Arts & Culture
Exhibition: Art Sans Frontières Trois
Art work from 60 of Norfolk’s best artists as well as contributions from the Norwich Twenty Group's sister organisations in Rouen and Novi Sad can be viewed in an exhibition at the old Bally shoe factory in Norwich until Friday, 26 September, 2008.
Silence - A sculpture by David Holgate
The Norwich Twenty Group (N20G) present their latest collection at the old Bally shoe factory in Norwich from Monday, 15 September, 2008.
The group of professional artists from Norfolk was established back in 1944, comprising mainly artists from the Norwich School of Art and Design.
Since then, it has grown from 20 Norwich artists, to over 60 including several from Norwich's twin cities, Novi Sad in Serbia and Rouen in France.
The Art Sans Frontieres Trois exhibition features more than 230 works from around Europe and includes a variety of different disciplines, from traditional figurative painting to abstract works, sculpture, stone carving and imaginative site installations.
Landscape - By Nell Close
"The Norwich Twenty Group is a selected group of artists, not just a group of weekend painters," said Chairman David Holgate.
"This year we have a group of artists coming over with about 60 works from Rouen and a similar number from Novi Sad.
"I'm really excited about this year. Last year's exhibition was the best we've ever had and I'm hoping we are going to top it."
It has become usual for N20G to invite a guest artist to exhibit. This year Brian Whelan has accepted their invitation and will be showing some of his most recent work as part of the show.
"I was very impressed with his paintings - very, very lively". said David.
The Bear O'Shea - By Brian Whelan
"Brian has developed a very strong name for himself and is a collectors artist now," he added.
As a gesture to the guest artists from Serbia and France, Brian chose the theme 'A Table of Welcome'.
Brian, who lives in Denham on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 1985.
He has displayed work across the world and in March 2007 a book of his illustrations was launched at London City Hall at the invitation of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
The exhibition is also an opportunity for students from the Norwich School of Art and Design to show their work.
Members of the Twenty Group review the school's final degree show each year and invite a handful young artists to join the group as licentiates.
This means they become members of the group for one year free of charge and are qualified to take part in exhibitions.
"One of the problems with a long-standing group like the N20G, is that we're all getting on a bit," said Mr Holgate.
"This gives them [the students] an opportunity to exhibit locally, helps them a little to get started and injects a youthful energy into our exhibitions and society," he added.
Art Sans Frontieres Trois can be viewed at the old Bally shoe factory, Hall Road, Norwich, daily 10am-5pm from Monday, 15 September to Friday, 26 September, 2008.
last updated: 02/09/2008 at 12:27