Preview: Four exhibitions worth a visit this week in Norfolk and Suffolk

Silk Scarves from original paintings by Trevor Woods, on show at Gallery Plus

Silk Scarves from original paintings by Trevor Woods, on show at Gallery Plus - Credit: Archant

Autumnal colours to the Broads on camera, abstract 3D paintings to art in virtual reality this week offers some very different exhibitions. SIMON PARKIN previews.

• Mutator VR

The East Gallery, NUA, St Andrews Street, Norwich, until January 14,Tues-Sat 12pm-5pm, admission free, 01603 886385, www.nua.ac.uk/thegallery

Norwich University of the Arts' East Gallery is first art venue worldwide to exhibit Mutator VR, a new Virtual Reality installation using original software modelled on the processes of evolution, with this exhibition of computer art in virtual reality created by artist William Latham with mathematicians and software developers Stephen Todd and Lance Putnam. Mutator VR blends organic imagery with state-of-the-art, real-time computer animation to create a highly immersive and original audience experience. Resembling life forms from an alternative or even alien evolution, 'Organic Art' was originally developed in the late 1980s by Latham and Todd and this approach has led to the emergence of forms in virtuality, immersing the viewer in a super-surreal world of interactive evolving forms. Starting with a simple cornucopia form, the Mutator code introduces random 'per-mutations' in order to generate increasingly complex 3D entities that resemble fantastical, futuristic organisms. The works bring to mind ancient fossils, molecular structures and Escher-like space-conundrums. You can experience the work by wearing a HTC Vive VR Headset and will be equipped with two hand controllers to conduct the evolution of the artwork and headphones for an immersive sound experience.


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• Autumn Colours

Gallery Plus, Warham Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Tues-Sat 9am-4.30pm, admission free, 01328 711609, www.gallery-plus.co.uk

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Autumn exhibition that offers something for everyone and is in a riot of colours from original paintings and prints, to glass-wear, sculpture, ceramics, and exclusive Murano glass jewellery. Amongst the items on show are three limited-edition silk crepe de chine scarves featuring paintings by Trevor Woods. 'We love colour – it's good for the soul - so the gallery is a colourful and uplifting place to visit,' he said. Visitors can also be intrigued by watching Trevor painting in his on-site studio.

• Stephen Mole: Images of Norfolk

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, November 19-27, 10am-4pm daily, exhibition entry free (normal entry charge for garden), 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Norfolk Broads-based photographer Stephen Mole returns to Fairhaven Woodland Garden for the third time with an exhibition of photographs featuring iconic Norfolk landscapes. Stephen Mole said: 'have always been inspired by the wide open skies and wonderful light that makes this part of the world so special. I try to photograph images that not only record the beauty of the county, but also portray my own 'impression' of the place. My aim is to give you a glimpse of just how the world looks through my eyes. I feel I've succeeded if the person looking at the image finds themselves thinking 'I wish was I was there'.'

• Colour and Construction

The Cut, Halesworth, until November 24, Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, admission free, 01986 873285, www.newcut.org

This week offers the final chance catch this exhibition by Patrick O'Sullivan, who studied painting at Norwich School of Art and the University of Alberta in Canada. He now lives and works in London, where he has built his own studio. What is the difference between a sculpture and a painting? Must a painting have a frame? When is a frame not a frame? At what point does a painting become three dimensional? These are questions addressed in his work which takes non-figurative approach and attempts to push the idea of the painting as a structural object. 'I am concerned with the creation of an abstract, shallow space that invests in the literal properties of paint and surface to create an object separate and distinct in character and revealing of its structure,' he said. His predominantly wall-based works which strike you by their precariousness and the random layering of shapes, creating colourful three dimensional abstract works.

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