Artists’ work to be showcased at North Walsham’s Atrium

Teucer Wilson who is among the exhibiting artists at the Open Studios taster in North Walsham. PHOTO

Teucer Wilson who is among the exhibiting artists at the Open Studios taster in North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A community gallery is previewing a sample of the work of local artists which will be showcased at the annual Open Studios event later this month.

North Walsham Open Studios taster - work by Teucer Wilson

North Walsham Open Studios taster - work by Teucer Wilson - Credit: Archant

A 12-day taster exhibition at The Atrium in North Walsham runs from May 2-14.

North Walsham Open Studios taster -work by Berni Marfleet

North Walsham Open Studios taster -work by Berni Marfleet - Credit: Archant

It features the creations of artists from the North Norfolk, Broadland and Great Yarmouth areas and includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, woodturning and sculpture.

The work of Katarzyn Coleman

The work of Katarzyn Coleman - Credit: Archant

It will give people the chance to see a broad cross-section of different types of artwork under one roof and whet their appetites for the actual event.

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios takes place from May 25 to June 9 and once again sees artists across the county opening their home and studio doors to the public, who can view work and see 'behind-the-scenes'.

It is the 19th year of the Open Studios which is managed by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in collaboration with participating artists.

Across the North Norfolk and Broadland and Great Yarmouth area more 120 artists and groups will be taking part in Open Studios.

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In Salthouse church sculptor Teucer Wilson, who specialises in the relationship between stone carving and text, will be working with storyteller Hugh Lupton in an exhibition that brings together story and stone to explore 'the dreaming of the East Anglian landscape' at St Nicholas Church, Salthouse. They will also be holding a special Saints and Scoundrels storytelling evening at the church on 31 May.

Working primarily in acrylic, charcoal and ink Katarzyna Coleman explores the monumental and elemental nature of industrial warehouses, silos and factories - some old some new - near her studio in South Denes, Great Yarmouth. Devoid of people, cars, boats or any signs of life, these atmospheric paintings still reveal a romantic side to the harsh industrial landscape.

Berni Marfleet creates abstract and surreal sculptures from scrap metal and reclaimed materials. Many of them are designed to sway in the breeze, others are more suited to indoors. Berni will be opening his Aylsham Road North Walsham studio and garden for visitors to enjoy these intriguing and playful works of art.

In 2012, an estimated 29,000 members of the public roamed the county to visit over 430 participating artists in 240 studios and an estimated total of £364,000 worth of art was sold, an increase of over £100,000 on the previous year.

This year a record number of 479 artists will be taking part in 231 different locations either as individuals or as a member of one of 23 participating groups. Some artists will be giving demonstrations or leading workshops and many will be serving refreshments. Fifteen different art trails across the county allow visitors to explore the studios of a range of artists in a particular area and this year 13 schools will be participating, demonstrating the wealth of talent and creativity in young people in the area.

The North Norfolk and Broadland Open Studios Taster Exhibition is at the Atrium in Spenser Avenue, North Walsham until May 14, open from 10am to 5pm (except Bank Holiday). Admission free.

More information at http://www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

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