Artist Susan Gunn to return to Norwich to create 20-metre painting
PUBLISHED: 09:17 16 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:17 16 October 2014
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An internationally acclaimed artist who studied in Norwich has been chosen to design an £11.6m project at the University of East Anglia.
Susan Gunn, a Norwich University of the Arts alumni, has been commissioned to create a 20m-long painting at the low-carbon building project, the Enterprise Centre.
The artist uses natural earth pigments, a traditional binder and natural beeswax together with regionally sourced linseed oil. Her painting will span the length of the lecture theatre entrance.
She said: “This is a fantastic project on which to collaborate with the developers of the Enterprise Centre, the Adapt Low Carbon Group and architectural firm, Architype.
“The innovative concept and sustainable materials used in the building dovetail perfectly with my approach to painting.”
The painting will be made in panels that hang together as a frieze, an ornamental band or strip.
Mrs Gunn, who lives in Cheshire, added: “I love this numerical arrangement as a concept, where effectively the sequence ends at the beginning and the chronological cycle comes full circle. I am pleased that each piece is entirely unique.”
She added that she aims to “keep the carbon footprint of the painting as low as possible”, by using ethically sourced ingredients.
In 2006, Mrs Gunn, who is married to former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn, received international recognition when she was awarded the Sovereign European Art Prize in 2006.
She has sat on the regional Arts Council for the East of England, as well as lecturing at the NUA.
The Enterprise Centre – the UK’s greenest commercial building – will open in the spring of 2015.
John French, project director of the Enterprise Centre and CEO of Adapt, said “Susan’s artwork perfectly resonates with the building’s low-carbon, sustainable ethos. It will have a major impact on all users and visitors to the Enterprise Centre.”
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