ContemporaryCountry

ContemporaryCountry Contemporary and Country present art and the handmade by established artists and makers based in the
(1)

The artists and makers Contemporary and Country (C&C) display, live and work in rural locations, or include the natural world in their subject matter or production process. Together they bring about a closer understanding of the countryside, its people and landscape. They look creatively beyond the passing trend and foster greater consideration for nature, as its appreciation and preservation beco

mes ever more prescient to our time. C&C have approached artists and makers whose work does not conform to conventional assumptions about creativity being a metropolitan activity. Through their chosen subject matter and methodology they raise questions about what it takes to shift ideas of the rural idyll away from the romantic, toward a variety of more engaging concerns shared by creative practitioners working in geographically isolated communities today.

A fond farewell to King's Lynn following the end of our exhibition "Heads & Tails". Don't worry if you missed it you can...
30/10/2023

A fond farewell to King's Lynn following the end of our exhibition "Heads & Tails". Don't worry if you missed it you can see the works shown by using the links on our home page to view items you may be interested in purchasing.

Participating artists in Heads and Tales











-


















Have you seen our "Unmissable Event" according to Country Life. We have reached the final few days of our exhibition "He...
25/10/2023

Have you seen our "Unmissable Event" according to Country Life. We have reached the final few days of our exhibition "Heads & Tails: picturing people and other animals" in King's Lynn. We are offering a FREE delivery service for East Anglian addresses - on purchases over £500 until 4pm on Saturday 28 October.

We are selling signed, limited edition prints by Colin Self for £250. All prints are taken from an original drawing and collage work titled "A Veteran with his Loyal Dog, 2009".

VENUE: The Shakespeare Barn and Fermoy Gallery, St George's Guildhall, 29 King Street, King's Lynn PE30 1HA.
Open 11am to 4pm

FREE ENTRY

Participating artists in Heads and Tales











-


















Have you seen our "Unmissable Event" according to Country Life - https://mailchi.mp/487921df56a8/art-fair-east-16854725 ...
25/10/2023

Have you seen our "Unmissable Event" according to Country Life - https://mailchi.mp/487921df56a8/art-fair-east-16854725 We have reached the final few days of our exhibition "Heads & Tails: picturing people and other animals" in King's Lynn. We are offering a FREE delivery service for East Anglian addresses - on purchases over £500 until 4pm on Saturday 28 October.

We are selling signed, limited edition prints by Colin Self for £250. All prints are taken from an original drawing and collage work titled "A Veteran with his Loyal Dog, 2009".

Thank you to our visitors who braved the deluge yesterday and again this morning - courtesy of Storm Babet. It seemed to...
21/10/2023

Thank you to our visitors who braved the deluge yesterday and again this morning - courtesy of Storm Babet. It seemed to be fitting that it rained 'cats and dogs' considering the subject matter presented in our exhibition.

We are now entering the last few days of "Heads and Tails: Picturing People and Other Animals.You will see paintings, collage, prints and sculpture from ten artists from Norfolk and Suffolk exploring the interspecies bonds formed between people and animals and how they look within the home, the workplace or in the wild. The artists propose various disciplines that engage with human as well as animal behaviour and how that is represented in art now.

As part of our exhibition we are raising money for veterans Aid in support of ex-servicemen who are seeking ways to get off the streets and get help with various dependencies and mental health issues. Please give generously by using the QR code or purchasing one of Colin Self's limited edition and signed prints of "Veteran and his Loyal Dog" on sale for £250 or one of his postcards of "Two Black R

VENUE: The Shakespeare Barn and Fermoy Gallery, St George's Guildhall, 29 King Street, King's Lynn PE30 1HA

FREE ENTRY: Ends next Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

Participating artists in Heads and Tales











-


















Jessica Perry is showing with 9 other artists in the Shakespeare Barn and The Fermoy Gallery in Kings Lynn's Guildhall o...
20/10/2023

Jessica Perry is showing with 9 other artists in the Shakespeare Barn and The Fermoy Gallery in Kings Lynn's Guildhall off King Street. She is a resourceful and inventive artist whose personal narrative combines humour and idiosyncratic detail in closely-worked miniature drawings.
She trained at Norwich School of Art (B.A. Fine Art, Painting, 1985), and subsequently worked across East Anglia and London, exhibiting paintings and sculpture in group and solo shows.

Balancing her long career alongside raising a family in rural Norfolk, Jessica’s work continues to develop, connecting a sharp eye for detail and humour with a range of practical techniques.

There are just 2 weekends left to see Jessica's work in our Exhibition Heads & Tails exploring the interspecies bonds formed between people and animals and how they look within the home, the workplace or in the wild. The artists propose various disciplines that engage with human as well as animal behaviour and how that is represented in art now.

FREE ENTRY: Open until Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

Participating artists in Heads and Tales











-

















King’s Oak Primary School, King's Lynn, made a visit today to see our exhibition with Year 2 pupils arriving at 10am. A ...
19/10/2023

King’s Oak Primary School, King's Lynn, made a visit today to see our exhibition with Year 2 pupils arriving at 10am. A total of approx 40 pupils were asked to enter each of the gallery spaces and simply look at the artworks on show. They were asked to decide which of the artworks they were drawn to most. The teachers and teaching assistants accompanying the group then encouraged each pupil to pick their favourite work. Using pencils they then and drew into their sketch books and in some cases used simple pipe-cleaners to replicate the works as a memory for their visit. They are taking all their sketches back to school to complete their projects.

As you will see, some of the observations made during their visits were very accomplished and full of the true spirit of creativity. We hope their visit today sparks off an ambition to lead creative lives in the future.

With that in mind, the children were informed during their visit that their recent self-portraits completed I their art classes would be coming into the Shakespeare Barn in the future for a very special exhibition.

We are now in the last 6 days of our exhibition - ending on 28 October. It is curated by Paul Barratt and Paul Vater of Contemporary and Country. It includes work from ten artists exploring the interspecies bonds formed between people and animals and how they look within the home, the workplace or in the wild. The artists propose various disciplines that engage with human as well as animal behaviour and how that is represented in art now. Works are for sale - come and add something wonderful to your collection.

FREE ENTRY: Open until Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

Participating artists in Heads and Tales











-

















We had a great turnout for our FREE walking tour of King's Lynn yesterday. Hosted by The Town Guides, visitors were take...
19/10/2023

We had a great turnout for our FREE walking tour of King's Lynn yesterday. Hosted by The Town Guides, visitors were taken on a tour to discover some of the highlights of historic King's Lynn before coming to the Galleries at the Guildhall to meet some of the artists taking part in Heads and Tails: Picturing People and Other Animals.

We received donations from those taking part of £165 which will be donated to our charity partner, Veterans Aid.

We are in the last 6 days of our exhibition - ending on 28 October. It is a curated group exhibition by Paul Barratt and Paul Vater of Contemporary and Country. It includes work from ten artists exploring the interspecies bonds formed between people and animals and how they look within the home, the workplace or in the wild. The artists propose various disciplines that engage with human as well as animal behaviour and how that is represented in art now.

FREE ENTRY: Open until Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

Participating artists in Heads and Tales











-

















Colin Self will join fellow artists tomorrow (Wed 18 October) in our FREE "meet the artist" event from 3pm. Meet at The ...
17/10/2023

Colin Self will join fellow artists tomorrow (Wed 18 October) in our FREE "meet the artist" event from 3pm. Meet at The Fermoy and Shakespeare Barn Kings Lynn from 3pm. Colin is a leading protagonists of the British Pop Art movement that he helped start in the early 1960s. His clever, irreverent drawings have been sort after ever since. His work shown in Heads and Tails serves as a stepping stone towards a major retrospective planned to take part in the newly refurbished Castle Museum, Norwich in 2025. See drawings, collages, sculptural maquette and prints - add something trully unique to your collection. He achieved success early and has remained true to his Pop roots and sees potential in the everyday objects that surround us. His work is fresh, immediate and frequently delivered with a punchline.

Colin calls himself a ‘hunter’, seeking out connections between objects he has selected out from the detritus of mass consumption. In 1965 he was represented by the influential Robert Fraser Gallery in London, where his diorama sculpture Guard Dog on a Missile Base and Leopardskin Nuclear Bomber were first exhibited.

The late Richard Hamilton once spoke of Self as "the best draughtsman in England since William Blake, he uses the pencil in such an unusual way."
Calvin Winner, curator at Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, observes “Perhaps the most striking element of Self’s art is that his entire output remains remarkably current and contemporary. His concerns are our concerns and he continues to reveal and expose art as the essence of life.”

We are selling limited edition print of Self's "Veteran and his Loyal Dog" in support of 
Participating in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:











FREE ENTRY: Open until Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

-

















Katayoun Dowlatshahi is an artist, printmaker and fine art photographer with 27 years of experience in the field of publ...
14/10/2023

Katayoun Dowlatshahi is an artist, printmaker and fine art photographer with 27 years of experience in the field of public art, lecturing, mentoring and strategic development work. We are showing some recent prints using traditional carbon transfer processes.

Artist statement:
This an ongoing series of images that are inspired by my garden in Norfolk. These are intimate and self-reflexive portrayals of nature. Connection to memories, delightful discoveries, opportune moments, study of and meditations on the natural world around me are reflected in my choice of subject and compositions. These works evoke a North European tradition of the ‘Vanitas’ still life and conversely contemporary representations of birth, death and life".

Having graduated in Fine Art Printmaking from Edinburgh, with an MA in European Art from Barcelona and Wi******er, Katayoun was awarded a Doctorate (PhD) in Drawing & Photography from The University of Gloucestershire with a specialism in Carbon Photography, a 19th century photographic process. Since 1995 she has lectured in a number of universities alongside her work as a full-time professional artist and have, in more recent years, worked with children within school settings.

In 2019 Katayoun was awarded a grant by a-n for professional development to attend a 5 day masterclass with The Wet Print Studio in Valencia, Spain, in order to fully embrace Three Colour Carbon Printing in her practice.

This Wednesday brings an opportunity to meet the artists during a special open day for Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals. Artists will be around from 3pm onwards to chat about their work :












FREE ENTRY: Open until Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

-

















Great to be described as an "Unmissable event" in the latest issue of Country Life.We are grateful to the editorial team...
14/10/2023

Great to be described as an "Unmissable event" in the latest issue of Country Life.

We are grateful to the editorial team at Country Life for giving us a mention in the "Unmissable Events" section on p47 of this week's edition (which fittingly features a cheeky little cockapoo called Otis on its cover)

We are pleased to announce a special opening of Heads and Tails this coming Wednesday 18th October. You are invited to join a FREE walk with the King's Lynn Town Guides from 1pm but we need your names to fill limited spaces. Email [email protected] to register for the walk - starts at 1pm.

Following the walk there will be a 'meet the artists' event in the Galleries at St George's Courtyard (behind the Guildhall on King Street (near Tuesday Market Place) Come along and hear more from the artist who are participating in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:��












FREE ENTRY: Open until Saturday 28th October 2023 – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

-


















Few artists can bring the vitality of animal life into sculpture.  Rachael Long is certainly one of them and proof of th...
13/10/2023

Few artists can bring the vitality of animal life into sculpture. Rachael Long is certainly one of them and proof of this alchemy is on view again in her work currently showing in The Fermoy Gallery, King's Lynn. She continues to makes large-scale sculpture of animals using steel and redundant farm machine parts - all welded together and sometimes forged to subtly change them. The transformation of cold hard metal into a fluid animated creature is what interests Rachael. She graduated in History of Modern Art BA in 1990. Followed by an MA in Fine Art from NUA in 2018. An award-winning artist with successful public commissions across the UK including Lifeboat Horse at Wells-Next-To-The-Sea, she has work in collections based in France, Austria, New Zealand, and the US.

Rachael says: "For me stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. This is what I hope to translate into three-dimensional work. On an intuitive level visual imagery holds yet deeper and more valuable truths through non-verbal communication.”

Participating artists in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:��










-

















Our exhibition "East to East" closed on October 1 BUT there are still works available. If you look online you will still...
13/10/2023

Our exhibition "East to East" closed on October 1 BUT there are still works available. If you look online you will still see works that are available to buy and add to your collection

Sean Scully at Houghton Hall – Smaller Than The Sky closes on October 28 and encompasses outdoor sculptures displayed in the grounds and parkland, as well as a selection of recent paintings, works on paper, and a few key works from earlier in his career. These will be displayed in the house, the North Colonnade and in the contemporary gallery. See houghtonhall.com for more details on opening times and ticket prices.

-
























Rosie Phillips is a self-taught painter. Creativity was always a part of her childhood, but it wasn’t until she complete...
12/10/2023

Rosie Phillips is a self-taught painter. Creativity was always a part of her childhood, but it wasn’t until she completed A-Levels in 2019 that she began practicing art professionally, taking on commissioned work and exhibiting locally.

Her figurative work is an examination of body language and inner emotional states. Phillips' aim is to ‘interrupt’ fleeting moments, observing the ways in which the figure naturally contorts and establishes itself in response to its environment. She spends her time engaging with her love of realism and traditional methods, finding ways to take an oversaturated genre of art and introduce something new; toying with texture, composition and colour, leaning into the creative potential of experiments and chance marks, finding ways to isolate specific details and work them further. Attention to detail is really important to her and an integral part of her practice.

Time and time again she finds herself inspired by the people and animals around her; Most of her subjects have been people that she is close to. This has allowed Philips to communicate expressions and relationships that feel universal. She strives to convey a sense of narrative and personal flair.

Phillips thinks it’s fun to get people treasuring and re-remembering certain moments from their own lives; "Some stories I would have never heard if it wasn’t for my paintings. I want to encourage people from all walks of life to see the magic in these ‘in-between’ moments"

Rosie is participating in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


-

















BOOK NOW FOR FREE TOUR King's Lynn is one of the great unsung UK visitor destinations for those interested in historic m...
11/10/2023

BOOK NOW FOR FREE TOUR King's Lynn is one of the great unsung UK visitor destinations for those interested in historic medieval architecture in what was once a key port. It has been a welcome eye opener to spend time in this culturally rich town since our exhibition opened a month ago.

Our experience has prompted us to set up this FREE walking tour for our supporters and friends looking to discover more about the historic quarter of King's Lynn. All in the company of very capable and informative Town Guides. Walking groups of 20 people (max.) will start the walk at 1pm from Trinity Guildhall on Saturday Market Place. The walk will end with an opportunity to meet the artists taking part in our exhibition "Heads & Tails: Picturing People and other Animals" This takes part in The Fermoy Gallery and Shakespeare Barn.

As spaces are limited we need to take the names of all who want to want to join this tour. Please email to book your space now. [email protected]

Participating artists in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:
l












-


















SPOTLIGHT: ROGER HARDYSuffolk based scolptor Roger Hardy's work is figurative, made from reclaimed wood, metal and with ...
07/10/2023

SPOTLIGHT: ROGER HARDY
Suffolk based scolptor Roger Hardy's work is figurative, made from reclaimed wood, metal and with pigment additions, configured to create the human form.

His figures represent individuals of all types, either single figures or assembled in groups. They most closely resemble nomadic tribesmen. The starting point for his creative process begins with natural erosion and seasoning of his wooden component parts, often in the local river, the Alde, that brings a sense of worn age to the finished sculptures or construction. His sculptures made using found elements from local boatyards and estuary worn wood, have the sense of being carved long ago. Roger uses the natural processes in the degradation of his materials to simplify the essence of the human form. Cleansed of their original purpose, his figures take on a totemic resonance that help define the human condition.

Roger trained at Kingston-Upon-Thames College of Art and Design (Kingston University) where he was awarded BA (Hons) in graphic design. He had a successful career as a designer in London before he started making sculpture and moved to Suffolk in 2000. He has exhibited widely in Suffolk and across the east of England, throughout the UK, as well as in London.

"As individuals we have a great desire to project our own humanity and emotions onto the most primitive human form." – Roger Hardy

Participating artists in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


-

















FOCUS ON LOUISE RICHARDSONLouise studied art at the Norwich School of Art and Design where she obtained a Fine Art BA (p...
06/10/2023

FOCUS ON LOUISE RICHARDSON

Louise studied art at the Norwich School of Art and Design where she obtained a Fine Art BA (painting) in 1992 followed by a Fine Art MA (multi-disciplinary) in 1995. She has shown nationally and internationally and her work is held in many private and public collections.

"The materials I use tend to be natural, elemental or found objects; they come with their own stories or inspire new ones. Often, the objects and images are frail and transient but reinventing, combining, observing, and retelling their tales gives them a new sense of life, place, preservation, and resilience."

The Painted Lady, 2023
Mixed media - Butterfly book
Visually, the book is a small confined space, a physical object, which contains the reader and the author. The explosion of the images breaks the boundaries of this space and brings them to life.

Hold, 2023
Lead feather dress on wooden chest
The dress is symbolic of an absent figure. Lead has a stillness, weight, and quietness. It is a metal which absorbs marks, sounds, and holds its form.

The Stole, 2023
Mixed media - nail piece
Stole is created from individually placed and rusted nails, echoing nature as it resembles fur. This piece is about materiality, transformation, and the alchemy of materials. The process of making is also fundamental, as the time it takes to make transcends the piece and encourages the viewer to also take time to observe and make connections with the work. It holds the viewer’s gaze, involving and including them within a dialogue. It invites them to question the maker’s intention and how one would feel owning or wearing this garment.

Collector, 2022
Mixed media - Gloves
Collector transcends collection, folklore, and classification, all within one garment

Participating artists in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

-












Shakespeare puts King's Lynn on the map ... againBoth national and international media outlets are descending on King's ...
05/10/2023

Shakespeare puts King's Lynn on the map ... again

Both national and international media outlets are descending on King's Lynn with the discovery of evidence that Shakespeare was in fact, part of the fabric of historic King's Lynn. Tune into BBC Radio Norfolk and EDP media channels and see how China's National broadcaster as well as US and Antipodean news channels are running the news across the world. It is not so fanciful to imagine that as the day unfolds King's Lynn will be on the lips of millions of people - all thanks to our national Bard.

There are a number of theories that strengthen the argument that Shakespeare performed here. Many of these will be digested during tonight's talk in the Guildhall itself entitled: Revealing the Secrets of the Guildhall. . Here are just a few: Shakespeare's comedian Robert Armin was born just one street away, he notes, while a Norfolk writer called Robert Greene famously described the Bard as an "upstart crow" in what was essentially a bad review in 1592.

Be the first to hear first hand tonight. There will be several sittings of tonights Q&A session and you can visit our exhibition while waiting for your chance to be part of the audience.

Participating artists in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come along and bring your pets with you - even your very own 'upstart crow'

-



















As Shakespeare wrote in 'As You Like it'  All the world's a stage - and that is especially relevant to King's Lynn tonig...
05/10/2023

As Shakespeare wrote in 'As You Like it' All the world's a stage - and that is especially relevant to King's Lynn tonight as Dr Jonathan Clark presents his findings having uncovered evidence of Shakespeare's presence in the town in the 16th century. We can confirm that we will remain open in The Fermoy and Shakespeare Barn (immediately next to the Guildhall) to welcome visitors to Dr Clark's talk more about the important discoveries of timber floorboards of an original stage from Shakespeare's time. This, combined with records that the Borough paid Shakespeare's company to come and play in the venue provide compelling evidence of the Bard's presence in Lynn. At the time, acting companies left the capital when theatres in London were closed due to the plague. Tim FitzHigham, creative director of The Guilhall, will join Dr Clark to present findings and present more about the developments planned.

When you come for tonight's fascinating talk about future plans for this nationally important site, you are more than welcome to take the time to see some of the leading artists of the region. Our exhibition Heads and Tails will be open before the talk so do pop in and say hello. Our normal opening hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and entry is FREE. It takes place at The Fermoy Gallery and Shakespeare Barn, St. George's Guildhall, 29 King Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1HA.
.. And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts...

Participating artists in Heads and Tales - Picturing People and Other Animals:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come along and bring your pets with you, all welcome

-

















Activated by the movement of materials in her paintings to “arrest” process mid flow or spill marks and colours, Amanda ...
29/09/2023

Activated by the movement of materials in her paintings to “arrest” process mid flow or spill marks and colours, Amanda Edgcombe’s paintings are multi-layered and fluid.The introduction of metallics and reflective materials in recent work deliberately skewing perceptions of decoration. The scaled dynamism of Frankenhaller’s print exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Constables physical painterly canvas’s and evocative sketches at the RA, the minimal calligraphic marks of Serra “drawings” using printing inks and Gunther Forg’s minimal gestural paintings collectively and specifically influenced this approach. Working with the dissolve of the turps and thickness of ink direct from the tube to Amanda Edgcombe's work has encompassed several different media carried out to a high level of expertise, including printmaking, painting, and glass design. agitate the surface colours gold leaf has also been introduced to deflect and reflect the surface simultaneously.

Our exhibition "East to East" closes this Sunday 1 October in the stables at Houghton Hall. Come and take in the award-winning walled garden and toy soldier museum, grab some lunch in the stable cafe and visit us to take in art and the handmade from 30+ artists and makers from across East Anglia. For the best examples of paintings, print, sculpture, ceramics, wood turning, glass and more ...

Also on the estate is an exhibition of sculpture and paintings by Sean Scully entitled Smaller Than The Sky. See houghtonhall.com for more details on opening times and ticket prices.

-
















Address

23 Oakfield Road
Norwich
NR116AL

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when ContemporaryCountry posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to ContemporaryCountry:

Videos

Share

Category

Showcasing art, design and craft from across Norfolk and the eastern region.

CONTEMPORARY AND COUNTRY unearths the many creative people of this inspiring region and provides often isolated talents with an opportunity to showcase their work in pop-up exhibitions and online sales.

We exhibit a diverse range of works in relaxed and eclectic pop-up events. We combine works by artists, designers, ceramicists, textile designers, photographers, furniture makers and craftspeople.

MORE ABOUT OUR POP UP IN THE STABLES AT HOUGHTON HALL

OR SHOP ONLINE


Other Museums in Norwich

Show All

Comments

Avant Gardeners is open!

I am delighted that six of my pieces have been selected for inclusion in the summer exhibition as part of Avant Gardeners exhibition created by ContemporaryCountry at Hall. The show runs from 1st May to 25th September alongside the permanent collection of sculptures from world renowned artists such as Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Henry Moore

You can see glimpses of two of my works here, hot house flower and Winter Approaches. Find the rest on https://www.contemporaryandcountry.com/artists/123-jen-cable/works/4-makers/
Hope to see you there
Just finished 'Winter Approaches' for inclusion in the Avant Gardeners show by ContemporaryCountry at Houghton Hall from 1st May
Take five with North Norfolk Living! What’s on, what’s good and where to go this weekend…

1. Pop to Burnham Market to check out the pop-up shops in the village! Birdie Fortescue will be at 20 North Street throughout August, Victoria Arrowsmith is popping up in The Old Pharmacy, and this weekend and next, there will be pop-ups by Sahar Millinery and Plants by Freckles of Hannah, both at Percy.Langley at The Old Forge.

2. Go off to market. Saturday is Creake Abbey's monthly Farmers’ Market from 9.30am to 1pm; on Sunday it’s Holt Market, which will take place every Sunday during August, from 10am to 4pm.

3. Tuck into a Feast in the Park at Holkham on Saturday and Sunday. There’ll be street food, drinks, ice cream and sweet treats, plus an outside bar from Adnams in the cricket pavilion. Cheers!

4. Get a culture fix. Visit the ‘Tony Cragg at Houghton’ sculpture exhibition and ContemporaryCountry's Rock, Paper, Scissors pop-up in The Stables, both at Houghton Hall until 26 September, open selected days. Tickets must be pre-booked at www.houghtonhall.com

5. And there’s plenty to see on the local gallery scene, with exhibitions galore, including by local artists Karen Adams Art at Brancaster Staithe Village Hall, opening on Saturday, and Constance Read in Holme from Sunday. Get in the picture over on our website https://www.northnorfolkliving.co.uk/articles/in-the-picture/floris
18 May: Take five with North Norfolk Living, our guide to what’s on, what’s good and where to go

1. Art lovers take note. ‘Tony Cragg at Houghton’ opens tomorrow (19 May). This major show of works at Houghton Hall by this celebrated British sculptor will include several new pieces made especially for the exhibition.
Curated by the artist himself, the show, which runs to 26 September (selected days), features large-scale bronze and steel sculptures sited in Houghton’s gardens and grounds, and smaller pieces in the house’s state rooms and gallery spaces.
Book over at www.houghtonhall.com

2. Meanwhile, ContemporaryCountry will be back in Houghton’s Stables for the duration of ‘Tony Cragg at Houghton’ with ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ - art and objects produced with their making in mind by more than 40 artists and makers who live and work in rural locations in the east of England.
Expect to see works on paper, paintings, sculpture and more. Get the lowdown at www.contemporaryandcountry.com

3. The Norfolk & Norwich Festival opened yesterday with a programme especially adapted for current times, including outdoor and social distanced performances as well as a digital strand.
There’s music, cabaret, dance, visual art, city of literature events and more, from ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’, six large-scale tapestries by Grayson Perry at East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts, to the annual Harriet Martineau lecture delivered by critic and editor, Ellah P Wakatama (pictured).
The festival continues until 30 May. For the full line-up and to book tickets visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

4. Wells Maltings has thrown open its doors this week, with a packed programme for early summer including exhibitions, live events and film.
Highlights include ‘Signal Fires’ on 28 and 29 May at 7.30pm, a new version of this outdoor performance from fEAST Theatre; lose yourself in time with their collection of stories from across East Anglia, presented by firelight in The Maltings’ courtyard.
Meanwhile, ‘Is Now A Good Time?’ (2 to 5 June) is a unique concept bringing live theatre into your home through a series of live performances delivered over the telephone. Two characters from a fictional call centre will reveal their story to a single audience member or to a group on speakerphone.
Visit www.wellsmaltings.org.uk to find out more.

5. Roarr Dinosaur Adventure in Lenwade reopened their Dinomite Indoor Adventure Play Area yesterday, complete with its speedy slides, climbing frames and soft play area.
There are five one-hour sessions each day on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 120 guests per session, with a 30-minute deep clean break in-between.
Pre-book tickets to visit the 85-acre park at www.roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk
Discover new art with A Fine Balance by ContemporaryCountry whilst indulging in works by renowned artist Anish Kapoor, happening in tandem at Houghton Hall. This socially-distanced show presents diverse local talents exploring our relationship with nature at this critical moment.
In North Norfolk to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition at Houghton Hall? Stop by A Fine Balance, organised by ContemporaryCountry, and soak in some local talent. Explores narratives of the lush landscape of East Anglia, the creatures that share it and how mankind’s activities affect & influence it.
How has our relationship with "the great outdoors" changed in the face of COVID? Explore narratives of East Anglia's lush landscape and discover new art by local talent to love and purchase in A Fine Balance, an exhibition by ContemporaryCountry happening in tandem with Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall.
In North Norfolk to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition at Houghton Hall? While you're there, indulge in local talent at A Fine Balance, a pop-up exhibition by ContemporaryCountry. In this socially-distanced show that explores the lush landscape of East Anglia and how human activity has influenced it, over 40 artists are presenting a diverse selection of artworks, each one for sale.
Be sure to check out FESTIVAL, a superb pop-up exhibition from Norfolk by Design. Discover art and objects from talented artists and makers from around Norfolk and East Anglia. The pieces on show celebrate and respond to the work of sculptor Henry Moore. Which are currently on show at Houghton Hall.
Why not head to Houghton Hall this weekend - it's open on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, from 11am to 5pm.

This year's exhibition, Henry Moore at Houghton: Nature and Inspiration is well worth a visit. And there are also permanent outdoor sculptures including works by Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Jeppe Hein.

Make sure you stop also off at Norfolk by Design's pop-up exhibition, Festival, in The Stables, showcasing art and objects by artists and makers from Norfolk and East Anglia.

Visit https://www.houghtonhall.com for all the details.
Rhiannon enjoyed a wonderful day at Norfolk by Design.
Don't miss SALT glass studios at Norfolk by Design pop up event full of sumptuous locally produced arts, crafts and homeware. Free Entry all weekend 11-4pm Glass, Textiles, Sculpture, Ceramics, Paintings & more!