Art exhibition gives a taste of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios event

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Rush, the rushes and acorns head piece by Johanne Couldrey at the

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Rush, the rushes and acorns head piece by Johanne Couldrey at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

From colourful paintings to beautiful sculptures - a special exhibition is giving people a taste of the artwork that will be on show at this year's Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios.

Ros Dixon, administrator for the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios at the preview exhibition, with Sp

Ros Dixon, administrator for the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios at the preview exhibition, with Spiral - Ripple by Tessa Kirkpatrick. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

The annual visual arts celebration sees artists across the county open up their studios and workshops to the public, and this year's event will run from May 27 until June 11.

Ahead of this, The Forum, in Norwich, is hosting a NNOS Central Taster Exhibition all this week with more than 170 works of art on show.

Ros Dixon, administrator of NNOS, said: 'It is called the Central Taster Exhibition because artists from all over the county have submitted work for the exhibition. It is a diverse and exciting exhibition in itself, and the idea is that it also gives people the chance to check what art they like and then plan their visits to the different studios when Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is taking place.

'In this year's exhibition there are so many different mediums covered. We have steel sculptures, we have watercolour paintings, ceramics, textile work, all sorts of mixed media, jewellry and photography.'

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Land of the Free, a needle felted hare sculture by Angela Park at

Ella Thomson takes a close look at Land of the Free, a needle felted hare sculture by Angela Park at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

As well as people being able to enjoy looking at the work, there will also be the opportunity to meet some of the artists.

'Throughout the week there will be artists here to talk about their work and NNOS, and also give some demonstrations,' she said.

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NNOS is now in its 23rd year, and during the main event more than 500 artists will be showing their work in 254 different venues. Thirteen schools are also taking part and there will be 17 art trails to follow.

NNOS is organised by Norfolk and Norwich Festival in partnership with artists and in association with Wex Photographic.

Richard Roberts looks through Ascension by Thomas Joynes at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios pre

Richard Roberts looks through Ascension by Thomas Joynes at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

The Central Taster Exhibition at The Forum opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday. It is open 9.30am-6.30pm each day, except Sunday when it closes at 4pm.

Other NNOS taster exhibitions are also taking place at: The Old Workshop Gallery, Corpusty (May 6-June 11), Wayland Dragonfly Gallery, Wayland House, Watton (May 19-21); and the Raveningham Centre (May 27-June 11). There will also be a Schools' Taster Exhibition at Norfolk and Norwich

Millennium Library, in The Forum, from tomorrow until May 5.

Visit www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

Bindi Baby, acryllic on canvas, by Abbey Stirling at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview ex

Bindi Baby, acryllic on canvas, by Abbey Stirling at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

A kestrel jug by Phil Arthur at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition.
PICTURE: De

A kestrel jug by Phil Arthur at the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios preview exhibition. PICTURE: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

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