Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle

Emma LeeThe talents of members of the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle are showcased in its 175th exhibition, which is now on at Norwich Cathedral.Emma Lee

Norfolk has long been a magnet for artists who have been inspired to put brush to canvas by its breathtaking scenery - the wide open skies, the rural idyll and its buildings steeped in history.

The Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle enables both professional and amateur painters and sculptors to come together and share expertise and ideas.

And their talents are showcased in its latest exhibition - its 175th - which is on now in one of the county's most prestigious landmarks: Norwich Cathedral.

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle chairman Richard Motley says: 'The creativity and commitment of the painters and sculptors exhibiting is clear to see. From plein air to studio finished works, from dedicated work spaces to areas set aside at home in the midst of daily activity the exhibitors have found the time and commitment to present work that demonstrates skill and crafts- manship.

'In times when the instant fix or the slapdash idea seem to hold sway, it is rewarding to see that skill, care and awareness are combined to create works of beauty, power and excellence.'

For some members of the art circle, it's the first time their work has gone on show.

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'A feature of the exhibition is the presentation of both the amateur and professional, the link between them being the experience gained by sharing in the activities of the society, where the appreciation of work and demonstration of technique hold equal importance,' Richard says.

The exhibition is bringing a bold splash of colour to the cathedral's north transept.

'Hard times and credit crunch blues are not reflected in the exciting and vibrant work,' Richard says. 'It has colour and confidence.'

And the members exhibiting haven't restricted themselves to just Norfolk - they're also showing works inspired by places in this country and abroad.

Richard says that visitors will find a wide variety of subjects to engage with.

'You will find the last reflected light of an evening sunset, the power and movement created by a muscular stallion, the peace and serenity of a pensive model and the line and structure in a spiral staircase. You may also see the exquisite beauty of a rose in almost photo-graphic detail ranged against the geometric pattern of cork trees on a woodland path.

'Again you may find the moored boat in a creek at Wells.

With sculptures you would find a leveret taken by surprise,' he says.

The exhibition runs until July 17. It's open daily from 10am-4.30pm and admission is free.