Norfolk is a county rich in cultural and artistic heritage, as well as being home to a thriving arts scene. With the end of summer, and the beginning of 'indoors' weather, now is the perfect time to sample the arts and exhibitions on offer in Norfolk this autumn.
25th March - 31st October 2018, Holkham Estate
Treasure & Trophies, The Making of a Gentleman, celebrates the life of Thomas Coke, creator of Holkham Hall. Coke's Grand Tour of 1712, had far reaching repercussions for English architecture, as the young man immersed himself in the renaissance culture that had flowered on the continent. Inspired, Coke returned home to build Holkham Hall in the style of the Neo-classical buildings he had seen as he travelled throughout the great cities of Europe.
This exhibition brings the story and history of Thomas Coke to life through the use of costume and artwork, all set in the building which remains his greatest legacy.
1st May - 28th October, Blickling Hall
Through the use of sound, theatrical design and storytelling, award-winning Theatre Company, Les Enfants Terribles have created a stunning exhibition which celebrates the importance of books through contemporary art.
In a series of installations throughout the Blickling Estate, The Word Defiant! exhibition reveals how books have been 'banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded' throughout history.
13th October 2018 - 24th February 2019, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
Taking place at the Sainsbury Centre, one of the region's premier art galleries, Humans and Other Animals' is a retrospective of the pioneering work of Dame Elisabeth Frink. Frink was one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century, and this exhibition will mark the 25th anniversary of her death.
12th October - 3rd November, Guildhall of St George, King's Lynn
Part of the King's Lynn Festival Extra, this exhibition takes up the festival theme of 'Spaces and Faces', and explores 'how artists working in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries engage with the concept of place'.
The exhibition has access to Norwich Castle's rich collection of work by English artists, including Walter Sickert, John Piper and Frances Kearney.
20th October 2018 - 6th January 2019, Norwich Castle
Commemorating the end of the First World War, this major new exhibition at Norwich Castle explores the 'breadth and depth of the effect of the War on Norwich and Norfolk'. The exhibition celebrates the resilience of those who endured the Great War, and commemorates those who lost their lives to it.
The display will include art, textiles, locally manufactured goods from the period, as well as contemporary artworks by Paddy Hartley on the subject of rememberance and memorialisation.
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