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HEAD EAST – Live Events, Lectures & Talks

Time to hear thought provoking arguments and debates and to challenge your perceptions.  Stimulating lectures, talks and walks are being added regularly to venues across Norfolk and Suffolk and beyond as we write this. Check our latest listings for updates. Here’s a selection of some of our early summer special events…



Printmakers Questiontime 26 May 19:00

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 (£5.00ea) email to book your place
(Conference Suite, The Hold, Ipswich. 7pm to 8.30pm. Thurs 26 May)

This two-day festival returns triumphant to Hedingham Castle, on 11th and 12th June, 2022. The star-studded line up includes Maggi Hambling, Paul McKenna, Lea Ypi, Anne Glenconner, Simon Heffer, Luke Wright and Bessie Turner.


EA Festival 2022, presents over 22 Speakers/Performers taking the stage across the two days, discussing topics ranging from psychedelic drugs to political history, Diplomacy to disfunctionality. Each day will be capped by an enthralling classical musical concert on the 11th and a scintillating indie music finale on the 12th.

Returning to Hedingham Castle the star-studded line-up includes Maggi Hambling, Paul McKenn, Lea Ypi, Anne Glen Conner, Simon Heffer, Luke Wright and Bessie Turner.

Cambridge Art Fair, led by East Anglian art dealer, Charlie Hart, will take over Hedingham Castle’s 1000-year-old Norman keep, creating a feast for the eyes, to complement the weekend’s intellectual buffet.

To find out more and book tickets, click here

(EA Festival, Hedingham Castle, Essex. Runs from 11 to 12 June)


BACK TO THE FUTURE: Arts in a Digital Age

Experts join academics to discuss the impact of the digital age on key aspects of the arts
The University of East Anglia’s (UEA’s) brand-new series, ‘Back to the Future: Arts in a Digital Age’, seeks to examine the impact of the digital age on key aspects of the arts in the past, present, and future.

Through four fascinating events, the effects on museum and gallery curatorial practice, archives, the wider heritage industry, and the study of history, will be explored. Contributors include the Digital Director of The National Archives at Kew; the Head of Library Collections at the Society of Antiquaries of London; the Professor of Palaeography at Cambridge; the Head of Collections Care at the Tate; a museums specialist from Glasgow University; the Director of the Sainsbury Centre, and specialists from the Castle Museum and UEA.

All events are organised by the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and will take place at Norwich Castle’s Town Close Auditorium as part of UEA’s partnership with the Norfolk Museums Service.


The Challenges and Opportunities of Curating in a Digital Age How are digital artworks curated?

  • This question will be addressed by three gallery and museum experts from the Tate, Glasgow University, and the Sainsbury Centre at UEA.
  • Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research, Tate, and Professor of Art, Collection and Care at the University of Maastricht
  • Sarah Cook, Professor of Museum Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Jago Cooper, Director of the Sainsbury Centre, UEA

Events are free and open to the public. Click here to find out more. Booking essential.
(Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium. 10 May, 18:30 till 20:00)


The Challenges and Opportunities of Archiving in a Digital Age

Every part of the archive’s work is profoundly impacted by the form the record takes. With a sharp transition from paper to the digital, the best practices for digital archiving are explored.

  • John Sheridan, Digital Director, The National Archives, Kew
  • Justine Mann, Archivist for the British Archive for Contemporary Writing, UEA
  • Sean Kelly, Archive Education Technologist, East Anglian Film Archive, UEA

Tuesday 24 May | 6.30-8pm | Norwich Castle (Town Close Auditorium) Events are free and open to the public.

Click here to find out more and book. Booking essential.
(Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium. 24 May, 18:30 till 20:00)


The Future of Heritage in a Digital Age

Digital platforms provide an opportunity to maximise access to heritage and the collective past, but the process also exposes ethical issues that will be explored in this event.

  • Dunia Garcia-Ontiveros, Head of Library and Museum Collections, Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Dr Tim Pestell, Senior Curator of Archaeology, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
  • Dr Lorna Richardson, Lecturer in Digital Humanities, UEA

Events are free and open to the public. Click here to find out more and book. Booking essential.
(Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium. 31 May, 18:30 to 20:00)


How to Study the Past in a Digital Age

Digital history has transformed the ways in which historians can study the past. This event examines both the opportunities and threats to understanding the past in a digital age.

  • T.G. Otte, Professor of Diplomatic History, UEA
  • Teresa Webber, Professor of Palaeography, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge
  • Emma Griffin, Professor of Modern British History, UEA, and President of the Royal Historical Society

Events are free and open to the public. Click here to find out more and book. Booking essential.
(Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium. 7 June, 18:30 till 20:00)

All lectures are FREE TO ATTEND. To find out more and book places click here.
(Back to the Future: Arts in a digital age, Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium, Norwich. Events run from 10 May till 7 June)





In connection with GroundWork Gallery’s exhibition FieldWork, an afternoon of talking and walking with artist-collective haptic/tacit. These artists are adept at investigating their surroundings, closely observing and finding things, crafting and assembling, using research, resourcefulness and adaptation.

The haptic/tacit founding members Jane Cairns, Grant Aston and Kim Norton will give an exclusive tour of the exhibition FieldWork, discussing some of the skills needed to maintain an expanded creative practice in tune with the environment and in challenging times.

For other talks and to find out more and to book tickets click here
(GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Sunday 15 May)



Loose Associations (Wretched ‘20) is the latest lecture in a series written annually since 2000, by the internationally significant artist, Ryan Gander. Performed as a thoughtful, critical, and comedic rumination on cultural events, the artist guides the narrative from subject to subject, with only loose associations.

FREE TO ATTEND. For other N&N talks and to find out more and book tickets, click here
(Norwich University of the Arts, Duke Street Riverside Building. 26 May, 17.30-19.30)

Ryan Gander – The Gift an exhibition examining the currency of time is at East Gallery, NUA, from 3 May till 2 July.

(Click here for more info and to book tickets)


UEA Live: Spring 2022 Lineup / Second half revealed

UEA Live, is a festival of ideas held at the University of East Anglia, welcoming the world’s finest writers and thinkers to Norwich since 1991. Spring is a time for newness, growth, hope, excitement and love, and we here at UEA Live look forward to celebrating all of these things with you, through our spring 2022 programme. With headliners like literary icons Jon McGregor and Monica Ali, up-and-coming thought-leaders, Shon Faye, and Naomi and Natalie Evans, as well as hilarious social commentator, Raven Smith, the festival continues its mission to bring a broad spectrum of perspectives to UEA and the wider community.

Below is the second half if this year’s programme.

To find out more and to book tickets click here

(UEA Live festival. Runs from 2 March to 18 May 2022)


Shon Faye – Wed 4 May, 7pm

Shon Faye trained as a lawyer, but left the law to pursue writing and campaigning, working in the charity sector with Amnesty International and Stonewall. She was an editor-at-large at Dazed, and her writing has been published by the Guardian, the Independent and Vice. The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice is a landmark work that looks to uncover the reality of what it means to be transgender in a transphobic society.

To read more and book tickets, click here


Raven Smith – Wed 11 May, 7pm

Raven Smith is a cultural commentator and Sunday Times best-selling author. The current Vogue and former Sunday Times columnist is quoted by many as the funniest person on Instagram, which does nothing to minimise his ego. Following on from his critical smash debut, Raven Smith’s Trivial Pursuits, Raven is back with a pin sharp, hilarious, and incisive exploration of what it means to be a man in the modern day in Raven Smith’s Men.

To read more and book tickets, click here


There is a digital season ticket!

Digital Season Ticket – Watch Back Link

Watch back all eight UEA Live: Spring 2022 events from the comfort of home!

All events will be made available online within 7 days of the live in-person event. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive your watch link by email once each event is available online. The first link will be sent to you by Friday 11 March.

Events will be available to watch at your convenience for the duration of the festival and for one month after the festival finishes.

All events will feature automatically-generated captions.

For general festival information and to book tickets click here

(UEA Live festival. Runs from 2 March to 18 May 2022)



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