more about the subject they have always loved. This wide intake leads to a lively exchange of ideas and techniques, providing influences of mutual benefit.

The Circle is run by a Council democratically elected at its Annual General Meeting. The Council organises the yearly programme, and selects the work for the members’ exhibitions. Each year, one third of the Council retires, and a new Chairman is elected. In this way, every member helps to steer the future of the group.

NNAC is proud of its achievements and its democratic system which has served it well for over one hundred years.