Artist stages her final exhibition at north Norfolk church she helped save from neglect

Artist Margie Britz. Picture: SAM ROBBINS

Artist Margie Britz. Picture: SAM ROBBINS - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

An artist who has dedicated two decades to organising exhibitions at a magnificent medieval church is stepping down from the role with a showcase of her work.

Salthouse Church. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Salthouse Church. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

New and recent paintings by Margie Britz will be on display at Salthouse Church on the north Norfolk coast next month.

South African born Margie has been responsible for mounting a series of annual exhibitions at the formerly neglected church, which she helped save from closure in the 1990s.

Inspired by Margie's efforts the church applied for a grant from English Heritage and with the support of North Norfolk District Council funding was obtained for a kitchen and lavatory.

With Margie as secretary the North Norfolk Exhibition Project was formed and began to mount what became a nationally successful series of contemporary art exhibitions, each with a different curator. The vibrant exhibition curated by EDP columnist, Ian Collins, attracted well over 7,000 visitors.

A painting by Margie Britz that will be part of her exhibition at Salthouse Church. Picture: SUBMITT

A painting by Margie Britz that will be part of her exhibition at Salthouse Church. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant


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As well as being the secretary for the project Margie has been responsible for the mounting of four other exhibitions in the church each year.

The final exhibition she will be responsible for at the church will be her own, marking 20 years of work at Salthouse.

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Margie said: 'I fell under the magic spell of north Norfolk in the 1980s, moving into a cottage adjacent to the magnificent church, which was neglected, almost unused and looked forlorn. But I saw that it had the most wonderful potential to show art.

'I became a churchwarden with a mission to give new life to this church and suggested it as a venue to a group of artists who were looking for a sympathetic exhibition space.'

The exhibition runs from August 12-30, Monday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm and Sundays 11am- 5.30pm. Entrance is free.

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