A display of two fascinating photographic projects by Norfolk-based photographers, Andy Crouch and Andi Sapey, opens in the Link at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, on Friday 8 January 2010. The vibrant colour photographs of Norfolk and Japan, whilst taken in locations geographically far apart, sit remarkably well together. Admission to Your East and the permanent collections is free. The Sainsbury Centre’s new spring exhibitions, The Artist’s Studio and The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau, open on Tuesday 9 February 2010 (see Notes).
“We were astounded that we had been exploring similar themes but in different countries; culture, colour, the quirkiness of a place’s past and future. Our photographs could have been taken by the same person or in same place, and yet they’re wildly different”
The photographs of Norfolk and Japan which comprise Your East are connected by the artists’ similarity in approach and style. Both are led by their passion for colour and allow their sense of humour to come through in their work. They also have a desire to capture alternative views of everyday life, often capturing scenes which may soon disappear.
The starting point for the projects was travel.
“While at University I had a part time job driving hire cars around East Anglia. We were told not to stop or go off route but we did and stopped at roadside cafés for a good English breakfast or two! It was while I was driving about that I had the idea of photographing some of these cafés, their signage and other aspects of this great British tradition. My project has expanded to encompass anything colourful and quirky in Norfolk that captures my attention. My photographs definitely do not give the more familiar version of Norfolk such as sweeping landscapes, windmills and rush cutters”
“Travelling in Asia for two years I absorbed its culture and fearing there was too much here to lose to fading memory I picked up a camera. And so began one of my consuming passions, photography. I visited Tokyo in 2009, absorbed its fluorescent and dizzy culture, and followed its eccentric youth tribes which ram raid the 20th century for inspiration. My project led me to discover so many of the contrasts of Japan, extremes of wealth and poverty and technology and tradition, sitting side by side. I was also struck by the importance of respect in the Japanese culture which is nowadays streaked with a wicked sense of humour”
The display at the Sainsbury Centre will allow visitors to contrast and compare the images of Norfolk and Japan and develop their own sense of ‘Your East’. However, the two photographers are keen that people enjoy their work and are not too serious. Each photograph entertains and intrigues and tells its own story – all in vivid colour.
Admission to the Link display and permanent collections is free.
The spring exhibitions, The Artist’s Studio and The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau, open on Tuesday 9 February 2010 and run until Sunday 23 May 2010. Combined admission £4, concessions £2.
Dates, Times and Information
Your East runs from Friday 8 January to Thursday 28 January 2010. The display will be open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday), 10am to 5pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays. Tel 01603 593199 www.scva.ac.uk
Admission to the Link display and the permanent collections is free.
The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and The Artist’s Studio run from Tuesday 9 February to Sunday 23 May 2009. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday), 10am to 5pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays. Tel 01603 593199 www.scva.ac.uk.
Combined Admission to The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and The Artist’s Studio
£4, concessions £2
Family admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £8, concessions £8.
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Display supported by East Publishing The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau
A major new exhibition of The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau opens at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, on Tuesday 9 February and runs until Sunday 23 May. The collection, which comprises jewellery, furniture, glassware and metalwork, was given to the University of East Anglia in 1978 by Sir Colin and Lady Anderson, and is considered one of the most exquisite privately assembled collections in the country. Pieces by the leading exponents of Art Nouveau will be on display including Emile Gallé, René Lalique, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Minton and Royal Doulton. Visitors will also be able to see a new addition to the collection, a stunning dragonfly brooch, which has recently been generously donated. The Artist’s Studio
The Artist’s Studio, an exhibition which explores the ways artists have represented their workplaces in Britain since the mid-17th century, opens at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, on Tuesday 9 February and runs until Sunday 23 May. The exhibition features paintings by artists including Paul Cézanne, Mark Gertler and Gwen John, and photographs by Bruce Bernard, Gautier Deblonde and Perry Ogden. Also on display will be studio furniture including an easel from the studio of Joshua Reynolds and painting equipment belonging to J M W Turner. The Artist’s Studio is a touring exhibition developed by Compton Verney, Warwickshire. Other Information
The Sainsbury Centre is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation