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Photo gallery: Art exhibition at Norwich theatre is inspired by the region’s coastline

11:16 25 October 2014

Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: Summer, Brancaster by Martin Laurance.

Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: Summer, Brancaster by Martin Laurance.

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The power and beauty of the region’s coastline is being celebrated in a new exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Coastline will feature the work of three artists with very different styles whose art explores the relationship between land and sea.

The exhibition will open on Friday in the city theatre’s Adnams Bar.

Malca Schotten, who works in charcoal and pastel, is particularly inspired by the area around Happisburgh because of the erosion issues, and she returned there in March this year to record the changes caused by the tidal surge at the end of 2013.

“There is something extraordinary about this place. It has evoked mixed feelings of gloom and destruction coinciding with the excitement and thrill of the sculptural and dynamic shapes and colours created along the beach by the attacking sea,” she said.

Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: Cromer 1 by Josey Brett.Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: Cromer 1 by Josey Brett.

Norwich 20 Group member and former Norwich University of the Arts student Josey Brett will be exhibiting work that focuses on nature, landscape and seascape.

“My work is an immediate response to my subjects without embellishment or decoration, and is an honest statement of what I perceive at the time,” she said.

Returning to the venue will be Martin Laurance, who last exhibited work at the Theatre Royal in 2011.

The Norfolk artist said: “I approach my landscape and coastal paintings to convey the spirit and inner reality of a place going beyond the immediate sensation to show something that is felt and experienced.”

Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: a coastal landscape by Malca Schotten.Coastline exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal: a coastal landscape by Malca Schotten.

The exhibition is part of a long-running series of exhibitions at the theatre by Targetfollow Arts, a finalist in this year’s Norfolk Arts Awards.

• The Coastline exhibition is at the Adnams Bar at Norwich Theatre Royal from October 24 to January 23.

• Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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