Sheringham art exhibition marking the year’s longest night

17:20 15 December 2014

Sheringham artist James Long, who is organising an art and music event to celebrate the longest night of the year. Photo: Karen Bethell

Sheringham artist James Long, who is organising an art and music event to celebrate the longest night of the year. Photo: Karen Bethell


North Norfolk artists and musicians will have a chance to showcase their work at a exhibition celebrating the longest night of the year this weekend.

Organised by IT consultant-turned-artist James Long, the event at Sheringham Oddfellows Hall on Sunday December 21 will feature prints and paintings, as well as sculpture and photography, with music provided by folk musician Paul Thompson and singer songwriter Benjie Smith.

West Runton-born Mr Long, who returned to north Norfolk six months ago after a two-year stint in Australia, takes inspiration for his work from the “hidden” parts of the county, including the woodland surrounding his home at the entrance to Sheringham Park.

Subjects range from Elm Hill in Norwich and Blakeney Guildhall, to Baconsthorpe Castle and Sheringham Park folly.

“I try to paint a different side of Norfolk and to capture the atmosphere and architecture of the inner areas, rather than the coastline,” Mr Long explained.

Keen to give other local artists a chance to get together and display their work – and to “brighten up” the shortest day of the year - he decided to organise a free event celebrating the winter solstice.

“Sunday is the longest night of the year,” Mr Long said. “So I thought 
it would be nice to have a bit of 
art and music and, for me, it is almost a celebration of the wonderful British weather and being back in Norfolk.”

The winter solstice music and art showcase is at Oddfellows Hall, on Lifeboat Plain, on Sunday from 5-8pm. Admission is free.


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