We’re very lucky in Norwich at the moment.
Not only is the city sparkling with beautiful twinkling lights, stunning projections and Europe’s only Tunnel of Light, there are also loads of fantastic exhibitions happening right now. Over Christmas, while you might – just might – find yourself with some spare time, here’s our list of our favourite exhibitions that are happening throughout December.
Title Image: Brick Wonders, Warren Elsmore
The Forum Gallery , Norwich
1st of December – 21st January
LEGO® lovers (or just people that like fun) are in for a treat when Brick Wonders opens at the Forum on Friday. This fantastic exhibition, curated by artist Warren Elsmore, features 500,000 LEGO® bricks to take visitors on a colourful journey of discovery of amazing sites from around the world.
See the seven wonders of the ancient world, alongside modern, natural and historic sights from all seven continents. As well as a trip all over the world, you’ll get the chance to re-discover everyday marvels such as electricity and the Internet as well as an incredible centrepiece of a 2 x 4 metre model of an airport, complete with working runway lights.
This inspirational, surprising, creative, light-hearted-but-still-jaw-dropping exhibition is completely free, too!
Fairhurst Gallery, Bedford Street, Norwich Lanes
1st December - 23rd December
This Friday, The Fairhurst Gallery will open an exhibition by two young artists, both of whom attended the Florence Academy of Art, and have since become renowned for their classical work. The still life, portraits and landscapes on show here are dream-like and ethereal, and a sage mix of traditional themes with contemporary touches.
Alongside the exhibition the Fairhurst Gallery will be launching their new Gallery Shop, which will stock a range of special editions made by emerging and internationally established artists and designers. Just in time for Christmas!
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich
Until 3rd of April
I haven’t had chance to see this yet, but PR manager Mel has, and she used the word ‘extraordinary’ to describe the work here. You’ll know seminal British artist and cultural commentator Roger Law from his work on spitting image: he created the hit 1980s and 1990’s TV series with Peter Fluck. Now, Roger is practicing as a major ceramic artist, establishing himself as a pioneering figure in his work in Jingdezhen, one of China’s most famous porcelain centres. This exhibition looks at his artistic and intellectual formation, as well as the incredible sculptural puppets featured in Spitting Image.
£7/£6 concessions. Please note the Mezzanine Gallery is not open to visitors who, in the event of an emergency evacuation, cannot descend the steep spiral staircase independently and unaided.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
Until 11th February
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is “the best it’s ever looked” at the moment.
Since October, The Russia Season has comprised of two major exhibitions contrasting art, life and culture in Russia, before and after the Revolution. In the first exhibition, Royal Fabergé, you will discover the incredible story of the world’s greatest artist-jewellers during the decades preceding the First World War. The second exhibition, Radical Russia, will show how ‘scandalous’ avantgarde artists rose with revolution, to briefly become the State’s officially approved culture. This is an exhibition of humanity, as well as artistry, and it will take your breath away.
While you’re there, don’t miss the spectacular ‘Tatlin’s Tower’ – a ten metre high replica of the doomed masterpiece of the revolution (read more about it here). You can enjoy the tower from the buzzy warmth of Kofra; the pioneering Norwich coffee house which now has a café inside the Sainsbury Centre.
It’s the perfect afternoon out, and a nice bit of escapism if the onslaught of Band Aid through shop speakers is getting a bit much.
£12/£10.50 concessions. TICKET PRICE PERMITS ENTRY TO BOTH ROYAL FABERGÉ AND RADICAL RUSSIA EXHIBITIONS. Free for Members and Student Members. Group organisers; for ten or more persons, admission is £10.50. Wheelchair users (manual and electric) £6, when booking online use "child". Please note: some cases are limited view for wheelchair users.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Until 7th January
This exhibition is really incredible. Today, Rembrandt is perhaps more renowned for his oil paintings, however when he first began his practice in 17th Century Holland, it was his etching and print work that he was most well know for. In this very rare and intimate exhibition, you’ll see work by the Dutch Master like you’ve never seen it before: light and expressive, almost sketchy. Humorous in places, too. At the same time, you’ll recognise the same shadowy acuity that exists in his paintings. Take the time to read the boards around the place: there’s a lot to find out about Rembrandt’s surprising – and very moving – story. To find out more, read our dedicated blog post here.
Free with admission to Norwich Castle.
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