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.

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 Michael 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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The Importance of Public Art: a talk by Martin BlackwellMar 6

The Importance of Public Art
A talk by Martin Blackwell










Norwich BID’s mural project is one example of their aim to enliven vacant and tired spaces in the city centre with dynamic large-scale murals to the theme of City of Stories. BID asked artists, designers and illustrators to submit mural ideas that can revitalise three city centre locations. Castle House, Tesco Metro and Tickety Boo are among those that have been selected as blank canvases, waiting to be brought to life by eye-catching murals. The city centre is already home to several other murals including a 3D bookshelf, a friendly dragon, and Norwich street scenes. The Tunnel of Light, installed for Christmas, is another example of public art brought to the city by BID. Martin Blackwell is Norwich BID’s Business and Operations Manager.

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7.30 pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00 - tickets available on the door

Squaring the Circle: a talk by artist Michael HornApr 10

Squaring the Circle
A talk by artist Michael Horn













Michael will explain how his work often contains contradictory aims and influences battling it out in search of some sort of resolution – a battle between a rarefied idealised world and an actual, often disordered one. His later work draws together strands from earlier abstract painting and combines it with elements from the natural world and the mood of the area in which he now lives, North Norfolk, giving a sense of place and continuity in the tradition of English landscape painting. Michael has exhibited widely, including the V&A, Kettles Yard, Wolterton Hall and Düsseldorf.

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7.30 pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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