Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Events

All NCAS talks are open to both members and non-members. Members receive our programme and regular newsletter by post, and enjoy reduced rates to talks, plus excursions, invitations to private views, and other events.

Please note: we do not issue tickets or take bookings for the majority of our talks. Pay at the door on the night.

THE RUSSIA SEASON: Royal Faberge & Radical RussiaOct 11
2017

Talks on the THE RUSSIA SEASON: Royal Fabergé & Radical Russia at the SCVA

In October 2017, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
will stage two major exhibitions contrasting art, life and culture in Russia before and after the Revolution.

The first exhibition, Royal Fabergé, will explore the glittering saga of the world’s greatest artist-jewellers
during the decades preceding the First World War. The second, Radical Russia, will show how avantgarde
artists – who had scandalised conservative society with outrageous and subversive painting,
poetry and theatre – came with revolution to briefly become the State’s officially approved culture.
Ultimately both high points of human artistry were to be laid low by horror and terror.

The guest curators, Ian Collins (Royal Fabergé) and Prof Peter Waldron (Radical Russia), will talk about these two major exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, giving us a privileged preview of the two shows that will open at the end of that week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Proletarians of All Countries Get United!
 by El Lisitsky

 

 

Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
Curve Auditorium, The Forum
Members £2.50, non-members £4

The exhibition will be open from 14 October 2017 – 11 February 2018
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich

 

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UEA sculpture park: A talk by Calvin WinnerNov 1
2017

Antony Gormley and the UEA sculpture park: A talk by Calvin Winner

Calvin Winner (Head of Collections, SCVA) will talk about the new Antony Gormley installations and the development of the UEA sculpture park. Recently the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts announced a major new addition to the parkland campus when Antony Gormley unveiled a series of three sculptures.

This project is part of an ambitious strategy to develop a renowned sculpture park at UEA, administrated and curated by the Sainsbury Centre. The 3x ANOTHER TIME installation builds on an existing sculpture trail which includes works by Henry Moore, Ian Tyson, Liliane Lijn, John Hoskin and the much awaited Tatlin’s Tower.

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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NCAS Charity Biennial Art AuctionNov 24
2017

The NCAS Charity Biennial Art Auction at City Hall

Every two years, NCAS holds a charity art auction to top up its coffers so that it can do more work in the region championing contemporary art. That time is round again, so do come along to the sumptuous red council chamber at City Hall and bid as though there is no tomorrow. Not only will you support a very deserving cause but, if successful, you will be taking home with you the art masterpieces of the future to gloat over at your leisure.

Times, details and catalogue will all ber posted here when details are confirmed . . .

Friday 24th November 2017 at City Hall, Norwich. Viewing at 6.00 and auction at 7.00 pm.

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John McLean: A film presented by Ian Collins and Michael ProudfootFeb 9
2018

John McLean: A film about the artist presented by Ian Collins and the film-maker Michael Proudfoot

John McLean is known to many Norfolk people as the artist who did the three new stained glass windows in Norwich Cathedral (which NCAS helped to fund), but he is also an internationally renowned abstract artist of many years standing. Chris Morphet and Micahel Proudfoot have recently made a wonderful 80 minute film about him and Michael says,

"The film we are making has no client, no broadcaster and no sponsor, we can do what we like when we like. Chris and I got quite excited by our day observing John in his studio. We seemed to be witnessing and recording something not often seen and rarely understood and that is; the process of making creative decisions and their consequences. McLean is making hundreds of tiny decisions every minute, he gets as much pleasure out of the wrong ones as he does out of the right ones. The creative process appears to be a kind of adventure for him and the outcomes can be equally infuriating, ecstatic or intriguing. The key thing is the “outcomes” are never known to John and he rarely plans a painting. If he knew what the painting was going to look like at the outset he wouldn’t bother to begin it. The tensions in all this are probably what we, as viewers, like looking at in a John McLean painting.

John is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and this has slowed him up somewhat. Doctors’ appointments, voice therapist appointments and travel difficulties have interrupted his love affair with painting but he is determined to carry on and with he help of his wonderful wife, Jan, he will. I hope he won’t mind me saying that the slowing of his pace has helped us see what goes on with his work in our film; a bit like watching the replay of a great goal on Match Of The Day we can see the curve of the ball and the swell of the net when he scores".

Michael will introduce his film, along with Ian Collins who has written the definitve biography of this amazing artist. An evening not to be missed.

Friday 9th February, 2018, 7.30 in the Weston Room, upstairs in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral.

Adnmission £4 and £2.50 for members, on the door.

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