Norfolk Contemporary Art Society Past Exhibitions

NCA20 Open ExhibitionNov 6
 - Nov 20

NCA20 Open Exhibition

We are now finally planning the next of what used to be our regular biennial open exhibition for members. It will be four years this time, but the good news is that we have now finally been granted a slot in The Hostry at the Cathedral, pencilled in so far for early November 2020! Watch this space . . .

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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