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Norwich's Urban History

Norwich’s urban history and architecture is being celebrated in an exhibition of artwork at Norwich Theatre Royal.

'Past, Present, Imperfections' is the work of artist Sally Hirst and is a chance to see Norwich from another perspective with multi-textured and abstract work showing glimpses of the intricate detail in some of our most iconic buildings from past and present day. The exhibition is free to look around and open until Monday 2nd October in the Adnams bar.

For the past year, Sally has immersed herself in the story of Norwich’s buildings and industrial heritage; they have inspired her to create a series of paintings, prints and collages which highlight the design, structures, signs and materials used in our buildings. Artworks include The Mustard Factory, Crown Brewery, Bullards Chimney and Sovereign House. Some of the work is inspired by those that are still around now, while others are based on old photographs and records.

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Each piece in the exhibition varies in style between the abstract and realistic but all aim to encourage people to think about the past and present of Norwich’s urban landscape.

Sally Hirst hanging her paintings at the theatre

 Image: Sally hangs her work in the Adnams bar at the Theatre Royal 

The art exhibition is part of Norwich Theatre Royal's ongoing partnership with Targetfollow Arts to highlight creative talent from the area. Sarah Cannell, of Targetfollow Arts, said the exhibition will allow you to look at Norwich in a different way. She said: “Through the layers of information and meaning, transparency and opacity, ambiguity and nuance, these images aim to inform and enrich understanding of our fine city.”



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