Norfolk by Design presents pop-up exhibitions of art and the handmade from across Norfolk and the wider East Anglian region. Art Fair East will be our first capsule presentation in Norwich. With its literary heritage and history of teaching about and promoting the visual arts, Norwich holds an important place within the UK as a location for creative people to live and work, even if the opportunity to show their work is limited. In recognition of this imbalance we will include recent work by several of the artists and makers we work with who are based in or near the city.
We promote the work of artists, designers, printmakers, ceramicists, textile designers, photographers and furniture makers through our itinerant exhibitions housed in non-gallery settings and through our online shop. Our presentation at Art Fair East 2019, from 29 November to 1 December, will feature a small selection of works on paper, paintings and sculpture by artists and makers that we have been working with recently, as well as a few who we will be showing for the first time.
KERON BEATTIE gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and MA Fine Art with Distinction (2018) from NUA. His work is concerned with fragmentation, remaking and wholeness and the potential of materials to change or transform. Keron prefers to use found and recycled objects, generally working by hand using traditional tools and techniques. This slower process encourages a way of seeing and then re-seeing the materials and allows new ideas and forms to emerge. He is also interested in the passing of time recorded in the objects themselves, and through his interventions. Working to a domestic scale encourages Keron's work to be looked at carefully and to find a place in the home as well as the gallery.
Keron has shown his work across the eastern region as well as nationally – in Somerset, Sussex and London – and internationally including Italy and Spain.
JONATHAN CLARKE was born in 1961 in Suffolk where he continues to work today. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke (RA), and he began exhibiting his own sculpture in the early 1980s. He works with traditional materials like bronze and in sand-cast aluminium, after initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture. More recent works have been in cast iron.
Jonathan has works in significant collections across the eastern region, nationally – in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Bath – and internationally including Italy, Denmark, Switzerland and Japan.
KATARGYNA COLEMAN is from London and studied at Hornsey College of Art (1979-1982, followed by an MA in Fine Art at Manchester College of Art (1982-1983). Katarzyna depicts urban landscapes, predominantly the unplanned landscape near her studio in the harbour area of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Her monoprints are made by brushing, rolling and painting with oil-based ink on a non-absorbent surface or plate. This plate with the paper applied on top, is then run through the press at high pressure. This process of making monotypes involves building up the image with thin layers of ink and running the paper through the press numerous times.
Katargyna has shown her work in regular exhibitions throughout the eastern region as well as nationally and internationally in Germany, Russia and Switzewrland.
POLLY CRUSE is a Norwich based artist. Her practise encompasses photography and sculpture and is focused on the relationships between the intangible and the material aspects of the everyday. Polly elevates the importance and status of objects, gifts and memorabilia found in the home. Often she includes disassociated objects or reassembles broken and non-functioning items, reappraising the mundane as if they were museum quality exhibits. Her photographs depict objects and ornaments from her collection, which she composes into classical ‘still life’ arrangements in images of beauty, narrative charm and humour.
Polly has shown her work in regular exhibitions in Norwich and throughout the eastern region as well as nationally, in London, the West Country and Northampton. Her photography has also been exhibited internationally in Italy, Ireland, France and Canada.
WILL CUTTS has been painting Norfolk landscapes during the last 20 years, while based in East London and moved to North Norfolk several years ago. Having attained a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art, he has worked consistently dividing his time between working with other artists and for commercial galleries, as well as on his own work. An accomplished landscape painter Will has followed the work of influential Californian landscape painter Richard Diebenkorn. His compositions are rooted in the East Anglian landscape. Each painting is an imagined arrangement based upon Will’s experience of his locality, following familiar natural themes.
Will has exhibited his paintings with the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Gallery and The Millinery Works Gallery in London, as well as numerous group exhibitions throughout the south east.
AMANDA EDGCOMBE was born in London and trained in Fine Art at Trent Poly, and Post Graduate in Printmaking at the Slade School before an Architectural Glass Fellowship at Central Saint Martins. She has lived in Suffolk since 2005. Recently Amanda was invited to collaborate with Hemingway Design and Flipside as designer for FirstLight Festival Lowestoft 2019 and she has had a solo exhibition at Darsham Nurseries.
Amanda’s paintings are abstract in nature, drawing in architectural and figurative influences, horizons, aerial views and perceptions of the aesthetic... confronting opinion and degrees of acceptability. She constantly asks of her process the question of thinning out and addition… what is needed and what isn't?
Amanda has shown her work across the eastern region in Suffolk and Norfolk and nationally in Somerset and London. Her work is in several private collections. She has exhibited internationally in Germany, Portugal and Pakistan.
KATE GILES' practice is underpinned by intensive drawing from life. Back in the studio, painting is to digest, remake, discover and unearth; she often works in series and in one place over a sustained period. The subject becomes not so much the object as what resonates in memory, presence and the feeling at the time.
Kate cites Francis Bacon as an influence, who wondered how possible it was in a painting to ”catch the mystery of appearance within the mystery of making” He said that “by some accidental brush marks, suddenly appearance comes in with a vividness that no accepted way of doing it would be brought about”. She is also keenly aware of the inheritance of the Anglo-Dutch landscape tradition and in particular Constable's deep engagement and familiarity with embodied life: an alertness to what is “known by heart”.
Kate has shown her paintings, drawings and prints extensively across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridge and Dorset. Her work has also been exhibited regularly in London, and internationally in Russia, Canada and USA.
ROGER HARDY trained at Kingston upon Thames College of Art and Design (Kingston University) where he was awarded BA (Hons) in graphic design. He had a successful career as a designer in London before he started making sculpture and moved to rural Suffolk in 2000. Roger’s figurative constructions and sculpture made using found elements from local boat yards and estuary worn wood from the river Alde, Suffolk, could have been carved long ago. Roger uses the natural processes in the degradation of his materials to simplify the essence of the human form. He enjoys the act of revelation as they are abraded by the elements that lend a timeless quality to his sculptures. Cleansed of their original purpose his figures take on a totemic resonance that help us define the human condition.
"As individuals we have a great desire to project our own humanity and emotions onto the most primitive human form".
He has exhibited widely in Suffolk and across the eastern region as well as London.
BRIDGET HERIZ trained at Goldsmiths College and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (1973-77), after which she returned to Suffolk to work at Clock House Fine Art Studios. She moved to Great Yarmouth in 2002. After a period working with traditional methods to evolve an earthy and spirited approach to figurative sculpture, Bridget has returned to experimenting with constructions using wire and card or balsa wood. Her constructions have a delicacy and tension that reflect, at a glance, the animated anatomy of a human figure in motion, people interacting that engenders an instant feel of what it is to be human.
We are presenting a series of smaller painted works on paper. These form an important part of Bridget’s creative process when creating her sculptural forms. She has shown her work at The Royal Academy London, The Cut in Halesworth Suffolk and internationally.
SUSI JOEL is a multidisciplinary artist based in Norfolk whose work explores the process of attachment. Drawn to the small and fragile, her work has always united conventionally incongruous elements and discordant materials such as wood and woven fibre or paper and cotton thread. Through this she invites ideas about interdependence, habitat, contextualisation and the nature of pattern or repetition. Her latest project repurposes wooden fragments collected from the North Norfolk coast where she lives and works.
Susi has worked with special needs children for many years teaching techniques for weaving and stitched textile work. She has exhibited in London and internationally.
LOUISA JONES' etchings are inspired by the natural world and her curiosity about what lies beneath the surface: energy, shapes, forms, colours and layers. She explores the mysterious places that are beyond our visual plain, the depths of the sea, roots of the earth, outer space and the continuous cycle of energy that connects them all.
Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2006 Louisa has created bespoke illustrations for Vogue, Tatler, The Spectator, Paul Smith and her work is now in the Collection of the V&A. She has also worked on a variety of other private commissions – children’s clothing designs, maps and wedding/party invitations.
VERITY NEWMAN is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Norwich. Her paintings and sculptures reflect three broad themes: function/non-function of objects (and our attachments to them), fading memories of journeys through spaces and places, and the transience of our personal habitats/environments. The rituals and imagined - or reconstructed - histories we create around these fascinate Verity, as well as an increasing need to pin down what 'home' might be. She finds working in layers of colour, pattern and texture almost meditative, and as she originally trained as a sculptor, is led by materials, leaning towards architectural forms, shapes, structures and silhouettes. Through her practice, Verity tries to express the ever-changing evolution, movement and energy of the surrounding environment - and the sense of us within our personal habitats.
Verity has work in important collections in Suffolk and Dublin, Ireland. She has shown her work across the eastern region as well as London and internationally, several times recently in China and Greece.
MARIA PAVLEDIS was born in 1966 in East London, and grew up mainly in Romford, Essex. At 16 she went East Ham Tech, then to do a degree in painting at Norwich School of Art. After completing her degree Maria stopped making art while she raised her family and worked on a variety of youth and community projects. She became a Hospital Play Specialist, and was later involved in carrying out community literacy work. Maria now works as a part time community librarian in Norfolk, planning and hosting events while creating her distinctive smoke drawings and prints. After living on the Norfolk coast for many years she is now based in Norwich.
Maria started printmaking in the 1990's, and is part of the highly respected Norwich based printmaking collective Print To The People. She also belongs to LOOP (London Organisation of Original Printmakers). Recent work has developed into site based drawing/print installation and projection using determinedly analogue equipment. She finished her MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art September 2012. She has exhibited her work regularly in Norwich, London and throughout the eastern region.
PAR AVION is a Norfolk-based furniture and lighting design partnership. With backgrounds spanning architecture, interiors, lighting and furniture, their work is evocative of a carefully crafted process that mixes traditional craft and modern styling. Supplementing their iconic furniture designs is a newly expanded range of handcrafted homeware, including a woven tray, turned pepper mills and pottery thrown from a studio on the Norfolk broads.
With the aid of specialist craftsmen in the fields of woodturning, basket making, seat weaving and pottery, the collection represents quality handmade pieces with a classic design style. Their frames use 100% FSC European and British timber and are hand made at their workshop in Norfolk, England. They seal their wood products with an environmentally friendly hand rubbed finish called Osmo Oil™. All seats are woven either with carefully selected Danish paper cord by traditional weavers in Eastern England or handmade split willow skein using white willow from Somerset, made and woven in their Norwich workshop.
TIM PLUNKETT has a BSc in Environmental Science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures. It is important that all his work is made from locally responsibly sourced wood. Entirely self-taught through trial (and often painful error) Tim strives to produce handmade, elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, designed for the contemporary British home.
Tim exhibits his work across the eastern region as well as in collections at The New Craftsman, London, and The Conran Shop and regularly throughout the southeast. He has shown his work regularly with Norfolk by Design.
TRACEY ROSS studied textile design and then completed a Visual Studies degree at Norwich University of the Arts. Tracey’s paintings capture the light and topography of the North Norfolk coast, with its creeks, skies and expansive beaches. She paints in a figurative style using mixed media, acrylics and oils, which enables her paintings to depict the physical as well as the spiritual world. Capturing the fiery hues of a blazing sunset, the misty sea frets together with the clarity of light on a bright breezy day conveys an intense visual experience.
Tracey was shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition and was a finalist in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. She regularly participates in the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival Open Studios. Her work is held in private collections and galleries in the UK and Portugal.
COLIN SELF – Norfolk born and bred – attended the Slade School of Art in the early sixties arriving at the crucial moment Pop Art emerged in London. Identified as one of Pop Art’s exponents, Self exhibited at the influential Robert Fraser Gallery, along side Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Clive Barker. He has remained true to his Pop roots and sees potential in the everyday objects that surround us and calls himself a ‘hunter’, seeking out connections between objects he has selected out from the detritus of mass consumption. His work is fresh, immediate and frequently delivered with a punch line.
A retrospective of his work entitled 'Colin Self: Art in the Nuclear Age' was held at Pallant House Gallery in 2008, curated by art historian Simon Martin. Public collections that include work by Colin Self are Arts Council of Great Britain, Museum of Modern Art, Tate, Pallant House and The Priseman Seabrook Collection.
LIZ TAUNT returned to printmaking in 2016 after working with textiles and papier-mâché for several years. Liz is fascinated by patterns. She sees her work as a visual counterpart to the kinds of pattern with which her father grappled in his work as a mathematician: however, her patterns are somewhat less precise than his! The prints are made using a variety of techniques to manipulate the conventional elements of abstraction: colour, tone, texture, line and form. She aims to create work that is mysterious, subtle and playful. Occasionally the results are not entirely abstract.
Liz was born and brought up in Cambridge and studied art in Cambridge, Devon and London. She has been exhibiting since 1983, and has works in public and private collections in the UK, Europe and Russia. Having worked as an arts administrator and an art therapist, among other things, she moved from London to Bungay on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.
MOLLY THOMSON'S paintings are created from a process of construction, reconfiguration, application, observation and assessment. It is a process she repeats until the point is reached when each individual painting achieves a balance between its painted surface and object presence. A palette of carefully chosen colour creates a lush colour field in each case. Molly works with a surgical precision within the limits of each wooden panel, slicing off a corner and adding a curve or a raised area to change the nature of the surface or reveal trace layers of underlying colour that supports the finished finely tuned colour.
Molly was a well-respected lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts for nearly two decades and has exhibited widely throughout the UK from Scotland, Wales, Devon, Cornwall and Yorkshire to Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Her work has also been seen in Japan, USA, Holland, Germany and Poland.