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.

NCAS Charity Biennial Art AuctionNov 24

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.

The auction will include works by Peter Baldwin, Martin Battye, Bruce Black, Josie Brett, Sarah Caputo, Bob Catchpole, Katarzyna Coleman, Chedgey, David Davies, Doug Farthing, Neal French, Anthony George, Maggi Hambling, Bridget Heriz, Liz Humphries, Brian G James, David Jones, Eamonn McCabe, Mary Mellor, John Midgley, Ernst Nicol, John Kiki, Diana Lamb, Martin Laurence, Geoffrey Lefever, Derek Morris, Emrys Parry, Keith Pomeroy, Louise Richardson, David Rock, Malca Schotten, Andrew Schuman and Rob Wood.

The full list of lots can be downloaded here

Friday 24th November 2017 at City Hall, Norwich. Viewing at 6.30 and auction at 7.30 pm.




  One of the auction lots





Maggi Hambling Moon and Sea
Oil on canvas 25cm x 30cm framed


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

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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