King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day

This year’s Heritage Open day takes place on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to explore King’s Lynn’s historic buildings but also to visit artist’s studios and exhibitions.

In and around the Custom House:

Purfleet Quay by Emily Chapman

Purfleet Quay
by Emily Chapman

Emily Chapman
The engaging and quirky paintings by Emily Chapman will be exhibited in the Custom House on the Heritage Day. Emily’s work captures her joy of nature, coast and architecture. Focusing on colour, form and movement to celebrate Kings Lynn and the surrounding area.
The exhibition will run until the end of September.
Number 41 in the Heritage Open Day brochure.

Inside Andrew Scumann's studio

Inside Andrew Schumann’s studio

Andrew Schumann
Local sculptor, Andrew Schumann, opens his studio today. You will be familiar with some of his public work in the town. The Half Fathom Column on South Quay, the Lynn Angel in Kings Staithe Lane and the Vancouver Arch in New Conduit Street. In his studio are masterly crafted works of shape and colour to intrigue the viewer. He says, “The making of ‘art’ is a blessedly useless activity that can inspire wonder, love and insight. No notions, no challenging, just looking intensely and wondering.
Number 43 in the Heritage Open Day brochure.

The Red List by Jayne Ivimey
Photo courtesy of GroundWork Gallery

GroundWork Gallery
Located opposite the Custom House, GroundWork Gallery shows the work of artists who care about how we all experience the environment. The Heritage Open Day is the last day of the exhibition ‘Bird After Bird’ featuring “six artists, each in their different ways entranced by the fragility of birds, exploring them in life and death. Each of the artists has spent countless hours researching watching, waiting for the right moments to observe, thinking about their relationships with their subjects. While they have used their skills and roles as artists to get closer to different species, in no case has there been a conventional desire to seek any literal means to portray them, rather they have sought a kind of visual poetry of representation. It is the fleeting nature of their subject, its elusiveness which is the compelling thing, the fact that bird life is secret, and even a relatively tame bird is wary of human presence.” ¹
Number 42 in the Heritage Open Day brochure.

EXTRA: GroundWork Gallery has been nominated for the EDP People’s Choice Arts Award in the category of Best Small Project or Organisation.  Help support them with your vote. Voting ends on 6 September 2017.

At 43 Tower Street:

Greyfriars Art Space
Currently running is GASWORKS VII, Greyfriars Art Space Anual Members Exhibition 2017. Watch artist’s work in their studios.
Greyfriars Art Space is an artist-led initiative set up in February 2008 by members of a group of B.A. Fine Art students, based at the College of West Anglia, who graduated from Anglia-Ruskin University in October 2007. It is a not-for-profit unincorporated association of members which aims to provide professional exhibition opportunities and affordable studio workspace for artists.
Number 16 in the Heritage Open Day brochure.


The King’s Lynn Civic Society works with English Heritage, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the King’s Lynn Town Guides and Friends groups also arrange a jam-packed programme of open buildings every year, some of which not normally open to the public.

Please click here to see the 2017 Heritage Open Day brochure.

¹ Charlotte Niemiec and Veronica Sekules, GroundWork Gallery