The Association is not primarily an exhibiting group, but as part of promoting the work of its members usually has three exhibitions per year. Members are encouraged to enter work for these exhibitions and although all the shows are selected by curators we try where possible to include at least one work from all entrants.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Association had to move to online virtual exhibitions, but we are resuming real exhibitions in August. Recent virtual exhibitions can be viewed using the links below.
The WNAA Summer Exhibition is a major event on the Association's calendar. For many years the venue has been the historic St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn, which provides a large and attractive space in which to showcase members' work. The venue is made available by the Churches Conservation Trust. Members are permitted to enter a maximum of four works, and the exhibition is curated by a team of two or three selectors, usually drawn from the WNAA membership. The curating team changes annually.
This year the Summer Exhibition will run from Saturday 21st August until Sunday 29th August. Open every day except Monday, from 11.00am - 3.00pm.
There are a number of awards presented at the Summer Exhibition. The Syd Davison award for the best work in the show is chosen by an invited guest selector. Syd was the first chairman of the WNAA, who sadly died in 2004. The award, an engraved glass trophy for the winner to keep in perpetuity, was set up in Syd's memory by his wife Joyce.
Another major award is the Inga Miller trophy for an outstanding piece of work, to be selected jointly by the WNAA committee. Inga was one of the founding members of the Association and a great supporter of the arts. She passed away in 2012.
In 2021 we have a new award, the Curators' Award, selected by the exhibition curators for their favourite piece. The prize will be art materials kindly sponsored by the Derwent Pencil Company.
SPRING EXHIBITION 2021. This is the most recent of our online exhibitions. The links below will take you to it, where you can browse fifty-one pieces of artwork.Visit our Spring Exhibition webpage See our 2021 Spring Exhibition video
AUTUMN EXHIBITION 2020. This is an online exhibition which opened in November 2020. The links below will take you to it, where you can browse fifty-two pieces of artwork.Visit our Autumn Exhibition webpage See our Autumn Exhibition video
SUMMER EXHIBITION 2020. This is an online exhibition and it opened in August 2020. The links below will take you to it, where you can enjoy seventy pieces of artwork.Visit our 2020 Summer Exhibition webpage See our 2020 Summer Exhibition video
During the pandemic, the Association has been setting the membership a variety of art challenges, to keep everyone making artwork in these difficult times. The challenge entries can be viewed from the links below. We hope you enjoy our members efforts!Art Challenge - Inspired by Music Art Challenge - On the Beach Art Challenge - Abstract or Flowers, the artist's choice Art Challenge - Norfolk in the style of a French Impressionist
We plan to resume real exhibitions soon, beginning with our 2021 Summer Exhibition to be held in St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn. The show will open on Saturday 21st August.
Entry forms for all WNAA exhibitions are sent to all members well in advance of each show. However, you can download general details and regulations for forthcoming exhibitions from the link below.WNAA Exhibition Regulations (opens as a PDF)