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 Art of Protest: a talk by artist Sally PayenFeb 26

 Invisible Women – the Art of Protest: a talk by artist Sally Payen

Sally is known for her paintings about protest and its place within western democracy. She first came to national and international attention with her street scenes of cities in which rioters are depicted taking on mounted police. In her recent solo exhibition she focused on the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common, established in 1981 to oppose the arrival of nuclear missiles at the American military airbase, very near to where she grew up. The Fence and the Shadow explores both the ex cold war landscape and the women’s relationship with the fence, bringing out symbolism and the slow peaceful power of craft and how this could be developed into a painted stitch.




















Tuesday 26 February 2019, NB New Start Time 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50

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Faith, Belief and Power: a talk by artist Hugo WilsonMar 19

 Faith, Belief and Power: a talk by artist Hugo Wilson

Hugo’s work explores issues of faith and belief and the associated structures of power. His interests are wide-ranging and encompass science, religion and culture. Addressing such diverse subjects, Hugo’s work enacts an investigative process in which the outcome is by no means certain. The work forms a series of openended
questions and correspondingly provisional answers. Hugo works across a range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. His classical training is evident in his extraordinary technical facility as well as in his reverence for the masters of the Western artistic canon. His work suggests both a devotion to and subversion of this tradition.
















Tuesday 19 March 2019, Note New Start Time 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50

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Rachael Long: studio visitApr 13

Rachael Long: studio visit

"I make large scale sculpture of animals and birds, using
redundant farm machine parts. They are welded together
and sometimes forged to subtly change them. I am
fascinated by the alchemical transformation of cold hard
metal into fluid animated creatures. Memory, history of
the land, the human use of the land and animals are all
themes that resonate for me."

This is a great opportunity to visit Rachael’s studio in Wreningham to observe her practice. Tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival at 11am, then a studio tour followed by a pub lunch at the Bird in Hand at 1pm for 1.30pm. Numbers limited, to reserve a place please contact

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Contact Gallery: The Drawing Show: A film by Mike TollJun 11

 Contact Gallery: The Drawing Show: A film by Mike Toll

Mike Toll sadly died last year, but he left boxes full of VHS video tapes that record his interviews with artists who took part in solo and group exhibitions at the Contact Gallery, Norwich in the mid 1980-90’s. Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and Norwich 20 Group plan to transfer these videos to a more usable DVD format. One of the films, Contact Gallery: The Drawing Show is to be shown at a joint event, on Tuesday 11 June. Thirty years on, this is a chance to relive this Norwich exhibition which includes interviews with many of the artists who took part, some of whom are attending the showing and will take part in a short discussion afterwards.

The film is 73 minutes long, and contains interviews with many of the artists who took part in the exhibition, including Brüer Tidman, Zheni Warner, Emrys Parry, Peter Baldwin, David Woods, Ivy Smith and Mike Chapman.

The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich Tuesday 11th June at 7.00 pm 

NCAS/N20G members £2.50/non-members £4.50


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What is Contemporary Art? A talk by Jonathan P. WattsJun 26

 What is Contemporary Art? A talk by Jonathan P. Watts

Jonathan is a contemporary art critic and editor. With Henry Newcomb he co-runs the artist-led contemporary art gallery LOWER.GREEN in Norwich’s Anglia Square. With seven friends Jonathan is a contributor-editor of A-or-ist, a magazine of new critical writing on contemporary art.

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 7pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50  Non-members £4.50

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