ARTWORKS: now & next year, a pop-up exhibition at a new venue!

This would have been the closing weekend of the Artworks exhibition in 2020, and this would normally mean a whole year before our next show. However, we have some good news: our next Artworks exhibition (all being well) is not a whole year away but will be opening at Artspace Woodbridge in May 2021.


New Year’s day afternoon by Nicola Coe

This pop-up exhibition – away from our usual venue of Blackthorpe Barn – was originally planned for 2020 as part of Artworks 20th Anniversary celebrations. Now, however, the exhibition at Artspace offers us a wonderful opportunity to gather together, show new work and celebrate the start of Artworks 21st year of exhibitions.


Summer Fireworks by Zoë Rubens

We hope you will find time to appreciate the work of our Artworks artists, either online or in the real world.


Greenwood by Jazz Green

Nicola Coe, Jazz Green & Zoë Rubens are now offering their art for sale online via their own websites and on social media.


Wave 1 by Carol Pask

Other Artworks artists are exhibiting more locally as galleries reopen for business. Carol Pask is currently exhibiting ceramic sculptures at the Quay Gallery at Snape Maltings until 14 October 2020, with Alfie Carpenter’s new exhibition ‘The Tide of All Things’ opening the following week, 15-21 October 2020, at the same venue.


Alfie Carpenter, detail of new work

Our artists are still creating, with many sharing glimpses of new work in progress, from Lyn Aylward, Sue Caddy, Valerie Armstrong and Gillian Crossley-Holland – you may also discover new articles about their artwork or exhibitions here on the Artworks blog.

As always, none of our exhibitions would be possible without the many wonderful visitors, supporters, sponsors and guest artists who have enabled Artworks to prosper for the last twenty years.

Our thanks to you for helping us to shape a positive vision for the future success of Artworks as we look forward to our next run of exhibitions.

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ARTWORKS: creative diversity, past times and looking ahead

The first Artworks exhibition, held twenty one years ago at Blackthorpe Barn, was assembled in a flurry of excitement.

Founder member Katie Millard, and former member Graham Portlock, no sooner had the idea of an art exhibition than they were ringing friends and associates to see if they would take part, and thus, by necessity, the first Artworks exhibition was an exhilarating mix of contemporary art.

Artworks Annual Exhibition 2019

Artworks has continued to espouse this creative diversity, and this is one reason we support and exhibit the work of selected guest artists each year. I invite you to browse our archive of previous exhibitions on the Artworks website, where many of the photographs highlight this successful combination of different artists & artforms exhibited together at Artworks.

Artworks Annual Exhibition 2018

Due to Covid-19, this year’s selected guest artists will now exhibit with us in 2021. The works of our guest artists includes: figurative stone carvings by Antonia Hockton, collagraph prints by Iona Howard, abstract paintings of Louise Chapman, mixed media art by Evelyn Polk, the landscape etchings of Laurie Rudling, haunting figurative sculptures by Jacquelyn Hindle and abstract bronze sculptures by Jim Racine.

Artworks members also explore a multitude of creative approaches in their art, from the exquisite botanical watercolour paintings of Alison Jones and Julia Groves, to the expressive mixed-media works of Hazel Bradshaw, Alfie Carpenter and Anne Paton.

Artworks Annual Exhibition 2018

The ceramic sculptures of Cathy D’Arcy and Carol Pask will be well-known to our regular visitors, are now joined by the sculptural artworks of Sue Caddy, Nicola Coe and Zoë Rubens.

Artworks Annual Exhibition 2019

The works of Colin Slee, Eileen Revett, Eleonora Knowland and Jazz Green, in the form of atmospheric charcoal drawings, precise woodcut prints, sculptural canvas paintings and mixed media collages, extend the diversity of contemporary abstract art in Artworks.

Artworks Annual Exhibition 2019

There are also those of us who portray the world as we experience it in our own especial ways: Chris Gamble with her emotive drawings, Roger Gamble’s vibrant acrylic paintings, Lyn Aylward’s theatrical self portraits, Christine McKechnie’s remarkably detailed papercut collages, the unique handmade prints of trees by Janet French, plein air sketches & monoprints by Kit Price Moss, Elaine Nason’s wonderfully observed scenes of rural life and Helen Dougall’s intricately crafted wax batiks of local landscapes.

Artworks Annual Exhibition 2019

Finally, of course, there’s me, Gillian Crossley-Holland, and I’m still depicting the north Norfolk shores and local fens that endlessly inspire.

All these distinctive works by Artworks artists would normally be exhibited together in Blackthorpe barn, and if you are missing an inspiring walk around our annual exhibition this year, please do visit our archive of previous exhibitions.

Gillian Crossley-Holland
Chair of Artworks

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ARTWORKS: First Saturday, The Artworks Shop & a Mini Art Show online

This is the weekend we would have been opening Artworks to the public, an exciting time and also a time to breathe a sigh of relief and know that most of the challenging work of putting on this exhibition is over and the fun can begin.


Ceramics by Sue Caddy

One of the fun events I’ve always enjoyed the most is setting up the Artworks shop, which we always do early on the first Saturday morning. It’s so delightful to open boxes of the new art works made by our members and to be setting out all the original and handmade greetings cards, but looking on the positive side it should be even more exciting next year.


November Fen by Iona Howard

Meanwhile, we do have an online slideshow of recent works on the homepage of this website. As always there is a wonderful mix of styles and subject matter; some members, Anne Paton, Kit Price Moss, Lyn Alyward and Roger Gamble have responded directly to the pandemic.


Blue Poppies by Julia Groves

Others have carried on observing the landscapes they love to explore; Alfie Carpenter, Janet French, Helen Dougall, Colin Slee and Iona Howard. While other members, Sue Caddy, Jazz Green, Antonia Hockton, Evelyn Polk and Julia Groves have continued to pursue the disciplines that inspire them.

Do browse our website to enjoy this range of work.

If you’ve been saving up to buy a special artwork and this was to be the year, please use the contact page link on the Artworks website.

Gillian Crossley-Holland

(Artworks Chair)

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