Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Events Archive

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.

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


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 

Deepening: a talk by Laura WilsonFeb 3

Deepening: a talk by Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson is interested in how history is carried and evolved through everyday materials, trades and craftsmanship. Wilson works with specialists to develop sculptural and performative works that amplify the relationship between materiality, memory and tacit knowledge. Her interdisciplinary and research-based works have been exhibited widely, including most recently at V&A, London (2019) as part of Bigger than the Plate. Over the past two years, Wilson has been developing new work exploring the hidden landscape of Must Farm, near Peterborough, an exceptionally well-preserved Bronze Age site located on the edge of a working quarry.

Monday 3 February, note early time of 2.30pm
Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum
Members and 
NUA students free. 

Castle Museum admission for non-members.

Laura Wilson Deep, Deepen, Deepening 2019
Commissioned by New Geographies and Norwich Castle Museum
& Art Gallery. Photo: © Rui Pignatelli


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





Grandeur and Non-Finito a talk by Anthony HowellOct 2

Grandeur and Non-Finito
a talk by Anthony Howell









  Anthony before his talk . . .


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. His essays can be accessed here.

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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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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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

Immaculate in his three-piece Vivienne Westwood suit, Richard gave a brilliant account of his trajectory through the various issues that surround body image, gender and identity in a post-AIDS world, with a chance to see how his various projects have gradually evolved from one another over the course of two decades.






















Provocative and controversial artist, Richard Sawdon Smith showed 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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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.

 On the sculpture trail

Photo: J.Bevington











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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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. The brief formal meeting was followed with a talk by John Christie. John 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. John talked about My Blue Heaven, his recent installation at SCVA as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019. The agenda and other papers for the meeting can be downloaded here.

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)

John giving his talk about 'the shed'









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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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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, thirty years on.

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 

Several of the participants in the film appeared on stage after the event for a lively discussion: from left to right: Peter Baldwin, David Woods, Emrys Parry, Peter Rodulfo, Mike Chapman, Ivy Smith, John Kiki and Diana Lamb


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Drawing On: a talk by artist Emma DouglasMay 20

Drawing On: a talk by artist Emma Douglas








 Emma before her talk




Accompanied by her spritely mother, the actress Ann Queensbury, Emma came and delivered us a moving and highly personal account of her artwork's trajectory since the death of her son Cato. Her honesty and obsessional drive made a deep impression on the audience and this was enriched and contextualised by a showing of Drawing On, a short film made by her film-maker daughter. 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 all 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 was in the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibitions 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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Gallery tour of The Body Observed: Magnum PhotosMay 16

 NCAS members gallery tour of The Body Observed: Magnum Photos

A select bunch of NCAS members were privileged to have a wondrous gallery tour of The Body Observed: Magnum Photos at the SCVA, conducted by Monserrat Pis Marcos, the co-curator of the exhibition.

From the homoerotic and sensual black and white work of Herbert List, via Joan Crawford's elaborate construction of her public identity, excruciatingly documented by Eve Arnold, and the mystical rituals of Galicia captured as magical realist images by Cristina García Rodero, to the Bacon-like distorted figures of Antoine d'Agata who seems to destructively dissolve in his own photographs, this is a remarkable exhibition that reflects on who we are and how we can know others. 

The exhibition is on until the 30th June and more information on it can be found on their website here.


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

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

   Hugo Wilson before his talk









Despite having undergone major chest surgery only a week ago, Hugo gamely insisted on being driven from London to deliver his promised lecture. And what a joy that was for us, as we listened to his riveting account of a trajectory from acquiring youthful painting skills in Florence to early assemblage and experimental/conceptual works and finally to a rigorously examined practice producing sculptures and paintings that explore how far our human spiritual urges can inhabit a mannerist riff on the old masters. Shown in major international exhibitions, 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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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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Talk by Clare BurnettJan 21

 Clare Burnett: a talk by the President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

Artist Clare Burnett will discuss her practice and the themes that inspire it. Using an ever-changing palette of materials, processes and new technology, she addresses questions such as: How do we store our memories in the age of big data? Can colours be ungendered? What is our relationship with the objects around us in an age of mass consumption? Through these explorations she is not trying to find answers but rather to gently point at subjects we grapple with every day through their associated materials and objects. Clare works in London and is represented by William Benington Gallery.

Monday 21 January 2019, New Start Time 7.00pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.50

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The NCAS Christmas party!Dec 14

The NCAS Christmas Party

It was time again for the legendary NCAS Christmas Party! The major social event on your calendar, where you can dance to the fabulous Mojo Band, great rock, pop and blues music and a disco, watch a rolling slide show of 250 photos from the NCAS archive, win prizes, eat and drink to your heart's content and meet old and new friends. What's not to like? Diana Heuvel did a great job as overall organiser and thanks are due to her and all the helpers she recruited, and in particular to the fabulous Mojo Band who produced one of their best gigs ever.


Friday 14th December, 8.00pm – midnight
The Scout Hut, Rowington Road, Norwich NR1 3RR
Entrance fee £12.50 per person
Finger Food and Pay Bar

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The Future of Public Sculpture: talk by Chris MardellNov 21

The Future of Public Sculpture: talk by Chris Mardell

Peterborough Sculpture Trust was set up in 1988 by Peterborough Development Corporation. Since then it has commissioned and acquired a collection of over 30 major pieces by contemporary British sculptors, including works by Antony Gormley, Sir Anthony Caro, Barry Flanagan, Kenneth Martin, Lee Grandjean & others. Chris Mardell, who now lives in Norwich and is a trustee of NCAS, is also a former chair of the Peterborough Sculpture Trust. He will present a review of the Trust’s thirty-year history, but based on his experience, he will also ask questions about how public art generally is commissioned, presented and valued, with particular relevance for Norwich.

Chris gave us a serious critique of all the difficulties associated with projects that seek to commission and place public art in the City and outlined some pointers for possible ways forward . . .






  Chris Mardell, just before his talk




Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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Hand Drawn Action Packed: talk by Roger MalbertOct 31

Hand Drawn Action Packed: a talk by artist, author and curator Roger Malbert

Roger gave us a compelling talk based on his choice of, and thoughts about, the ten artists in his current Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, currently in St Albans. It was an eye-opener to see the huge variety of ways that we humans can continue to generate interest, novelty and diversity with the simplest mark-making activity, while still carrying messages of relevance to an international audience.








    Roger, before his talk . . .



Born 1949 in Alberta, Canada. Roger studied philosophy, then illustration, after which he was Assistant Curator at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 1974-79. He then returned to art school and has an MFA in drawing from the University of British Columbia. Following the recent exhibition Hand Drawn Action Packed in St Albans, Roger will talk about curating exhibitions and writing about drawing. Roger is well known for his work as Hayward Gallery curator of touring exhibitions, many of which have come to Norwich, including the British Art Show in 2016. He is the author of Drawing People:The Human Figure in Contemporary Art, published by Thames & Hudson.

Wednesday 31st October 2018, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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Coach Trip to CambridgeOct 6

NCAS Coach Trip to Cambridge

A wonderful flexible day out in Cambridge! A chance to visit the new extendsion to Kettle's Yard Gallery, the New Hall Art Collection of modern and contemporary art by women at Murray Edwards College and the Virginia Wolfe exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum.







 Kettle's Yard




Pick-ups for the coach are outside John Lewis at 9.00am and for those parking cars) from Hall Road B&Q at 9.15am. The coach will drop you off for Murray Edwards College and Kettles Yard, after which you will be free to plan your own itinerary for the day. The coach will pick you up at 5.30pm, not far from the Fitwilliam, from the coach bays on Queens Road near the junction with Silver Street, to arrive back in Norwich at about 7.30pm.

The cost is £15.00 (entrance to the collections is free), and you should register your attendance with Janery Bevington at or on 07905 361493. If you want to make your own way there you can meet up withus at Kettles Yard/New Hall in the morning, or the Fitzwilliam in the afternoon!





New Hall Collection

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The First Light festival: talks by Genevieve Christie and Wayne HemingwaySep 25

First Light Festival: a nationally significant initiative for 2109rooted in the East. Illustrated talks by Genevieve Christie and Wayne Hemingway

First Light is a totally unique, new, national and predominantly free festival that will be launched during the mid-summer weekend in June 2019. With place-making, community, arts and culture at its heart. First Light is a 24 hour long beach and beach-front festival, that celebrates Lowestoft’s position as the most easterly place in the British Isles. First Light co-founders Genevieve Christie (Flipside) and Wayne Hemingway (HemingwayDesign) gave an inspiring double act/talk about their extensive experience in building festivals from scratch, how First Light came to be and how they are looking to build a team of collaborators across all aspects of the event.

You can register your interest in the First Light Festival on their new website here . . .







  Before their talk




Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00


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Sula Rubens: a talk by the artistJul 12

Sula Rubens: a talk by the artist including her new work looking at the plight of displaced people

Sula has often travelled to paint, immersing herself in various landscapes, buildings and their people. She has
collaborated with artists, poets and musicians nationally and internationally. Her latest work examines the plight
of displaced people, depicting them making music, tending animals, laughing and playing as people do wherever they happen to be. She has lived, worked and exhibited in many countries and her work has been awarded numerous prizes and is represented in public and private collections in UK, Europe and USA.








   Sula Rubens, just before her talk



Sula gave an engrossing talk, weaving her life trajectory effortlessly into the fabric of her creativity. The multiple and varied versions that she documented on the way to a finished work were particularly revealing of her artistic process. A very satisfying evening to conclude th ecurrent programme.














Thursday 12 July 2018, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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NCAS AGM, with buffet lunch and short talk by Simon Daykin

The agenda, map, minutes, trustees' report and nomination form for this years AGM can be downloaded here. The approved accounts for 2017-18 are available here.

Our special thanks this year, on a wonderfully sunny day, to Liz and Rex Humphrey for providing an exciting new venue for this year’s AGM.
The brief formal meeting, attended by over 60 members) was followed by a talk by Simon Daykin, director of the new heritage, learning, community and art centre at Wells Maltings and a great lunch after (many thanks to Janey Bevington) a`ccompanied by wine and soft drinks (many thanks to Diana Heuvel). See photo of Simon below

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Laurence Edwards Studio Visit Jun 22

Laurence Edwards: Studio and Foundry Visit

This trip was well oversubscribed, and for good reason. This was one of the most interesting, illuminationg and exciting visits we have done for a long while. The Old Fire Engine station in Saxmundham is now transformed into Laurence's new studio space with drawing rooms, wax rooms, clay rooms and painting rooms, all spacious and filled to the brim with work in progress, mirrors and plants. The work on six large figures, destined for the six niches in the hall of Thomas Wyatt interior for Hevenighmam Hall, were of particular topic of interest in the talk that our sculptor delivered. One can be seen here with his back to you!











On to a delicious lunch at The Angel in Halesworth before discovering Laurence's vast foundary building on an industrial estate on the outskirts of town. The spectacle of a dozen or so sculpture moulds being filled with molten bronze by his assistants was almost eclipsed by the towering 'Beast of the East' plaster figure at the rear of the building, nearly 30 feet high and destined to be cast in bronze for installation on a nearby estate overloooking a lake.












Another ongoing and very intelligently and sensitively researched project is a monument to celebrate the mining history of Doncaster. A maquette for this intriguing and interactive project was the subject of more talk and discussion. Our sincere thanks to Laurence for all th etime and trouble he took to show us something of the mind and work of a modern bronze-master.



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Visible Women: Lunchtime tour of the Castle ExhibtionJun 7

Visible Women: a lunchtime tour of the Castle Museum exhibition by curator Harriet Loffler


Thursday 7 June 2018, 12.30-1.30pm
Timothy Guerney Gallery, The Castle Museum & Art Gallery

The exhibition showcases work from the modern and contemporary collection made by women. A variety of media are used to explore the diversity of approaches by artists including Gwen John, Barbara Hepworth, Jo Spence and Penny Slinger among others. It also launched the acquisition of a new work (see sidebar photo) supported through the Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society scheme.








Harriet gave a thorough and thoughtful account of the thinking behind her choice of works from the Castle's collections, and along with Robert Short, who had been behind its original acquisition, they described the significance of the Four Boxes work by Penny Slinger. This has now been restored for its first proper display.











Harriet, was also thanked for all her work for NCAS before she heads off to her new job as curator of the New Hall Art Collection of work by women artists in Cambridge.











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Norman Ackroyd: A talk by the master-printmakerMay 16

Norman Ackroyd RA: a talk by the master printmaker of British landscape

Norman trained at the Royal College of Art where he studied under Julian Trevelyan. He is one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists and contemporary printmakers. Born in Leeds, his love of landscape was nurtured on long boyhood bicycle rides in the Yorkshire Dales. Norman wrote ‘I really needed to understand the land I was born in, to be back standing in my own muck’. His work, over the past thirty years, has gained him an international reputation and Norman has work inTate and New York’s MoMA. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and in 2000 was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art. He was made CBE for services to engraving and printing in 2007. You can see more about him here









Wednesday 16 May 2018, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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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

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

The Importance of Public Art
A talk by Martin Blackwell

Martin Blackwell before his talk

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

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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.

The Sunday Times recently covered the subject in an article by Julia Horton, downloadable here, that was picked up by Kirsty Wark on Radio 4 last Sunday!

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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NCAS Charity Biennial Art AuctionNov 24

The NCAS Charity Biennial Art Auction at City Hall

Every two years, NCAS holds a charity art auction to top up its coffers so that it can do more work in the region championing contemporary art. That time is round again, so do come along to the sumptuous red council chamber at City Hall and bid as though there is no tomorrow. Not only will you support a very deserving cause but, if successful, you will be taking home with you the art masterpieces of the future to gloat over at your leisure.

The auction will include works by Peter Baldwin, Martin Battye, Bruce Black, Josie Brett, Sarah Caputo, Bob Catchpole, Katarzyna Coleman, Chedgey, David Davies, Doug Farthing, Neal French, Anthony George, Maggi Hambling, Bridget Heriz, Liz Humphries, Brian G James, David Jones, Eamonn McCabe, Mary Mellor, John Midgley, Ernst Nicol, John Kiki, Diana Lamb, Martin Laurence, Geoffrey Lefever, Derek Morris, Emrys Parry, Keith Pomeroy, Louise Richardson, David Rock, Malca Schotten, Andrew Schuman and Rob Wood.

The full list of lots can be downloaded here

A big thank you to all those who came and bid for works – the auction succeeded in raising just over £7,000 for the Society!

Friday 24th November 2017 at City Hall, Norwich. Viewing at 6.30 and auction at 7.30 pm.




  One of the auction lots





Maggi Hambling Moon and Sea
Oil on canvas 25cm x 30cm framed


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UEA sculpture park: A talk by Calvin WinnerNov 1

Antony Gormley and the UEA sculpture park: A talk by Calvin Winner

Calvin Winner (Head of Collections, SCVA) gave us a well-illustrated talk about the new Antony Gormley installations, the recent installation of the model of Tatlin's tower, and the future development of a UEA sculpture park. A highlight of his talk was the showing of two time-lapse video clips of the installation of both these works

Recently the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts announced a major new addition to the parkland campus when Antony Gormley unveiled his series of three sculptures. This project is part of an ambitious strategy to develop a renowned sculpture park at UEA, administrated and curated by the Sainsbury Centre. The 3x ANOTHER TIME installation builds on an existing sculpture trail which includes works by Henry Moore, Ian Tyson, Liliane Lijn and John Hoskin.







   Calvin just before his talk



Wednesday 1 November 2017, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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THE RUSSIA SEASON: Royal Faberge & Radical RussiaOct 11

Talks on the THE RUSSIA SEASON: Royal Fabergé & Radical Russia at the SCVA

In October 2017, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
will stage two major exhibitions contrasting art, life and culture in Russia before and after the Revolution.









Ian Collins and Peter Waldron before their talks

The first exhibition, Royal Fabergé, explores the glittering saga of the world’s greatest artist-jewellers
during the decades preceding the First World War. The second, Radical Russia, shows how avantgarde
artists – who had scandalised conservative society with outrageous and subversive painting,
poetry and theatre – came with revolution to briefly become the State’s officially approved culture.
Ultimately both high points of human artistry were to be laid low by horror and terror.

In their two talks, the guest curators, Ian Collins (Royal Fabergé) and Prof Peter Waldron (Radical Russia), gave us a brilliant insight and a privileged preview into these two major exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA.









Proletarians of All Countries Get United!
 by El Lisitsky

Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
Curve Auditorium, The Forum

The exhibition is open from 14 October 2017 – 11 February 2018
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich


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Woodworks EventSep 10

Woodworks: A creative activity at Old Costessey!

In the past, Keith Pollard has hosted several of these creative NCAS events in the wood that forms part of his garden in Old Costessey. ncas returned once again to the scene of much-loved events a few years ago (1994–2002), for a new Woodworks in Keith Pollard’s woodland garden at Old Costessey.

About 16 NCAS members had one of the most memorable days of this year’s NCAS calendar. Keith Pollard generously opened his house and his bountiful, wooded garden to members, who arrived laden with shared lunch contributions, an enthusiasm for creativity and a lot of bonhomie!

Keith provided delicious fruit tarts, coffee, teas, wine and soft drinks and gave us a tour of the woodland – modestly claiming that it had evolved with very little of his input. However it transpired that he has planted nearly every tree!

The weather held fair and signs of industry were seen throughout the woodland, constructions being created both with found objects and also a few imported oddities. The dogs had a fine time and the only casualty of the day was Keith's beautiful rug that may have to endure a good scrubbing!

At about 3pm, Keith pronounced judgement and awarded Chris Heuvel a bottle of fizz for Adam’s House in Paradise. After Abbé Laugier, a huge construction well worthy of the prize. Reluctantly we began to gather up our possessions and took our leave.




















Chris Heuvel (see sidebar photo) Adam’s House in Paradise. After Abbé Laugier

Huge thanks were extended to Keith, new friendships were made and everyone agreed that Woodworks lives on, and that this should not be the last ‘creative picnic!

Sunday 10 September 11.00am to 4.00pm
Tusculum, 18 West End Avenue, Old Costessey, NR8 5BA
(off West End, 300m before Ringland/Taverham fork)

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NCAS Annual General MeetingJul 9

NCAS AGM with buffet lunch

Nearly 80 members and guests joined us for the 2017 ncas AGM, held in Norwich where NCAS member Caroline Kennedy generously allowed us the use of her garden. A brief formal meeting (for which papers were available on the ncas website in advance) was followed by a short talk by Carl Rowe, the Course Leader for Fine Art at NUA.











Carl Rowe talks to members about collaborations between NUA and NCAS










A good lunch after the formal business!




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Talk by Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle's Yard Gallery, CambridgeJun 15

Talk by Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

This much anticipated and well illustrated lecture told the story of Jim Ede and the making of Kettle's Yard, and how this influences their work today and their future plans.





  Andrew Nairne, just before his talk




Andrew Nairne graduated with an art history MA from the University of St Andrews in 1983. He was the Visual Arts Director at the Scottish Arts Council and for eight years he was the Exhibitions Director at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. He has also had a position at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and was Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts. His current role is director of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge

He is the former Director of Modern Art Oxford, a contemporary art gallery in Oxford. He joined in 2001, when he renamed the gallery from the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Nairne was formerly Executive Director of Arts Strategy at the Arts Council England









Thursday 15 June 2017 at 7.30 p.m. (note change of date)
Curve auditorium, The Forum
Members £2.50, non-members £4

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The Makers at Norwich University of the ArtsJun 14

The Makers at Norwich University of the Arts

Round table event with artists Alec Stevens, Florence Kennard and Alida Sayer, chaired by curator of the Makers, Dr Caroline Fisher.

The Makers is an exhibition of contemporary art at the National Trust property, Felbrigg Hall that reflects on the idea of ‘making’ in its broadest sense. Two sculptors and a film-maker were selected from an open call to artists and they undertook a residency at Felbrigg resulting in commissions for pieces of work that respond to the place and its history.

The three artists, Florence Kennard, Alida Sayer and Alec Stevens will talk about their work for The Makers and the discussion will be chaired by the curator of the exhibition, Dr Caroline Fisher, also an NCAS trustee and curator of East GalleryNUA.

Wednesday 14 June, 6.30pm- 7.30pm
The Lecture Theatre, NUA, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 3AT
NCAS Members £2.50, NUA students free, non-members £4.00. Please pay at the door

The three artists, Florence Kennard, Alec Stevens and Alida Sayer, at the opening at Felbrigg Hall:



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NCAS Sussex Trip to Farley Farm and CharlestonJun 2
 - Jun 3

Sussex Trip to Farley Farm and Charleston








   Charleston from across the pond



36 NCAS members enjoyed two days of warm and sunny weather in the beautiful Sussex countryside last weekend..Friday and Saturday June 2/3rd.

Leaving Norwich early, they were able to enjoy a full afternoon being shown round Farley Farm, near Lewes.
Previously the abode of our Patron, Roland Penrose, and his photographer/model, wife, Lee was full of surreal art and beautiful photos. Our guides were excellent and the gardens afforded walks, tea, coffee... and sunbathing !

We stayed overnight in a brand new Premier Inn in Lewes and all the group invaded Aqua, a nearby Italian restaurant, for a delicious and very sociable meal, served by staff who never took the smile off their faces – even when it came to 36 separate bills!

Saturday morning found us being bundled on the coach early – and almost loosing a few late sleepers! Off we went to Charleston, the beautiful, small cottage inhabited by most of the Bloomsbury set, who came and went at intervals at the invitation of Vanessa Bell and her various menfriends! Again good guides gave us excellent tours of the property.

Midday found us a a pretty pub in Berwick village, enjoying sunshine and good fare..and a chance to see Berwick church..boldly decorated by the Bloomsburys .. an unusual finale to an excellent couple of days.

   Farley Farm

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Cathy Lomax: Artist's TalkMay 23

A Talk by CATHY LOMAX; Winner of the Contemporary British Painting Awards 2016

Cathy Lomax’s work is rooted in the romance of popular culture, assimilating media fictions and mythologies of fame and juxtaposing them with personal identities, secrets and the everyday, to create a seductive visual narrative. Photography, often the source of imagery, is reconfigured to create a wish-list of popular and
obscure icons - particularly from English history and contemporary culture. Her work takes the form of groups of paintings, which may be combined with other elements to form fragmented stories that chart a curious contemporary longing for something unobtainable.





Cathy Lomax: Black Venus                Cathy just before her talk

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 7.30pm
The Auditorium, The Forum,Norwich
    Members £2.50, non-members £4

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Tom Overton talking about John BergerApr 27

I Saw Differently: John Berger and Revisiting. A talk by Tom Overton

Great talk given by Tom, focusing on the two key essays by Berger on the Issenheim alterpiece, in 1963 and 1973, and the events in Bergers life that may have inflected these. Thanks to NUA for again agreeing to co-host this event.

John Berger (1926-2017) was an English Art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His Novel G won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay Ways of Seeing, written as part of a BBC series, is widely used as a university text. Berger lived in France fro more than half a century.

Tom Overton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the archives of the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists (2015) and Landscapes: John Berger on Art (2016). He is writing Berger’s biography and a book on archives and migration (Allen Lane). He collects his articles at






 Tom Overton at NUA before his talk



27 April 2017 in the Lecture Theatre at NUA in Duke Street at 6.30 pm.

Members £2.50, NUA students free, non-members £4


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Militarized Landscape: A talk by artist Rosie SnellMar 23

Militarized Landscape: A talk by artist Rosie Snell

For a long time Rosie has held a fascination for militarized landscapes, particularly that strange counterpoint when Brutalist architecture and machinery meets the English countryside. She moved to Norwich to do an MA at NUA in 1994, and after living in Norfolk for several years became accustomed to encountering military machinery at the American airbases, surreally juxtaposed with the ploughed fields and cabbage crops of the Norfolk countryside. These striking visual counterpoints led Rosie to research, through her practice, how conflicts and technological developments have not only created purpose-built machines but have also had a direct effect on the landscape.

Rosie Snell Stalker, 2005

Thursday 23 March, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00

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Bruce Lacey A talk by Lynda Morris and Krzysztof Fijalkowski Feb 21

Bruce Lacey: A talk by Lynda Morris and Krzysztof Fijalkowski
(to mark the anniversary of Bruce’s death in 2015)

Bruce Lacey was a multifaceted artist, performer and eccentric. After completing his national service in the Navy,
Bruce became established on the avantgarde art scene with his performance art and mechanical constructs.
Bruce came to Norfolk in the 1970s. His robot Miss Rosa Bosom won the 1985 Alternative Miss World and kissed customers at the NUA exhibition. Tate bought his 1966 robot Womanizer, the year after it was included in Things 2000 at NUA. Lynda and Krzysztof both knew Bruce well, they are both Professors at NUA and they both worked together at the Norwich Gallery at the turn of the Millennium.







  Bruce Lacey Womanizer





Tuesday 21 Febuary, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00

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NCAS: Sixty Years On: Free lunchtime talk by Harriet LofflerFeb 16

NCAS Sixty Years On: A lunchtime talk by curator Harriet Loffler

Harriet Loffler, the exhibition curator, gave a terrific and well-attended talk on 13 Jan when she described some of the key events in our 60 year history and described some of the back stories behind key works that NCAS has helped the Castle acquire for its contemoroary art collection that are on show here until September. There is one more opportunity to hear her talk about this major exhibition, so don't miss it this time round!











Thursday 19 February, 12.30 pm
Timothy Gurney Gallery, Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Admission is free, and NCAS members also get free entry to the Castle Museum

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Eamonn McCabe: A talk in association with Norwich 20 GroupJan 24

Eamonn McCabe: A talk in association with Norwich 20 Group

Eamonn McCabe started off photographing for local papers before freelancing for The Guardian and other national titles. In 1976 he joined The Observer and won Sports Photographer of The Year a record four times, covering three Olympics. Eamonn was named News Photographer of The Year for his work at The Heysel Stadium disaster. He is a Fellow in Photography at the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television. Later becoming The Guardian Picture Editor, he won Picture Editor of the year a record six times. In 2001 he returned to freelancing, photographing mainly people in the arts for The Guardian but also for other newspapers and magazines. He gave a fabulous talk that meshed personal anecdotes with practical advice and invoked at the same time a thoughtful history of his craft. Full house and raucous applause; what was not to like!














Eamonn McCabe just before his talk . . .

Tuesday 24 January, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00


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Anthony Caro and his Studio Assistants: talk by Jenny DunseathJan 12

Anthony Caro and his Studio Assistants

a talk by Jenny Dunseath (London-based artist and Senior lecturer in Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design).

In partnership with Dr Mark Wilsher (NUA), Jenny Dunseath recently published Artist Boss a collection of interviews and critical texts about Anthony Caro and his studio assistants. Jenny gave an enthralling illustrated talk about Artist Boss and the overarching project, with insights into Caro’s assistants and their relationship to him. The project raises questions about the status of production, originality, authenticity and authorship within the tradition of twentieth-century British sculpture. See and





  Sir Anthony Caro and Jenny Dunseath




Thursday 12 January, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00

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The NCAS Christmas Party!Dec 9

The NCAS Christmas Party

To round-off our 60 year celebrations, we hope you enjoyed the legendary NCAS Christmas Party. We danced to the fabulous Mojo Band, great rock, pop and blues music, + disco, we made some money on the ‘Toffs’ tombola’, and we watched a rolling slide show of 250 photos from the NCAS archive . . .

It was a full house and thanks are due to Diana Heuvel, Gill Findlater and their army of trustees, friends and relations who made it all possible.







Dancing to the Mojo Band

Friday 9 December, 8.00pm – midnight
The Scout Hut, Rowington Road, Norwich NR1 3RR
Entrance fee £12.50 per person
Finger Food and Pay Bar

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The Paradoxes of Land Art in the British IslesNov 9

The Paradoxes of Land Art in the British Isles

A talk by Simon Dell       

Simon Dell, senior lecturer in art history at UEA, has published in the fields of twentieth-century art history, design history and the history of photography. He has also worked on site specificity and sculptural practice after 1960s minimalism. His well-attended talk explored the status of land art in the British Isles from the 1960s onward and some of the paradoxes that the work suggests. Given that many works were either inaccessible or ephemeral in their nature, what was the relationship between the ‘work’ and its ‘documentation’? How are we to understand the relationship between works and the gallery. And in what sense was this work ‘British’? Does it belong to a British landscape tradition or to a broader current of international activity? All these issues were discussed, using in particular Richard Long's work over the last 50 years.






 Simon Dell, before his talk



Wednesday 9 November, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00       

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Poetry & Animation: Re-imagining Literature as Visual & Sonic ArtOct 11

Poetry & Animation: Re-imagining Literature as Visual & Sonic Art
A talk by Professor Suzie Hanna

Since 2001 Suzie Hanna has been collaborating with poets, academics, composers and musicians to create
mixed-media animated poetry films. Her work has been selected for international festivals, commissioned for gallery exhibition, and projected as part of live musical and theatrical performances. Animation and poetry can be considered to share qualities that include the use of compression, metaphor, accurate timing, transformation, metamorphosis, voice, gesture, typography and spectacular narrative. But there are ethical and interpretative issues to be considered when colliding temporal forms. The presentation will feature recent commissions and work in progress as well as exemplars from historical and contemporary poetry film.

Tuesday 11 October, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00









Known Unto God, poet Bill Manhire, voice Stella Duffy, animation Suzie Hanna, was commissioned for Fierce Light, bringing together poets and film-makers to create new works inspired by WW1 on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

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Meet the ArtistsSep 9
 - Sep 10

Meet the Artists
Artist Talks at the Curve Auditorium
The Forum, Norwich
11am to 12.30pm

Come and hear, meet, quiz and talk to some of the artists whose works are in the NCA16 exhibition. A mixture of interesting and varied artists, with a diverse range of work and all of them passionate about what they do.
This is an opportunity to get closer and to find out what makes them tick. We look forward to seeing you there at these free sessions……

On Friday 9 Sept The Artists are:

Liz McGowan, Carolyn Mac Arthur, Louise Richardson and Julia Cameron

On Saturday 10 Sept The Artists are:

John Midgely, Pat Bashforth, Rose Davies and Katarzyna Coleman


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NCAS Annual General MeetingJul 24

SUNDAY 24th JULY 2016 at 12 noon
at The Cedar, 11 Heigham Grove, Norwich, NR2 3DQ

It was a very hot day, but 85 people attended and had a great afternoon. One policy issue was that the current constitution allows for only 4 co-opted members to the committee and to date this has worked well. We are now faced with a situation where much needed expertise will be lost to the committee if a small change to the constitution is not made. The AGM therefore agreed to amend the constitution to increase the maximum
number of co-opted members from 4 to 6.









Veronica Sekules (see below), formally Deputy Director; Education and Research, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. talked about her new venture, GroundWork Gallery in King’s Lynn, which will focus on art and the environment. Veronica’s inspiring talk was followed by a buffet lunch and music from the Gill Alexander Trio











Veronica Sekules talks to NCAS members at the AGM

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Assemble: 2015 Turner Prize Winners Jul 6

Assemble: 2015 Turner Prize Winners

A talk by a member of Assemble, hosted by architect Christopher Heuvel









Architect Chris Heuvel (left) with the speaker from Assemble, Lewis Jones (right)

Winners of the 2015 Turner Prize for projects including the ongoing collaboration with local residents and others in the Granby Four Streets, Liverpool, Assemble are a London-based collective who work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility. Lewis gave a terrific and inspirting talk to a full audience about their inclusive, collective and fun approach to a wide variety of community design and building projects. His infectious style allowed us a real insight into their eclectic practice.

Wednesday 6 July, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich

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Ron King at Skippings Gallery Great YarmouthJun 11

Ron King at Skippings Gallery in Great Yarmouth

A talk by John Christie about artist Ron King will be followed by a visit to the ‘Yarmouth Six’ studios

NCAS is providing sponsorship to Yarmouth’s new Skippings Gallery for its exhibition of work by Ron King. Ron’s eclectic body of work, including an extensive, internationally acclaimed series of artist books, is hallmarked by a distinctively curious, questioning and energetic approach. Ron will talk about his unique collection of bandit sculptures, inspired by Brazilian folklore, as well as his books, prints and paintings.

The event is timed to tie in with open studios from Emrys Parry, John Kiki, Katarzyna Coleman, Bridget Heriz, Bruer Tidman and Martin Battye. Arts organisation FlipSide and the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust will talk about the cultural regeneration of Great Yarmouth.

Saturday 11 June, 3.00pm, Skippings Gallery
133 King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 8PB
Gallery open on Saturday 11 June 10.30am – 4.30pm

Nearest car park King Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2PS










     Ron King at the exhibition opening

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ncas Sunday on the South BankMay 8

Imperial War Museum: An ncas Sunday on the South Bank

It was a hot day and everyone enjoyed this day out and the chance to see two very different and varied exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum and have a relaxing day in London.










Peter Kennard is Britain’s most important political artist whose imagery has become synonymous with the modern protest movement.

Visions of War Above and Below Discover a variety of imaginative responses to conflict, from surreal depictions of aircraft as creatures, to abstract views of bombing raids.

Sunday 8 May. Coach leaves Notcutts, Norwich at 8.00am and will be available to take members to Borough Market for lunch at 1.00pm if wished for. Expect to arrive back in Norwich approx 9.30pm.

Cost for coach approx £25, admission to the exhibitions free
Please advise Janey Bevington asap if you wish to come
07905 361493 or email

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Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through TimeMay 3

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time
A talk by SCVA Curator Claudia Milburn

A landmark exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts from 23 April until 29 August 2016 is dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of 20th century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death, and provides an exciting opportunity to examine his influence on his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the postwar period. The exhibition’s curator, Claudia Milburn, talking to a packed audience, discussed Giacometti’s work and the exhibition. This was a bravura performance based at it was on her deep scholarship, personal interviews and her work in writing the accompanying book, copies of which she signed after the talk.

Diana Heuvel writes: "Claudia Milburn gave a superb talk on the Giacometti Exhibition last night in the Curve in The Forum. Her talk, covering Giacometti's life and work, was finely articulated with exquisite detail and anecdotes and perfectly illustrated with slides from the exhibition. Her very special interviews with Ernst Scheidegger must make her knowledge of the personal relationship between him and Giacometti uniquely valuable. We were indeed privileged to share her insight and depth of research into Giacometti's life and work."

The exhibition runs at the SCVA from 23 April until 29 August 2016.







     Claudia Milburn, just before her talk



Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non members £4.00

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A Figurative Presence: Discussion EveningApr 6

A Figurative Presence: A discussion on figurative imagery within a modernist context

To coincide with an exhibition of figurative painting by locally-based artists at Mandell’s Gallery in April 2016, NCAS hosted a discussion of its place in contemporary art today. The 11 artists each contributed two works to the exhibition and several of the artists, including Ivy Smith, Peter Baldwin, Bridget Heriz, Sula Rubens, Emrys Parry, Bruer Tidman and John Kiki, took part in a discussion chaired by Contemporary Art Curator, Hannah Higham, to reveal their different approaches and distinct individual language.

Wednesday 6 April, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50
non-members £4.00









Peter Baldwin Approaching Storm

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Catherine Lampert talk on Frank Auerbach's paintingFeb 9

Frank Auerbach’s painting – a word-less zone: A talk by Catherine Lampert






 Catherine Lampert, just before her talk. . .


To a full auditorium, and with the exhibition at Tate Britain (which continues until 13 March) as background, and the criteria Auerbach sets out for himself in mind, Catherine Lampert examined several of his paintings and looked at why this extremely articulate artist insists he acts according to his sensations rather than an expository language. In a very pursuasive talk she made revealing comparisons to the work of international contemporaries.

Lampert began sitting for Auerbach in 1978 after organizing his first retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, and is curator of the present show at Tate Britain. She has been responsible for numerous exhibitions of the work of his
peers, including Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow, and co-curated the exhibition Bare Life: London
artists working from life 1950–80, which was shown in Münster in 2014. Since leaving the Whitechapel Gallery where she was director from 1988–2001 she has been collaborating with museums, galleries and publishers in Dublin, Zurich, Madrid, Mexico and London on exhibitions and books on a variety of subjects from Rodin and Daumier to Peter Doig, Miquel Barceló, Anish Kapoor and Francis Alÿs.

Tuesday 9 February, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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Derrick Greaves: ncas Private View and DiscussionJan 12

Derrick Greaves: ncas Private View and Discussion at Mandell's Gallery
From 10 to 30 January Mandell’s Gallery will be hosting a retrospective of the work of Derrick Greaves. John and
Rachel Allen of Mandell’s have kindly agreed to host a special evening for ncas members at the gallery. Derek Morris and Mel Clark will talk to members about the works on display, and about Derrick and his association
with Norwich School of Art . Derrick Greaves initially gained acclaim in the 1950s, when he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale along with other ‘Kitchen Sink’ painters. His work has developed from the social realism of the 1950s to a more heraldic style that paralleled 1960s Pop Art, from an imagery based on nature and observable fact to more studio-bound imaginative constructs.
Tuesday 12 January, 7.30pm
Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00
Price includes a glass of wine

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NCAS biennial Charity AuctionNov 27

The NCAS Charity Auction at City Hall

Every two years, NCAS stages a charity auction in City Hall to boost its funds for commissioning new art, and that time came around again on a wet evening in November. 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, restaurants and galleries all gave generously to support ncas funds, and items sold at very reasonable prices.








The auction is about to begin!

Selwyn Taylor and Joseph Wang and their team organised a terrific event, which was packed to the gunnells. One of the highlights this time was an oil painting by Maggi Hambling, and at the end of the evening we had raised just over £11,500, a record for our auctions. This means we are in good shape to do even more over the next two years, which includes our 60th anniversary in 2016, promoting contemporary art in the region.

Friday 27 November
Council Chamber, Norwich City Hall
Viewing 6.30 pm, bidding from 7.30pm

Free admission, a bar will be available.

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Debugged and Debunked: Curatorial Myths and Mysteries: Talk by Neil PowellNov 11

Debugged and Debunked: Curatorial Myths and Mysteries

Talk by Professor Neil Powell

This year Arts Review published its ‘Art World Power 100’, 77 of which were curators and museum directors. Over the past 3 years curation has taken off as a cool line on the CV for artists, would-be gallerists, semioticists and
former scientists. So what is all this interest in curation all of a sudden?

Professor Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts took a provocative look at the practice and theory of curation and talked to a packed audience about contemporary curatorial practice in a range of contexts, from the commercial galleries of London and New York, through to touring show packages, self-curation and the pitfalls of vanity publishing.










Neil Powell, just before his talk

Wednesday 11 November, 7.30pm
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Member £2.50, non-members £4.00


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Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Matez before their talk. . .

What an opportunity missed! Half term, and other distractions, meant there was a rather poor attendance, which is a real pity as the talk itself, and the emerging possibilities of their new way of tackling issues around the perception of motion, was a revelation. A good discussion, and a wonderful presentation, meant that all who were there came away inspired. See here for a good example of their practice.

TROPE is a collaboration between contemporary artists Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez. The Anglo-French double-act celebrates motion as a metaphor for being, through breathing life into inanimate objects. The artworks are playful and hybrid, made using an immersive system of concrete animation called the D-Scope® where time is literally choreographed. TROPE create audio-visual, kinetic worlds where an audience can move freely, encountering the art in a synaesthetic and immersive way. These are mixed reality, embodied artworks that cannot be understood viewed on a computer screen and as the talk made abundantly clear,  ‘You have to be there’. We look forward to hearing about their progress. . .

Tuesday 27 October 7.30pm
The Curve in The Forum
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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Joseph Cornell and the surrealist boxSep 15

Joseph Cornell and the surrealist box: Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Robert Short in conversation










'Talking Heads'. Krzysztof and Robert, boxed but not constrained before their talk. . .

To coincide with the Cornell retrospective at the Royal Academy, (and 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’ at the Sainsbury Centre), Robert and Krzysztof gave us a terrific double act performance, discussing the boxed assemblages of the New York maverick surrealist obsessed with nostalgic bric-a-brac, exotic avians, stellar constellations and Hollywood stars. They considered them in the broader context of the box in art history and in the space somewhere between the object and the collage in Surrealism. Both Robert and Krzysztof have written extensively about Surrealism and both have made collage boxes themselves, examples of which they brought with them. The Cornell exhibition is still on until September 27.

Tuesday 15th September, The Curve, the Forum, 7.30pm

Below: Joseph Cornell, Habitat Group for a Shooting Gallery, 1943






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AGM, with buffet lunchJul 12

Our NCAS AGM with Buffet Lunch. . .

This year we returned to Templewood for our AGM, by kind invitation of Eddy and Tina Anderson. Templewood was built 1938 as a shooting box and base for other country activities for Samuel Hoare, Lord Templewood by Paul Edward Paget of the architectural firm Seely and Paget. It has extensive grounds, and provides good indoor space for our meeting, plus very congenial hosts. Many members will know it not just from our AGM of a few years ago, but from the many concerts and other events that Eddy and Tina host there.

Following the formal business Heather Guthrie, Exhibitions Officer at Norwich Castle Museum, gave us a brief insight into her work. Heather’s talk was be followed by a buffet lunch (below).










Sunday 12 July 12.00 noon start, lunch at approx 1pm. Templewood, Northrepps, Norfolk NR27 0LJ

£12.50 buffet lunch including a glass of wine or a soft drink; further drinks available (no charge for AGM alone).
Please book lunch in advance through Janey Bevington on 07905 361493 or email

The Agenda, Minutes and Accounts for the 2015 AGM can be downloaded as one document here




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Talk by Marion Sander - Altered: Contemporary Art in ChurchesJun 10

Altered: Contemporary Art in Churches: An illustrated Talk by Marion Sander

Marion is Visual Arts Development Coordinator at artsNK, a partner with the University of Lincoln and the Diocese of Lincoln in Altered: Contemporary Art in Ancient Churches, a four-year project which has challenged audiences to view historic church buildings in new ways through innovative artworks.

In May the Lincolnshire villages of Grasby, Greetwell, Burgh Le Marsh, Burton Pedwardine, Heckington, Swineshead, Aslackby and Gedney host new work by acclaimed artists Emilie Voirin, Katy Armes, Martin Smith and Dan Fox alongside four previous Altered commissions from Pat Van Boeckel, Davy and Kristin McGuire, William Lindley, and Lynn Dennison and Gen Doy. Marion will talk about her work on the project.

For those who would like to see the work at first hand, more information is available about the installations and
association events on

Wednesday 10 June, 7.30pm
The Curve, The Forum, Norwich
Member £2.50, non-members £4.00

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Central Norwich Sunday: Open Studios in NorwichMay 31

Central Norwich Sunday: Open Studios in the Golden Triangle

Join us for an informal visit to artists’ studios in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich, where distances are short and it should be possible to visit several studios by foot in a morning (although you can of course drive or bike if you prefer). Past events like this have proven to be great fun, and an excellent opportunity to chat to other ncas members and local artists.
We plan to meet at the Mulberry, where coffee and breakfast will be available (if you wish to return to the pub for lunch, please book a table on 01603 630930).

Maps of local open studios will be distributed along with the Open Studio brochure (which is also available online at NCAS committee members will be on hand to provide advice and directions.

Sunday 31 May, 10.30am starting from the Mulberry Pub, 111 Unthank Road, Norwich
(or go direct to any studio in your own time). Family and friends welcome; no charge (except for pub refreshments).

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NCAS Spring Excursion May 2
 - May 3

The NCAS Spring Excursion

This year's excursion was to the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery whose collection of Modern British art features some of the most significant British artists of the 20th Century including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. We also visited the National Media Museum situated in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film. They look after the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections.

2nd to 3rd May: Our Chenery coach left Notcutts at 8.30 am on Saturday 2nd May. After a short coffee/breakfast break, we arrived at The Hepworth, Wakefield Gallery some time after midday. An attractive cafe offers substantial snacks. 










The Hepworth Gallery houses a permanent collect of Barbara Hepworths works and there was an opportunity of a guided tour.

The coach left Wakefield at approx. 5pm and took us to the Jury's Inn Hotel in Bradford. . Jury's Inn is situated in the city centre and close to the beautiful City park. It is within easy walking distance of the National Media Museum, the Cathedral and several other attractions.

Members were free to explore on Sunday morning, and made a brief lunchtime stop at the vast Salts Mill on Sunday, leaving Jurys Inn Hotel, Bradford at 12.30. Salts Mill is set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire. The Grade II Listed historic mill building was built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt along with the village to house his workers. The whole area is of architectural and historical interest, and on the ground floor you will find the 1853 Gallery which houses a permanent exhibition of works by David Hockney.

All Enquiries: Janey Bevington 09705 361493













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Lunchtime Talk on Ana Maria Pacheco at Norwich CastleApr 28

Transformation and Power: The Dark Art of Ana Maria Pacheco:

Lunchtime Talk by Professor Keith Roberts

Tuesday 28 April 12.30 – 1.00 pm

Lecture Theatre, Norwich Castle Museum

The talk will discuss the Brazilian born artist’s themes and practice, focusing on works that are currently on show in Norwich as part of the Ana Maria Pacheco Sculpture: Norwich 2015 exhibitions.

The exhibitions are curated by NCAS in association with Pratt Contemporary

Booking not required.
Free with Museum admission, including Pop in for £2 tickets


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Talk: Artist Rooms: Jeff KoonsApr 22

Harriet Loffler talks about Artist Rooms: Jeff Koons

A talk by curator Harriet Loffler to showcase the forthcoming Jeff Koons exhibition. From 9 May to 6 September 2015, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is working with ARTIST ROOMS, hosting an exhibition of work by American artist, Jeff Koons. Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of our time. This exhibition will include works in a variety of media to showcase his originality and remarkably diverse art practice. The exhibition is rganized in partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm
The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00


The side illustration shows Winter Bears,1988 © Jeff Koons


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The Form is the Code: A talk by Jonathan KeepApr 1

The Form is the Code

A terrific talk by artist potter, Jonathan Keep, who discussed his work and his interests in art, nature and science. Born in South Africa, but moving to England in 1986, Jonathan now lives and works in Suffolk. His ceramics are recognizable for a strong sculptural quality and emphasis on form. As well as producing handmade ceramics, Jonathan has developed a digital working process whereby the shapes of his forms are written in computer code. This digital information is passed to a studio-based self-built 3D printer that he has designed to print in clay. Layer by layer the pots are printed out, in a sort of mechanical pottery coil building. After printing the ceramic is fired and glaze in the normal way. His lucid and engrossing talk was much appreciated by an attentive and lively audience.

Wednesday 1 April, 7.30pm
The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00










Jonathan Keep just before his talk!







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At Norwich Castle: Ana Maria Pacheco in conversation with Colin WigginsMar 27

STOP PRESS: Ana Maria Pacheco is now sadly unable to make this event, but Colin Wiggins has agreed to give the talk himself, and is an excellent speaker. So the event is still on!

Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery present

Ana Maria Pacheco in conversation with Colin Wiggins

Friday 27 March 2015, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm

5.30–6.15 Viewing of her new alabaster reliefs in the Castle Keep. Refreshments.
6.15–7.15 The Conversation will be held in the Castle Auditorium

Seating is limited and this event is likely to be sold out, so pre-booking is essential.
You can reserve your ticket/s by emailing

£5.00 ncas members, £7.00 non-members, payment on the door










Ana Maria Pacheco was born in Brazil in 1943. Following degrees in both Art and Music, she taught and lectured for several years before coming to London in 1973 on a British Council Scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art. From 1985-9 she was Head of Fine Art at Norwich School of Art. From 1997 to 2000 she was Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London. Examples of her sculpture will be exhibited in four venues in Norwich from 17 March 2015.

Colin Wiggins is Special Projects Curator at the National Gallery. He is responsible for the Associate Artist scheme and curated Ana Maria Pacheco's National Gallery exhibition in 2000. Other artists he has worked with include Paula Rego, Peter Blake and Michael Landy.




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Places of Silence: talk by environmental artist James EddyFeb 19

Places of Silence: A talk by environmental artist James Eddy

James Eddy is a sculptor and land artist, born in 1975 in Cornwall, where he currently lives and works.
His background is in environmental science, and he worked as an artist in education for twelve years. He has been involved with the Eden Project, was artist in residence at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and has exhibited both nationally and in Europe. He will discuss his work in the context of the contemporary Cornish art scene, as well as the broader national picture.

Thursday 19 February  7.30pm

The Curve Lecture Theatre
The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50 non-members £4.00

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Talk: REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British PaintingJan 15

Professor Paul Greenhalgh, the Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, gave a packed auditorium an engaging and perceptive talk about Reality, the current exhibition of Modern and Contemporary British Painting at the Sainsbury Centre. His relationship with the curator, Chris Stevens, goes back a long way to art school and gave Paul a real insight into this wonderful show. For a review of the show see this page.

7.30 p.m. Thursday 15th January

The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich

Members £2.50, non members £4.00


Philip Harris  S.P Behind a Glass Door 2001.                                                                                                Oil on linen 132 x 305 cm (unframed) © Reserved by the artist. Photograph: John Jones.






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NCAS Christmas PartyDec 6

NCAS Christmas Party

NCAS Christmas Party. The Scout Hall. Rowington Road. Norwich 8 pm - midnight
Music by the Vagaband
Entrance fee £12.50 Refreshments provided. Pay bar.

Thanks largely to Joseph Wang, the fubdraising Christmas party was a great success. The band were great, the food was abundant and delicious, and the conversation and disco was exuberant. And what's more we made some money for the NCAS coffers, all destined for a good cause...











"For sheer verve and versatility, The Vagaband is hard to beat. They may play a mix of dazzling Americana – country, folk, rock, soul and swing – but they do it with a British accent."

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Brian Webb talking about graphic design and Peter BlakeNov 19

Brian Webb talking about graphic design and Peter Blake: A joint event with NUA

The NUA Lecture Theatre, Duke Street Building, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich NR3 3AJ  7.30 p.m.

Brian Webb, a graphic designer, author and art director, is the director of Webb & Webb Design Limited and format designer of the Design series of books, featuring the work of artists/designers including, from 2005, Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Paul and John Nash, Edward McKnight Kauffer, David Gentleman, Curwen Press, Peter Blake and Lovat Fraser.

He has curated many exhibitions and created many catalogues connected with these artists. Amongst other subjects he will be talking about the recent publication of Peter Blake's illustrations of the Dylan Thomas characters in Under Milk Wood.

NCAS Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

N.B. Special concessions to NUA students. Details from NUA


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Prof Matthew Rampley talking about Anselm KieferOct 28

Prof Matthew Rampley talking about Anselm Kiefer

Tuesday 28th October  7.30 p.m.

In September 2014, the Royal Academy will present the first major retrospective of work to be held in the UK by Honorary Royal Academician, Anselm Kiefer. This will be the most significant exhibition of the German artist’s work ever held in the UK, spanning his entire 40 year career and unveiling new work created in direct response to the RA spaces.

Anselm Kiefer is one of the best known German artists working since 1945. His paintings and sculpture dwell on the nature of history, memory and trauma, and have a particular resonance in that they often are focused on exploring the meaning of the terrible events of German history between 1933 and 1945. Yet precisely for that reason, he has often been at the centre of controversy; his reluctance simply to condemn the Nazi past, and his suggestion of the intimate connections between German culture and the Nazi past have led some to question his motives. Since 1990 and the reunification of Germany the critical examination of his work has taken on a new significance. At a time when so much effort has been expended on redefining Germany and seeking to overcome the past, Kiefer’s work has served as an awkward and often unwelcome reminder that history cannot so easily be forgotten. This talk considers Kiefer’s work in the light of these larger questions over Germany, its past, present and future.

Professor Matthew Rampley is Head of the School of Languages, Culture, Art History and Music at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of numerous books on visual culture including ‘Nietzsche, Aesthetics and Modernity’.

The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00






      Matthew Rampley

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Martin Barnes talking about Contemporary PhotographyOct 9

Martin Barnes talking about Contemporary Photography

Thursday 9th October  7.30 p.m.

Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), which he joined in 1995. Previously, he worked for the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and studied at the University of Leicester and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He was one of the selectors for the NCAS Photo-ID exhibition in 2009.

The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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AGM with Buffet Lunch and a talk by Steve Miller

More than 70 members and guests joined us for the NCAS AGM, kindly hosted by Gill Findlater in her wonderful house and garden.  A brief formal meeting was followed by a talk from Steve Miller, Head of Norfolk Museums Service, on his vision for the the future of modern art at the Castle. A buffet lunch was then served at around 1pm.











The business part of the AGM in Gill's garden







Steve Miller telling us about the Castle's plans for contemporary art.


Papers for the meeting on Sunday 13 July 12.00 noon at
The Cedars, 11 Heigham Grove, Norwich NR2 3DQ can be downloaded here:

Agenda as a pdf     Fianacial report as a pdf    Trustees election as a pdf


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How to Collect Contemporary Art. a talk by Caroline DouglasJul 7

How to Collect Contemporary Art: a talk by Caroline Douglas

Caroline Douglas became director of the (London-based) Contemporary Art Society in October 2013 after seven years as head of the Arts Council Collection. With over 20 years of experience in contemporary art, Caroline has made a significant impact in documenting the development of contemporary art collection, securing key acquisitions by important artists including Jeremy Deller, Gary Hume, Wolfgang Tillmans and Grayson Perry, as well as providing advocacy and support for more emerging talent. She drew on this personal and professional experience to provide some insights into how the CAS goes about collecting contemporary art today.











Caroline, just before her talk to NCAS

Monday 7 July 3pm (note this is an afternoon event)
The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

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Guided Tour of The Tourists exhibition at Felbrigg HallJun 21

Guided Tour of The Tourists exhibition at Felbrigg Hall

The curator of The Tourists, Caroline Fisher, leads a tour of the exhibition at Felbrigg Hall, ncas members only.

No charge for ncas members. Numbers limited, and prebooking essential, please contact Janey Bevington asap if you wish to come on 07905 361493 or email

Saturday 21 June 2.00pm at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, NR11 8PR

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The Tourists: Talks by two of the aristsJun 16

The Tourists: A talk by artists in the Felbrigg exhibition.

Two of the artists exhibiting at Felbrigg Hall came to Norwich to talk about their work.
Kate MccGwire is interested in the ways in which people have interacted with birds through history. She has made three sculptures for Felbrigg, of which two are feather works and the third is a furniture piece responding to the experience of visiting Felbrigg when the house was closed for the winter.
Gayle Chong Kwan works in a variety of media including photography and installation. She has an interest in the ‘Grand Tour’, which is an area well represented in the collections and library at Felbrigg. Her work for the exhibition looks at the idea of the Grand Tourist bringing back personal affectations as well as objects from his travels.

Below, Gayle talks about her work





















The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich 6pm

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Wood Works VI: A Creative PicnicMay 25

Wood Works VI: A Creative Picnic

NCAS returned to the scene of much-loved events a few years ago (1994–2002) for a new Wood Works in Keith Pollard’s woodland garden at Old Costessey.
Sunday 25 May 11.00am to 4.00pm
Tusculum, 18 West End Avenue, Old Costessey, NR8 5BA (off West End, 300m before Ringland/Taverham fork)








Keith Pollard reports:

Costessey is not Fiesole, nor Norwich plague-ridden Florence, but the bold 16 who assembled for the NCAS creative picnic (the sixth in a succession stretching back to 1994) in Keith Pollard’s woodland garden may have felt a bit like Boccaccio’s exiles in the face of the many rival attractions (and threatened deluges) on the Bank Holiday weekend of 25th May.

“Green thoughts in a green shade”, however, triumphed - stimulated by a reading of Andrew Marvell’s The Garden which accompanied the al fresco lunch, in an ideal setting on a perfect spring day.

The three judges were unanimous in awarding the wood work prize of a flask of prosecco (donated by Susan Curran) to Joseph and Clotilde Wang for their delicate and clever weaving of cane and contorted hazel through fronds of bamboo to create the image of a fish swimming through reeds. A special junior prize was awarded to Claudia (9) and Sylvie (5) Fallas for twig and grass ‘cats’ dens’ (Wotan, the neighbouring feline, obligingly test tried each abode), and all artists were commended for their ingenuity and dexterity in producing works on themes as varied as The sufferings Job in Uz; environmentally punning Downing Sticks; the Ring of the Nibelung; and a nest for a flamboyant bower bird.

A rare pleasure.


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Tate Galleries: An NCAS Day Trip to LondonMay 15

Tate-à-Tate: An NCAS Day Trip to London

A chance to see the new rehang at Tate Britain (view at your own pace), and then a trip by Thames Clipper boat to Tate Modern, where we are booked to see the Matisse exhibition. We leave Notcutts, Norwich at 8am, expect to
arrive back in Norwich approx 9.30pm.

Cost for coach and Thames Clipper approx. £25.00.
Admission prices to the Tates (for the special exhibitions) will depend on your type of membership status (Art Fund, Tate friend etc).

Please advise Janey Bevington asap if you wish to come on 01603 616376, or email

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Public Glass Art: an illustrated talk by Andrew MoorFeb 27

Public Glass Art - Thirty Years of Change: an illustrated talk by Andrew Moor

Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm
Fusion, The Forum Norwich,
Members £2.50 Non-members £4.00

This was a new venue for NCAS talks, and we were rewarded both by a rapt audience and by a thoroughly engaging speaker. Andrew Moor is an architectural glass art specialist and director of Andrew Moor Associates, a company at the forefront of innovation in the development of glass art. Recent important works are on the seafront at Bridlington, at various prestigious sites in London, and we hope soon on Palace Plain in Norwich in association with Mariele Neudecker and Sculpture for Norwich. His talk reflected the revolutionary developments in the technology of glass making in recent years, which have allowed the flowering of a great diversity of glass art that is now visible in today’s urban and architectural spaces. This was a really enthusiastic talk from a leading exponent of his practice and it was warmly received by a very appreciative audience.










Andrew just before his talk, in front of our sign for the next NCAS exhibition!





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Arte Povera: a talk by Martin HolmanJan 28

Arte Povera - Rich Pickings from an Era of Poor Art. An illustrated talk by Martin Holman

Tuesday 28 January
The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich, 7.30pm
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

Martin gave us a passionate lecture, full of personal insight, into this short-lived grouping of Italian artists that emphasized how many disparate strands of contemporary art are indebted to it.






  Martin before his talk in The Forum



Martin Holman is a writer on modern and contemporary art, dealing widely with both well-known and lesser known artists. Recent monographs include studies of Terry Setch, Graham Crowley and Richard Rome. He has a particular interest in Arte Povera, one of the most significant movements to emerge in Europe in the 1960s (artists include Mario Merz and Yannis Counellis), and in 2011 he curated a ground-breaking first showing in Britain of sculpture by Pino Pascali at the Camden Arts Centre. He currently divides his time between London and Florence.









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NCAS Biennial AuctionNov 29

NCAS Biennial Auction

Every two years, NCAS stages an auction to boost its funds for commissioning new art. That time came around again on a cold Friday night. Those of you that have attended one of these events will know what fun they are and what bargains you can find and this one was no exception! Members, friends, local artists, restaurants and galleries all gave generously to support NCAS funds, and over 120 items were sold, including works by Mary Webb, Maggi Hambling, Colin Self and Derrick Greaves. Robert Short was again our engaging auctioneer and this year was one of the highest quality yet realising a massive total of over £9,000 for our funds.

Robert Short starts the auction, taking bids in the crowded Council Chamber at City Hall

Friday 29 November
Council Chamber, Norwich City Hall.
Viewing 6.00 p.m., bidding from 7.00 p.m.
A white wine bar was available. Admission was free.

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Matisse- an illustrated talk by Hilary SpurlingNov 7

Matisse- an illustrated talk by Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling just before her talk

The NCAS was fortunate to have Hilary Spurling to come and talk to us about the research that went into her two-volume, Matisse, the Master, and about the part she will be playing in the comprehensive Matisse exhibition planned at the Tate for Spring 2014. The extraordinary works Matisse, made during the last period of his life, are to be exhibited together for the first time. 120 pieces, including his Large Composition with Masks from Washington’s National Gallery of Art, Memory of Oceania from MOMA in New York and The Snail from the Tate’s own collection, will be shown alongside many other well known Matisse masterworks.

NCAS will be following up this talk with a trip to see the Exhibition in 2014.

Thursday 7 November
The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
7.30 p.m.
Members £2.00. Non members £4.50

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Curator's Choice - Ian Collins previews the SCVA exhibition MasterpiecesSep 3

Curator's Choice - Ian Collins previews the blockbuster exhibition Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia.

This was a sellout evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Ian Collins has assembled this spectacular exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts to mark UEA's 50th birthday. A familiar face to NCAS members, and a faithful devotee of the East Anglian art scene, Ian gave us a privileged and engaging preview of his eclectic selection that celebrates the rich and unique artistic heritage of the region. Many of the pieces on show have never been seen in public and most have never travelled far. Ian told us how, and why, such pieces were acquired for the show and the intriguing back-stories behind them. He also signed copies of the magnificent catalogue that he has produced to accompany the exhibition.





  Ian finally relaxing after his well received talk



Masterpieces runs from 14 September to 24 February 2014

Tuesday 3rd September
The Curve Lecture Theatre, The Forum, Norwich
7.30 p.m.
Members £2.00. Non members £4.50

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Derek Morris talk: A short history with sculptureJul 23

Derek Morris talk: A short history with sculpture
Tuesday 23 July Lecture Theatre, Norwich Castle Museum 12.30 pm.

NCAS trustee, Derek Morris, is a practising sculptor and former president of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He describes his talk as ‘a gentle and discursive journey through an artist's life, noting family inheritance, life changing experiences and the major influences that have gone to make up this particular sculptor.’
This event is being held in collaboration with the Norfolk Museums Service.

Free with museum admission (which is free to NCAS members!).

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Sunday 14th July 2013  This year’s AGM was held in the grounds of Bolwick Hall, at Marsham, by kind invitation of Caroline and Greg Fisher.  The brief formal AGM was followed by a short talk about Bolwick Hall, by Caroline Fisher, and a buffet lunch, with plenty of opportunity to meet and talk with NCAS officers, trustees and fellow members. Caroline conducted a wonderful tour around the grounds that took full advantage of the wonderful weather.








Caroline Fisher talking about the history of the house and grounds...









Cate Allwood, treasurer, Keith Roberts, outgoing chair (in borrowed hat) and Eleanor Cherry, outgoing administrator, conduct the formal business of the AGM, during which two new trustees were elected, Gill Findlater and Joseph Wang.

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Amanda Geitner: Talk and TourJun 15

Amanda Geitner: Talk and Tour on Contemporary Sculpture in Norwich
Saturday 15 June,

From 11 May to 8 September, the Castle Museum will be showing Shortcuts & Digression: Contemporary Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection. Curated by artist Brian Griffiths to sit alongside his installation in the Castle Keep (during May), this exhibition explores many ideas that characterize his own work: time, movement, travel and the narrative potential of objects.
Brian Griffiths comments, ‘I loved the clarity of SHORTCUTS with the air of efficiency against DIGRESSIONS as a wiggly route with potential of laziness and avoidance. I wanted both to play out … I am hoping this show will make you travel in unexpected and different ways.’
Amanda Geitner, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, presents this introduction to modern sculpture in Norwich, which is designed to complement the exhibition. It starts with a talk at the Castle after which Amanda will lead a walk through the city centre to view selected examples of public sculpture.

This event is being held in collaboration with the Norfolk Museums Service.
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Starting from Norwich Castle Museum Lecture Theatre.
Free with museum admission (which is free to NCAS members).
Booking advisable: please ring 01603 495897

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NCAS trip to Roche Court and Salisbury May 11
 - May 12

NCAS two-day outing to Roche Court and Salisbury.

Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 May
Our two-day outing to Wiltshire centred on a visit to the sculpture park at Roche Court, near Salisbury, but also includes a guided tour of Salisbury Cathedral, plus free time to explore the city. Details of the New Art Centre at Roche Court can be found here. We had an extremely congenial welcome and a generous lunch, which was very much appreciated.

The Gallery was showing work in The Writers Series by Sarah Pickstone, winner of the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012, and we were privileged to have an account of her work by the artist herself...

Sarah Pickstone

New Art Centre
The New Art Centre was founded in 1958. The original gallery was located in Sloane Street, London. In 1994 it was relocated to Roche Court in Wiltshire, a nineteenth-century house in parkland. The existing house and Orangery were built in 1804. Together with the grounds, Roche Court is now used as a sculpture park and educational centre where work is shown inside and out providing a survey of sculpture for the enjoyment of the public. The New Art Centre represents various artists' estates including Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage and Ian Stephenson. The gallery is the venue for a changing programme of exhibitions. All works are for sale and the New Art Centre exhibits annually at the Basel Art Fair.

Mr Gormley and the bluebells. photo: Janey Bevington

Gallery at Roche Court
The gallery at Roche Court, designed by architect Stephen Marshall, opened in autumn 1998. It has proved to be a perfect addition to the park and has won six architectural awards including the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize for best small building.

Roche Court



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Mariele Neudecker: Artist talkApr 23

Mariele Neudecker: Artist talk

in collaboration with Scupture for Norwich and NUCA

Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm at the NUA auditorium in Duke Street, Norwich. All admission £2

Mariele gave a relaxed but really informative talk, taking us through the trajectory that her work has taken in responding to her Northern European interest in Nature and Landscape (reflected on at length in Simon Schama's book on Landscape and Memory). Through her work in tanks to commissions and installations to her work outside, this was a fascinating example of how conceptual concerns can still be married to a skilled 'making' practice. The new CGI slide show of her proposed sculpture for Norwich was also shown for the first time and was very well received.


Mariele in front of one of her slides before the talk.

Mariele Neudecker was chosen by Sculpture for Norwich to produce a sculpture for St Martin-at-Palace Plain. Her proposal is based on a series of innovative glass panels held in a stainless steel matrix which fuse transparency and reflection with embedded black and white images. The spectator will see through the glass panels as well as what is reflected in them, together with photographs of spectators and of trees – from Norwich School paintings and from those in Norfolk. She will talk about this project, and more generally about her work.
Born in 1965 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Mariele Neudecker lives and works in Bristol. She uses a broad range of media including sculpture, installation, film and photography. She has shown widely internationally, notably in biennales in Japan, Australia and Singapore, and has had solo shows at the Ikon Gallery, Tate St Ives and Tate Britain.


Mariele Neudecker's practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural world, focusing particularly on landscape representations within the Northern European Romantic tradition and today’s notions of the Sublime. Central to the work is the human interest and relationship to landscape and its images used metaphorically for human psychology. This year Mariele Neudecker has presented a solo exhibition at Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, won the Ludwig Gies Preis for her participation at Triennale Fellbach 2010 (Germany), made a new commission for Extraordinary Measures, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and has been invited to spend three month at the Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco (USA). She is represented by gallery Barbara Thumm, Berlin.

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Working with Artists and Animals; An illustrated talk by Steve BakerMar 27

Working with Artists and Animals; An illustrated talk by Steve Baker

Steve just before his talk

Drawing on examples from his newly published book, Artist|Animal, Steve Baker discussed how contemporary artists (including a couple of Norwich-based artists) have found innovative and sometimes controversial ways to explore humanity's continuing fascination with the power of animal imagery. Baker interviewed selected artists on three continents in his research for the book, and his talk reflected on the pleasures and frustrations of investigating their motivations and approaches. Reviewing Artist|Animal, the leading American environmental artist Mark Dion writes: "What makes this beautiful book so successful is Baker's deep understanding of the nuance, intricacy, and contradictions in how artists work today."
This talk was followed by the book launch for Artist|Animal in the reception area outside The Curve, to which the audience was invited.

The Curve, The Forum, Norwich
7.30 pm (drinks can be purchased beforehand in The Forum, and at the book launch that follows this talk)
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00

Steve Baker is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Central Lancashire, and is the author of The Postmodern Animal (Reaktion Books), Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, and Representation (Illinois UP), and, with the Animal Studies Group, Killing Animals (Illinois UP). Chapters from his books have been reprinted in Routledge’s Animals and Society: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences; in Berg’s The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings; and in the exhibition catalogue ZOO~ (European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels). Baker has lectured widely on his research in North America and Australia, and selected publications have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Swedish and Italian.

Resident in Norwich since 2008, he is an artist-member of Outpost (an artist-run gallery in the city) and a trustee of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society.

His new book, ARTIST|ANIMAL, which he will be discussing (see below), explores contemporary art’s engagement with questions of animal life through detailed case studies of individual artists’ practices over the past decade. It will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in January 2013, as part of the “Posthumanities” series.


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Artist talk by Norfolk sculptor Neal French Feb 26

Talk by Neal French

Renewing our important series of Artist's talks, we welcome Norfolk sculptor, and long-time NCAS member, Neal French, who will be talking in the Curve at the Forum on Tuesday 26th February 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

Neal trained at the Royal College of Art and taught for many years at Hornsey College of Art, latterly Middlesex University, where he is still an Emeritus Professor. He is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and an elected member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors. He produced the head of Charles Clarke MP for the NCAS exhibition Making Faces. He recently had a show of his sculptures at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral and was commissioned by Grosvenor Estates in connection with the opening of their new building on Grosvenor Hill. A passing shopper stumbles upon Terence Donovan photographing the model Twiggy near to his studio in 1960s Mayfair (see below). You can read more about Neal here.

Photo: Peter Stevens

Neal says: "My work is figurative and based on seen and experienced reality, often it is based on people I know doing ordinary things. However it is seldom literal. It usually derives from an image of a figure that seems entirely characteristic of that person, but which at the same time carries abstract sculptural qualities and possibilities. All of the work is about balancing those two elements and using the qualities of the materials to express them."


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Working with John Berger: John Christie in conversation with Martin BattyeFeb 12

Collaboration - Working with John Berger
John Christie in conversation with Martin Battye

This wonderful event succeeded in drawing an audience of over 160 people on a very cold evening.









John Christie on the night

In the early 1980s artist and film-maker John Christie began a friendship and collaborative partnership with the influential writer, art critic and artist John Berger. Their first work together was a series of four films directed by Christie for BBC 2 based on Berger's book "Another Way of Telling" - an enquiry, with the Swiss photographer Jean Mohr, into the nature of photography. This was followed by several book projects including "Pages of the Wound" a survey collection (1956-94) of Berger's poems, drawings and photographs, and the award-winning "I Send You This Cadmium Red", a wide-ranging discussion in the form of letters and artist's books about colour which was published in 2000. A selection from the text of "Cadmium Red" was broadcast on Radio 3 with music specially composed by Gavin Bryars.

A 6 minute film using excerpts from this audio work will be shown during the talk. John Christie will describe what it is like to work in close collaboration with John Berger and discuss their recent projects, including a trip to Le Corbusier's chapel at Ronchamp in the company of two American Benedictine nuns, and their latest work-in-progress, a correspondence centred on key works from the Sainsbury Collection at UEA.

This major event is being organized in partnership with the Norwich 20 Group and Norwich University College of the Arts. As a maker of artists’ books since 1975 John Christie has produced more than 20 limited editions for both the renowned Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif. His prints, drawings and artists’ books are in many collections worldwide including the Tate Gallery, the V & A and The Yale Center for British Art. As a documentary director and cameraman his TV programmes include "Another Way of Telling", a BBC series on photography made in collaboration with John Berger and Jean Mohr; Salvage of Soho Photographer, a C4 documentary on John Deakin and "First Hand", a series of seven films based on literary manuscripts from the British Library. Christie is one of the founders of East Anglian publishing house Full Circle Editions. An exhibition of his recent constructions and works on paper will be shown at North House Gallery, Manningtree in April 2013.

John Berger is a novelist, screenwriter, poet, essayist and painter. He was born in London and has lived for many years in a small village in the French Alps, the setting for his trilogy Into their Labours: Pig Earth, Once in Europa and Lilac and Flag. His other novels include, To the Wedding, King; A Street Story and the Booker Prize-winning G. Among his ground-breaking studies of art and photography are Ways of Seeing, About Looking, Another Way of Telling and The Success and Failure of Picasso. His most recent works are the novel From A to X and Bento's Sketchbook, a meditation on Spinoza and an exploration of the practice of drawing.

John Berger celebrates the 40th anniversary of both his Book and TV programme Ways of Seeing and his Booker prize winning novel G.

NUCA lecture Theatre, Duke Street, Norwich   7.30 p.m. Entry £2.00

Side image is John Christie's photo of John Berger on Brighton Pier in 1992

Full Circle Editions

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The Launch of a New Print Portfolio from Eastern PavilionsJan 26

Saturday 26 January

The Launch of a New Print Portfolio from Eastern Pavilions

An exclusive private view and chance to meet participants

 Eastern Pavilions, a collaborative project involving Norwich Castle Museum and Gallery and ten other regional arts organisations and artist groups, has recently produced a portfolio of 12 prints by well-regarded local artists. Introduced by Hannah Higham from the Castle, this event will provide an opportunity to view the works in the portfolio, hear more about their production from those involved in the project, including Eastern Pavilions representatives and artists such as Colin Self, and to purchase your own set with a special discount of 10% for NCAS members. Bob Lee from innovatory London-based group, The Collective, will also discuss developing networks of contemporary art collectors and initiatives to encourage groups and individuals to buy into the art of today. All this over a cup of tea.

Benefactors Room, Norwich Castle Museum, 2–4 pm.

No charge, but bring your NCAS card to obtain free entry to the Castle.


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NCAS Christmas PartyDec 9

The NCAS Christmas Party

This was our Christmas social event, a great party with music, food, a raffle and entertainment galore, including dancing to the much-loved Mojo Band.

The Mojo Band

The venue was the friendly Keir Hardie Hall with its relaxed, and reasonably priced, bar, within easy reach of several city centre car parks.

Keir Hardie Hall, 9 St Gregorys Alley, Norwich, NR2 1ER
7.30 pm till 11 pm
Members £10.00, non-members £12.50

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Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines and Benton End rememberedNov 16

Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines and Benton End remembered
An illustrated discussion

Left to Right: Ian Collins, Frank Pond, Peter Baldwin, Robert Short and Maggi Hambling

The Castle’s autumn exhibition links Cedric Morris and Kit Wood and suggests a focus on Cornwall and St. Ives, but the greater part of Cedric’s creative life was spent in Suffolk. At Pound Farm, Higham in 1929, and subsequently at Benton End, Hadleigh, he and his lifelong partner Arthur Lett-Haines set up the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. It was still going in the 1970s. Deliberately exiling themselves from metropolitan art life, Cedric and Lett established a kind of bohemian paradise where art, literature, good food, gardening and riotous conversation combined to produce an extraordinarily stimulating environment for artists.

Our panel included former students of the school, Frank Pond, along with occasional visitors such as Peter Baldwin and Robert Short, on all of whom Benton End exerted a magical and never to be forgotten spell. Artist Maggi Hambling also joined the panel. She is a patron of NCAS and was also a pupil at Benton End. Local critic and journalist, Ian Collins, chaired the event.

Ronald Blythe described Benton End as "robust and coarse, and exquisite and tentative all at once. Rough and ready and fine mannered. Also faintly dangerous."

The Curve, The Forum, Norwich
Friday 16 November 7.30 pm (drinks available beforehand in the Forum)
Members £2.50, non-members £4.00









Benton End by Sir Cedric Morris 

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Ana Maria Pacheco: in conversationSep 26

Ana Maria Pacheco, was in conversation with Keith Roberts at the NUCA Lecture Theatre in their Duke St Building, Norwich at 7.30 p.m. on September 26th.

A very large audience turned out for a wonderful insight into the complex roots of her work and her unusual and varied ways of making. She described her visual roots in Brazilian landscapes, stories and colonial baroque, and outlined her complex way of working, through prints and drawings towards major sculptural installations every five or six years. This was a major event for NCAS and we were delighted that Ana agreed to revisit Norwich, where from 1985 to 1989 she was Head of Fine Art at what is now NUCA.







Keith and Ana before the talk


From 1997 to 2000 she was Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London, where she succeeded Peter Blake to become the first non-European and the first sculptor to hold the post. Her work can be found in collections throughout the world including, in the UK, the British Museum, the Arts Council, The Tate Gallery, The Victorian and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Norwich Castle Museum.

In 1999 she received the prestigious Ordem do Rio Branco from the Brazilian Government, and she received an Honorary Degree from the University of East Anglia in 2000.


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Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst: talk by Antony PenroseSep 18

Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst Through the eyes of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose

This fabulous talk by Antony Penrose was a personal profile of some of the major figures in 20th Century art

Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst were three of the key artists of the 20th Century. They were also close friends with the Surrealist photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. This is the hidden part of the story of a unique friendship, which spanned the Surrealist movement and the last 30 years of Picasso’s life. Told by Antony Penrose, who witnessed some of the events himself, this rivetting talk used the words and images of those who were there and it left the large audience completely entranced by his words and images.







Antony, before his talk in the Curve

Penrose is the son of the American photographer Lee Miller; his father was Roland Penrose, surrealist artist and poet, who founded the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in 1947, and biographer of Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies. He was also a Patron of NCAS! Antony is the Director of the Lee Miller Archive and The Penrose Collection. He has written numerous books, articles and two plays on the subject of his parents and their associates. He is most notable for his book, The Lives of Lee Miller, 1985, Thames and Hudson Ltd.


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Meet the Artists from NCA12Jul 18
 - Jul 20

Meet the Artists

This is a great opportunity to hear, meet, quiz and talk to some of the artists who have made works in the NCA12 exhibition. A mixture of young and older artists, some just starting out, some seasoned professionals, but all passionate about what they make; this is the way to spend lunchtime, getting closer and finding out what makes them tick. We look forward to seeing you there at these free sessions……….

Full Programme (can also be downloaded here)
Wednesday 18 July: Painting

Emrys Parry
John Midgley
Anna MacRae
David Page


Chair: Jeremy Taylor In The Curve, The Forum

Thursday 19 July: drawing

Rosie Winn
Rachel Daniel
Peter Kent
Joan Murray


Chair: Harriet Loffler In the Cube, The Forum

Friday 20 July: sculpture/video

Steve Highton
Barbara Dougan
Bob Catchpole
Derek Morris

Chair: Caroline Fisher In The Curve The Forum

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On Sunday 8 July we held our AGM in the church of St Michaels Coslany, Norwich (the previous home of the Inspire Discovery Centre) at 12.00. Lunch and a talk by curator Isabel Vasseur on the Cley exhibition she curated were attractions for what is always more of a party than a formal meeting!

The agenda and minutes can be downloaded here

The 2011-2012 financial statement can be downloaded here

  St Michaels, Coslany

Isabel Vasseur, curator of Aisle and Air at Cley, speaking at the AGM

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Trip to Margate Derek Jarman's gardenJun 16

16 June saw the NCAS trip set off to see the award winning Turner Contemporary Gallery at Margate and Derek Jarman's garden at Dungeness. It was a longer trip than initially thought, but well worth the time. The strange and rare landscape of the shingle at Dungeness left a lasting impression, as did the beautiful and spare garden created by Jarman.

Jarman's Prospect Cottage with our coach intruding!

Turner Contemporary at Margate had a mixed reception, most seeing the future potential of the striking Chipperfield building, but many being profoundly depressed by the major Tracey Emin exhibition, She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, currently filling much of its interior. Luckily the divine Lifeboat pub in the old town revived spirits before the trip back.

Turner Contemporary, Margate

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Jakson Pollock: a talk by Evelyn ToyntonMay 28

Following close on Mark Edwards heels, at 7.30 on 28 May, was a terrific talk by writer and critic Evelyn Toynton, who discussed her recent book on Jackson Pollock and his circle. The Curve auditorium, downstairs at the Forum in Norwich, again proved a welcoming and comfortable venue, and a large audience really appreciated the inside track and careful research that Evelyn brought to her subject, providing a vivid and powerful portrait of this troubled but talented American hero. Well illustrated, the talk wove together insights into personal dramas and psychology with her careful but critical appreciation of individual works to provide a compelling portrait that enthralled all of us.

You can read a review of her new book on Jackson Pollock here

Cover of Evelyn's new book

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Photographer Mark Edwards in conversationMay 26

Our first summer event of 2012 was on a very hot Saturday (May 26 at 2.00 p.m.) in the Auditorium at the Castle Museum, when landscape photographer Mark Edwards, whose wonderful exhibition was currently on in the Castle, was in conversation with Keith Roberts. We gained a privileged insight not only into the rituals of how he makes his large images, but also into the influences, drivers, inspirations and background to the "loneliest melancholy" of his resonant images. This was followed by a look at the four large images in The View from Here, including the amazing light-box, installed in the Castle to go with the re-hang of the Norwich School of Painters. Smallish audience but very rich rewards.

 Mark Edwards in action!

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Talk by Bruce GernandMar 21

Bruce Gernand: talk, 'Stuck in Flux', by the sculptor, in association with Sculpture for Norwich, on Wednesday 21 March 2012 at Anteros at 7.30 p.m.

Everything evolves. Process predominates. Change is a certainty. Bruce’s talk will explore the paradox of making sculpture as a response to a reality in constant flux. From the transformations of materials through fire in crucibles and kilns, to the malleability of the virtual spaces of the computer, the studio reflects and resists the world. There will be some ramblings on random acts and a more systematic look at morpho-genesis as a model for making.

Bruce Gernand has been living and working in Norfolk since the late 70’s. From 1997 to 2007 he headed the sculpture area at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and has subsequently been a Senior Research Fellow there. He has had numerous residencies abroad and his most recent AHRC funded project, Coded Chimera, involved working with the Natural History Museum and the Computer Lab at Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

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Talk by Ian CollinsMar 9

Ian Collins: talk by the author and EDP critic on John Craxton, Friday 9 March at 7.30 in The Curve at The Forum, Norwich.

This talk went really well, with Ian coping brilliantly with the couple of technical glitches (as we got to know the new venue), and exciting considerable interest in Craxton, as shown by the varied questions after. Quite a few signed copies of the book were moved!. Feedback suggested that this was the place to hold our talks in future, but feedback would be good....

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Talk by Paul GreenhalghFeb 22

Paul Greenhalgh: talk on 'The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the  Future'

7.30pm, Wednesday 22 February 2012 at Anteros

Paul started out with an undergraduate degree in fine art and art history from the University of Reading in 1978, and then completed a master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, in 1980. He was originally a practicing painter: over the years, he has taught at a number of institutions, including the Royal College of Art, University College Cardiff and Camberwell College of Art), but then shifted to his future role as an art historian with his first big job as Head of Research at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, where he also curated exhibitions himself, including Art Nouveau: 1890-1914, which was seen by more than a million visitors worldwide. He then moved to Canada for five years as President of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and in 2006 he became the director and president of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design in Washington DC, from where eventually he moved here, late last year, to succeed Nichola Johnson as Director of the SCVA. Paul has published eight arts and culture books over the last 20 years. His latest book is entitled FAIR WORLD: A History of the World’s Fairs and Expositions from London to Shanghai 1851-2010.

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Talk by Lee MarshallJan 28

Lee Marshall: Talking about his work in coversation with Robert Short and Harriett Loffler, 3.30 p.m. Saturday 28 January 2012, Castle Museum, Benefactors' Room. Entrance free to NCAS members.

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Charity AuctionNov 25

Our biennial charity auction was held on Friday 25 November 2011. Staged in the main debating chamber of City Hall, Norwich, the event attracted a wide range of art works for sale, which were ably auctioned to a packed audience by Robert Short and Diana Lamb. Net proceeds for the NCAS purchase funds were just short of £4,000, a new record for the NCAS.

Auction Viewing
City Hall 2011: viewing the works prior to the charity auction.


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Cornelia ParkerNov 10

On Thursday 10 November 2011, the conceptual artist Cornelia Parker talked to a packed audience of over 250 in the NUCA lecture theatre in Duke St , Norwich,  Introduced and interviewed by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Cornelia gave a fascinating account of the trajectory of her working practice.

Cornelia Parker
Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton and Cornelia Parker

Cornelia is by no means a stranger to Norwich. Indeed the Castle Museum and Art Gallery have done her proud. Between 2004 and 2006 we had a great local opportunity to see her work in three separate exhibitions! In 2005 she was in Art out of Place, part of CAN05. In Size Matters, a Hayward Gallery show with Arts Council touring in 2006, she showed Fleeting Monument, a 1985 piece with multiple cast Big Ben Souvenirs under a brass pendulum. And then in 2004/5 she had her own solo show, where she re-presented probably her best-known work, from 1991, Cold Dark Matter, an Exploded View, together with her 1989 work 30 Pieces of Silver.

In her work, both the natural world and the world of designed and manufactured objects, are given new identities, with new meanings, new resonances and new allusions, through a complex process of destruction and resurrection.Cornelia has said, “My art is about destruction, resurrection and reconfiguration: an exploration of the secret lives of objects and materials, both strange.” It was a marvelous evening.

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