Forgotten places of Norfolk inspire new artwork

NUA's East Gallery is among the organisations involved in the New Geographies project. Picture: ANTO

NUA's East Gallery is among the organisations involved in the New Geographies project. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

From opera along the north Norfolk coast to sculpture reflecting memories of The Fens and The Wash, several parts of Norfolk have been picked to be the inspiration for new artworks as part of a project across the east.

New Geographies asked the public to suggest 'overlooked or unexpected places' where they would like to see new creative works and the project - which received more than 270 nominations - has now announced the chosen artists and the general areas where they will be working.

Hedley Swain, Arts Council England's area director for the south east, said: 'The artists selected are all of the highest quality and I am very excited to see what they will create and how the landscapes and communities of the east of England are revealed through their works.'

The site-specific works will include:

• Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe, from Cooking Sections, working with NUA's East Gallery on a project looking at the flash flood risk zone across the east and in particular in Great Yarmouth. This will include events, objects and public discussions.

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• Ian Giles working with originalprojects to create queer rambling clubs for the LGBTQI+ community around Great Yarmouth, Norwich, Colchester and Cambridge which will culminate with a film documenting the walks and the stories that emerge.

• Taylor Le Melle and Zadie Xa working with Kettle's Yard to produce an opera that aims to transform areas along the north Norfolk coast.

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• Laura Wilson working with Norwich Castle on a project looking at ancient crafts through research with archaeologists working on Must Farm, a 3000 year-old Bronze Age settlement near Peterborough.

• Susan Pui San Lok working with Firstsite on a series of works using film, sound and sculpture to commemorate people across the east who were persecuted as 'witches' in the 17th century.

• Heather Peak and Ivan Morison, from Studio Morison, work with Wysing Arts Centre on a sculpture in part inspired by childhood memories of visiting the Fens and the Wash.

The three-year project is led by the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network and funded by Arts Council England.

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