Revolutionary Norwich series begins raft of events for 2013 Festival of Architecture for Norfolk and Norwich
09:30 02 October 2013
copyright: Archant 2013
Artwork depicting some of the best of the county’s modern architecture has been unveiled to kick-start the return of the biennial Festival of Architecture for Norfolk and Norwich.
FANN 13 Exhibition – Based at the Forum in Norwich between October 10-17 and 20-23, showcasing work of Norfolk’s architectural practices in the city, county and further afield. Winning projects in the Norwich Society’s Annual Awards and the South Norfolk Council Design Awards will also feature. Meet local architects every day from 9am to 6pm.
Perspectives – A series of free early evening talks aimed at giving a fresh perspective on architecture in the region. These will include David Bussey on George Skipper, in association with the Sainsbury Centre’s Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia at the Curve digital theatre at the Forum between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 16, where Mr Bussey will discuss the work of leading Edwardian and Norwich-born architect George Skipper.
Junior Architects – Half-term events to inspire the budding architect, including Curious Architecture in the Timothy Gurney Gallery at Norwich Castle on October 28 and 29, 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Free with museum entry.
Playing with Space – A collection of short films and video clips exploring how buildings and urban spaces are used and abused in a variety of unexpected, amusing and sometimes frightening ways. Free event being held at Fusion in the Forum between 11am and midday on Sunday, October 20. Originally curated by Tim Philips and Norwich-based artists Townley & Bradby.
Exhibitions – Examples of architectural art around Norwich, Including the likes of Jeremy Taylor’s ‘Painting Architecture; Form & Colour’ at Anteros Arts Foundation in Fye Bridge Street, between October 10 and November 16 and the work of Nicholas Juett at Expresso in St George’s Street between October 10 and 23.
Other exhibitions include the work of Bradley Johnson in the Narthex of the Cathedral of John the Baptist and Simon Robinson’s ‘The Smell of Bitumen’ at Take 5 in Tombland, both between October 10 and 23.
Norwich University of the Arts architecture – The Pattern Book will see first-year architecture students from NUA creating an exhibition of their first impressions of Norwich.
The festival, known as FANN13, is held by the Norfolk Association of Architects every two years to celebrate the county’s contemporary architecture.
The festival’s packed programme of events officially starts on Thursday, October 10 continuing through until Thursday, November 7.
But Norwich artist Richard Horne yesterday started a series of FANN13 exhibitions in galleries and cafes around the city when his Revolutionary Norwich series was unveiled at the Workshop cafe in Earlham Road. The exhibition will continue at the Workshop until October 31 and features larger screen prints and smaller Gocco prints.
Mr Horne, who is 31 and lives in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich, explained: “It’s a bit complicated but basically the Gocco prints are developed from a Japanese machine that was popular in the 1970s but has been discontinued.
“It’s kind of like screen printing but rather than pulling through a machine, you kind of press it. They are similar but both come out really nicely through this process.”
Some of Mr Horne’s prints of London landmarks are also on display, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster and Battersea Power Station. He added: “I was part of the Norwich Print Fair in 2012 and wanted to create some Norwich prints after that. I’m a big fan of Chinese and Russian revolution posters so City Hall leapt out at me and the castle and cathedral followed from there.”
The exhibition starts a host of FANN13 events, many of which are free, and include an exhibition showcasing Norfolk architects’ work and talks at the Forum; The Norwich Lecture, this year given by internationally renowned architect Álvaro Siza Vieira at the UEA; architecture inspired art at venues across the city; and children’s events at Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Matt Wood, director of Wymondham-based architects Lucas Hickman Smith, is chair of the FANN13 steering group. Mr Wood said: “We have created an exciting programme of activities in Norwich, which we hope will increase interest and understanding of the role that contemporary architecture plays in Norfolk’s cultural life and the changing face of the county. We are also looking forward to welcoming Álvaro Siza Vieira to Norwich. His lecture at UEA on November 7 will close the festival. Do come along and meet us at the Forum, enter our photography competition and take part in our events.”
For full details about the festival go to www.fann.org.uk – and follow the Festival on Twitter @ArchiFestival.