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.

Alfred Cohen: Between Figuration and AbstractionJun 18


Alfred Cohen: Between Figuration and Abstraction
A talk by Max Saunders

The American artist Alfred Cohen (1920-2001) spent the last 22 years of his life in North Norfolk. As part of the programme of exhibitions and events to mark Cohen’s centenary, his stepson Max Saunders, Professor of English at King’s College London, will explore different phases of this remarkable artist’s work.

Thursday 18 June 2020, 7pm
The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members £2.50, Non-members £4.00 NUA
 and City College students free

Bob Catchpole: studio visitApr 17


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

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

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

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

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

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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