Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 ILJ
The Anteros Arts Foundation is a charity for education and the promotion of the arts in Norfolk. Housed in an ancient Tudor merchant's house that is grade 2* listed, we teach short courses in fine art skills alongside the eight-month Anteros Arts Diploma. Our art reference library is available to students as well as the general public and contains shelves of how-to books as well as catalogues of collections and artists.
We have two gallery spaces, each with a different exhibition at any one time. The exhibitions change every two weeks, so there is always something new to see. On the first Thursday of each exhibition cycle the gallery is open late 6-8pm and these evenings offer a relaxed opportunity to view the work (with a drink in hand!) and meet the artists.
Upstairs in the music room, we have a busy programme of music featuring artists from the UK and abroad. Genres include classical, jazz and folk.
On the third floor of the building, and in the basement and cafe mezzanine are artists' studios. These are often open during open view events on Thursday evenings and, in between times, by appointment. See our studio holder page for contact details.
The Anteros Arts Foundation is entirely self-funded: no Arts Council funding, no Lottery Heritage grants. To maintain the building and staff our reception we rely entirely on studio rents, income from the cafe and venue hires for our survival. The gallery spaces are self-sufficient, artist's pay to rent the spaces and Anteros takes a modest commission on sales. Likewise, the courses and Diploma are run at cost. If you would like to make a donation to help with running costs and future planning, you can do so here.
The Table and Forest Floor
15 March - 26 March 2022
A statement from the artists:
The Table and Forest Floor is an immersive exhibition of Ilona’s exploration into the natural world of the forest and John’s calm and serene still life creations. Both share a level of realism through the use of alternative mediums such as charcoal/ink on archival paper and oil on panel.
Johns work draws upon a desire and need to escape from the pressures of the modern digital era. Time spent composing and painting represents a form of escapism into a calm world where the analogue decisions of colour and composition block out the noise. What started as a form of recuperation now maintains balance. His works invite the viewer to contemplate their mood in response to the overall atmosphere of each piece and the calmness and serenity of those compositions.
Ilona‘s interest in natural history drawings and how nature is presented to us through the museum can be seen in her meticulously drawn scenes. The drawings are an amalgamation of her experiences within the natural world distilled onto a surface as a personal need to preserve what she fears may be finite.
Ninety III & Curse
5 April - 9 April
Please note - on April 5, the pop-up will open at 12pm. It will open at 9am on all other days
A statement from the artists behind the pop-up:
Ninety III is a web based store for contemporary clothing, accessories and lifestyle. We focus on independent brands who are transparent, ethical and expressive!
We can't wait to introduce some of our favourite designers to our brilliant city.
Our pop up event collaborates with Suffolk based slow fashion brand Curse. The family run label provides a handmade to order service, using natural and deadstock materials. You will find plenty of frills, pleats, puff sleeves and oversized collars!
Doesn't it feel great to know exactly who, where and when your clothes were made?
We're also thrilled to be selling fashion titles stocked by Akin Magazine, Norwich based independent magazine and shop.
It’s not easy being a charity for the arts in Norwich. Money is always short and often relies on volunteered time to do essential work. As a charity, we have obligations to take meetings, keep records, be transparent and produce reports for the charity commission. We have to save a reserve amount in case of a rainy day, and justify why we don’t have one if we can’t save.
We have to not only do good by supporting and promoting the arts, by hosting exhibitions, organising concerts, running a comprehensive selection of fine art classes and by ensuring fair access to the arts for all.
We have an obligation to find ways of funding the good things that we do. Day to day we do this by renting out rooms in the building, and every now and again we also ask people to help us raise funds.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT OF ANTEROS