The sun brings out the artist: easels, sketchbooks and paint boxes – there is so much art out there right now to explore, see and consider. You are positively spoilt for choice!
With an embarrassment of stunning shows, visual arts, exciting exhibitions, sculpture parks and open studios, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
For her solo exhibition at 303 Projects, Wilson presents a work that finds a moment of stasis in its occupation of the gallery space. Unsure of itself before it arrived and unsure of where it will go next.
one hundred and eighty-nine, is a measurement of sorts, an arbitrary one really, a number that fits together well, 1+8, 9-1, does this matter? The exhibition is accompanied by a text-work that is constructed using the first line from the 189th page of each book in Wilson’s studio.
Pushing at abstraction and translation, these works sit in conversation with one another, both presenting potentialities and outcomes that have cemented on the page and in the space, and both inviting the viewer to speculate on their individual journeys.
Wilson’s practice spans various mediums, working in both 2D and 3D. Her ‘go to’ is often construction timber, wood of various kinds but predominantly the wood that we build with, timber processed and sawn ready for use, the stuff that arrives on a flatbed truck.
Alice Wilson is a London based artist, represented by domobaal. Recent exhibitions include A Mild Epiphany On My Bike, domobaal, 2021-22, MASS, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2021, The Contact Layer, Pictura Painting Festival, Montreal, 2020 and Painting and Other Bad Habits, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, 2018. She has received significant recognition through funding from the British Council to work and exhibit in Denmark during 2018 and from Arts Council England to make work on site at Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn, for an exhibition with DOLPH projects in 2017. She teaches at University of the Arts London, University of East London and is a mentor on the MASS correspondence course.
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Alice Wilson at 303 Projects, 303 London Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk. (Runs till 30 July)
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 15 October)
Cities around the world have developed and diversified more rapidly in the last ten years than ever before and today over half of the world’s population lives in an urban environment. The many facets of urban life – architecture, migration, commuting, crowds, noise, lights – have long been a rich source of inspiration to artists. The World We Live In, which takes its title from an artwork by Carel Weight, brings together twentieth century and contemporary works to explore these issues, while offering a space to contemplate the role of the city, especially in light of events of the last two years.
Exploring themes from urban development – such as in works by Victor Pasmore and Toby Paterson – to migration and the relationship between inner cities and suburbia, the artists presented in this exhibition respond to a variety of places across the world. George Shaw’s The End of Time depicts the area of Coventry where he grew up, while Melanie Smith’s Parres shows the de-personalised outskirts of Mexico City, the place she has lived and worked in since 1989.
The sensory experience of living in urban environments is also addressed in the exhibition, with works such as Norwich-born Michael Andrews’ Lights II: The Ship Engulfed depicting glittering cityscapes and neon signs and Rut Blees Luxemburg’s Meet Me in Arcadia capturing the artificial lights from a block of East End London flats.
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(FREE to attend. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Runs till 4 Sept)
This mixed show features 100 new and established artists from across East Anglia participating on the theme of Fauna and Flora. With over 200 artworks to see, these include large scale floral paintings and pastoral views, to statues of native birds and quirky chickens, marine life and photographs of trees – there’s sure to be something for everyone.
The Yare Gallery is situation in a 17th Century merchants house on Great Yarmouth’s historic South Quay. It is packed full of artworks for sale including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, textiles and film.
The gallery shop has original artworks, ceramics, prints, and other items to browse and purchase, and why not extend your visit by getting a drink from our refreshment stand and take it out into our courtyard sculpture garden, where we’re creating a nature friendly space.
The Yare Gallery, 26 South Quay, Great Yarmouth (Runs till 1 September)
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 nnfestival.org.uk
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(ONLINE / Great Yarmouth, Norfolk)
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.
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.
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.
(Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich / Runs until 25 September 2022)
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)
“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)
‘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.
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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