Covering the coast, Burnham Market, Wells, Holt & surrounding villages

It’s show time!

17th October 2020

Art lovers will be spoilt for choice this autumn, with a cracking season ahead in our local galleries

First up, Holt, where Bircham Gallery will be showing paintings by Keith Roper, along with prints by wood engraver Colin See-Paynton and ceramic sculptures by Jeremy James, from 10 October to 4 November.

Colin’s prints focus mainly on nature and birds, whilst Jeremy is known for his sculptures of people and animals – from hares and otters, to small garden birds. Keith’s paintings meanwhile, are mainly landscapes and townscapes of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside, but also beyond, including The Fens around Ely.

Early November sees the opening of the gallery’s Christmas Exhibition: Part 1 (7 November to 2 December), the first of two great collections for the festive season from selected artists including Tessa Newcomb, Kathryn O’Kell and Reg Cartwright. 

01263 713312, www.birchamgallery.co.uk

Across town, The Red Dot Gallery has showcased the recent works of Lucy Boydell in a new promotional brochure ‘Fine Artist – Fine Art’. With a mix of print and originals, prices range from around £325 to £6000. Call for a complimentary copy of the brochure or visit the gallery to see the collection of Lucy’s work. Pictured is ‘Old Spot Piglet II’, a limited edition print. 

01263 710287, www.thereddotgallery.com

Up on the coast, autumn brings a mixed exhibition at Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley, showcasing some of the best art inspired by North Norfolk. Cley-based artist, Rachel Lockwood, has recently delivered a series of paintings from her time working in local forests, and the gallery will also be showing a small collection of Daniel Cole’s bold landscapes.

There’s new work too, from Dafila Scott and Jane Hodgson, wood carver Stephen Henderson and a wonderful ‘Leaping Lockdown Hare’ by Harriet Mead, plus exciting news from ceramic artist, Anthony Theakston. He’s agreed to make a small collection of his iconic ceramic owls for Pinkfoot – Anthony stopped making ceramics a few years ago to concentrate on his bronze work. 

01263 740947, www.pinkfootgallery.co.uk

Meanwhile, Gallery Plus in Wells is hosting ‘Landscapes’, a showcase exhibition from 24 October to 7 November, bringing together for the first time solely landscape paintings by local artist, Trevor Woods, from this country and further afield.

After experiencing the stunning scenery of Iceland, Trevor has been looking back at places he’s visited over the years and produced a body of work which captures these varied and dramatic landscapes. Without giving too much away, word has it that the Peak District and Lake District will be featured.

“A PDF catalogue will be released on the opening morning and the paintings will be for sale by telephoning the gallery,” says Trevor. “And all being well, the gallery will be open for viewing and sales for the duration of the exhibition.”

01328 711609, www.gallery-plus.co.uk

Our next stop is Burnham Market, where Burnham Grapevine Gallery is currently opening by appointment, contact burnhamgrapevine@gmail.com. There’s detailed information on their new website about works in stock, and you can purchase by phone too, with free local delivery. Current stock includes landscapes by Michael Chapman, prints by Max Angus, new paintings by Mari French and a small number of works by Gerard Stamp. 

01328 730125, www.burnhamgrapevine.co.uk

Pocock’s the artmonger of Burnham Market, is delighted to announce that they’re also now at Drove Orchards, Thornham as part of HortiCo Nursery & Garden Emporium. Laura Pocock has selected works with a botanical theme or to complement those surroundings. Some have been specially commissioned, such as Madeleine Spencer’s range of hand-made reclaimed silver jewellery inspired by the orchards at Drove and limited edition prints of Rosamond Ulph’s hand drawn calligraphic and watercolour map of Thornham. 

In the Burnham Market gallery, Laura continues to stock a wide selection of work including studio pottery and glass, paintings by contemporary artists and work dating from earlier periods.

01328 730370, www.theartmonger.co.uk

Over in Great Walsingham, Walsingham Gallery & Framing are delighted to welcome two new artists this autumn – Mary Blue and Debbie Lyddon, whose work, although quite different from each other, both reflect an exploration of landscape and sense of place inspired by the North Norfolk landscape and its coastline. 

01328 820900, www.walsinghamgalleryandframing.co.uk

Next door, botanical artist Sarah Caswell has an extremely rare series of small paintings in the gallery, inspired by spending the whole of the iris season in her garden and by reading the Tudor fiction of Hilary Mantel. At only 35cm square (including frame) these ‘portraits’ of her favourites really pack a punch! 

07747613395, www.sarahcaswell.co.uk

There are new artists too, over at Birdie Fortescue. They’ve added works by Lisa Hardy and Jemma Powell to the art collection in their Fakenham showroom.

Lisa, based in Wales, predominantly works in watercolours, and is inspired by her garden, the landscape and surrounding flora; Jemma, who is based in Oxfordshire, is similarly inspired by nature, and also her travels. 

There are also new pieces from Cornelia O’Donovan. And local artists feature too, including Linda Jamieson, Claire Oxley and Tor Falcon, with their differing interpretations of the Norfolk landscape, from coastal abstracts to pastel drawings of Peddars Way.

01328 851651, www.birdiefortescue.co.uk

Dersingham Pottery & Gallery is now open most days from 10am to 5pm, selling a collection of hand-thrown stoneware and porcelain and individual domestic pieces by June Mullarkey, and paintings, prints and cards by Ben Mullarkey. Contact the gallery before making a special journey on 01485 540761 or j_mullarkey@btconnect.com

www.dersinghampottery.co.uk

Our final stop is Docking, where local landscape artist, Rebecca Lloyd’s work is available to view at her studio by appointment. Expect to see a selection of pieces including large original paintings and small panels, as well as Rebecca’s limited edition prints. Email bex@rebeccalloyd.co.uk or call 07977 227708 to arrange a time to pop over to the studio.

Holkham also have a collection of Rebecca’s limited edition prints to purchase in their Courtyard Gift Shop, as well as a large original on display in the Courtyard Café.

www.rebeccalloyd.co.uk

Check gallery websites before visiting for current opening times and information