Riverside walk followed in the footsteps of Norwich Painters

Charlotte Crawley leading the art walk beside the Wensum on Saturday.Photo: Bill Smith

Charlotte Crawley leading the art walk beside the Wensum on Saturday.Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

Art-lovers enjoyed following in the footsteps of Norwich painters during a special walk along the city's riverside areas.

Charlotte Crawley leading the art walk beside the Wensum on Saturday.Photo: Bill Smith

Charlotte Crawley leading the art walk beside the Wensum on Saturday.Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

About 20 people took part in the guided tour along the Wensum on Saturday that looked at how the river influenced the Norwich School of Painters who were famed for their depictions of Norwich and Norfolk. The 2.5 mile walk followed a route from the Odeon Cinema at Riverside to New Mills, at the junction of Barn Road and St Crispins Road.

Charlotte Crawley, director of the East Anglia Art Fund and who led the walk, said: 'Most people said they had never been along all the stretches of river so it was really good to introduce them to hidden parts of Norwich.'

She said they compared the riverside areas today to those depicted in work of the Norwich School of Painters.

'Some places have hardly changed, others have changed beyond recognition, some are half and half. It is an interesting exercise,' she said, adding that she hoped to repeat the walk in the autumn. The walk is part of a series celebrating the refurbishment of the Colman Art Galleries at Norwich Castle.


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