Review : Water Rising : Making art from storm to calm
The new GroundWork exhibition opened last night with a great turnout from both people living locally and many travelling from further afield, including myself, coming westwards out from Norwich.
With opening speeches from curator Veronica Sekules about why she had chosen the topic for the exhibition (drawing attention to rising water levels), Robert Smith MBE, the Harbour Master at Wells-next-the-Sea who described his involvement in the exhibition as he was asked to find a suitable island (one that is visible at low tide but covers and disappears at high tide) off the coast for Simon Faithfull to film a video piece as he walks the waterline until the island disappear and he is covered by water (protected by breathing apparatus!). It is clear, the message that this work conveys in a very graphic and thoughtful way. Robert's speech included a warming tale about how he became harbour master, growing up in a fishing family in Well where he was born. His introduction was followed by Colette Barker from Anglian Water who lef t s in no confuson about the work that Anglian Water have been doing
GroundWork is a new contemporary art gallery in King's Lynn in West Norfolk dedicated to environmental art. Curator Veronica Sekules was Head of Education and Research at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts for 18 years and has a wealth of contacts and experience as well as a deep knowledge of running a contemporary gallery.
In the centre of the town opposite the Custom House, and near the river Ouse, the building stands out against the backdrop of the heritage townscape of King's Lynn although it has its own heritage as a former joiner's workshop which was converted in 2015 by Hudson Architects.
Now a smartly appointed gallery, there is a cycle of three exhibitions a year with the gallery closed over the worst of the winter. As well as the temporary exhibitions, there are displays of art jewellery, postcards and books.
For the full programme details please check websites: www.groundworkgallery.com