Multi-media exhibition at Hungate Medieval Art takes a modern look at Norwich’s history

A new multi-media exhibition which aims to link Norwich's heritage with contemporary art is to open in the city this month.

Journeys Through the Light is being presented at Hungate Medieval Art, based at the redundant St Peter Hungate church in Princes Street. The show will focus on artists' responses to the qualities of light as it travels through medieval stained glass, and it is being described as a 'lively dialogue' in which artists engage with the venue's historical setting.

The show is being put together by Hungate Contemporary 2012 – a team of University of East Anglia masters students all studying either museum studies or cultural heritage. They are Abigail Dear, Virginia Choy, Laura Iseli, Elizabeth Bergeron, Bridget Eaton and Rachael Murphy.

Miss Dear said: 'Norwich has got so much magnificent heritage. Our aim is to promote the heritage and to bring the contemporary art crowd into the setting of some of the magnificent architecture of Norwich.'

She said the exhibition would feature a mix of work from local artists and artists from other parts of the country. The work will include film, painting, photography, sculpture, print and installation.

The show will be launched with a traditional private view – but Miss Dear said everybody was invited to the event on March 15.

'The typical style of an art exhibition opening is you have a private view, but because this is such a community project we wanted to involve all the community,' she said, adding that she hoped lots of people would come to see the show which will run until July 15.

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The 'public view' is on Thursday, March 15 from 6pm until 8pm. The exhibition will then be open on Saturdays 10am-4pm, and on Sundays 2-4pm, until July 15. On Friday, March 16 at 6pm people will able to hear from some of the artists about their work and on Saturday, March 17 at 2pm Professor Sandy Heslop will be giving a lecture called Stained Glass: Painting and Light.

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