Over the next few weeks we’ll say a sad goodbye to some truly fantastic exhibitions which have graced the galleries and artistic spaces of Norwich. If you haven’t yet been (or if you have, but fancy going again!) then here’s your chance. But be quick, before they’re gone!
The highly respected collaborative exhibition came, with great excitement, to Norwich (and to East Anglia for the very first time) and it sure hasn’t disappointed! Held once every five years, it’s a must-visit whilst you’re in Norwich – and there are so many highlights to see across the show’s venues: Norwich Castle, EAST GalleryNUA and NUA’s St Georges Building.
Some of our favourites include the hugely realistic paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, which are so realistic and lifelike you’d be forgiven for assuming that they’re based on real people – but no, they’re all figures which she’s skilfully painted from her imagination! - plus the pieces in Fabulous Beasts by Simon Fujiwara, which are actually shaved animal skins (which he stretches out to use as canvasses) and the LED screen which flashes up comments from Youtube videos - a great commentary on today’s celebrity culture.
Image: Ryan Gander, Installation view Photo © David Kirkham
Head over to the wonderful gallery space that is the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, nestled on the University of East Anglia campus. The building not only looks like a piece of modern art in itself (designed by Norman Foster) but waiting inside is an incredible array of art spanning over 5,000 years.
One must-visit collection which is currently exhibited in the centre is A Line Through Time, a landmark exhibition of Alberto Giacometti’s incredible pieces which commemorates 50 years since his death. It looks at his influence on British art, showcasing a range of other artists who inspired him and who he in turn inspired. On until 29 August, this is your last chance to see Giacomettis, Bacons, Freuds and Moores all in one exhibition!
Also at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and also ending on the 29 August, is the wonderful (and incredibly emotive) collection of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson. They’re all captured on the streets of Paris and offer a poignant insight into the city and its people.
This is the first UK showing of the exhibition, so make sure you see it before it’s gone!
Image: Christian Dior fashion show. 1957. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photo
For something really different, check out Trophies - a hugely impactful series of anatomically correct porcelain sculptures of animal skulls, created by artist James Webster. They’re all based on his childhood obsession for collecting bones and skulls, which he used to find in the countryside surrounding the farm he grew up on.
The exhibition is housed at Fairhurst Gallery on Bedford Street (in the heart of the Norwich Lanes); step inside and you’ll be blown away by the intricacy and detail in these sculptures – they are based on real animal skulls, after all, and created in porcelain. Parts of the skull are then oxidised with melted iron to create metallic areas, creating an incredibly impactful collection reminiscent of Egyptian art (a style that James is really fascinated by). Make sure you visit the exhibition before it ends on 3 September; entry is free.
Image: Trophies exhibition at Fairhurst Gallery
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