Art in Norwich British Art Show special publication - highlights British Art Show 08 and Giacometti at SCVA
First is that the new edition of Art in Norwich is out and about. The pdf and Issuu publications are available for download from herehttps://issuu.com/mariondemello/docs/art_in_norwich_spring_16_to_email_70ee77645b5977#embed. Issuu, if you haven't used it, let's you leaf though a booklet onscreen in the way that you would a hard copy - try it out, it is great and dead easy and you can access it here . The hard copies have been delayed at the printers but will be out and about soon.
If you don't know about the British Art Show 08, it is a contemporary visual art show which happens every 5 years and is produced by the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank. Curated this time by two women Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, it includes 42 artists and tours to four cities in the UK. It opened in Leeds in October 2015, is currently in Edinburgh and comes to Norwich 24 June after which it will open in Southampton in October 2016. In Norwich, the two main venues are Norwich Castle and Norwich University of the Arts (East Gallery and St George's Building) and there will also be a sculptural piece at The Forum. It is a great coup for Norwich as it has a following and Leeds recorded over 100,00 extra visitors - which is good for the prosperity of a city generally, and the idea of the Art in Norwich publication is to showcase the rest of the art on show in Norwich at the same time.
As well as the artists and work that will be at each city, there are also city specific events. On Saturday 18 June 2016 in Norwich City Centre there will be a landmark event organised by Great Yarmouth based artist, Alan Kane. The exhibition will be delivered by six horse-drawn carts which will process through the city centre and deliver the exhibition to the three British Art Show venues. In much the same way as the circus would process through the town to announce its arrival, this procession will broadcast the arrival of the British Art Show to thousands of onlookers before its public opening on the Friday 24 June. Artists Jessica Warboys will also be working with Norfolk audiences but details yet to be released. There will be a piece of print which will have more details out in June but keep an eye on www.artinnorwich.org.uk or follow @artinnorwich on Twitter for updates
At the same time as BAS8, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is hosting two fab exhibitions at the same time which will also be a draw to visitors from the rest of the UK and Europe. Alberto Giacometti : A Line Through Time, opens on Saturday 23 April and runs through till 29 August 2016. This major new exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of Alberto Giacometti’s death in 1966. Giacometti is one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition will be the most extensive in the UK dedicated to the artist since 2007, focusing on his work and influence during the post-war period on both sides of the Channel. Giacometti was one of the friends and protogées of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury and there are several Giacometti pieces in the permanent collection. Details about the exhibition can be found on the Sainsbury Centre website www.scva.ac.uk
At the same time as Giacometti, (23 April-29 August) there is also an exhibition of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer who walked the streets of Paris, day and night, from one end to the other, grabbing candid and opportunistic images. The exhibition collects his best photographs of Paris, ancient and recent, well known and never seen before. As always, there will be a series of supporting events, talks and workshops so keep an eye on the Sainsbury Centre site or follow the Art in Norwich blog for deliveries straight to your inbox.
As well as these blockbuster events, there are many, many shows and activities in Norwich. For this special edition, I have also included selected venues and events outside Norwich and around Norfolk such as Cley 16, GroundWorks, a new environmental gallery in Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Salthouse and general guidance about where to find work and enjoy the county. The Waveney Sculpture Trail is a great way of getting out and about in the summer. We live in an amazing county and it is well worth exploring - and a good time to invite friends and relatives to visit too - Art in Norwich can help you to plan so keep a copy handy. And I would also like to say a big thank you to all of the organisations that supported me in achieving this mega-publication it will hopefully be an asset to the city and county.
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