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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 and bucolic sunsets. New exhibitions are now showcasing works in unique settings which add to their impact. Here is the autumn’s ‘must see’ list:

Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years at The Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts

Grayson Perry’s ground-breaking ‘lost’ pots have been reunited for the first time to focus on the formative years of one of Britain’s most recognisable artists. Often challenging and explicit, these works reveal the early development of Perry’s distinctive voice that has established him as a compelling commentator on contemporary society. This exhibition is the last on the collection’s tour in the UK and will not be going to London.

(Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich, Norfolk. Runs until 30 January 2022)


Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland at The Sainsbury Centre

Discover the Japanese-Swiss artist, Leiko Ikemura, who presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography in her first UK exhibition. Ikemura has selected 50 works that span three decades of her career. Her art appeals to our imagination with its childlike purity.

The exhibition’s dominant theme is the connectivity of all aspects of nature, be it human, animal, plant or mineral, in an eternal circle of life. Through her fantastical figures and primeval landscapes, Ikemura explores fragility, transience and slow evolutionary change – choosing to address environmental issues from an empathetic, global perspective.

(Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich, Norfolk. Runs until 12 December 2021)


Rider Spoke

Running under the Norfolk Wonder banner and part of Norfolk County Council’s EXPERIENCE Project, Rider Spoke is an art project by Blast Theory, which mixes art, theatre, and location-based technologies. An audience favourite for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNF) 2021, it invites you to cycle through the streets of the town. You will be guided by a smart phone attached to your bicycle, as you search for a hiding place and record a short message there. And then you search for the hiding places of others. Working in partnership with the GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn; The Little Theatre, Sheringham; and St. George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, the Festival will present Rider Spoke over six weekends in October and November 2021. Click here find out more and book tickets for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2021.

(Across Norfolk; King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Sheringham – at weekends between 8 October and 14 November)


Zéthu Zizwe Ruby Maseko “of water and womb” at 303 Projects

Exploring de-colonial thinking, investigating de-colonial memory practices using ritual, storytelling, sonics and spiritual objects. In her practice, she draws on issues of racial and gender politics, post-coloniality and Black experience in the UK.

For her exhibition at 303 Projects, the skill and craft of tapestry and weave are a means to record and archive overlapping histories of identity, struggle, and the sea, and explore new mythologies.

Zéthu is a Swati and Cornish artist and musician based in London and works across performance, film, sound and sculpture and often delivers workshops. She recently exhibited in the New Contemporaries 2020, and ‘Reflect Remember Reclaim Health’ at the ICA, London.
(303 Projects at 303 London Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Runs from 18 September to 31 October)


Power of Stories

Three iconic costumes from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther are currently on display in a new exhibition at Christchurch Mansion. The outfits of T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye featured in the ground-breaking film sit alongside Marvel comics, historic museum objects and local stories.

From folklore to fake news, people have told stories for thousands of years. These three costumes from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther are woven into a patchwork of storytelling traditions from across time and place. From music to movies, carvings to cartoons, this exhibition asks how the stories we know shape the way we see the world.

(Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs until 24 October)



A fictional sci-fi, time-travel adventure with Kate Dickie of Game of Thrones and Star Wars featuring in a fun, sci-fi, time-travel adventure, which focuses on climate change. The town-scale arts project sees visitors from King’s Lynn’s future making contact with 21st century Lynn with an urgent request for help. It includes nightly large-scale projections, outdoor interactive game and sound installations, live-action film in local cinemas and on high street screens and more!

Take a look at the promo video ‘Transmission 1’ featuring the actor Kate Dickie, who will also be appearing on cinema screens directly addressing the town’s citizens!

(King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Runs from 1 to 17 October)


Who Ate My Uncle?

The 25 Paintings World Tour by Bill Drummond is the first stage of Bill Drummond’s World Tour 2014-2026; and presents an epic sculpture, 25 years in the making and the culmination of the life’s work of the artist, legendary music maker and infamous myth maker. The 25 Paintings World Tour lasts for twelve years. The 25 Paintings World Tour is a twelve-step programme. On each step of the tour so far, Drummond has spent a period of the year working in a different city, in a different country that has held a personal significance for him (outside of the pandemic).

(Primeyarc, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Runs from 10 September to 17 October)


Rhythm and Geometry

Constructivist art in Britain since 1951 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 of 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.

(The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. Runs from 2 October – 30 January 2022)


BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Weekend 2021

An exciting chance to hear young performers from the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme. Concerts will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performances by tenor Alessandro Fisher, Consone Quartet, pianist Alexander Gadjiev and duo Johan Dalene (violinist) and Nicola Eimer (pianist).

(Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk. Runs 30 – 31 October)


Catch these gems before they finish!

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).

Norfolk Open Studios has established itself as one of the largest and most successful open studios schemes in the country. It gives visitors the opportunity to see new art, meet artists, and – with many of the works on display being for sale – to buy original artworks directly from their creators. Over 260 studios and schools are taking part. Studios are FREE to visit and visitors don’t need to book in advance, unless they are a large group.
(Norfolk Open Studios. Runs until 10 October)

The Moon, meet out nearest neighbour and discover what the Moon is made of, how it has influenced our history, culture, and natural world, and how we have explored it from ancient times to the present and future. This touring exhibition features fascinating objects such as a large inflatable Moon, scientific instruments, and actual Moon rock on loan from Bespoke Scientific. Admission to the exhibition is FREE. Please book for timed entry.
(Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs until 10 October)

Suffolk Shorts Film Festival proves short films are the future! Suffolk Shorts was established as a Community Interest Company in 2019 with the aim of bringing exceptional short films to Suffolk as well as encouraging local filmmaking. The Suffolk Short Film Festival is a new festival. (Ipswich Film Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs 8 – 10 October)

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