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N&N Festival 250 presents a stunning programme of visual arts. It’s also time for Ipswich print week, open studios at Harleston and Waveney, Suffolk at snape maltings and the coastal marsh artist collective as well as shows at Sainsbury centre and Houghton Hall amongst many, many shows – we are positively spoilt for choice!




For Norfolk & Norwich Festival 259 this year, city shopkeepers have dressed their windows to celebrate the Festival’s return. 10 Norfolk artists have been commissioned to create a window display for independent businesses in Norwich for May celebrating Norwich’s creativity and creating a Festival buzz across the city.

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(FREE to attend. Norwich. Runs 1 to 31 May)



Working from his father’s often repeated phrase ‘Time is your greatest asset’, internationally renowned conceptual artist Ryan Gander, presents an exhibition examining the currency of time. Multiple new works centre around Everything is Broken Down, 2022, from which each visitor is offered a free gift.

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(FREE to attend. East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts. 3 May till 2 July)



This new work from acclaimed ceramic artist Richard Slee makes its UK debut. As fourteen majestic swans glide across the tranquil surface of their museum plinths. Slee uses the subversive power of humour to interpret and reframe familiar objects, with a mischievous nod to the traditions of historic porcelain manufactories.

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(FREE to attend. Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Runs till 14 Aug)



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)



Seeking and investigating; searching and finding; assembling and combining; wrapping and binding. These are some of the activities undertaken by artist group haptic/tacit. FieldWork describes their process of active research, analytical and methodical, exploring and learning, out and about in their surroundings. haptic/tacit: Jane Cairns, Nicky Hirst, Kim Norton, Annie Woodford, Grant Aston and Robert Cooper

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(FREE to attend. GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Runs till 25 June)



Today, over half the world’s population lives in an urban environment. Featuring important works from the Arts Council Collection, The World We Live In explores the many facets of city life which have been a rich source of inspiration to artists.

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(FREE to attend. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Runs till 4 Sept)



An amazing evening, experiencing the effect of the change of light from day to night in James Turrell’s tranquil Skyspace. Through an aperture in the ceiling, you are offered a heightened vision of the sky in a place of contemplation and revelation, harnessing the changing light of the Norfolk sky.

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(Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, 7pm, Fri 13 & Sat 14 May)



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)



As Norwich Castle celebrates 900 years, join a city-wide journey of discovery. Grab your phone and follow the QR codes on this fascinating cross-city trail. Uncover the Castle’s history and find out what the people of this fine city think being regal is all about. Free visit for more info A Castle 900 project. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Norwich BID

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(Norwich Castle. Runs from 13 May to 30 June)



This extraordinary townwide exhibition will celebrate and share the outcomes of a newly created youth-led climate change manifesto for King’s Lynn, including interactive installations, large-scale projections, and audio trails. Open to all and free to attend.

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To find out more about Collusion and Neutrinos/Klanghaus Manifesto click here
(King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Runs from 14 to 31 May)



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

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(ONLINE / Great Yarmouth, Norfolk)




The Coastal Marsh Artist Collective is a new group of artists that have joined to support each other and promote their art along the North Norfolk coast. They are taking part in the North Norfolk Open Studio Trail beginning on 28 May and ending 5 June.

The Coastal Marsh Artists’ studios are scattered along the coast road (A149), from Burnham-Overy-Town through to Salthouse as well as meandering through the Glaven valley to Binham, Wiveton, Glandford, Saxlingham and Hindringham. The range of the artist disciplines is uniquely wide – printmaking, blacksmith forging, landscape paintings, sculpture, abstract expressionism, still-life paintings, ceramics and map-making. Included in the trail are internationally collected, award-winning artists, members of the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Artists Guild.

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(North Norfolk Coast. Runs 28 May till 5 June)


Suffolk Open Studios

Annual event every June. Artists open their studios to the public to show their work and their working environment. There will also be an exhibition with work from these artists on display at the Pond Gallery from 7 till 17 May.

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(Suffolk Open Studios, June and Pond Gallery Exhibition, Snape, Suffolk. Runs 7 to 17 May)


Harleston and Waveney Art Trail

The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail (also known as HWAT) is a diverse and lively community of professional artists who live and work in the beautiful Waveney Valley, all within reach of Harleston, a small market town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail has taken place every summer since 2005. Each year they open their studios and workshops for two or three consecutive weekends.

Entry to all studios and workshops is free, browsers are very welcome, and work can be purchased direct from the artists. All the studios are within ten miles of Harleston: you can tour by bike, on foot or by car (we hope the weather will be nice, and the roses out!).

For a full list of participants, dates and access to the Art Trail, click here
(Harleston, Suffolk. Studios open from 11:00 to 17:00. Runs 21-22 and 28-29 May)



Printmakers in Ipswich and beyond will open their studios to the public during Ipswich PrintWeek for you to watch artists at work and find out what inspires them and how they create their work, plus buy original work and even have a go at printing something yourself.

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(Ipswich Printweek, Suffolk. Various venues. Runs from 21 to 28 May)




Pablo Picasso: The legacy of youth

“We tend to forget that Picasso wasn’t simply a figurehead of the Modern Age. He grew up in the 19th century: the extraordinary mixture of values that was fin de siècle Europe penetrated deep into his personality, remaining with him through his life”

A focussed exhibition which looks at the early artistic formation of Pablo Picasso, from his teenage years to his thirties (1896 – 1914). The exhibition traces the artist’s progress, from his childhood in Malaga to his rise in Paris as acknowledged leader of the international avant-garde. It compares his achievement with the artists he admired and made use of, including Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Gauguin and Redon. Rarely seen paintings and drawings will be shown alongside more familiar works.

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(Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Runs from 13 March to 17 July)



IPSWICH PRINTWEEK is a celebration of printmaking at venues across Ipswich and beyond. Whether you are a printmaker, a lover of printmaking or a newcomer to printmaking, the Tower Street Print Project have something for everyone to enjoy and take part in. Highlights include:


Ipswich Print Week Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the talent and skill of new and established printmakers from across Ipswich, Suffolk and beyond. A chance to enjoy beautiful artworks and purchase artworks with all sales going to the artists

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(Whistler Gallery, DanceEast Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs from 21 to 28 May)


Printmakers Question time

Chaired by specialist printmaker and Suffolk local, Dale Devereux Baker, RE a panel of professional printmakers, illustrators, lecturers and gallery owners will discuss and answer questions from the printmaking community, students and members of the public; with debate on the future of printmaking in the digital world.

Panellists include: Monica Petzal, printmaker, journalist, broadcaster, lecturer, and owner of the Printroom Gallery in Sweffling, Clare Curtis, printmaker and illustrator who has work in the V&A, and lives in Felixstowe, Terry Gravett, ARE, printmaker and lecturer at numerous universities in Ireland, now based in Ipswich who also has work in the V&A, and Rob Ramsden, printmaker, illustrator, author of children’s books and a lecturer in graphics at the University of Suffolk.

To find out more and book tickets (£5.00 ea and concessions) email to book your place
(Conference Suite, The Hold, Ipswich. 7pm to 8.30pm. Thurs 26 May)


Tasters at Tower Street

Have-a-go, open-to-everyone lino cutting taster sessions where you will learn how to design and print your own work using the reduction method.

FREE to attend. Booking essential. To find out more, click here
(Tower Street Print Studio, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs 25-26 May)


‘Our Place in Time’ – The Big Print Finale

The Grant Finale of Ipswich PrintWeek 2022. The reveal of a spectacular linocut artwork that has been created by students from across Ipswich over the past 12 months, capturing the challenges and experiences from the past two-years. Called Our Place in Time this work will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a two-tonne road roller!

FREE to attend. To find out more click here.
(University of Suffolk. 12:00 Runs 28 May)

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(Ipswich PrintWeek, Suffolk. Runs from 21 to 28 May)


Painting Faces: The Art of Flattery

This delightful exhibition explores the fascinating history of the art of ‘making-up’. Featuring over 40 drawings, prints and objects from the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. The exhibition focuses on the history of make-up and its portrayal in artworks from the Ancient Egyptians to Instagram.
Today, the possibilities for cosmetic improvement seem infinite: from eyebrow tattooing and lip fillers, to make-up that ‘contours’, or ‘sculpts’, the face. Many online tutorials show how to make yourself up as famous beauties of the past, such as Cleopatra and Marie-Antoinette. Or if you prefer a more virtual form of flattery, how about using an app or ‘augmented reality’ filter to enhance your selfies?
People have been perfecting their faces since the very earliest times and, whether painting portraits or decorating human skin, they have used exactly the same materials: from kohl in ancient Egypt to white lead and carmine in 18th-century Europe. Painting Faces: The Art of Flattery, explores this need for ‘self-fashioning’ both on skin and canvas.
(Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Runs from 5 February till 19 June)


Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951

‘Rhythm and Geometry’ has been drawn from the Sainsbury Centre collection and is the first time this collection is being exhibited together. Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951, celebrates the abstract and constructed art made and exhibited in Britain since 1951 and comprises around 120 objects including sculpture, reliefs, mobiles, painting, drawing and printmaking.

Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951 examines the rise of this dramatic strand in post-war British art led by the example of Victor Pasmore, who famously converted to abstract art in the late 1940s.

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(The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Runs from 2 October – 17 July 2022)


FIELDWORK at GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn

Kim Norton, Annie Woodford, Jane Cairns, Nicky Hirst, Grant Aston, Robert Cooper
FieldWork is an exhibition about the spaces that exist between the urban and the rural. Work in the field is key to a methodology. It is about exploration, observation and presentation.

Six artists challenge many of our ingrained images of urban-rural as binary opposites. They are looking at the fringes of the city where rural and urban meet and merge. Exploring spaces such as rivers, woodlands, paths or wastelands.

Spaces where urban nature thrives. Finding images in gardens, allotments, churchyards, and parks. FieldWork is both a lens through which to view urban nature, and a description of artistic practice.

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(Groundwork Gallery, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Till 25 June 2022)


Women Don’t Do Such Things!


Walk in the footsteps of Suffolk women past and present who have led change in their communities, careers and countries throughout history. Explore the pioneering work of activists, doctors, archaeologists, pilots and many more moving and poignant stories of Suffolk women breaking down barriers.

Explore the pioneering work of activists, doctors, archaeologists, pilots and many more moving and poignant stories of Suffolk women breaking down barriers.

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(The Hold, Suffolk Archives, Ipswich, Suffolk till 19 June 2022)


Scottish Women Artists Transforming Tradition

This exhibition brings together exciting historical, modern, and contemporary works from the Fleming Collection that span over one hundred years of social transformation, innovation, and individualism. Mid-twentieth century greats, such as Joan Eardley, Margot Sandeman and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, are displayed alongside their peers, artistic forbears, and those they inspired, to communicate the dynamic tensions and creative synergies that have influenced successive generations of Scottish artists.

This exhibition presents fifty engaging works, which address a wide and eclectic range of themes. Scottish Women Artists focuses on paintings, drawings, assemblages, and photography that explore human relationships, encounters with places, structural forms, and recognisable objects. In this way, traditional genres such as the still life, landscape and portraiture are reinvigorated by the artists’ imaginative treatment of familiar subject matter.

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(Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, till 3 July 2022)



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