Monday, 6 September 2010

Norwich 20 Group exhibition – ‘a must-see event for all art lovers’

Keith Roberts, Chair of Norfolk Contemporary Art Society has described Norwich Twenty Group’s (N20G) autumn show at John Innes Centre, Colney, as ‘a must-see event for all art lovers’. The exhibition, showcasing more than 120 works runs to Wednesday, September 15 and is open daily, 10am to 5pm, with free admission, www.norwich20group.co.uk.

“This has to be one the best 20 Group shows; a must-see event for all art lovers. The exhibition space is light, the 100 or so works are beautifully displayed, and the breadth of talent and technique displayed is really impressive. A great opportunity to see (and acquire) the best of Norfolk.” Keith Roberts, Chair, Norfolk Contemporary Art Society

“An intriguing, varied show of mature talents. Very good to see.” Comment in the visitors’ book

The exhibition features the work of more than 40 of Norfolk’s top artists, from traditional
figurative painting to abstract painting, sculpture, stone carving and imaginative site installations.

As well as the exhibition of large works, there is an opportunity to pick up many small items in the Art Bazaar. All Art Bazaar items are donated by N20G members to raise money for the group and are sold for £15.

New Members exhibiting with N20G for the first time are Martin Laurance, Keith Pomeroy and Julia Sorrell. N20G reviews the Final Degree Show at Norwich University College of the Arts each year and invites young artists of exceptional talent to join the group as 'licentiates'. This means they become members of the group for one year free of charge and are qualified to take part in exhibitions. This year’s artists are Emma Armitage and Lorna Johnson.

Rory McShane Chairman N20G said: “Our autumn exhibition celebrates the rich mix of styles and ideas coming from some of Norfolk’s top artists and is a colourful, energetic and original show.”

Norwich 20 Group
N20G was formed in 1944 comprising professional artists from the Norwich School of Art and Design. The group is no longer limited to 20 and now has more than 70 members, several of whom exhibit regularly in the West End and abroad. All aspects of the practice of contemporary fine art are represented e.g. sculpture, print, photography and painting.

Over the years the membership has included nationally known artists, for example, Bernard Reynolds and Jeffrey Camp. Colin Self has taken an active role as have numerous art historians and architects. Mary Newcomb, one of Britain’s best loved artists, famous for her visionary ruralist paintings, who died in 2008, was a member of N20G for many years. Her work often sold at exhibitions for around £20. It now changes hands for five figure sums. Current N20G members include Andy Campbell, David Holgate, Ros Newman, Vanessa Pooley, Louise Richardson and Laurie Rudling.