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.

Who are we and what will we create? a talk by Caryn FranklinFeb 20

Who are we and what will we create? — a talk by Caryn Franklin

Caryn will examine identity politics and inclusive perspectives. Using examples of the way in which fashion creates a (some might say narrow) narrative about what it is to be human, we investigate ways in which dominant culture may have supressed our unique voice and our authentic purpose as young creatives. Former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine, For 15 years Caryn was a presenter of BBC prime-time programmes such as The Clothes Show, Style Challenge and many others. In 2013 Caryn received an MBE and in 2015 she completed an MSc in Applied Psychology and became Professor of Diverse Selfhood at Kingston School of Art.

A joint event with ncas and NUA
Thursday 20 February 2020, Note start time 4.30pm
NUA Lecture Theatre, Duke Street, Norwich

Members £2.50, non-members £4.00, NUA students free 

Touching the ground: a talk by Caroline FisherMar 25

Touching the ground Caroline Fisher Projects in Norwich and beyond: a talk by Caroline Fisher

Caroline Fisher Projects grew out of a desire to show ceramic art in Norwich that might not otherwise be seen here. To make contact with emerging practitioners who use clay and to encourage public engagement with their work in the context of the growing interest in ceramics. This talk will explore the tendency for fine artists to work in clay and for ceramic artists to find a place in the mainstream. How can these practices be exhibited? It will also describe current and future projects that go beyond Norwich to London and Venice.

Wednesday 25 March, New Start Time 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50, NUA students free


Bob Catchpole: studio visitApr 17

Bob Catchpole: studio visit and guided tour of Gunton Arms art collection

"For a substantial period my sculptures have explored our preconceptions about the nature of function and the man-made world we inhabit. I have used farm tools as surreal objects, manipulating our familiarity with them to allow us to enjoy their forms and functions in new ways. Recently I have become more interested in the development of the ‘handle’ as a figurative element, recognising the presence of the ‘head’ within the sculptures. Gradually, as I pursued this line of enquiry, I deleted the found object from my work entirely, discovering two lines of development: the Janus series and the Benito series, both of which use colour as a key element within the works. It has been an exciting time for me."  Bob Catchpole

This as a great opportunity to visit Bob’s studio and gallery in North Walsham to observe his practice. Meet in the Vicarage Street car park in the centre of North Walsham, NR28 9DQ, (opposite Bob’s studio) at 11.30am.

We will spend around an hour there before travelling on to the famed gastro-pub, the Gunton Arms in Thorpe Market, NR11 8TZ. There the owner, art dealer Ivor Braka, will give a guided tour of the many contemporary and subversive artworks on display. Followed by a fabulous lunch in the pub.

To register for this trip, please contact Janey Bevington on 07905 361493 or at

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