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Thornham Beach by Shirley Carnt (detail)
Thornham Beach by Shirley Carnt (detail)

Norfolk Open Studios 2007

Artists throughout Norfolk are opening the doors to their studios and inviting members of the public to get up close and personal with art during the annual Norfolk Open Studios festival.

Norfolk Open Studios 2007 sees many of the county's artists throw open the doors of their studios, sheds, caravans, boat-houses and out-houses from Saturday, 19 May, to Sunday, 3 June 2007.

More than 240 artists are involved in the scheme, which falls under the umbrella of the acclaimed Norfolk And Norwich Festival.

It allows the artists to share their passion with the people of Norfolk. The project is the largest Open Studios programme in the country and brings many visitors to the county.

The 2007 programme was launched by the Norfolk-based and internationally known multi-media artist, Zacron.

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His artwork for the rock group Led Zeppelin has been highly polled amongst the world's top four album designs, including The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album cover by Sir Peter Blake.

Art at the BBC

As part of the Open Studios 2007, Zacron has turned the BBC's reception at The Forum in Norwich into a gallery space, centred around his work Reflections Of Paris.

Zacron with sculpture
Zacron

Inspired by British and European locations, the images within the work are composed to describe Paris through layers of time, evoking a period from 1880 to 1930.

"Portrait heads of leading artists, writers and philosophers appear in the work, which superimpose a mural of the Moulin Rouge," said Zacron.

"Stories and intrigues are then embedded in this composition which, while being a tribute to Paris, contains elements of social history, fashion and pathos," he added.

In addition to the painting, Zacron has also created a tableau featuring a costumed figure on the theme of Paris in the 1880s, and other period details.

Artists in their natural environment

Visitors to the artists' studios are able to meet and talk to artists working in their natural environment.

Trevor Wood, from Briston, near Holt, is taking part in the Open Studios scheme for the second year running.

Working in acrylic and ink, his graphic style depicting various scenes from north Norfolk, has won him much acclaim.

One of the major advantages of taking part in Open Studios is the opportunity to meet the people interested in his work.

Painting by Trevor Woods
Painting by Trevor Woods (detail)

"It's a great opportunity to get feedback on my work and meet the people buying it," said Trevor.

"It's a real bonus from the artist's point of view and to get a steer on if you're going in the right direction - you don't necessarily get that when selling your work from a gallery.

"I think the project is brilliant as it brings a lot of people into Norfolk from much further a field. It's just a great way to bring people together - both artists and buyers - it's a very social occasion," he added.

Full details of the artists taking part in the Norfolk Open Studios 2007 are available on the project's official website.

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last updated: 17/05/07
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