ContemporaryCountry

ContemporaryCountry Contemporary and Country present art and the handmade by established artists and makers based in the east of England in pop-up exhibitions held in non-gallery spaces celebrating rural surroundings.

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 becomes 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.

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C&C Artists support art auction fundraiser this February/MarchAs you will be aware the arts have been severely hit durin...
02/02/2021

C&C Artists support art auction fundraiser this February/March

As you will be aware the arts have been severely hit during the frequent lockdowns we have experienced this year as a result of the pandemic. Unfortunately theatres continue to remain dark and museums and galleries closed just at the moment people need to be taken elsewhere in their thoughts. So it is very much appreciated that a small selection of East Anglian artists, many of whom we currently work with, have chosen this moment to reveal their altruistic side and donate their artwork in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), in aid of a fundraising auction for an art therapy program.

You may preview the auction lots on the links here. The auction goes live at 9am on Thursday 25th February and runs until 12 noon Saturday 6th March. You can register and follow the auction on the follow link: Cheffins Fine Art | Fine Art Valuations | Fine Art Auctions

Charities like EACH that rely on a revenue stream through their retail outlets have seen a reduction in their income at the very moment their costs have dramatically increased, as demand has driven extra provision of vital relief. In EACH's case - to hard pressed parents of children with often complex disabilities. So this auction represents a welcome opportunity to replenish their coffers. C&C supported EACH's ambitious fundraising target - by producing a campaign brochure for The Nook Appeal (2016) and again along side the Damien Hirst exhibition when we were in the Stables at Houghton Hall, Norfolk (2018).

The auction has been organised by EACH and fine art dealer Davina Barber, and it will be coordinated online by the Cambridge-based fine art auctioneers Cheffins. There is a free digital catalogue compiled by EACH as a download using this link: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1584/6645/files/Art_Auction_Catalogue.pdf?v=1612121049

01/01/2021

Many thanks to all the artists and makers we have worked with over the past year. We also send our best wishes for a creative year ahead with all the challenges we face together. Happy New Year to our supporters for a prosperous and healthy 2021.

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Happy Christmas to everyone this year... This year's Christmas card for EACH was designed by Norfolk based Lucy Lovehear...
24/12/2020

Happy Christmas to everyone this year... This year's Christmas card for EACH was designed by Norfolk based Lucy Loveheart (see below).

Having supported East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) for a number of years from pro-bono design work for the Nook Campaign, through to on-site fundraising during our 2019 season at Houghton Hall, we are delighted now to have been able to help source artworks from artists' we work with to donate towards their next fundraising auction to be held between Thursday 25th February and Saturday 6th March 2021.

Bidding opens on the 25th February. If you would like to register to bid, please visit www.cheffins.co.uk/fine-art or call 01223 213343

To view the catalogue online and find out any additional information, please visit each.org.uk/exclusive-art-auction.

If you have any questions about the auction please call Bronte Graver at EACH on 07714 600574 or email [email protected]

18/12/2020

Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all our friends, customers and artists we have met during this past year. Join our mailing list and be the first to hear about our 2021 events or add something unique to your home from our Anglian Collection - see links in bio : https://contemporaryandcountry.com/collections/anglian-collection
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12/12/2020
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Take a look through our collection of paintings, prints, drawings and collages if you are searching for a gift this year. Maybe you need a sculptural work to add to your collection or looking for a unique stocking filler for a loved one. Order today and get a guaranteed delivery for Christmas. £15 ...

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06/12/2020

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Don't miss out on a visit to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition with our pop up in the stables at Houghton Hall. Ends Sunda...
21/10/2020

Don't miss out on a visit to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition with our pop up in the stables at Houghton Hall. Ends Sunday November 1st, 2020.

Some artists and makers have chosen to look at a highly maintained version of the countryside and our place within it. Others employ sustainable materials to create pleasing pieces intended to be handled and used every day. Others look into the natural phenomena and practical activities that are frequently personal to us in terms of our physical impact on the planet whether through recycling and re-assigning waste to new purposes. While others explore areas that are not quite urban or rural, but like much of modern Britain, somewhere in-between.

OPENING TIMES

The exhibition is open until 1 November, to coincide with the same opening times as the Anish Kapoor sculpture exhibition held throughout the gardens and park at Houghton Hall. Check the Houghton Hall website to see opening times and to book tickets for entry onto the estate. https://www.houghtonhall.com/

The title comes from Rohinton Mistry’s novel A Fine Balance, published in 1996. The book was set in 1975 and traces the lives of four main characters whose interconnected lives are heavily impacted by their circumstances in a fictional Indian city, as they slip between a succession of karmic banana skins and chance encounters during the course of the narrative. Mistry’s powerful story exposes familiar fault lines within the values of a society where the characters lives are in jeopardy, brought about by familial conventions, community pressure, institutional injustice, socio-economic forces and political self-interest and convenience.
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ArtRabbit
14/07/2020
ArtRabbit

ArtRabbit

Across the UK galleries and art spaces are reopening, so our newsletter this week is filled with must-attend art openings and events, plus some exciting news 🤫. See art Departure Lounge Gallery, ContemporaryCountry, New Ashgate Gallery, More Than Ponies and more this way:

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14/07/2020

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14/07/2020

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Just announced... very excited!
28/06/2020

Just announced... very excited!

We are delighted to announce that our pop up event A FINE BALANCE will open 12 July in the stables at Houghton Hall alongside Anish Kapoor's much anticipated exhibition. Please see the main Houghton Hall site to see opening times and ticket prices. All tickets need to be purchased in advance of your arrival under COVID-19 guidance. Social distancing measures will be in operation.

A Fine Balance

This will be our fourth pop-up exhibition of art and handmade objects by artists and makers from East Anglia held in The Stables at Houghton Hall. The exhibition will feature recent work by more than 40 artists and makers who explore narratives that reference our landscape, the creatures that share it, natural materials and processes, and how mankind’s activities affect and influence it. The fine balance these artists seek is often a moment, or a tipping point that brings attention to an aspect of our surroundings that has been overlooked or undervalued.

The situation we now find ourselves in collectively, as the Covid-19 epidemic runs its devastating course means that our relationship with ‘the great outdoors’ has probably changed forever. The artists and makers we have included in the exhibition are ahead of the curve, creating memorable images that will chime with the public, post lockdown. During the last four months we have all had to become aware of our vulnerability to forces we mistakenly assumed we had mastered. We respond viscerally to a favourite view or landscape, much as we would if our home or family were under threat. The exhibition holds up a mirror to what we perceive, or have hidden, in the complex confluence between the sustainable and natural, the artificial and man-made.

Some of the artists and makers have chosen to look at a highly maintained version of the countryside and our place within it. Others employ sustainable materials to create pleasing pieces intended to be handled and used every day. Others look into the natural phenomena and practical activities that are frequently personal to us in terms of our physical impact on the planet whether through recycling and re-assigning waste to new purposes. While others explore areas that are not quite urban or rural, but like much of modern Britain, somewhere in-between.

The exhibition is open from Sunday 1 July to 1 November, to coincide with the same opening times as the Anish Kapoor sculpture exhibition held throughout the gardens and park at Houghton Hall. Check the Houghton Hall website to see opening times and to book tickets for entry onto the estate. https://www.houghtonhall.com/

The title comes from Rohinton Mistry’s novel A Fine Balance, published in 1996. The book was set in 1975 and traces the lives of four main characters whose interconnected lives are heavily impacted by their circumstances in a fictional Indian city, as they slip between a succession of karmic banana skins and chance encounters during the course of the narrative. Mistry’s powerful story exposes familiar fault lines within the values of a society where the characters lives are in jeopardy, brought about by familial conventions, community pressure, institutional injustice, socio-economic forces and political self-interest and convenience.

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Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror (2018) and Eight Eight (2004) © Anish Kapoor. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

Thanks to Dominic Castle, Editor of Norfolk magazine. It's June edition, just published, features Contemporary and Count...
27/05/2020

Thanks to Dominic Castle, Editor of Norfolk magazine. It's June edition, just published, features Contemporary and Country on pp52 and 53. This follows on from a mention in The North Norfolk Living and The Lady magazine earlier this month who ran a spotlight on Norfolk. https://contemporaryandcountry.com/blogs/news/escape-into-art

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26/05/2020

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26/05/2020

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Norfolk based artist Kate Giles often works in series and in one place over a sustained  period. The pictures shown here...
16/05/2020

Norfolk based artist Kate Giles often works in series and in one place over a sustained period. The pictures shown here are some of the latest additions to our online showroom include these works painted in and around Great Bircham, North Norfolk.

As always for Kate, the subject becomes not so much the object as what resonates in memory, presence and the feeling at the time. She is is keenly aware of the inheritance of the Anglo-Dutch landscape tradition and in particular Constable's deep engagement and familiarity with embodied life: an alertness to what is 'known by heart'.
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Suffolk based sculptor Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, ...
15/05/2020

Suffolk based sculptor Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke (RA). He began exhibiting his own sculpture in the early 1980s. He works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture.
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Huge thank you to Amanda and her team at North Norfolk Living Magazine for the mention in their latest online magazine. ...
15/05/2020

Huge thank you to Amanda and her team at North Norfolk Living Magazine for the mention in their latest online magazine. Mentions of Linda Jamieson, Peter Wylie, Jonathan Clarke, Roger Hardy. Kate Giles, Paul Wolterink, Heather Connor, Tim Plunkett, Tim Simmons and Gareth Hacon

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Arty facts!
Many of our local galleries are still busy, exhibiting online during lockdown. Amanda Loose logged on for a browse to find out what's showing virtually at The Red Dot Gallery, Bircham Gallery, Pinkfoot Gallery, Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery, Trevor Woods Contemporary Art, Gallery Plus, Studio-Line Designs, Samuel Thomas Art, Pocock's the artmonger, Birdie Fortescue, and Contemporary and Country (formerly Norfolk by Design).
Plus find out more about Norfolk Open Studios going online!
Read all about it➡️http://northnorfolkliving.co.uk/2020/05/lockdownliving/

All of Norfolk based artist, Louisa Jones' etchings are inspired by the natural world and her curiosity about what lies ...
13/05/2020

All of Norfolk based artist, Louisa Jones' etchings are inspired by the natural world and her curiosity about what lies beneath the surface: energy, shapes, forms, colours and layers. Buy more of Louisa’s limited edition prints in our online shop - see link WORKS ON PAPER in our bio

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Bringing the outside in ... Colin Self's limited edition prints are £150 each (unframed) – all signed and numbered by th...
12/05/2020

Bringing the outside in ... Colin Self's limited edition prints are £150 each (unframed) – all signed and numbered by the artist. Colin is the big OG of Britain's Pop Art movement in the early sixties and exhibited at the influential Robert Fraser Gallery early on, alongside Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Clive Barker. He has remained true to his roots seeking out connections between objects he has selected out from the detritus of mass consumption. His work is fresh, immediate and frequently delivered with a punchline.
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Presenting the work of Verity Newman whose paintings and sculptures reflect three broad themes: function/non-function of...
09/05/2020

Presenting the work of Verity Newman whose paintings and sculptures reflect three broad themes: function/non-function of objects (and our attachments to them), fading memories of journeys through spaces and places, and the transience of our personal habitats/environments. The rituals and imagined - or reconstructed - histories we create around these fascinate Verity, as well as an increasing need to pin down what 'home' might be. Through her practice, Verity tries to express the ever-changing evolution, movement and energy of the surrounding environment - and the sense of us within our personal habitats. Verity has work in important collections in Suffolk and Dublin, Ireland. She has shown her work across the eastern region as well as London and internationally, several times recently in China and Greece. See more of her work in our online shop along with other artists and makers from across the east of England. See links in our biog
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Growing cabin fever with the lockdown? Relieve the boredom with this humorous ditty (courtesy of Grand Master Flash) bea...
08/05/2020

Growing cabin fever with the lockdown? Relieve the boredom with this humorous ditty (courtesy of Grand Master Flash) beautifully screen printed by Paul Wolterink, a graphic designer, printmaker and Dutchman, resident in rural West Norfolk. He loves applying the fundamentals and systems of graphic design in his ‘crossdisciplinary’ practice and works across a range of media, believing “Anything can function as a carrier for information”.

Available, along with some other beauties to buy from our online shop - see works on paper via our biog

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New work by Norfolk based photographer Debby Besford capturing spaces currently out of bounds during lockdown - here sho...
06/05/2020

New work by Norfolk based photographer Debby Besford capturing spaces currently out of bounds during lockdown - here showing the interior of a Café / diner in Hemsby. “Breakfasts” and “Fry-ups” not on the menu just now... Since graduating from London College of Communication with a Masters in Photography, Debby Besford has built a strong and diverse portfolio with specialisms in documentary and editorial work. She has published in The Guardian and Independent Newspapers, numerous photography magazines as well as touring exhibitions across the UK. See more in our collection of WORKS ON PAPER in the link in our biog.
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We are delighted to be showcasing Rachael Long’s smaller sculptures in our online showroom. See our SCULPTURE link in ou...
05/05/2020

We are delighted to be showcasing Rachael Long’s smaller sculptures in our online showroom. See our SCULPTURE link in our bio

Rachael is an award-winning artist with many public commissions across the UK including the much acclaimed "Lifeboat Horse" at Wells next to the Sea. She is harnessing the alchemical transformation of cold hard metal into fluid animated creatures like this deer.
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