Norfolk is... Norwich’s urban environment

Norfolk Is...... Thorpe St Andrew year 10 pupils work from their project My Places. Holding their fi

Norfolk Is...... Thorpe St Andrew year 10 pupils work from their project My Places. Holding their final piece, ,left to right Katie Mahon, Georgia Rackham, Kiren Kooner and front Billy Woodcock.Photo: Steve Adams

For many, Norfolk's rolling beaches, majestic Broads and rural landscapes encapsulate all that is best about our county.

Norfolk Is...... Thorpe St Andrew year 10 pupils work from their project My Places. Photo: Steve Ada

Norfolk Is...... Thorpe St Andrew year 10 pupils work from their project My Places. Photo: Steve Adams

But not so for a group of high school students who chose Norwich's urban environment when they were asked to contribute to our Norfolk is... campaign.

Norfolk Is...... Thorpe St Andrew year 10 pupils work from their project My Places. Billy Woodcock's

Norfolk Is...... Thorpe St Andrew year 10 pupils work from their project My Places. Billy Woodcock's final piece.Photo: Steve Adams

The Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Mustard TV last week launched the campaign to encourage people to share through words, pictures or videos what exactly Norfolk means to them.

The 15-year-olds from Thorpe St Andrew High School in Norwich were asked to get involved after they picked Norwich themes for their year 10 GCSE art coursework, which asked them to respond to a theme of 'My Places'.

Billy Woodcock, from the Sprowston area, created a mixed media piece in the style of graffiti artist Banksy, showing a hoodie-clad youngster spraying a stylised version of the word Norwich on a wall, with a picture-postcard image of the city visible through a hole in the middle.


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He said: 'The second we were told about doing My Places I instantly thought of graffiti. When I thought graffiti, I instantly thought of Anglia Square because it's a key place to find it.

'I have been a fan of graffiti for a long time because it's so much different to the regular artwork you see in the art museums, and I knew that Norwich had a vast variety of it, more than other places I have seen.

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'It must be the people of Norwich feel the need to express their feelings more.'

Katie Mahon, from Blofield, said the city's mix of old and new buildings appeal to her, and chose to represent this in two paintings – one of Norwich Cathedral, and one of the castle and market – by using alternating strips of colour and monochrome.

She said: 'Given I have grown up in Norwich, they are places that I see all the time and they are quite familiar. I live in the countryside so I have to travel to get to the city and I think it's more interesting and there's more history there, because it's all so old and there are lots of older buildings, and the countryside is just fields.'

For Kiren Kooner, of Sprowston, her place was summed up by a colour image of Elm Hill, in Norwich, at night, set in the middle of a black and white eye.

She said her choice of subject emerged gradually as she looked around the city centre taking photographs, and by the time it got dark she found herself in an atmospheric Elm Hill.

'It's a really different scene at night. In the day it's lovely and colourful, but at night it's more mysterious. The buildings and architecture in the area are pretty old in comparison to the modern shops in the city centre,' she said.

Georgia Rackham, of Heartsease, created an image based on a cathedral window with pictures of a gargoyle, candle and Norwich Cathedral's spire in view.

She said she chose the cathedral because it is the first thing people see when they come to the city.

What place or activity in Norfolk most encapsulates how you feel about our fine county?

Norfolk is... is our new campaign asking readers to capture through words, pictures or video the reasons why Norfolk is such a special place to live or visit.

We want you to share your experiences of Norfolk through words, photos and videos in order to help our readers find new areas of our county to explore. The hope is that by encouraging others to get out and about in this fine county, we can give our tourism industry, and the many businesses that rely on it, a massive boost. The call to arms forms part of our successful and long-running Holiday Here campaign, which has the aim of encouraging people to support the tourism industry by making the most of the many attractions this county has to offer. Get involved with the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #Norfolkis or email your suggestions to reporter David Freezer on david.freezer@archant.co.uk, making sure to provide your name, age and location.

You can also send us your photos and videos at www.iwitness24.co.uk with a few words to explain how it relates to the campaign, or comment on the EDP24 Facebook page. Or write to us at Norfolk is… Campaign, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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