Monthly Archives: July 2016

Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) exhibition, Wenhaston Suffolk

Artworks’ Ruth McCabe on the Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) annual exhibition in Wenhaston, Suffolk:

Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) exhibition comes to St. Peter’s, Wenhaston again!

Over four years we have celebrated a Suffolk village’s connection to the artist Harry Becker, whose work superbly recorded the sweat and toil of pre-mechanised farm labour in the early years of last century. Becker trained across Europe and worked for a time in London before moving out to Wenhaston, Suffolk. Unfortunately, in contrast to Constable, his work has been largely overlooked by the art world.

Enthusiastically supported by artists and the public, IBBAS is delighted that, again, we have been inundated with applications to exhibit in our annual exhibition, and this year 34 East Anglian artists are offering contemporary work which is in some way ‘inspired by Becker”. Over half the artists are new to the show, so visitors can be assured that there will once again be an exciting and inspiring collection of work.

Jo Lowrie exhibits with us for the first time this year, “Autumnal Hush” in oil giving a sense of her sensitive response to the Suffolk landscape, confirmed in the words of her statement:

Having lived in Suffolk most of my life and conscious of the old farming traditions, I was thrilled to be introduced to Harry Becker’s work some 15 years ago. It immediately tapped into long forgotten memories of that rural world he was recording, and which ever since, I have tried to express through my own work. The images I am currently producing are of that hushed sensation when harvest is over, the fields are bleached gold, the sun is low and the journey towards the solstice has begun.


Jo Lowrie, “Autumnal Hush”

By way of contrast, IBBAS also welcomes artists whose work tends more towards the abstract, Ruth McCabe offering this large watercolour in which the landscape is interpreted in translucent layers built up over time and reflecting the distant horizons and unfolding forms so much a feature of the Suffolk agricultural habitat.


For visitors who love the loose, swiftly executed drawings of Harry Becker, Margaret Wyllie’s work in charcoal might appeal: Hereford mother and child, Suffolk Show, 2016.


Margaret Wyllie, Hereford mother and child, Suffolk Show

We believe this exhibition has at its heart a very special feature: the fact that its purpose is to celebrate and raise public awareness about the work of Harry Becker. It’s a work of love!

In addition to our annual exhibition, IBBAS now runs a drawing event for all ages once a year in the village, and recently we began work with the village school on a drawing and painting project, donating our bespoke sketchbooks paid for with money we received for our work in a local arts project in 2015. In these we encouraged the children to make their own marks, responding to the village around them. The school’s project will culminate in a large mural in the Village Hall based on their drawings, which will be completed with the children in the Autumn term.

A NEW FEATURE has been introduced this year: Plein-Air Painting competition: “PAINT OUT” open to all. It will take place on Saturday 6th August 2016. Work produced will be exhibited from 1pm onwards and can be for sale. Prizes will be awarded! Come and have a go!!! Participation is free. Bring your own materials and register at the church 10am on Saturday.

We’d be delighted if readers could support us at the exhibition this August.
Opening times: Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 10am until 5pm, and Sunday 7th August 10am until 4pm. Card payment available.
Venue: St. Peter’s Church, Wenhaston, Suffolk IP19 9BJ.

St. Peter’s will be providing their delicious refreshments in the Church Room over the weekend.

Find out more about Becker, the exhibition and the competition on

Inspired by Becker Art Society

Jazz Green: Cley 16 Contemporary Art exhibition

Jazz Green is currently exhibiting new work in Cley 16: In Norfolk Now, an annual exhibition of contemporary art in the beautiful setting of St Margaret’s church in Cley-next-the-Sea in north Norfolk. Additional artworks selected for Cley 16 are located at Cley Windmill Shop, Crabpot Bookshop and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre. There is also a programme of events, including creative workshops, musical concerts, curator talks and seminars.


Cley 16: In Norfolk Now is open daily 10am to 5.30pm, 7 July – 7 August 2016.

Cley 16 is organised by The North Norfolk exhibition Project (NNEP). The NNEP was established in 2000 to develop opportunities for innovative and contemporary art in North Norfolk. The NNEP is now widely regarded for its summer exhibitions of contemporary art, originally at Salthouse from 2001-2011, moving to Cley in 2012. Each year a different curator is chosen to select artists from an advertised ‘Open Call’. The shortlisted artists meet the curator at the Church in the new year to discuss plans and ideas for the exhibition. In 2016 Hugh Pilkington, artist, curator and award-winning architect, selected seventy three artists from two hundred artist applications, both a record number of applicants and shortlisted artists for this renowned regional exhibition.


From the Cley 16: In Norfolk Now curator, Hugh Pilkington:
The works demonstrate a wide range of practice from pure abstraction to representation: the abstracted landscape to the photographic; the sculptural – small works, maquettes for larger works, and floor-based pieces; and a group of artists working with fabric and stitch in the chancel of the church. There are installations and interventions, and site-specific work on the beach and around the church. We are pleased to include that remarkable organisation, Barrington Farm, whose members are showing work in the church and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitors Centre. For the first time the Fine Art MA course at the University of the Arts in Norwich are participating as a group and the students have been using the exhibition as a live art project.


Cley 16: In Norfolk Now
7 July – 7 August 2016
St Margaret’s Church
North Norfolk

Cley 16 is open daily 10am – 5.30pm, free admission. See website for full details of the exhibition and events programme: Cley 16 coincides with the British Art Show 8  in Norwich – at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts.