There is loads happening visual art-wise at the moment in Norwich, some really high-class work turning up in our galleries. The exhibition 'Homage to Manet' opens to the public on Saturday 31 January and runs until Sunday 19 April 2015, and the celebrated artist Jeff Koons will be at Norwich Castle as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival - this artist is a major draw (no pun intended!) and people are already excited and booking tickets to see this exhibition.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts still has a few weeks (till 1 March) of the exhibition Reality: Modern & Contemporary British painting curated by Chris Stevens before it gives over to Francis Bacon and The Masters from 18 April. SCVA has one of the most distinguished collections of Bacons in the world – Robert & Lisa Sainsbury were great friends and supporters of the painter. And on Tuesday this week, the NUA staff open submission exhibition Hidden in Plain Sight at the NUA Gallery in St George's Street opened - see more about it below...
These are only some of the exhibitions that are coming up, and a new edition of Art in Norwich will be out at the beginning of March, so to keep up with what's on and the latest news and events join the blog at www.artinnorwich.org.uk for art updates. And if you fancy exhibiting your own work, the Waveney Valley Art Trail is looking for submissions - see the end of the email for details.
Meantime, I am off to Future Radio to do some volunteer training, run by new station manager Daniele Fisichella. Future host sessions on how to interview and how to out together a radio show over a five weeks. It's really interesting so if you ever wanted to have a go at radio, now is your chance. Contact Daniele at email@example.com
Theatre at The Garage, Chapelfield, Norwich
The Garage Theatre programme starts this week with a run of contemporary theatre for all ages. The theatre is a great place to hang out in these winter months if you want a cosy and inspiring dose of new and interesting work. Check out the programme here - it started on Tuesday with Flintlock Theatre presenting 'The Government Inspector' and carries on with a free scratch dance performance on Friday 30, Frequently Asked Questions on 5 February and I need a Doctor -The Whosical on 13th February, for all ages - that will be popular and hilarious. This is your chance to try something different and cheer up the winter. You can check out the whole programme here
Manipulate Festival for adults at Norwich Puppet Theatre
Also starting this week, Norwich Puppet Theatre launches its 4th edition of Manipulate! the festival of physical theatre with a lineup of international work, co-programmed with Manipulate Scotland and bringing a real mix of puppetry, film, animation and physical work to this great little venue in Norwich. It's a great opportunity to see some really unusual theatre, and there is a Manipulate Festival pass which is great value. Dates are Saturday 31 January to Saturday 7 February so have a look at the Festival programme at www.puppettheatre.co.uk
Special screening of Under the Skin - sign up for tickets to ensure the screening will go ahead!
Norwich Film Festival is hosting a special screening of UNDER THE SKIN at Cinema City on February 12th at 9pm (£7.80). But, the screening only goes ahead if 50 tickets are reserved by Feb 1st. So if you want to see this film, based on an award-winning surrealist novel by Michel Faber, adpated by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson, book and get your friends to do the same
There's a Facebook event here - https://www.facebook.com/events/934185463259928
And it's on the NFF website - http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/nff-presents-under-the-skin
And on the OurScreen website here - https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/38236
You have to book through OurScreen, so follow the link above. We need as many people as possible to see the link! We'll be giving out a few random prizes on the night, and it's an amazing film, so it should be a great evening - we just need to make sure it goes ahead!
Hidden in Plain Sight
In January 2015 the Gallery at NUA will exhibit works selected for the Open Submission staff show.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, reflects the active engagement of NUA staff with creative practice across a range of subject disciplines in arts, design, architecture and media. The intention of the exhibition is to bring to the attention of our students, and our wider University and City communities, the high quality creative outputs of staff who are the forefront of teaching and creative practice.
The final selection of works has been made by Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery Curator of Modern Art, Hannah Higham and NUA Visiting Professor Nichola Johnson, former Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
About the selectors: From 1997 until 2010, Nichola Johnson was Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, here she also set up the Museology and Museum Leadership programmes. She remains involved in various academic, mentoring and training activities, with a particular interest in unlocking creativity within cultural organisations. She is chair of the Executive Board of the East Anglian Art Fund and is a board member of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pallant House Gallery, the Soane Museum, the National Trust and the Clore Leadership Programme.
Hannah Higham is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Norwich Castle and currently concluding her Doctorate at the University of Birmingham. She has curated several exhibitions and displays at the castle, and is an experienced speaker and writer.
The Gallery at NUA
27 January – 28 February 2015
Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm
Coming up at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
EVENING LECTURE - LYNDA MORRIS: NO SUBJECT MATTER: PAINTING HOW YOU SEE
Thursday 5 February, 6.30pm
Price: £8/£6 concession
Where: Sainsbury Centre Lecture Theatre
Booking: essential, call 01603 593199
Lynda Morris, Professor of Curation and Art History at NUA will discuss the differences between the exhibition she curated John Wonnacott & John Lessore: The Life Room and the City at Norwich Castle Museum and NUA Gallery to celebrate the 170th anniversary of NUA's founding in 1845, and Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting.
By exploring the relationship between painting and photography, Lynda Morris will develop the ideas of no subject matter, painting what you see and the alternative idea of narrative in figurative painting.
Music-wise, there are a number of concerts coming up including
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra playing a Russian programme of
Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky on Saturday 7 February 7.30pm at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich You can buy tickets from www.PreludeRecords.co.uk tel 01603 628319 or from their shop in St Giles' Street.
For more music, please sign up to the www.musicinnorwich.org.uk blog
UEA has a new music centre to encourage students to either learn to play and instrument of continue with an instrument they have learnt at school. They have an impressive orchestra and run regular concerts. Their next concert is called Romantic Masterpieces at St Andrew's Hall on 6 March - a little bit late for Valentine's but not too late for romance. Details here.
Bonanafana Social Club for Valentine's eve
Talking of St Valentine's, this year it is on a Saturday and Bonanafana are running one of their amazing party nights at The Talk in Oak Street. If you have never been to a Bonanafana Social Club night you are missing a treat. If you have been, you will know that it's a mix of great music, dressing up, cabaret and socialising all with a vintage falvour around a theme. This time, the theme is Shotgun Wedding and you can dress up a lot or a little, it's up to you - but these mights are serious fun! You can buy tickets at Rock Collection in Lower Goat Lane or from the Bo website www.bonanfana.com
And one more outing for music fans - this one is not to miss
Theres a gig at EPIC Studios coming up on Saturday 7th February that doesn't come along very often. Strangely named 'A Winged Victory for the Sullen' it is supported by up-and-coming artist Harry Edwards. It'll be one of those gigs that you'll regret not attending when you hear about it from somebody who was there. So I'm telling people I know that may not be aware of it, or the act. spread the word... watch the YouTube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvZAIIKManc and find out booking details here
BRIDGE ADMINISTRATOR (MATERNITY COVER)
Full-time; Fixed term to 13 November 2015
Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the flagship arts organisations for the East of England. We are one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK with a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning. NNF is also an Arts Council England funded Bridge organisation for Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and has a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England.
The Bridge Administrator is an important role which is key to supporting the Bridge work for children and young people. You will bring with you excellent written and verbal communication skills, confidence in dealing with a range of people, high level ICT skills and experience of events administration.
You will be highly motivated, enjoy working as part of a hard working and professional team, have an interest in the arts and ideally have experience of engaging people in arts and cultural activities. You will be able to work well on your own, will be proactive and will be comfortable working within and outside of the office.
This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to develop a career in arts and cultural administration.
Further information about Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge is available to download here http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/images/bridge/NNF_Bridge_brochure_WEB.pdf
Full job descriptions are available to download here http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies
If you are interested in making an application and fulfil our selection criteria please do complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and return them together with a covering letter to Clare Lovell, Head of Operations, by 9.30 am Monday 2 February 2015. Interviews will be held in Norwich on Wednesday 11 February 2015. Please advise us in your covering letter if you are unavailable on this date.
River Waveney Sculpture Trail // Earsham // 14/08/15 – 06/09/15
Call for artists
Inspired by ambitious environmental areas for art such as the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the River Waveney Sculpture Trail at Earsham was developed as a collaboration between Waveney & Blyth Arts and River Waveney Trust and is curated by Sarah Cannell. The first Sculpture Trail in August 2014 was a huge success with 14 artists showing their work on the beautiful 24 acre site situated in Earsham, South Norfolk, along a stretch of the River Waveney. 600 visitors walked the Sculpture Trail discovering the artworks and installations, with many taking part in workshops and talks over nine days.
This year we are hoping to build on that success, increase the number of artists, visitors and workshops. We will also have our first guest artist, electro-acoustic composer Mike Challis, who will be creating a SoundHide installation on site using sounds collected at the site in the months running up to the event. The exhibition will run from 14/08/15 – 06/09/15, selected artists will have the opportunity to access the site from April when spaces will be allocated and ideas hatched. The site follows part of the river Waveney as it snakes through the water meadows of the Waveney Valley, there is also a small island accessible via a footbridge which lends itself to thoughtful artistic responses.
The exhibition is once again being curated by Sarah Cannell and whilst there isn't a formal theme the process of making work by responding to the space will be important. Sarah invites artists creating sculptural and installation works to submit ideas and proposals. Particularly artists whose work has links to environmental practise, either through materials or concepts and those who create site specific work. The site is rich with flora and fauna and the inspiration and opportunity provided by this natural space make it an exciting blank canvas for creativity.
The main purposes of the exhibition are: to encourage public interaction with contemporary art in a rural setting, to create awareness of the valuable work being carried out by the River Waveney Trust and to create a new platform for artists to sell their work from. Proposals are invited from East Anglian artists and those further afield.
Exhibition Dates: 14/08/15 – 06/09/15
Installation: 10/08/15 – 12/08/15
Promotion: This will be a prestigious exhibition which will form part of Celebrate the Waveney & Blyth 2015, a programme of art/landscape events, and will be promoted through their brochure (12 pages, 8000 copies) as well as through magazine and website features, listings and networks.
The Site: River Waveney Study Centre, Old Harleston Road, Earsham, Norfolk NR33 2AF.
How to apply: Email a CV and artists statement about your work including examples (maximum 5 images) along with a brief description of what you would like to create for the sculpture trail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Sarah Cannell, Beccles Lodge, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NR.
That's it, I am going to send this before I get diverted again. There is no reason at all for February to be dull!
Will be back soon with more cultural tips for you,