Norfolk artists transform Stoke Ferry church into a riot of colour
- Credit: Matthew Usher
Six artists have brought an explosion of colour to a redundant church in the heart of the Fens.
All Saints Painters, whose ranks also include a potter, are staging a two-week exhibition at Stoke Ferry Church.
They have been loaned the 15th century building, with its Great Hall and hammerbeam ceiling, by its owner, the comedy performer and composer Kit Hesketh-Harvey.
Mr Hesketh-Harvey, who lives nearby, has conserved the imposing church for use by the village community and performs there from time to time.
Facilities are basic, but light streams through the windows flanking the hall, where more than 100 paintings and are on display along with ceramics.
You may also want to watch:
'Kit Hesketh-Harvey, who's our patron, kindly lets us have it every year,' said Northwold-based artist Patsy Hood, who has organised the annual show for the last six years. 'It's a beautiful venue, we love to use it, it's so airy and light.
'I started the Northwold Art Group in 2006.
- 1 Two Norfolk villages named among most beautiful to visit in England
- 2 Roads flooded on east coast after heavy rain
- 3 Man put hidden camera in bedroom to spy on wife
- 4 Driver taken to hospital after four-car crash on key road into Norwich
- 5 Man in critical condition after being stabbed in Thetford
- 6 Machinery sale marks end of family's 100-year farming history
- 7 Robbers knock out boy, 14, and steal trainers from his feet
- 8 Unlikely new use for city's Samson and Hercules building
- 9 Linnets turn down £100,000 bid for midfielder
- 10 Norfolk social worker loses race discrimination case
'Several people joined that and we decided to get together and do an exhibition and that's how it started.'
As well as Mrs Hood's watercolour landscapes and drawings, the exhibition features botanical studies by the RHS medal winning illustrator Isobel Bartholemew; contemporary mixed media flowers and landscapes by Anne Wormack; watercolours by Sheila O'Brien; oil paintings and pastel portraits by Derek Lloyd; and burnished smoked and glazed stoneware pottery by Frank Logan.
As well as original works by all six artists, there are prints and postcards on sale, along with a book compiled of old black and white postcards of Stoke Ferry and its surrounds.
The exhibition is open daily in the church, on the High Street, from 10am-5pm, from tomorrow until Sunday, June 2. Admission is free.