FESTIVAL will be Norfolk by Design’s third pop-up exhibition of art and objects by artists and makers from Norfolk and East Anglia to be held in The Stables at Houghton Hall. The exhibition will celebrate and respond to the work of sculptor Henry Moore, an icon of the 20th century, who along with his contemporaries was a key contributor to 1951’s Festival of Britain, that embodied the sense of optimism of a country that looked forward to the second half of the century, following the devastation experienced during WWII.
Henry Moore NATURE AND INSPIRATION will run at Houghton Hall from 1st May to 29th September 2019. The exhibition will be a landmark as there has not been a significant display of Moore’s work in this part of the country for many years. Several of Moore’s sculptures will be installed in the beautiful park and gardens at Houghton Hall, including his large bronzes, with smaller works and drawings displayed inside the house. FESTIVAL will support this main event.
“The whole of nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form. It always surprises me when artists try to escape from this.” Henry Moore
Like many of the artists and makers we have shown over previous pop-up exhibitions, Moore was inspired by the coastal features and landscape of North Norfolk during visits to his sister, who was the Headmistress at Wighton School, Wells-Next-to-the-Sea while he was still a student. Moore and his contemporaries like Barbara Hepworth were transfixed by natural form and the geological processes that left their mark on the natural landscape. Between them they configured a strong, visual language that could be applied to the celebration and flowering of modern Britain during post war austerity.
FESTIVAL is a departure for Norfolk by Design. We have included artists and makers who are among some of the most experienced of their generation living in this part of the country. Many we have not shown before. There will be an emphasis on this unique opportunity to make the link between different generations of creative talent and how subjects and themes transcend fashion.
Other events during the Summer at Houghton Hall this year include the 6th Garden Museum Literary Festival (21-22 June); the annual music festival “Houghton” (8-11 August); and several dusk viewings of James Turell’s SkySpace followed by dinner in the Old Kitchen (both running between10-26 May).
SPECIAL THANKS to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley for their generous support.
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ARTISTS (PAINTINGS AND PRINTS)
Katarzyna 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’s work explores industrial & urban landscapes, predominantly the unarranged landscape near her studio in the harbour area of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Will has been painting Norfolk landscapes during the last 20 years, while based in London and moved to North Norfolk seven years ago. He has followed the work of influential Californian landscape painter Richard Diebenkorn. Will has exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Gallery and The Millinery Works Gallery in London, as well as numerous group exhibitions.
Kate Giles grew up in Norwich. After an English degree at Oxford [1981-4] she studied at the Camberwell and Falmouth Schools of Art [1986-90].
Now back living and working in Norfolk, her work is rooted in landscape and concentrates on the specifics of place, time and atmosphere in the spirit of Crome and Constable.
She has exhibited regularly in London and throughout East Anglia and has undertaken residencies at the National Theatre, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and at Kazan Cathedral, St Petersburg.
Ruth studied Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture on the respected course at Norwich School of Art graduating with First Class honours in 2000. In between Ruth has painted and illustrated, but the rather addictive nature of paper cutting has taken over more recently. This work has initiated a wide range of commissioned work from window design to large scale pictorial 'life maps' and alphabetised series of her paper cut work.
These paper cuts are made with an absolute economy of materials and indeed, by an intricate cutting process, even further diminishes the paper she works with; though the results are finely detailed and deftly finished. Enthused by Norfolk’s rich mix of architecture and a further exploration of the floor plans of extraordinary buildings (domestic and international), there is representation and abstraction in this new work of extraordinary ‘power houses’ and their human connections.
Linda was born and spent her childhood in Norfolk. She trained at St. Martins and studied further at Heatherlys and with Francis Pratt in France and Norfolk. She worked for many years in the field of textile design in London, France and Italy, and also as a consultant for interior design.
PHILIP JONES (1933 - 2008)
Philip Jones was an English contemporary artist living in Norfolk. Philip drew his inspiration from the fields and landscape that surrounded him as well as from his travels abroad. Educated at Malvern College, Jones was taught by the Post Impressionist painter Harry Fabian-Ware and won both of the school's art prizes. In 1953 he was accepted into the Slade School of Fine Art where he studied alongside artists such as Victor Willing, Michael Andrews, and William Turnbull. Jones was lucky enough to be privately tutored by Tom Monnington and the Principal, William Coldstream, during his three years there. He was also heavily influenced by the Slade’s occasional visitors such as Lucien Freud who bought one of his student pictures. He exhibited annually at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and had many exhibitions in this country and abroad. In 1993 he won the King’s Lynn Eastern Open Prize.
Educated at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford Pandora has painted all of her adult life. She lived for many years on Exmoor before returning to her roots in Norfolk. Her inspiration and reference has always been the natural world and even beyond, when she received a fellowship to study extra solar planets with the Astrophysicists at Exeter University. She works in oil and mixed media on canvas, often on a large scale and has returned again and again to the subject of the sea, as she feels it presents the greatest challenges and seduction; a place of tranquillity and threat, vastness and peace.
Colin Self was born in Rackheath, Norfolk (he and Brüer Tidman were near neighbours), and after pursuing his interest in art locally he attended the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the early sixties. Self arrived at the crucial moment Pop Art emerged in London. Identified as one of Pop’s exponents, Self exhibited at the influential Robert Fraser Gallery, along side Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Clive Barker. By the late sixties Colin Self was producing technically innovative prints along side drawings, paintings and maquettes, as he terms his 3D haiku. He has remained true to his Pop roots. Self 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 punchline. Self has lived in many different places including Norway and Scotland, but has always maintained his base in Norwich.
Following a first degree in Loughborough (2002-2005) Joni went on to complete an MA at Norwich University of the Arts (2007) achieving a distinction in Textile Culture. Joni enhances and re-imagines the perceptual mapping out of a landscape on paper, playfully using collage and cutting techniques to create new associations between different map locations. Impeccably handcrafted, Smiths work encompasses drawing, paper cutting, painting installation and sculpture.
Brüer Tidman was born in Gorleston-On-Sea, Norfolk in 1939, and moved to Rackheath (close to fellow artist Colin Self). Brüer studied art at Great Yarmouth College of Art 1957-1961 and at the Royal College of Art (RCA) 1961-1964, of which he is an Associate Member. The RCA was the starting point for a long career as a figurative painter, with references to earlier art movements effortlessly rendered in his own rich visual language. Tidman has exhibited internationally including Switzerland and Finland, and was a lecturer at Lowestoft School of Art and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. He lives and works in Great Yarmouth.
Graphic designer, printmaker and Dutchman and resident in West Norfolk since 2015. He loves applying the fundamentals and systems of graphic design in his ‘crossdisciplinary’ practice and works across a range of media, believing “Anything can function as a carrier for information”. He is also Visiting Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, at the Graphics faculty. He is increasingly focused on the joy and art of screen printing. He prints in limited editions with an eye for subtle details, love for print and craftspeople.
Tor is a landscape artist based in Norfolk. She studied Fine Art Painting at Norwich School of Art. Her work is very much rooted in the English Landscape tradition.
Tor is an artist who walks. Walkers can not help but be aware of the make up of the earth beneath their feet. Of the changing sounds, temperatures and light levels as they move through a landscape. They pass sheltered spots where tender plants flourish and others where trees are brutally sculpted by the prevailing wind A walker knows the real distance between here and there. Walking is the basic human act of belonging on, and experiencing this planet.
Tor makes her pastel drawings on her journeys.
Keron gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and a 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. Keron 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.
Gary studied Graphic Design in Norwich followed by an apprenticeship with the letter-carver and sculptor David Holgate. Along with collaborative associations with architectural practises, Gary has worked for many years with Memorials by Artists, completing two major commissions through them including the Bali Bombing Memorial in London in 2005, project managed and assisted by Martin Cook; and Christ Church Cloister fountain in Oxford completed in 2010. Other important commissions have come through his long term association with the New Art Centre, Salisbury. He was awarded the first Jerwood Contemporary Makers prize in 2008. That same year he won the prestigious Leverhulme Trust award for a 12 month residency at the University of Southampton’s Department of Archaeology.
Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961 in Suffolk, UK, 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 in sand-cast aluminium, 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.
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.
Andrew studied at Newcastle in the early 1970’s and began a project on the wind that lead to a 30 year career in power kite design. After over 30 years of designing for kite power and control, Andrew has returned to explore the wind for its own sake. His sculptures have an order to them which, by means of careful balancing, can then be easily disturbed by even the slightest breeze. Chaos may follow, but usually a gentle sort of chaos which reminds us that all is not rigid, nor should it be.
The solid, substantial, patinated human and animal subjects that constitute the larger part of Christopher Marvell’s output manage to achieve an irresistible balance between humour and pathos, ugliness and beauty, strength and weakness, past and present, and art and craft. Bringing to mind elements of the works of Marini, Giacometti, Miro and Moore, Christopher Marvell’s broadly representational sculpture is often charmingly quirky without ever being diminished by its idiosyncrasy.
DESIGN FOR THE HOME
Ros is a Norfolk based ceramicist, specialising in wheel-thrown stoneware. She makes functional, beautiful objects for everyday use. Ros completed a BA (hons) in Decorative Arts at The Nottingham Trent University, where she specialised in ceramics. Following her degree she lived in London, Japan and Spain, finally returning to Norfolk five years ago, where she works in her studio in the countryside south of Norwich.
Karen Downing gained a BA from Georgetown University Washington, DC, served two apprenticeships with potters on the east coast of America and worked at Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) before settling in the UK. Her hand thrown porcelain is included in many private collections and has been widely exhibited in the UK, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States. She is a member of the Craft Potters’ Association and is on the Crafts Council’s ‘Index of Selected Makers’
STEVE GORE ROWE
Steve handcrafts bespoke woodware and sculptural pieces from locally sourced hardwoods. Based in West Norfolk, he is influenced by the shapes and textures found in the natural world, as well as his experiences as a Graphic Designer. He uses combinations of traditional and contemporary woodcraft skills and is continually experimenting with new ideas and techniques, creating decorative and functional products for the home. His most recent work focuses on the natural drying process of wood to influence the final design, celebrating the natural ‘imperfections’ of the wood.
Sue makes traditional and contemporary baskets made using willow grown in King’s Cliffe near her home in Cambridgeshire. She uses several varieties of willow that have been growing for a minimum of15 years. The hazel used is also locally sourced from a coppice woodland. “I love the qualities of the willow; it’s colour, strengths and texture. I also make large scale outdoor sculpture which has a steel frame and a willow ‘skin’” She is influenced by heavy, solid forms, such as natural rock formations, and love the fluidity and movement which willow gives to the sculpture.
Laura lives and works in North Norfolk. She throws on the wheel, sometimes joining pieces together, then applies a coloured slip. Once leatherhard she carves back into the slip to reveal the clay beneath, a process called 'sgraffito'. Most of the pots have a matt, stony glaze and are twice-fired in an electric kiln. Using various types of clay enables a difference in the final pieces, giving a range of quality from smooth and precise to rough and weathered, like worn stone.
Her work explores subtle variations of form, pattern and colour taking inspiration from pieces of antiquity & the natural world. Keeping within the bounds of functional pottery the clay can act as sculpture or canvas, often both, the pieces constantly evolving as she regularly reimagines and reworks her designs. This exploration results in pieces that demonstrate qualities of both ancient & modern design.
par-avion co. is a design partnership consisting of husband and wife team Simon and Monica Cass. Their different backgrounds span architecture, interiors, lighting and furniture. This results in work that is evocative of a carefully crafted process that mixes traditional craft and modern styling – a simplicity of form, excellence of craftsmanship and quality. Their intention is to make pieces that are timeless and treasured for many years to come. They source materials in the most environmentally sensitive way possible. A portion of their annual earnings is donated to the charity Room to Read which supports education equality around the world.
With a BSc in Environmental Science and a deep passion in opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, it is important to Tim that all his work is made from locally sourced wood. Entirely self-taught through trial (and often painful error) he strives to produce elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, for the kitchen and table.
Toby trained at London's Royal College of Art and set up his workshop in King's Lynn. After several years his work was accepted onto the Crafts Council's index of selected makers. He has exhibited widely and shown work in New York, Milan, Düsseldorf, Munich and Dubai. His work encompasses a variety of styles from elegantly simple statements to bold marquetry decoration. He combines original design ideas with innovative construction to produce striking pieces for any setting.
As a sculptor, Michael’s work is currently focused on the form and shape of the ancient pottery traditions, realized in a contemporary style. His working practice has developed by using the ancient techniques of the hand built coil pot in stoneware, worked to achieve various textures and decorated with natural oxides and accentuated with contemporary glazes.
Michael has always worked in the creative industries and his expertise includes creative and strategic consultancy, brand development, large-scale retail exhibition, and promotional display design. After many years in central London, Michael relocated to Suffolk to devote his time to ceramic sculpture and graphic illustration. His work has sold at the Affordable Art Fairs in London, Stockholm and New York, The Cut arts centre in Halesworth, Suffolk and to private collectors around the world.
ABOUT NORFOLK COTTAGES
Norfolk Cottages began life as Norfolk Country Cottages, round the kitchen table of the Ellis family home in Reepham in Norfolk. Back then, in the early 1990's, Richard and Lesley Ellis felt there was a need for a company that could offer beautiful holiday homes, together with local knowledge and excellent customer service. Still run and owned by the Ellis family, together with a dedicated management and staff team. Although IT and marketing support still remains in Reepham, the customer-facing office is in a pretty period building in the market town of Holt. Now the largest independent holiday cottage agency in Norfolk, the company’s original vision, passion and aims haven’t changed – to provide the best portfolio, customer service, local knowledge and holidays possible.
MORE ABOUT ART OFFICE
Art Office was established by Isabel Vasseur in response to the changes in artistic practice, which during the 80s became much more diverse and complex in nature. Artists’ ambitions were gravitating away from traditions of painting and sculpture, toward site specific installation, performance, film and video and other disciplines. This creative diversification coincided with cultural producers waking up to the possibility that the visual arts could be an effective engine driving social change. Having now retired, Isabel Vasseur’s invaluable Art Office Archive is now available to access via the Henry Moore Foundation, for public access research purposes, in line with the Henry Moore Foundation’s commitment to the study and enjoyment of contemporary art, particularly sculpture in the public realm.