This year’s Eastern Open attracted 557 works by 280 artists from seven counties, with prize money totalling more than £4,000. The winners were announced during a packed ceremony at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.
|The faces that you meet © Chris Gamble 2012|
31 March – 19 May 2012
King’s Lynn Arts Centre
Artworks artist Lyn Aylward is one of five regional artists shortlisted for the East Anglian Artists Development Prize, a competition open to all visual artists aged under forty and living in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex, inviting them to apply for the £5000 professional development prize.
The prize is organised by the Anteros Arts Foundation, which is based in Norwich, UK. The other shortlisted artists are: Adam Batchelor, Rachel Daniel, Rosie Winn and Thomas Joynes.
You can see examples of the shortlisted artists’ work in an exhibition currently on at Anteros Arts, which runs from 9th March to 28th April 2012. The Anteros Arts Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
One of the five shortlisted artists will be awarded the £5,000 prize, free access to Anteros Arts courses for a year and a solo exhibition in Spring 2013 at Anteros Arts. The judging panel comprises John Hemmant, Aude Gotto and Susan Mumford, but feedback from gallery visitors will also contribute to the final decision. The winning artist will be announced on 14 April 2012 at 2pm.
Good luck Lyn!
East Anglian Artists Development Prize exhibition
9th March to 28th April 2012
Anteros Arts Foundation
7-15 Fye Bridge Street
Artworks artist Janet French has recently begun an exciting collaborative art project with another artist, the printmaker Emma Buckmaster.
|Quercus, Fordham, etching on oak leaf handmade paper|
The aim of this project is to produce a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper created from the trees’ own leaves. Once completed, the delicate prints are trapped between two sheets of glass and framed to allow light to enhance the fine details of the image and the translucent quality of the leaves.
Five tree ‘portraits’ have now been completed and they are currently on show, together with other new work by Janet and Emma, at The Assembly House in Norwich, Norfolk.
The exhibition runs from Friday 2nd December 2011 to Monday 2nd January 2012, open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.
|Tilia, Braxted, etching on Lime leaf handmade paper|
The flowers of the Common Lime have a narcotic effect on bees which may be found asleep under the tree. The branches are full of mistletoe and the leaves have been used to make the paper on which the tree portrait is printed.
Emma and Janet currently co-Chair the Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop in Sudbury, Suffolk.
For further details on their work you can visit Janet and Emma’s websites:
What is Artworks?
Artworks is a dynamic group of thirty contemporary East Anglian professional artists. Each September we put on a special, annual showcase exhibition at the historic Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, Suffolk, UK. Our artists come from across the East Anglian region, from North Norfolk down to Essex, from the East coast to the edge of the Fens.
Artworks was established in 2000 and the annual exhibition has proven to be an exciting and not-to-be-missed cultural event in the East Anglian art scene. All Artworks members are professional artists & well established in their creative fields. As a group Artworks is committed to promoting excellence and artistic diversity in the work of its members and delivering this unique asset of our group to the wider community.
You can read more about Artworks activities and view full profiles of all our exhibiting artists on the official Artworks website – but please do stay in touch with our brand new Artworks blog right here in the lead up to our next showcase exhibition in September 2011.
On the Artworks blog we aim to share a little more of what we do in the form of exhibition news & reviews, artist talks or workshops & other related events, more informal ‘take five’ style interviews with our artists, occasional stories from the artist studios and any other creative activities further afield! So please stay tuned & follow the new Artworks blog!
You can read more about Artworks history and view full profiles of all our exhibiting artists on the official Artworks website.