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.

Drawing On: a talk by artist Emma DouglasMay 20

Drawing On: a talk by artist Emma Douglas









Emma is a conceptual artist working in paint, print, sculpture, photography and film. This talk follows a recent exhibition of the artist’s work at the Hostry. 

The work, done over the last eight years, is about her late son Cato. The number of days that he lived, her memories of him and his legacy. In layers of painted words, carved names, intricate threads and colourful grids, she remembers him in different ways.

Taking a long time to make her work, just as it takes time to reflect on events. Emma works with and from her diaries and Cato’s hospital records, his clothes, his belongings and all that she has that was his.

Emma did her BA in Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic and her MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 1983. She has exhibited in many London galleries, including at Haywood Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Royal Academy and Flowers East. She won the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013 and 2015.

Monday 20th May, New Start Time: 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50


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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

Brüer Tidman, Zheni Warner and Emrys Parry appear in the film from nearly 30 years ago

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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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AGM with Buffet LunchJun 30

AGM with buffet lunch and short talk by John Christie

Our special thanks this year to Ros Brown and Brian Smith for providing an exciting new venue in Heigham
Grove for this year’s AGM. A brief formal meeting (for which papers will be available on the ncas website in advance) will be followed by a talk by film maker/artist/publisher John Christie.

Sunday 30 June, noon start, lunch at approx 1.00pm
14 Heigham Grove, Norwich NR2 3DH.
£12.50 buffet lunch including a glass of wine or a soft
drink (no charge for AGM alone)

Please book lunch in advance, contact Janey Bevington
on 07905 361493 or email

For apologies and AGM business contact our Hon Sec at









John Christie has worked as both a visual artist and a broadcast film-maker over the years. As a maker of artists’ books since 1975, he has produced more than 20 limited editions for both the renowned Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif.


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Art Day Trip to PeterboroughJul 16

Art Day Trip to Peterborough

Join us for an inexpensive day out, organised by ncas trustee Chris Mardell. Following Chris’s talk last November, this trip will give you the opportunity to view many of the fine sculptures in the Peterborough Sculpture Trust collection.
Our host Vivacity will provide a buffet lunch. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to a Graham Crowley
exhibition, where Graham will give a talk.

Coach from John Lewis at 9.00am. (B&Q car park
Hall Road at 9.15am). Returning to Norwich by 7.00pm.
£20.00 per person, send cheques made payable to
ncas to: Janey Bevington, 3 Carrow Hill, Norwich NR1 2AA 01603 616376 or 07905 361493

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