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Norwich Art Story: Rana Begum

If you’ve ever wandered up to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s mezzanine area, you’ll know that its unique and interesting structure makes it a fantastic space for exhibitions, and it’s hosted some great work over the years. So, we’re very excited that Rana Begum’s work will be exhibited in May this year (in partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival) – and not only that, but this will be her first museum show anywhere in the world!

Image: Rana Begum



Those in the know may recognise Rana’s name from her outdoor artwork at Kings Cross station in London.  Unveiled in November last year, No. 700 Reflectors is 50 meters long and situated at Lewis Cubitt Square. It features 30,000 reflectors and is mightily impressive. In fact at the end of last year, artnet*news listed Rana at No. 7 in their list of the top 50 Most Exciting Artists in Europe Right Now, Part 1.



The Bangladeshi-born artist attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design where she gained her Fine Arts Degree in painting, and then the Slade School of Fine Art where she received her Master of Fine Art.

Begum is known for her 2D and 3D work which takes inspiration from both urban landscapes and the geometric shapes found within Islamic art and architecture. Her work is, to many, both engaging and striking with strong minimalist and constructivist influences, and her upcoming Space Light Colour exhibition will feature various immersive installations to create an immersive exhibition which will be a must-visit this year!


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Image: No. 700 Reflectors, London - Rana Begum


Rana Begum: Space Light Colour will be open from 12 May – 1 October 2017. Tickets will be £7 or £6 for concessions, and the exhibition will be free for Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Members and Student Members. Book tickets online here.



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