Photo gallery: Barn at Walcott is a haven for artists and art lovers

PUBLISHED: 18:35 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 18:35 03 November 2014

Barrington Farm arts centre. Michael Smith working on his latest piece of art.

Barrington Farm arts centre. Michael Smith working on his latest piece of art. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Barrington Farm’s Art Barn is a colourful place – colourful work, colourful characters and colourful imaginations.

It is a haven for art lovers, both those who like to view it and those who like to create it.

The Art Barn is an integral part of the day services provided for adults with learning difficulties at Barrington Farm, Walcott.

But it is so much more than just making pretty pictures.

Art gives the centre users a chance to express themselves through painting, sculpture and textiles - but it also brings them attention from the art world.

Artists from Barrington have seen their work exhibited and sold internationally as well as nationally and at a local level.

This year saw record numbers visit the barn for the Norfolk Open Studios.

An auction saw a telephone bidder from a gallery snapping up a full set by artist Michael Smith, who has become well-known among collectors.

And the barn is now gearing up for its latest show at North Walsham’s Atrium.

The show, Life in Colour, brings together work from many of the artists who visit the centre as well as highly-collectible pieces from the Art Barn archives.

Art worker Holly Sandiford said: “Since the Art Barn started its work, it has gained a reputation as a centre of excellence. And the fact that many of our artists have exhibited their work both at home and abroad shows how this reputation is spreading.

“The latest exhibition picks up on how the artists use colour to express their ideas and imagination and we’re hoping it will include work that will appeal to a wide range of art-lovers.”

All the work will be for sale and there will also be a chance to pick up one of four signature large pieces, which are being auctioned off in sealed bids.

People can either bid when they visit the exhibition, or put in their offers through Facebook and Twitter. After the exhibition closes the venue will get in touch with the winning bidders.

There is plenty to inspire the artists at Barrington Farm, and one recent project has been making full use of the barn’s surroundings, which include a working farm and the north Norfolk countryside.

Called Field to Frame, the visiting workshops used material from the outside, such a wool.

The workshop was paid for by The Barrington Trust, a charity set up to enhance the experiences of centre users and bring it into the wider community.

The trust is funded by donations and legacies and a recent addition through this was the Cuptiman Centre, a state-of-the-art sensory building, recently opened by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

“The sensory facility has not only been an amazing addition for our own service users, but has also attracted other families and groups. It’s open to everyone, who can book slots as and when they want to,” said day centre manager Sarah Yendell.

“It’s not just those with learning difficulties who can benefit, we have seen baby groups make use of it as well as parents bringing youngsters who perhaps have autism or attention difficulties.”

The exhibition opens on Thursday November 6, with a preview evening 5-8pm. It runs until November 18 and is open normal Atrium opening hours, 9am-4.30pm weekdays, 9am-1pm Saturdays.

Find out more about Barrington Farm via or call 01692 650707. There is also a Facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter @barringtonfarm.

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