Breckland Artists exhibition

Rachel Buller A group of local artists with burgeoning national and international reputations will hold their third annual summer exhibition in Norwich in July. Rachel Buller discovered more about the Breckland Artists.

Rachel Buller

With its big skies and peaceful way of life, it should be no surprise that the Norfolk countryside is home to a growing number of talented artists.

In Breckland and South Norfolk, one group of artists have got together to exhibit their work and also to draw inspiration and support from one another.

This July the Breckland Artists will hold their annual summer exhibition which reveals the talents of the 22 members who use a diverse array of materials including paint, print, ceramics, textiles wood and mixed media for their work.

Jill Sharpe, who specialises in textiles and is one of the artists exhibiting, said the group got together in a very chance way.

“It was fairly simple, several members were taking part in the Open Studios and it was suggested that a taster exhibition was put on beforehand. So they got together to organise it and decided that they all rather enjoyed each others company so why not make it official and exhibit together?

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“Quite a lot of the founder members are still part of the group and others have joined as well. There are all these amazing artists locally but not actually that many opportunities to exhibit so the annual exhibition has developed. There are a lot of extremely good artists in the Breckland area that are not part of the group. We are not the pick of the crop by any means, we just happen to have got together,” she explained.

“It is amazing the number of artists that are working locally. Maybe it is the pace of life or the wonderful big skies that artists have loved for so long, I don't know why it is so special but it does seem to work.

“I think it is inevitable that when artists are working together we draw influence from one another, it can just spark off new ideas or a different thought line,” she said.

Among the artists taking part are Jill Arnold, Jane Wareham, Chris Gamble, Charles Sharpe, Mark Yardley and Ruthanne Tudball.

t The exhibition runs from July 7 to July 18 at St Margaret's Church in St Benedicts Street, Norwich, and is open from 10am until 5pm.