Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Past Exhibitions

Port-2-Port: a brace of exhibitions in Yarmouth and King's LynnOct 12
 - Nov 21


Port-2-Port is a brace of art exhibitions curated by NCAS. In medieval times the two ports of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn were major players in English sea-borne trade, the former broadly facing the Low Countries and also focused on fishing, the latter facing the Hanseatic League ports in the Baltic and with onward trade routes inland. Sadly both towns have steadily declined as ports for both trade and fishing, so we are drawing attention to these two beautiful and historic towns by focusing on their cultural strengths, exchanging artworks from one port with artworks from the other, exhibiting them in galleries in each other’s port and connecting them visually, despite the surprising distance that separates them. We acknowledge support from both Norfolk County Council and East Anglian Art Fund.

The Great Yarmouth artists showing in Port-2-Port are John Kiki, Emrys Parry, Brüer Tidman, Katarzyna Coleman and Bridget Heriz. The curators are Selwyn Taylor and Keith Roberts, both NCAS trustees.

The artists who will be showing in the reciprocal return exhibition, in Yarmouth, all have their studios in West Norfolk. They are Esther Boehm, Kate Giles, Lee Grandjean, Chloe Mandy and Stephen Parry and the curators are Caroline Fisher and Chris Mardell, both NCAS trustees.

Port-2-Port opens at the Fermoy Gallery and the Red Barn, 7-9 St George’s Courtyard (off King Street)
King’s Lynn, PE30 1EU
Exhibition continues Saturday 12th October to Sunday 27th October
Open every day except Mondays, from 11.00 to 4.00, free admission

Port-2-Port continues in Yarmouth at the The Fisher Patterson Gallery in the main Yarmouth Library.
Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH 
Thursday 7th to Thursday 21st November. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.00 to 5.00, 9.00 to 7.30 on Wednesday and 9.00 to 4.30 on Saturday.

Dates for the two private views are now set.
The PV at The Fermoy Gallery in King’s Lynn is on Friday 11 October at 6.00 pm, while the PV at The Library in Great Yarmouth is on Wednesday 6 November. Invitations will be emailed to all our members nearer the time.











     Katarzyna Coleman



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Norfolk Contemporary Art 2019 date cancelledApr 4
 - Apr 9

Sadly this is CANCELLED because the huge increase in fees charged by The Forum have made this NCA19 unaffordable


Dates have been announced for the Norfolk Contemporary Art 2019 exhibition . . .


NCA19 is the next in our regular series of open selected exhibitions for work by NCAS artist members, and will be held in the Forum, Norwich from the 4th to the 9th April 2019.

Further details about the selectors, timetable and submission forms for NCA19 will be posted here in due course

ABSTRACTED: Exhibition at Mannington HallJun 11
 - Aug 27

ABSTRACTED: An Exhibition at Mannington Hall, Norfolk

An NCAS exhibition, Abstracted, is now installed in the café and grounds of Mannington Hall throughout their summer season. Artists shown indoors include Annie Brundrit, Rupert Mallin and Martin Battye, while Rose Davies and Bridget Heriz will have sculpture shown outside. For updated details see

The illustrated colour catalogue, with further details, can be downloaded here.

 All five artists were present at the well-attended launch of the exhibition on 9th June and they are, from left to right, Bridget Heriz, Annie Brundrit, Rose Davies, Rupert Malin and Martin Battye.









11 June to 27 August 2017
Open: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11am - 5pm and Sundays 12noon - 5pm






The Furies by Bridget Heriz

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The Makers, an exhibition at Felbrigg HallApr 22
 - Oct 29

The Makers at Felbrigg Hall: Call to Artists

Following a national open call for submissions, three artists were selected for a residency and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the collection at Felbrigg Hall Alec Stevens, Florence Kennard and Alida Sayer.









      Alec Stevens  Shard (detail) 2017



In the past, the families who lived at Felbrigg had a tradition of commissioning new work from artists and craftspeople. The artworks created for 'The Makers' exhibition continue this established tradition and give visitors the chance to see Felbrigg in a new light.

Felbrigg is a seventeenth century house that still retains the feeling of a family home while presenting the precious collections of some of its early residents. There are many fascinating paintings, sculptures, furniture and objects, reflecting making in all its forms and also an extensive library of books and manuscripts. The walled garden includes diverse plant species, fruit and vegetables and is rich in wildlife.

The artists appointed will have the opportunity to become inspired by Felbrigg estate, its house and grounds, during a week long residency

Exhibition dates: Sat 22nd April - Sunday 29th October 2017
For opening times and admission prices please see website. National Trust Members free.

Felbrigg Hall Felbrigg, Norfolk, NR11 8PR Tel: 01263 837444

Directions: By train: Cromer or Roughton Road, both 2½ mile

By road: 2 miles from Cromer; off B1436, signposted from A148 and A140

A partnership between the National Trust and Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, with support from Arts Council England, East Anglia Art Fund, Norfolk County Council and Norwich University of the Arts.


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Touching on Science at Dunston HallMar 26
 - Mar 29

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.







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Exuberance is Beauty: David Holgate retrospective exhibitionJan 21
 - Feb 25

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.









    David Holgate


The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

21 Jan - 25 Feb, 2017 Entry is free

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NCAS Sixty Years On: Treasures from the Castle's CollectionSep 24
 - Sep 10

NCAS Sixty Years On: Treasures from the Castle's Collection

Over the last 60 years, NCAS has been involved in the acquisition of more than sixty works of contemporary art for the Castle Museum and Art Gallery. This carefully curated exhibition showcases almost all of the works from that collection and makes a fitting contribution to our 60th anniversary celebrations.

The launch party on the 26th September saw over 200 people flock to the exhibition, which was officially opened by James Colman, artist and representative of the Colman family that have been intimately and generously connected with NCAS throughout its 60 year history.







 photo: Brian Smith



James Colman talks with artist Peter Baldwin






 photo: Brian Smith




Artist Rosie Snell talks to trustee Selwyn Taylor about her painting Stalker




 photo: Nicky Roberts




Keith Roberts, Brenda Ferris, James Colman and Steve Miller after the opening speeches

Timothy Gurney Gallery
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Meadow, Norwich

Starts 24th September 2016 and continues until 10th September 2017


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NCA16: biennial Open ExhibitionSep 2
 - Sep 10


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





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Ana Maria Pacheco Sculpture: Norwich 2015Mar 17
 - Sep 29

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






















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The Tourists: commissioned work in response to Felbrigg Hall, NorfolkMay 3
 - Oct 31

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 ( 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 (, Claire Morgan ( and Gayle Chong Kwan (, 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.

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Norfolk Contemporary Art 2014Mar 3
 - Mar 15

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.



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Reality CheckOct 27
 - Nov 3

Reality Check
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


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Norfolk Contemporary Art 2012Jul 17


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



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Elements: Material WorldsJul 12
 - Jul 28

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.

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Norfolk Contemporary Art 2010Jul 1

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).

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Photo-ID: photographers and scientists explore identityAug 1

Many more details of this major, Wellcome Trust-funded exhibition can be found archived at, 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
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.


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Norfolk Contemporary Art 2008Aug 2

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

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Making FacesSep 2
 - Sep 30

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

Making Faces Making Faces

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

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Surprise! Modern Art in Norfolk Private Collections Nov 2

Surprise! Modern Art in Norfolk Private Collections







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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