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.

a talk by Professor Richard Sawdon SmithSep 3

From The Damaged Narcissist to The Anatomical Man to The Unknowing
a talk by Professor Richard Sawdon Smith

Provocative and controversial artist, Richard Sawdon Smith will show examples from three bodies of work, the first two dealing with issues of health, identity and sexuality. The third, his current as yet unseen project The Unknowing, a playful but dark series of portraits straight from the adult dressing up box! Richard is an internationally exhibiting and award-winning British photographer. He is Professor of Photography and Dean of Arts & Media at Norwich University of the Arts. He is Co-editor of Langford’s Basic Photography and The Book is Alive!. His photographs and writing are widely published.

Tuesday 3 September 2019, New Start Time 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50, NUA students free

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Lee Grandjean: studio visitSep 7

Lee Grandjean studio visit

Saturday 7th September

This is a great opportunity to visit Lee’s studio in Reepham. Meet at Moor Farm at 10.30am, tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival. Members are encouraged to share cars. Lee will show us round his studio and he will set up work outside and in other outbuildings. The barn, which is the main studio, will have his most recent pieces and work in progress. After a general tour and look around, Lee will talk to us in the barn. Members can congregate afterwards in the lovely, nearby, Kings Arms where lunch will be available. 

Numbers limited, so to reserve a place please contact Janey at:


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Grandeur and Non-Finito a talk by Anthony HowellOct 2

Grandeur and Non-Finito
a talk by Anthony Howell

Is there an alternative to thinking about art in terms of modernism and post-modernism? Instead, ‘rivers’ of artistic practice are proposed, with two rivers discussed at length in an enquiry that analyses the ‘sublime’ in terms of a fusion of enlargement and the notion of the incomplete. Opposed to the ‘sublime’, the ‘abject’ is a term that is often proposed. Here, Anthony Howell proposes four rivers concerned with beauty and four concerned with ugliness, which can be seen as of equal importance to art – in terms of the grotesque, the immoral, the capricious and the uncanny.

Wednesday 2 October 2019, New Start Time 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50, NUA students free

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The NCAS Biennial AuctionNov 1

The NCAS Biennial Auction

Every two years, NCAS stages an auction of fine art. That time has come around again. Those of you who have attended one of these events will know what fun they are and what bargains you can find! Members, friends, local artists, all give generously to support ncas funds, and items are sold at very reasonable prices. This year, for the first time, art valuer and auctioneer James Glennie will conduct the auction. 

To donate works please contact an NCAS committee member or email

PREVIEW at the Greenhouse, Bethel Street, Norwich Wednesday 30 October, 5pm-8pm
Thursday 31 October, 10am-4pm
Friday 1 November, 10am-3pm
AUCTION at the Council Chamber, Norwich City Hall Friday 1 November
Viewing 6.30pm, bidding from 7.30pm
Free admission, a bar will be available.

Maggi Hambling: donated Wave with Harvest Moon, Oil on board 2019 12 x 15cm





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