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The east has long been a draw for artists and creatives, inspired by the landscape and the light from our big blue skies and bucolic sunsets. New exhibitions are now showcasing works in unique settings which add to their impact. Here are a selection of ideas to stimulate, intrigue, confront, enlighten and entertain:




Diana Ng, Artefacts Series

Hundreds of artists will open their studio doors across Norfolk to share their creative processes this autumn. Makers and creators will be at work in their studios, garages, spare rooms, garden rooms, community spaces and schools sharing how and where they work.

Visitors can explore the county in early autumn through studio visits and an array of art trails, events and demonstrations. They will find painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers, wood workers, jewellery makers, ceramicists, textile artists and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk.


Credit Rory Clement


Artists at all stages of their careers will be taking part, from school and college students through to emerging artists and established and professional creators and makers.

Many artists will be offering additional events, demonstrations and workshops to share their skills and practice.


Hard To Say, Benjamin Alden

In total there will be 218 studio venues, 19 schools taking part, 11 art trails and 28 events. Artists include: Jennifer Williams, Diana Ng, Nick White, Benjamin Alden, Naomi Clements and Anni Tempest.

A schools’ preview exhibition will be held at the Undercroft Gallery, behind Norwich Market, Guildhall Hill, Norwich (15-24 September) and additional preview exhibitions will take place in West Norfolk and at the Greenhouse Gallery in Norwich.

For an issuu electronic brochure of artists and studios taking part in the Norfolk Open Studios programme, click here

To find out more about Norfolk Open Studios click here Check programme for timings.
Norfolk Open Studios is free to attend. (Runs from 24 September till 9 October)





Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Walton Bridges, 1806 Oil on canvas, © Norfolk Museums Service


JMW Turner’s magnificent oil painting, Walton Bridges takes centre stage in a new exhibition at Lynn Museum. Focusing on depictions of water, the exhibition sets Turner’s achievement as a painter of rivers and seascapes within the artistic context of his time.

This is the first Turner oil painting to be publicly exhibited in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. It is also important as an early Turner masterpiece, and the first in a series painted during his extensive boat trips on the Thames during 1805-6 and is significant for the fact that it is thought to be the first oil he painted largely en plein air.


James Sillett (1764-1840), Seascape in Moonlight, undated, Oil on canvas, © Norfolk Museums Service

Surrounding this work are paintings by artists who were also drawn to capturing the many moods of water, some of whom have local connections. They include Henry Baines, born in King’s Lynn in 1823, John Baines George Vincent and James Sillet contemporaries of Turner who both spent time between Norfolk and London and brothers William and John Joy from Great Yarmouth.

Turner has always been especially admired as a painter of earth, air, fire and water, the ‘four elements’. Many other artists were also deeply inspired by the ways in which he captured these fundamentals of nature. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to appreciate Turner’s genius alongside significant works by his antecedents and contemporaries in an exhibition which shows how he tapped into and helped shape, the ‘Romantic’ movement of his time.

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Turner at Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (Runs till 25 September)





The Art Station is a charity arts organisation providing a new creative hub in Saxmundham, a rural market town in coastal Suffolk. Having completed a major refurbishment of the first floor of a former 1950’s telephone exchange and post office, The Art Station’s unique venue has become a base for a dynamic and engaging arts and community programme.

DIRTY WORK Part ONE – curated by William Cobbing, presents a diverse range of ceramic works, from sculpture to video, which push the boundaries of the medium in a subversive way. The visceral characteristics of the clay catch the work in a state of flux, or in a state of shed or metamorphosis. The ambiguous nature of the work allows the viewer to decipher forms that seem part alien, animal or vegetable. The artists play with the base materiality of clay in a direct, sensual and often humorous way

The Art Station, 48 High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AB
To find out more click here (Runs till 9 October)


DIRTY WORK Part TWO – curated by The Art Station, artists draw the audience into various forms of intimacy either through direct interaction or unspoken dialogue. Clare Twomey will create a large-scale suspended installation in which the public will be offered a social context in which to transform paper through a ceramic intervention.

Karen Densham makes seemingly sweet, sentimental but ironic works that go beyond the ornamental to question our readings of cultural signs and indicators. Richard Oliver’s cast pieces re-appropriate ceramic shells from the bronze casting process to create a hollow form; robust, but seemingly brittle, uneasy contemporary totems or abstract busts for uncertainty, and Ali Hewson uses traditional techniques and forms and subverts them into enigmatic sculptural vessels.

The Old Theatre, Framlingham, IP13 9BH
To find out more click here (Runs 3 to 18 September / Live performance 3 Sept)



Paul Zawadzki, Evening Flight

Popular artists collective Easterly Artists are back with another exciting pop-up art exhibition
Lowestoft visual artists collective Easterly Artists return with another of their highly-acclaimed pop-up exhibitions “Letting in the Light”, taking over the disused Ladbrokes building in the Triangle Market on the historic High Street, and transforming it into a focal point for some of the most creative and inspiring art in East Suffolk today.

Titled “Letting in the Light”, the new show explores one of the most important elements in any artist’s toolbox – light: what is it; how does it change; how can you play with it and how does it affect both the artist’s view of what they’re creating and the viewer’s perception of what they’re seeing?

All Easterly Artists members are practising artists living or working within a 20-mile radius of Ness Point, the UK’s most easterly location.

“Letting in the Light”, Ladbrokes building, 5-7 St Peter’s St, Lowestoft NR32 1QA.
To find out more click here. FREE to attend (Runs from 9 till 18 September)




Works by SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS will be exhibited at THE HANDA GALLERY in Wells as part of a show by Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle.

The group, which was established in 1885, boasts Sir Alfred Munnings as a former member alongside other artists of international acclaim such as Edward Seago and Bernard Reynolds. Sir Alfred Munnings joined the group when he was studying art and working in Norwich, and later became President of the Royal Academy.

Work will also be shown by Sir Christopher Le Brun, who recently retired as President of the Royal Academy. The exhibition will also feature new, selected artworks from members of the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle whose membership now tops 200 artists.

Working very closely with MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM in Dedham, Essex the exhibition will show loans of artwork and ephemera belonging to Munnings, showcasing his important role in our nation’s, and Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle’s, artistic history.

To honour Sir Alfred’s early work there will be a selection of black and white works, submitted by members to reflect his work as a student and as an apprentice at Caley’s, Page Brothers and Colman’s mustard, all companies all based in Norwich.

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Handa Gallery, Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AN
Free to attend (Runs from Friday 9th September till Sunday 2nd October 2022)




Yarmonics is a festival of sound and new music celebrating the sounds, people and places of Great Yarmouth. The Yarmonics Sound Map hosts a growing collection of recordings from performances for you to explore and experience. Free online via

FREE to explore. To find out more click here



Explore narratives around Empire, enslavement, conflict and luxury consumerism connected to the story of India’s historical trade in textiles, and the relevance of these issues in our world today, in this colourful and thought-provoking exhibition, from internationally acclaimed artists, The Singh Twins.

Slaves of Fashion, The Singh Twin’s most recent body of work, includes life-size symbolic portraits of historical figures which are presented as vast digital fabric light box artworks to reveal the full intricacy of their design and the eclectic, detailed, symbolic and narrative style for which The Singh Twins are renowned.

For a taste of what’s on display watch here

Collectively these demonstrate not only the beauty, and craftsmanship of Indian fabrics as a highly desirable commodity in an age of expanding western exploitation colonialism but also invite us to consider the human and environmental cost of luxury goods.

Light box artworks and satirical paintings on paper also focus on the British Empire’s relationship with India and the wider legacies of colonialism, as a well as present-day debates about identity, racism, globalisation, fair labour; the politics of trade and climate change that relate in some way to Imperial racial attitudes and colonial commercial practices of the past.

The exhibition also features a range of material (including hand painted preparatory artworks, drawings, time-lapse videos, artist films and historical objects) offering unique insights into the creative processes and inspiration behind the Slaves of Fashion series.

“If you care about the environment and you care about human rights, then you should really care about what you put in your shopping basket too, and that’s partly what the message of Slaves of Fashion is about. But it’s equally about redressing neglected and hidden histories, showing how we are all connected through a shared colonial heritage and how our understanding of global narratives around Empire can help us to view ourselves and the world around us in a new light.” – The Singh Twins, 2022.

FREE to attend. To find out more click here
FirstSite Gallery, Colchester, Essex (Runs till 11 September)




Over a career spanning more than forty years, John Virtue has established an international reputation as one of Britain’s leading artists. Landscape forms the central focus of his work, and his acknowledged antecedents in this tradition include John Constable, JMW Turner and Jacob van Ruisdael.

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(Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn. Runs till 25 Sept)



Who influenced John Constable on his journey to becoming an artist?

The Hay Wain, perhaps his most famous work is now over 200 years old. It is also 200 years since the death of Suffolk artist George Frost (1744-1821), Constable’s early mentor. To mark this, Creating Constable will explore the early Suffolk influences and personal friendships that created Constable the artist. It will reveal the important untold stories of Suffolk artists, local collectors and early supporters who provided Constable with the foundations on which to build a career.

Creating Constable features loans from the V&A, private collections and four new Constable artworks that have never been on display before.

The exhibition is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The Friends of the Ipswich Museums, and sponsored in part by Kerseys Solicitors.

Free to attend. For more information, please click here

(Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich / Runs until 24 April 2022)




Over 150 works drawn from collections in the UK and internationally will examine how ancient Egypt has shaped our cultural imagination. From antiquity, when the Great Pyramid was revered as a wonder of the ancient world, to the Cleopatra of Shakespeare’s stage, this ground-breaking exhibition explores this ongoing engagement with ancient Egypt and charts its many forms across centuries of art and design. The exhibition examines how the iconic motifs and visual styles of Egypt have been re-imagined and re-invented over time – revealing a history closely entwined with conquest and colonial politics.

The exhibition coincides with the 2022 anniversaries of two key events: the bicentenary of Jean-François Champollion’s decipherment of hieroglyphs and the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The exhibition will include painting, sculpture, writing, fashion and architecture, alongside photography, film and installation art. It will feature work from artists as wide ranging as Joshua Reynolds, Hector Horeau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, David Hockney and Chris Ofili alongside works by modern and contemporary Egyptian artists, rarely exhibited in Britain.

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Visions of Egypt, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich

(Runs 3 September 2022 till 1 January 2023)



Located in the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park, Usagi Kannon is a towering bronze figure with rabbit ears and a human face. Usagi Kannon offers shelter through their bell-shaped skirt, acting as a protective shrine. Once inside, the small holes shed star-like rays of light creating an encompassing universe around the viewer.

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(FREE to attend. Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Until late 2024)


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