“I love to hear how each artist develops their ideas and concepts and relish the opportunity to purchase not only beautiful creations, but something with meaning. It is the highlight of my summer!” visitor comment, June 2015
Be part of Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2016
Calling all Norfolk artists! Applications are now open to take part in one of the most successful Open Studios schemes in the country.
Hundreds of artists across the region take part in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios each year, inviting the public into their private studios to reveal where and how they work. The event attracts thousands of visitors and this year an estimated 26,000 people visited studios across the county. Artists have the opportunity to promote their work and meet their audience, and visitors see artwork as it happens, away from traditional gallery spaces.
This year 458 artists participated across 248 venues, and artists came together to create 17 Art Trails in various areas across Norfolk, allowing the visitor to enjoy a number of studios all in one day. Art demonstrations, private views, workshops and talks also make up this well-loved event.
For many of the artists who take part it’s not just about making artwork sales. Artists comment that it helps them to feel part of their local artist community and the scheme helps raise the profile of Norfolk artists. West Norfolk artist Karen Wadham, a painter who opened her studio in Great Massingham as part of the scheme this year, said that as well as selling paintings and prints, she “gained valuable feedback from visitors and hopefully more people will be aware of my style and output as a painter”.
Norwich based company Wex Photographic will be supporting the scheme again in 2016. Their Events Manager Emma van Deventer said, “We are delighted to be sponsoring Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios once more this year, reflecting our long-term commitment to supporting local arts programmes. The ethos of Open Studios is very much in line with our own values as a photographic company and we look forward to helping celebrate and promote artistic talent in Norfolk.”
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2016 will take place between 28 May and 12 June 2016.
Artists wanting to take part can apply online at nnopenstudios.org.uk. The cost for inclusion in the scheme is £100 for individual artists and £280 for groups of artists and includes a listing in the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios brochure with a print run of 35,000. Artists will also receive a listing on the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios website, posters and postcards to publicise their involvement and the opportunity to take part in the high profile Central Taster Exhibition at The Forum in Norwich in April 2016, one of the largest annual art exhibitions held at The Forum.
The deadline for 2016 applications is Friday 4 December 2015.
For more information please visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ros Dixon on 01603 877762.
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is a 16-day county-wide celebration of the arts and a key event in Norfolk’s visual arts calendar. Artists across the region take part each year, inviting the public into their private studios to reveal where and how they work. The event attracts thousands of visitors and in 2015 an estimated 26,000 people visited studios across the county. Art lovers and curious first timers alike tour the county enjoying this special opportunity to find out more about where and how artists work as well as buy artwork directly from the artist. Artists have the opportunity to promote their work and meet their audience, and visitors see artwork as it happens, away from traditional gallery spaces. Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is delivered by Norfolk & Norwich Festival as an organisation, in partnership with and for the benefit of Norfolk artists.
Arts Council England, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich City Council
Charlotte Crawley officially retires from East Anglian Art Fund.
On Monday 19 October, Charlotte Crawley officially retired as director of EAAF and handed over the reins to Amanda Geitner, former curator at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
At a specially arranged tea party with amazing sponge cakes and tea, coffee and wine, a large number of friends and colleagues gathered, testament to Charlotte's popularity. Speeches ensued and Steve Miller pointed out that Charlotte would be a very difficult act to follow. Nichola Johnson, revealed some little known facts about Charlotte's past and some revelations about her ambitions for the future. Chair of EAAF Richard Jewson thanked Charlotte for her inspirational leadership and the safe hands in which EAAF has been managed over the last years.
Charlotte herself spoke about how she would miss the team at the Castle, especially Angela Dunn who has been vital to the smooth running of EAAF, and her husband Henry, without whom she said, she could not have done it. Also present was her daughter Venetia and grand-daughter Rosa with whom she intends to spend more time. But even so, no-one is under the illusion that Charlotte will not be back at the Castle with selected projects and pearls of wisdom. And she and Amanda already have a great working relationship, so i am sure that the retirement will see Charlotte working with the team from time to time.
Author Marion Catlin
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