Innovative Norwich art exhibition explores asylum and migration

Asylum art exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich. Artist and curator Gennadiy Ivanov with some of hi

Asylum art exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich. Artist and curator Gennadiy Ivanov with some of his work.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

An innovative exhibition in Norwich is using art to explore ideas around asylum amd migration.

Asylum art exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich. Work by Tanya Goddard.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Asylum art exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich. Work by Tanya Goddard.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Undercroft, behind Norwich Market, has been transformed with an eclectic mix of thought-provoking work by 28 different artists.

In keeping with the theme, visitors are asked to fill in landing cards before they enter the exhibition that is called Asylum and has been organsed by Russian artist Gennadiy Ivanov.

Mr Ivanov, who has a studio in Upper St Giles Street and has lived in Norwich for the last 13 years, said: 'Asylum is about migrant artists working together with British artists.

'Together we will get a better understanding of asylum, migration and integration and the feelings of the migrants and their hosts.

Asylum art exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich. Work by Gennadiy Ivanov, left, and Tanya Goddard.P

Asylum art exhibition at The Undercroft, Norwich. Work by Gennadiy Ivanov, left, and Tanya Goddard.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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'We will examine the generosity and sharing, giving and accepting. We will tell our stories and share them with you...Asylum is about you and me, about being human, about us.'

Painting, sculpture, film, graphics and more feature in the exhibition. Together they create a moving installation which sees all the works linked together through a web of black tape resembling a spider's web.

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The artists featured in the exhibition include: Gennadiy Ivanov, Julia Cameron, Alexandra Blythe, Martin Swan, Joanna Abel, Richard Cleland, Frances Martin, Andy Hornett, Peter Offord, Samia Malik, Dina Mackins, Davide La, Malgorzata Miernik, Linda Chapman, Paul Jennings, Monika Wesselmann, Helen Wells, Tanya Goddard, Katherine Grimbolina Gilmartin, Viv Castleton, Robert Nairn, John Sparks, Gela Durujeli, Nick Danney, Deanna Tyson, Sophia Shuvalova, Pauline Antram, Barbara Leaney, Richards Wilks.

Mr Ivanov, who has spent the last year working on Asylum, said he has been delighted with people's response to the exhibition which has already attracted more than 1,000 visitors since it opened on August 12.

Asylum is at the Undercroft, behind Norwich Market, until September 10. It is open daily from 11am until 5pm.

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knghts@archant.co.uk

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