Touching on Science
Painting, Drawing and Photography
Dunston Hall, Norwich, 26-29 March 2017
This small exhibition contains works by three Norfolk-based artists, Juan José Guerra, Steve Baker and Geoffrey Lefever, all of which touch directly or indirectly on various issues that are also of concern to scientists. Dr Helena Golanó de Sweeney, who is from Barcelona, and who has recently joined the Exhibitions Committee of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, has curated this exhibition for the Society, and grateful thanks are due to her, and to the artists for so readily agreeing to install their recent work.
The impetus for the exhibition has been the idea of Prof Natasha Raikhel from UC Riverside, to introduce small art-related ‘provocations’ into the context of the annual meetings of the CAS-JIC Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science. With the support of the John Innes Centre, NCAS has been delighted to respond to this challenge, and we hope the resultant exhibition stimulates you to think about those evanescent threads that link ideas in the two cultures. Artists and scientists both strive, in their different ways, to understand the nature of the world we inhabit, and we each need to understand what and how the other is contributing to our evolving knowledge.
Steve Baker Scapeland XXIII
The reception for the scientists went well and many listened to the curator, Helena Golanó, talk about the works.
Exuberance is Beauty: David Holgate at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
David Holgate, Norwich letter-cutter, sculptor, musician and teacher, was a member of the Norwich Twenty Group, Noorfolk Contemporary Craft Society and Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and he sat on our NCAS committee for many years. Probably best known for his two statues of Mother Julian and St Benedict on the West front of the Cathedral, his beautifully cut memorials and inscriptions are spread across East Anglian churches, cemeteries and buildings. In the Cathedral itself there are 26 memorials and inscriptions. This exhibition has been assembled with help from all three societies, together with family and friends, and is a fitting memorial to his artistic and musical legacy.
The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
21 Jan - 25 Feb, 2017 Entry is free
NORFOLK CONTEMPORARY ART 2016
nca16 is the fifth in our series of biennial open shows of recent work by artist members of Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (ncas), and is located in both The Forum’s Atrium and in their new Gallery. The exhibition this year forms part of our 60th anniversary celebrations.
The NCAS prize this year was chosen by the selectors and won by Julia Cameron. Her prize (a year's supply of wine) was presented at the private view by Adam Walker from our sponsor Naked Wines. More details can be found here.
The nca16 selectors were Harriet Loffler, Kate MccGwire and Kimberley Foster. They met on the 4th July and had a tough time sifting through all 350 images submitted! They finally chose a total of 68 works from 49 artists (ten of whom are NUA students) that will all appear in the final hang. Many thanks to the panel for the hard day's work they put in.
The selection panel can smile after their tough assignment: l. to r. Kimberley Foster, Harriet Loffler and Kate MccGwire
Friday 2 to Saturday 10 September, 7am-12pm
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich
ALSO....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……
Meet the Artists
Artist Talks at the Curve Auditorium
The Forum, Norwich
11am to 12.30pm
On Friday 9 September, the artists are:
Liz McGowan, Carolyn Mac Arthur, Louise Richardson and Julia Cameron
On Saturday 10 September, the artists are:
John Midgely, Pat Bashforth, Rose Davies and Katarzyna Coleman
Ana Maria Pacheco Sculpture: Norwich 2015
Three Ana Maria Pacheco sculpture exhibitions ran concurrently at Norwich Cathedral, the keep at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and at the Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist Starting on Tuesday March 17th. A fourth exhibition at the Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts closed on 26 April. This showed the 1985 sculpture, The Banquet, that reflects on abuse or exercise of power. This work, from 1985, dates from the time that the artist was Head of Fine Art at what was then Norwich School of Art. In Norwich Cathedral, Shadows of the Wanderer, 2008 was installed in the North Transept and remained there up to and including 14 December. This work reflects on concerns about migration and the movement of displaced peoples. Enchanted Garden, eight new polychromed alabaster reliefs were installed on the balcony level in the Norman Keep at Norwich Castle. And two studies of heads, John the Baptist I and II, that also reflect on the exercise and abuse of power, were installed in the Catholic Cathedral. These installations all enabled a new and diverse audience to experience these powerful works in a setting removed from the more conventional gallery space. See below for admission times and dates.
Ana Maria Pacheco was born in Brazil. Following degrees in both Art and Music, she taught and lectured for several years at Universities in Goiás before coming to London in 1973 on a British Council Scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art. Since 1973 she has lived and worked in England. From 1997 to 2000 she was Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London, a residency that culminated in a major exhibition of her work. She has received an Honorary Degree from the University of East Anglia and in 1999 she received the prestigious Ordem do Rio Branco from the Brazilian Government.
Curated for Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, in association with Pratt Contemporary and in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, these exhibitions explore the sculpture of Ana Maria Pacheco produced over the last four decades. Supported by Arts Council England.
Study of Head (John the Baptist III), 1992 The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich (only until 29 September)
Shadows of the Wanderer, 2008 Norwich Cathedral
Enchanted Garden, 2011-2015 Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Revised Timetable and Admission Times:
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery: 17 March to 14 December 2015.
Norwich Castle is showing Enchanted Garden, a new series of eight polychromed alabaster reliefs, in the Norman Keep.
Mon - Sat: 10 am - 4.30 pm. Sun: 1 - 4.30 pm
Norwich Cathedral: 17 March to 14 December 2015.
In the North Transept, Norwich Cathedral is exhibiting the 2008 sculpture, Shadows of the Wanderer.
Daily 7.30 am to 6.00 pm ADMISSION FREE
Recommended visiting times:
Monday to Saturday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. Sunday 12 noon – 3 pm
The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich: 17 March to 14 December 2015.
The Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist is exhibiting two studies for heads:
Study for Requiem (John the Baptist I), 1989 is in the North Aisle of the Nave and will be there up to and including 14 December
Study of Head (John the Baptist III), 1992 is installed in the Baptistry (excluding times when the Baptistry is in use) and will be there only until 29 September.
ADMISSION FREE (Tours extra)
The Gallery at NUA: closed 25 April 2015.
The Gallery at NUA, at St George’s Street, Norwich, NR3 1BB, will show an early work, The Banquet, completed in 1985 in Norwich, along with a related contextual work and large scale prints.
Tue – Sat, 12 – 5 pm. Closed on Sun and Mon. ADMISSION FREE
Gallery will be closed from Friday 3 April to Wednesday 8 April inclusive.
We acknowledge financial support from the following bodies:
Arts Council England
Norfolk Contemporary Art Society
East Anglia Art Fund
Norwich Cathedral Exhibition Fund
Norwich University of the Arts
The John Jarrold Trust
We also acknowledge enormous help and support from Pratt Contemporary
The Tourists new work commissioned in response to Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
This Spring and Summer an exhibition of newly commissioned artworks will enliven the house and orangery at Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property in North Norfolk. Stories of Felbrigg’s former inhabitants, tales from the Grand Tour, country pursuits and the habitats of birds will be explored in the sculpture, photography and installation art on show.
This new venture is a partnership with the National Trust and is supported by grants from the Arts Council, NCAS and EAAF. The exhibition will be curated by NCAS committee member Caroline Fisher (who many members will remember from the AGM held at her home, Bolwick Hall). Caroline has managed an Arts Council grant in the past for BolwickArts, a residency project which ran from 2002 to 2007. She has also worked extensively on exhibitions for Wellcome Collection and currently for the Royal College of Physicians on an exhibition due to open in January 2014
NCAS committee members visiting Felbrigg
Felbrigg Hall (nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg-hall/) is a National Trust property in North Norfolk with a productive
walled garden and dovecote, a rolling landscaped park with a lake, 520 acres of woods and waymarked trails and
an orangery. The three artists we have selected are Kate MccGwire (www.katemccgwire.com), Claire Morgan (www.claire-morgan.co.uk) and Gayle Chong Kwan (www.gaylechongkwan.com), who all have considerable experience in making art in response to place. The work itself will mainly be sculpture, but may also include other media such as sound or light. All three artists have a track record of delivering work in response to site specific locations such as Tatton Park Biennial and 'Art on the Underground'.
Kate MccGwire works with birds and feathers. She is interested in the ways in which people have interacted with birds through history. She would like to produce a piece of work in response to the dovecote at Felbrigg Hall.
Gayle Chong Kwan works in a variety of media including photography, film and light. She has made pieces in
response to an orangery at Tatton Park, and also has an interest in the 'Grand Tour' which is an area well
represented in the collections and library at Felbrigg.
Claire Morgan's work is sculptural and often involves suspended elements. She also has an interest in birds, flight and light. She would probably make a site specific installation inside the house at Felbrigg. Claire has exhibited internationally at MAC Belfast, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy and Karsten Greve, Paris.
Norfolk Contemporary Art 2014 An exhibition in The Forum Norwich, 3 - 15 March 2014
Norfolk Contemporary Art 2014
The Forum, Norwich Open daily: 7 am to midnight
Stewards present and Sales between 10 am and 6 pm
The gala opening
The exhibition started with a bang on the 3rd of March. Over 250 people thronged the gala opening, and sales were brisk. The selectors chose Keith Fox as the worthy recipient of the £500 Adnams prize and he was presented with his cheque by Alexandra Hemell of Adnams plc.
Keith Fox receives his cheque
Once again we partnered with the Forum to present the very best of contemporary art produced by our NCAS members. This very competitive, biennial show has become a regular and much anticipated part of the contemporary art calender. As usual, the works in the exhibition were selected by a panel of art experts, which was chaired by Keith Roberts (Chair of NCAS Exhibitions Committee). We are really grateful to the three members of that panel not only for giving up their time but for providing the critical insights that made the whole process enjoyable and productive. The panel consisted of Carl Rowe, the Course Leader for BA Honours Fine Art and MA Fine Art unit leader at Norwich University of the Arts, Sarah Bartholomew, Assistant Curator at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and Frances Kearney, the Norfolk-based artist. We had a large number of submissions, all from artist members of NCAS and the selection process was anonymous, in that the panel were given neither artist’s names nor prices of the works. The panel finally agreed on 51 works selected from the more than 300 works they looked at. These include prints, paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture by artists from right across the region, some old favourites, some surprises and a welcome sprinkling of new talent.
Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and the Forum Trust would like to thank Adnams of Southwold for generously providing the prize awarded by the selectors to the outstanding artistt in the show.
As part of the COAST festival, NCAS presented an exhibition of photographs by Norfolk photographers at the Rocket House Café, The Gangway, Cromer NR27 9ET, curated by Robert Short and Keith Roberts.
Artists included Rory McShane, Stuart Goodman, Adam Goodman, Maddy Pikarsky, Rodney Thomson, Nils Schmidt-Hansen, Keith Roberts, Julia Cameron, Mark Cator, Derek Rae,, Ann-Mari Stevens, Steve Baker and Richard Denyer.
27 Oct - 3 Nov, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat/Sun 10am-5pm FREE ENTRY
The launch party gets under way
The Gala Launch for NCA12 was a huge success and ten works were sold on the opening night. Over 200 people attended the event at which the Adnams Prize was awarded to Katarzyna Coleman. Over 400 NCA12 submissions by artist members were seen by the selection panel (see below) and 71 works were selected. This follows the tradition of biennial open shows that was established with NCA2008 and NCA2010. The exhibition is shown in collaboration with the Forum Trust, Norwich from 17 - 26 July 2012. A review by Ian Collins can be downloaded here. Eighteen works were sold in total.
Meet the Artists sessions were held during the exhibition and a full programme can be downloaded here
The launch party in full swing
The NCA12 panel before their selection meeting in the Forum. L to R are Caroline Jarrold, Jenny Dunseath, Veronica Sekules and Mark Edwards
12th - 28th July 2011: NCAS, in partnership with The Forum Trust, curated Elements: Material Worlds, an open exhibition for artists in the East of England, in which 300 artists submitted 700 works from which the selection panel chose 77 works for the final exhibition, which were shown in The Forum, Norwich. The Selection Panel consisted of the Curator of Exhibitions at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Lizzie Fisher; founding Chair of OUTPOST, partner in Kaavous-Bhoyroo arts agency and curator of Eastern Pavilions, Kaavous Clayton; Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, Amanda Geitner; and internationally celebrated Norfolk artist, Roger Ackling.
Work selected included video and animation, sculptures, paintings, photographs and assemblages and ranged from traditional to abstract. Some of the work was shown in the Fusion Digital Gallery Space during the event and 20 pieces of work were sold from the exhibition.
Rich and abundant in artistic talent, East Anglia is a hub for active visual artists, producing work across a range of media and on many diverse subjects. However, opportunities to exhibit or sell their work outside local galleries are few and far between, and when they do arise, it is often the case that only a small minority will ever hear about the show or see contemporary art as anything other than puzzling and inaccessible to them.
As part of its commitment to promoting and making the very best contemporary art of the region available to all, Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (NCAS) joined forces with The Forum Trust to launch an open, selling exhibition at The Forum. This resulted in NCA08 which attracted thousands of people, of all ages and interests.
The resounding success of the exhibition and the positive comments received from people attending, has called for NCAS and The Forum Trust to commit to staging the event biennially. Cue NCA10!
The selection panel considered over 600 works submitted by 152 different artist members of NCAS (almost double the number of submissions of NCA08), before selecting 65 works for the final exhibition. The selection panel comprised the two curators, Ian Collins and Derek Morris, together with Keith Roberts (Chair, NCAS Exhibitions Committee), Susan Curran (Chair, NCAS), Mary Yule (committee member, NCAS), Nicola Ovenden (ex committee member, NCAS), Caroline Jarrold (Forum Trustee and Patron of NCAS), Robin Jesson (committee member, NCAS), and Harriet Godwin (Curator of Art (Modern & Contemporary) at Norwich Castle Museum).
Many more details of this major, Wellcome Trust-funded exhibition can be found archived at www.photo-id.org.uk, where the catalogue can also be downloaded.
This exhibition featured ten new commissioned photography installations, and was shown, free to the public, in The Forum, Norwich as part of Contemporary Art Norwich 2009.
No doubt you’re sure about who you are (and you probably have a pretty good idea about your neighbour as well). But how did you arrive at that knowledge about your identity (and hers!). The way in which identity is constructed is a complex process. At one level, how you choose to describe yourself (and others) might combine information about age, gender, appearance, faith, nationality, ethnicity, language, accent, occupation, status, family and where you come from. On another level, how you feel about being ‘you’ might embrace more complex issues like personality, mood, mental state, illness, and relationships. Some of these factors are genetically influenced while others are probably not. At yet another level, your identity may reside in your name, a driving licence, a passport, a photograph, or genetically related biometric data such as fingerprints, iris scans or even DNA profiles!
Some of these complex issues of personal and social identity were explored through Photo-ID, a major photography exhibition in The Forum, in Norwich City centre, throughout August 2009. It presented the work of ten specially commissioned photographers, who each visually approached the idea of identity, within a cross-cutting context that explores how recent information about our human genome affects how we, and others, will think about and use identity in the future. It was freely open to the general public, and was accompanied by a full programme of ancillary educational activities and a fully illustrated catalogue/book.
The ten artists from Photo-ID. From l to r: Dave Lewis, Simon Terrill, Mark Edwards, Evi Lemberger, Asa Johannesson, Kim Cunningham, Carl Jaycock, Joanna Kane, Paul Sucksmith and Marlene Haring.
Norfolk Contemporary Art 2008 was the result of a shared ambition held by The Forum Trust and NCAS to bring
contemporary art to a wider public audience. Providing a unique opportunity for the people of Norwich and Norfolk to see some excellent works of art, the exhibition was also a valuable showcase for the artists involved. It was curated by Nicola Ovenden and Robin Jesson.
A total of 345 works were submitted. A selection panel of eight people chose the 78 works that made up the exhibition. The selection panel comprised: Ian Collins, Writer, (distinguished author on East Anglian contemporary art, art curator and Eastern Daily Press journalist); Liz Edwards (NCAS); Robin Jesson, Artist, (NCAS); Joan Luckhurst (NCAS); Derek Morris, Artist, (NCAS); Nicola Ovenden (NCAS); Keith Roberts (NCAS) and Dorothy Smith (The Forum Trust).
Barbara Leaney Spiral Nebula
Making Faces was held from 2-30 September 2006 in The Forum, Norwich. The project was funded by the Welcome Trust and many more details of the whole exhibition can be found on the archived website at www.makingfaces.org.uk.
Simon Tegala's Self Portrait
The lives of all of us are dominated by our need to look at and interact with the faces of others. We detect emotion, we know whose face it is we are talking to, we fall in love with them, and we make images of them. This obsession is reflected in the close attention of both scientists and artists to faces in general and to particular faces. The British Association’s annual Festival of Science in September 2006 was held in Norwich and to mark this, The Norfolk Contemporary Arts Association, in partnership with the John Innes Centre, the Teacher Scientist Network and the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts staged an exhibition in the Forum, called Making Faces.
The exhibition had at its core a body of commissioned artwork from three UK artists, who interacted over the year with a panel of leading UK scientists working on various aspects of face biology. Areas of concern included how faces are made in the womb, how neural activity in our brains allows us to identify and understand faces and their associated expressions and transformations and how we construct gender, age, and ethnicity from a glance. The exhibition paralleled a main science session at the BA meeting on the same topic, and a major output was an illustrated book/catalogue that reflected some of the ethical and social issues thrown up by contemporary research in the area, as well as charting the artists response to these concerns. The exhibition was funded by a Society Award grant from the Wellcome Trust.
The exhibition, curated by Keith Roberts, was organised by the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society in collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, The John Innes Centre and the Teacher Scientist Network. The titles of the three installations were:
Keith Piper Head Hunter (after Broca)
Simon Tegala Self Portrait
Alexa Wright Cover Story
Michael Andrews, The Rocking Horse, 1952 © Estate of the Artist
Shown in the Timothy Gurney Gallery at Norwich Castle, and organised in partnership with the Norwich Castle Museum, all of the work in this show was selected from leading private collections of modern art in the region. The result was Surprise! - an eclectic mix of modernist masterpieces that combined exciting abstract paintings with figurative pieces by an international cast of artists including Howard Hodgkin, David Hockney, Paula Rego, Joan Miró, and Elisabeth Frink. There were of course some local connections - in the form of major works by Norwich-born painter Michael Andrews and Ana Maria Pacheco, who was Head of Fine Art at Norwich School of Art & Design during the late 1980s, but the overall flavour was of the richness of the modernist - or at least post-war - idiom.
Quite apart from offering a vast range of important and valuable art the show of private tastes also offered the visitor some inevitable but interesting contrasts. “If Barry Burman's Mannequin and Ana Maria Pacheco's Untitled Studies are as dark as they come - and Nicola Hicks' The King's Horse, majestic,” explained Robert Short, “the pieces by Joan Miró, Roger Hilton, Patrick Hughes and David Hockney, by contrast, are full of mischief and good humour.”
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