Norfolk Contemporary Art Society

The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society is a charitable association, with some 550 members, which promotes contemporary visual art, particularly that of artists working in the region.

Since it was founded, in 1956, to encourage the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery to acquire work in the modern idiom to balance its fine collections of the nineteenth-century Norwich School of painters, the Society has acquired its own art collection which forms the basis of holdings in post-war art in the Castle.

The NCAS mounts a lively programme of monthly events, mostly in Norwich, which include lectures by artists, critics and art historians, visits, auctions, private views, parties and happenings. Recent speakers at our meetings have included Maggi Hambling, Ana Maria Pacheco and Cornelia Parker.

NCAS also curates exhibitions, which recently have included Norfolk Contemporary Art (2008, 2010, 2012 , 2014 and 2016), Making Faces (2006) and Photo-ID (2009), all shown in The Forum, Norwich and newly commissioned installations in Felbrigg Hall (2014 and 2017).

Members are kept informed of the Society's forthcoming programme and of other local art events via our quarterly mailings and events leaflets, by email alerts and by the forthcoming events link on this website.

NEW:The new Spring 2017 programme of Events can be downloaded here

NEW: NCAS Sixty Years On - new illustrated book published on the society's history

The new edition of Art in Norwich is out. Printed copies are available across the city!


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Latest News

  • 15-Jun-2017Talk by Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle's Yard Gallery, CambridgeFound in Events
  • 11-Jun-2017 to 27-Aug-2017ABSTRACTED: Exhibition at Mannington HallFound in Exhibitions
  • 23-May-2017Cathy Lomax: Artist's TalkFound in Events
  • 27-Apr-2017Tom Overton talking about John BergerFound in Events
  • 22-Apr-2017 to 29-Oct-2017The Makers, an exhibition at Felbrigg HallFound in Exhibitions
  • 23-Mar-2017Militarized Landscape: A talk by artist Rosie SnellFound in Events
  • 21-Feb-2017Bruce Lacey A talk by Lynda Morris and Krzysztof Fijalkowski Found in Events
  • 16-Feb-2017NCAS: Sixty Years On: Free lunchtime talk by Harriet LofflerFound in Events
  • 28-Jan-2017 to 17-Mar-2017Four Makers at the Crypt Gallery, Norwich SchoolFound in Reviews
  • 24-Jan-2017Eamonn McCabe: A talk in association with Norwich 20 GroupFound in Events
  • 21-Jan-2017 to 25-Feb-2017Exuberance is Beauty: David Holgate retrospective exhibitionFound in Exhibitions
  • 12-Jan-2017Anthony Caro and his Studio Assistants: talk by Jenny DunseathFound in Events
  • 09-Dec-2016The NCAS Christmas Party!Found in Events
  • 29-Nov-2016 to 10-Dec-2016Bruer Tidman and Charlotte Wych at Yarmouth LibraryFound in Reviews
  • 05-Nov-2016 to 26-Nov-2016Exhibition of Norwich School Painters for Mandell's 50th anniversaryFound in Reviews
  • 28-Oct-2016 to 28-Oct-2017Barbara Hepworth sculpture finally gets its plaqueFound in News
  • 26-Sep-2016 to 31-Mar-2017Publication of new book, NCAS Sixty Years OnFound in News
  • 24-Sep-2016 to 31-Mar-2017NCAS Sixty Years On: Treasures from the Castle's CollectionFound in Exhibitions
  • 31-May-2016 to 30-Jun-2016NCAS Annual NUA Art PrizeFound in News
  • 08-May-2016ncas Sunday on the South BankFound in Events
  • 03-May-2016Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through TimeFound in Events
  • 06-Apr-2016A Figurative Presence: Discussion EveningFound in Events
  • 16-Jan-2016New Gallery Opens in Gt. YarmouthFound in Reviews
  • 16-Jan-2016 to 13-Feb-2016David Chedgey at Skippings GalleryFound in Reviews
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