Making a Painting: The Process Explored

What shall I paint ? is a question I fairly frequently ask myself. I know that I want to avoid repeating myself too slavishly because my work would soon feel like a pastiche of itself or show me that I am stuck. Which of course I often am. I seem to be searching as I paint as well as responding. Conscious intention mingles with the experience revealing itself. For some time now I have been taking photographs of my paintings and drawings as they evolve. For me the actual journey is as important as the final stage.

108 Steps …

A Line in Norfolk, 2016
Photography: Peter Huggins

108 steps is what it took me to walk the length of A Line in Norfolk by Richard Long. Walking the line is reminiscent of Long’s ground breaking work of 1967, A Line Made by Walking. Now, 50 years later, I was walking a line parallel to a work made specifically for this exhibition. A measured line made of local Norfolk Carrstone connecting the house entrance to Full Moon Circle, a piece created in 2003 for the Houghton Sculpture Garden.


Archie Niven, Vertigo

2 October 12.30 to 6pm
3 – 14 October
(Sunday 8 October closed)
11am – 6pm daily
(close 5pm on final day)

Pop up workshops will be running during the exhibition as some SGFA Members will demonstrate their unique working methods.

News From One of Our Aviation Artists

NAAFI Wagon, Detail of Mural

Colin Mason aviation artist was commissioned earlier this year to paint on an outside wall that is 60ft long, by 8ft and 12ft high at The Wellington Pub in Feltwell. Since June, he has managed to spend on average three days a week painting the mural in-between giving art lessons in the studio above the Arts Lounge Gallery in Swaffham. Until recently, Colin has been very lucky with the weather – so long as it is dry that’s the main thing.

October News from Greyfriars Art Space……..

Heritage Day

‘Seed’ by Chrissy Leech

Greyfriars Art Space was bustling all day on Heritage Day, 10 September, with many visitors dropping in on the final day of our members’ summer exhibition and to see work produced be artists working in their studios, as well as exploring some of the original and quirky, features of the building too.

Summer Exhibition in Retrospect

With work submitted by 68 artists, the curators, Maxine Byron, June Cunningham and Val Philpot were given the arduous task of putting together The West Norfolk Artists Association Summer Exhibition, the largest exhibition hosted by the association, held at St. Nicholas Chapel and shown in conjunction with the Kings Lynn Festival. From the positive visitor’s feedback, we congratulate the curators on a job well done.  (photos by Lydia Haines and David Ashfield)

Bird After Bird — GroundWork Gallery

Open on & until 10th SEPT.

The Red List by Jane Ivimey

The Red List
Jane Ivimey

Immediately on entering the gallery one sees the poignantly powerful Jane Ivimey piece after which the exhibition is named.  Seventy white bisque fired stoneware birds are laid on a large black surface. Their neatly folded feet, clawed or webbed, tidy their mute forms into a graded repetition and one foot holds the identity tag. Their wings are neatly folded; out of use. Some identification is restored, most movingly, by the different positions and sizes of the birds’ heads, necks and beaks, the white corpses. ‘Red-backed Shrike’, ‘Yellow Wagtail’, ‘Roseate Tern’. This is The Red List. All are endangered, all avian inhabitants of and migrants to Britain. Ivimey’s work is at once a poetic tribute to their beauty and a shocking reminder of our real and pending loss of them.

‘Links & Layers’ Take 2

An exhibition of mixed media and textile art

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017, 10am till 5pm daily.

Free admission and parking

Mixed-media collaborative, Links and Layers, return to Thornham Village Hall for their second exciting and colourful exhibition from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017.