PAiNT Exhibition – Undercroft – Norwich


We are privileged to be alive at a time when painting is not dominated by one single movement, at present we see the flourishing of many different styles, techniques, subjects, and themes. We have a wealth of artists of various backgrounds pushing at the boundaries of painting. Paint is an exhibition of over 22 artists all working in their own individual style, all very different but all producing interesting high quality and sometimes challenging work.

As well as being and exhibition there will also be artist lead practical workshops and a series of talks on Art history by art historian Andrew Taylor. To find out more or to book a place please visit the Workshops page and to see a list of the artists exhibiting visit the Artists page. 

Opening Times

Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sundays 11am – 4pm

The Undercoft is located below the War Memorial opposite City Hall, St. Peters Street, Norwich. Access via the right side door, top of the market, opposite the Guildhall.


Walking along with Henry Moore….


Ever since I saw a photograph, taken in 1931, of Henry Moore, Irina Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, and Mary Jenkins holidaying together at Happisburgh, I’ve felt the need to go there.

Retracing anyone’s footsteps will surely lead to something. The author, Richard Holmes retraced the steps of Robert Louis Stevenson through the Cevennes; finding out as much about himself as he did Stevenson.

The artist Hamish Fulton spends much of his time what most of us do without thinking: walking. Fulton, however, makes this art.

Whatever an artist or author decides to do with, and in, these moments of tranquillity often provides something for someone.

By going to Happisburgh and walking along the same stretch of coast as Moore did, in some way, I occupied the space he did. Of course it’s more difficult to establish a precise location; even using photographs will prove difficult because of the coastal erosion continuously affecting the Happisburgh coast.

When I stand in front of a painting by Bacon, and see the evidence of the brushstrokes, I, again in some way, occupy the space he did.

Walking along the stony beach looking at flints of all sizes, some half-buried in the sand, I wondered about the Happisburgh Hand Axe; a Pre-Historic flint tool dated 700,000 years old.

I walked in the soggy sand and felt my sandals scloop further down with each step. I wondered about the hominid footprints found here and dated to 800,000 years ago.

I kept looking along the beach…”the occasional flash of something that catches one’s eye…my god, look at how these cliffs seem to have been torn into by claws…”

I found what I was looking for.

I didn’t realise it at the time, of course.

Moore In Focus: A Friendship in Letters

Moore In Focus: A Friendship in Letters

During the early 1930s a group of people including the artists Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, John Skeaping, Ivon Hitchens, and Ben Nicholson holidayed together at the Norfolk beach of Happisburgh. This beach is well known for the effects of coastal erosion, and also for being the site of discovery of the 700,000 year old Happisburgh Hand-axe, and the recently discovered 850,000 year old hominine footprints in the sediment of the coastal floor.

Moore, and Hepworth, was particularly interested in the iron-stones found along this stretch of coast and the two sculptors used them to inform their work which became some of their most recognisable sculptures today. In addition to this they discovered many hag-stones (stones with a naturally occurring hole in them), which were, and continue to be, used in folklore as protection against witches, and malevolent spirits. The hag-stones influence can be seen in Moore’s, and Hepworth’s, works from the mid-1930s onwards.

To begin my correspondence with Henry Moore, I’m heading to the Norfolk coast to find stones that will inform a new artwork. This artwork will also be a dialogue between me and another artist, Lavanja Thavabalasingam. At this stage it is impossible to know how our conversation will develop and how it will end. It may be that my conversation involves questions I’ve yet to ask, or, indeed, find any suitable answers for.

One of the links to Moore, I already have within my art practice, is the use of found objects. By taking a stroll along one of the most beautiful coastal areas in England, I may find just what I’m looking for.