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18th November 2020

During lockdown, many of our local galleries are hosting exhibitions online. Log on, sit back and join Harriet Cooper for a browse!

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Our virtual tour starts at Holt-based Bircham Gallery and their two-stage Christmas Exhibition; Part 1 runs until 2 December, with Part 2 taking over from 5 December until 6 January. Both promise new work from the gallery’s unique roster of British artists and craftspeople, featuring a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, jewellery, glass, ceramics and photography. The gallery then kicks off 2021 with ‘Printmakers’, from 9 January until 3 February, a new show of works in print. www.birchamgallery.co.uk

Meanwhile, The Red Dot Gallery’s website is brimming with beautiful pieces by gallery artists and is also showcasing new work by artist Shane. During recent months, Shane has been focusing on familiar North Norfolk landmarks, using his signature contemporary collage technique – mixing photography, design, typography and ink work – to create his idiosyncratic images, each one representing remembered moments of intense colours and fragmented views. Selected pieces will also be available as limited editions, each signed and numbered by the artist. www.thereddotgallery.com

Next click, Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley-next-the-Sea, which specialises in Modern British Nature Art. Rather than hold any big solo shows for the foreseeable, the gallery will be exhibiting mini collections from its diverse roll call of artists. There’s local artist Rachel Lockwood’s ‘Woodlands’ series of smaller oil on board studies, which capture woods and wildlife close to her studio, and Cornish artist Daniel Cole will unveil his latest North Norfolk-inspired works, both contemporary landscapes and bird studies. Sculpture also plays a big part this season, with Stephen Henderson’s wooden carved birds, Anthony Theakston’s ceramic owls and Sue Jones’s mesmeric slate and stone works on virtual display. FaceTime viewings are also available. www.pinkfootgallery.co.uk

Further up the coast in Wells-next-the-Sea, after lockdown there will be an ongoing mixed exhibition at Gallery Plus with a large central display filled with festive gift ideas. Alongside paintings and original prints, there’ll be Murano glass jewellery by Marina e Susanna Sent and AnuschB; porcelain dishes and bowls by Richard Baxter; raku-fired vases by Annie McAlister-Dilks; functional and sculptural ceramic vases by Penny Withers; and ceramics by Anne-Marie Jacobs, which draw inspiration from the salt marsh. Meanwhile, there’s currently plenty to see over on their website and social media pages (including some great gift ideas!), and they are happy to offer a mail order service. www.gallery-plus.co.uk

All Pocock’s the artmonger’s stock, large and small is now online at www.theartmonger.co.uk – including quirky artisan gifts, studio ceramics and glass, to contemporary art – and can be sent or collected from Pocock’s The Artmonger or HortiCo Nursery & Garden Emporium by arrangement. There’s some gorgeous decorations and art-inspired stationery too!

At Great Walsingham Barns, lockdown has made little difference to the productivity of Sarah Caswell and Heather Green of Walsingham Gallery & Framing. Heather has been working hard to get all your bespoke framing orders completed and Sarah has been completing a further short series of small paintings following on from the popularity of those exhibited in the summer. 

Their annual joint exhibition will now be visible on their respective websites until the gallery can open again. It brings together the best original work and reproductions from the year and they are looking forward to welcoming you to celebrate the Christmas season with them. Amongst other delights, Sarah will be launching the new painting which is the model for her third collectible silk scarf (check out our gifts for art lovers feature, landing soon!) www.walsinghamgalleryandframing.co.uk; www.sarahcaswell.co.uk

Birdie Fortescue, who is based nearby in Fakenham, has introduced two new artists to her collective. The first is Cambridge-based Oliver Hilton, whose abstract land and seascapes take inspiration from the Fens, with their flat coastal plains and large open skies. The other is Millie Straker, a contemporary artist from London, who draws from Japanese influences and the natural world to create her visually compelling prints. These, alongside works from other artists, are available to view online at www.birdiefortescue.co.uk

Meanwhile, five artists from the West Norfolk have had paintings accepted for a fundraising exhibition to support the London charity Women + Health which has been supporting isolated and vulnerable women, including those who are survivors of domestic violence and rape, for over 30 years.

Julie Clark, Sally Anne Fitter, Helga Joergens, Barbara King, and Pandora Mond are all taking part in what is now a virtual show and sale, after plans for a physical exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection in London had to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

The exhibition, co-curated by Cass Wedd, who is also an artist from Ringstead and a long-standing trustee of Women + Health, features artworks from a total of 49 women artists can be viewed online until 25 December at www.wla-exhibition.womenandhealth.org.uk/