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Head East – Wide-eyed wonderment

The East has long been a draw for artists and creatives, inspired by the landscape and the light from our big blue skies. New exhibitions are now showcasing works in unique settings which add to their impact. Here’s this summer’s ‘must see’ list:

Image credit: Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall © Lauren Butcher (Bolton & Quinn).

  • Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall Major works from celebrated British artist, Tony Cragg are on show inside and within the grounds of Houghton Hall. The artist curated the exhibition himself, which includes large scale bronze and steel sculptures and smaller pieces in the gallery spaces of the house. (Houghton Hall, Norfolk. Runs until September 26).

Image credit: Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall © Lauren Butcher (Bolton & Quinn).

  • Bill Brandt | Henry Moore, explores the parallel and intersecting paths of these two renowned 20th century artists. (Sainsbury Centre, UEA Norwich. Runs until August 22).
  • Art Walk Ipswich is a town-wide exhibition of work from 15 local artists. Links to the artwork and wellbeing map will be available from early July. (Ipswich, July 24 – August 15).


Image credit: Back of the New Mills, John Crome © Norfolk Museums Service.


© Banksy at ‘Moments’ exhibition, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

  • Banksy at Moyse’s Hall Museum. ‘Moments’; An Exhibition of Modern Art is showing 23 internationally renowned artists including 8 original works from Banksy. (Bury St Edmunds. Until 30 September).
  • Finding Emerson Photo Festival 2021. Devised by Utter Nonsense and originalprojects; the Festival’s home is Great Yarmouth, the town immortalised by the pioneering photography of Peter Henry Emerson. By curating accessible shows of Emerson’s work, the curators seek to bring a new understanding to photography. (Various locations, Great Yarmouth. Until July 10).
  • Wells of Human Kindness at The Museum of Human Kindness at Wells Maltings, is a collaborative exhibition celebrating the spirit of the Wells community over the past year through visual, textual and performative interpretations. (Wells. July 1 – 29).

Image credit: Family of Man, Barbara Hepworth (1970) © Snape Maltings

  • The Maltings Gallery at Snape Maltings immerse yourself in a gallery dedicated to the work of contemporary and traditional East Anglian artists. Then head over to the Switch Room to take in ‘Relic’ an installation by artist Maggi Hambling CBE and sound recordist Chris Watson. (Snape Maltings, Suffolk. ‘Relic’ open June 2 – August 31).
  • Edible East Art/Science Trail features new artworks inspired by world-leading science about the future of food. Investigate how the latest science of microbes and genetics can improve the health of plants, people and the planet. (Various locations, Norwich. July 21 – October 31).
  • Weathering: New Art from East Anglia at the newly opened Yare Gallery celebrates the work of over 20 artists working in painting, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. Curator Sarah Lowndes chose the theme ‘Weathering’ to reflect the terrain, climate and resilience working in the region. (Great Yarmouth. May 29 – July 10).
  • Ravingham Sculpture Trail is an established annual exhibition of contemporary artworks through 3 acres of semi-wild meadows, gardens and woodland in the grounds of Castell Farm, a Tudor farmhouse on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. Curated by Sarah Cannell and usually featuring around 50 selected artists from across the UK creating diverse site-specific artworks for the trail and 2 pop-up gallery spaces. (Ravingham. July 31 – September 5).


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