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Art exhibitions in Norfolk in August

PUBLISHED: 14:53 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 06 August 2018

Obelisk, Curious Cabinets, Felbrigg Hall (photo: National Trust images / Paul Bailey)

Obelisk, Curious Cabinets, Felbrigg Hall (photo: National Trust images / Paul Bailey)


We’ve picked a selection of just some of the fabulous exhibitions on show in Norfolk this month

Chinese Celebration in Art

Where: Cley Marshes - Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Runs until: Tuesday, August 7, 10am - 4pm- free entry

The members of the Blakeney Chinese Painting Group invite you to their summer exhibition, a display of a combination of Chinese brush and Japanese sumi-e (ink) style paintings. Created using traditional Chinese art materials, the works will cover a variety of subjects, including birds, landscapes, flowers and animals.

Breckland Artists at Thornham

Where: Thornham

Runs: Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2

The Breckland Artists group are professional artists who live and work mainly in the south-west of Norfolk. There are 15 members who display their work at galleries across the county. It has established itself as one of Norfolk’s leading professional groups.

Painting forms a large percentage of the exhibited work, but ceramics, glass, textiles, photography and printmaking feature strongly.

Handmade: Millenia of Making

Where: Ancient House Museum, Thetford

Runs until: Saturday, December 1

This exhibition highlights the craftsmanship of making things. Visitors can see a selection of objects from textiles to pottery, stone to metal and wooden items. There will be a chance to encounter artefacts made by ancient ancestors as well as modern crafts. The exhibits include a quilt covered with stars, a mantrap used against poachers on a local estate, tools used by Stone Age people, a doll carved from wood and an intact Roman jar found just a stone’s throw from the museum in the 1920s.

Treasures and Trophies Exhibition

Where: Holkham Hall

Runs until: Wednesday, October 31

This exhibition brings the story and history of Holkham Hall creator Thomas Coke to life. Coke was sent on an epic Grand Tour which helped to turn an impressionable youth into an art aficionado. Adults and children are invited to walk in the shoes of Coke, dress up in costume, create a mini Palladian building from blocks and see the food he ate.

Curious Cabinets

Where: Felbrigg Hall, Garden and Park

Runs until: Wednesday, October 31

Four striking pieces of furniture created by set designer Gary McCann have gone on display in the Service Wing at Felbrigg Hall. These Curious Cabinets will showcase previously unseen objects collected by the colourful characters, whose exotic travels and wild interests have shaped this family home.

Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman

Where: Museum of Great Yarmouth

Runs until: Sunday, September 9

‘Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman’ explores the identity of Great Yarmouth and its surrounding landscape through the art work it has inspired. The show features over 70 artworks and objects, including works on paper by Turner, Cotman and Constable, explores an area that continues to inspire artists to this day.

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

Where: Raveningham Centre

Runs until: Sunday, September 16

The fifth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 30 artists on a three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners. The trail will feature works created in ceramics, stone, bronze, steel, wood, wool, glass, clay, marble, MDF, seedheads, resin, aluminium and sound. A programme of workshops, guided walks and events will accompany the trail, including a guided tour to give an insight into how it was created.

Capturing the Moment

Where: ‘The Gallery, Picturecraft, Holt

Runs: August 17-22

The exhibition features 85 new works by John Patchett, ranging from pictures of the bustle of Norwich market and surrounding streets, al fresco diners both local and abroad, evocative sunsets, the beauty of the Broads, glorious gardens and marine subjects, many of which have been painted whilst on location. Besides being awarded full membership of The Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA), he won the public vote for his Norwich Market painting in last year’s Paint Out Norwich plein air painting competition. John will be demonstrating his pastel painting technique during the exhibition.

Summer in Suffolk

Where: The Maltings Gallery, Snape Maltings

Runs until: Friday, August 31

Travel across the county border for a varied collection of Maltings Gallery favourites – painters, sculptors, ceramicists and printmakers. This rotating showcase of the best of Suffolk offers summer visitors a constantly changing perspective from the artists and makers who work and live in the county.

The Portraits by Natalie Knowles

Where: Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

When: Tuesday, August 7 until Thursday, August 23.

Norwich-based artist Natalie Knowles was a teenager when she drew a series of 14 portraits between 1999-2002. Natalie was awarded Norfolk Young Artist of the Year for the series. The portraits have been mounted and framed and, for the first time, will be exhibited in their entirety at Anteros.

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