Four new exhibitions at Lynn Arts Centre galleries

Neil Pittaway's painting of Kyanjin Gumba in Nepal's Langtang Valley
Neil Pittaway's painting of Kyanjin Gumba in Nepal's Langtang Valley
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Four new exhibitions open at Lynn Arts centre tomorrow – including two with special involvement by local artists.

Two other galleries will host work by the talented and prolific artist, Neil Pittaway.

The Fermoy Gallery is hosting Bigger Picture 3, with the Arts Centre collaborating with 70 different artists to recreate a mystery Lynn painting.

The Bigger Picture 3 takes an artwork which is then enlarged and divided into 70 pieces; each piece is then distributed to different artists who have to recreate the section of the painting that they have been given.

Once returned, the sections are pieced back to form one large painting! At the moment none of the contributing artists or public know what this year’s painting is and all will be revealed between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow.

Alongside this year’s Bigger Picture the Arts centre will also be exhibiting the two previous Bigger Pictures with their corresponding artworks. This is an opportunity for visitors to see some iconic Lynn paintings together with local artists’ interpretations.

At the nearby Old Warehouse Gallery, three Lynn schools have joined in the fun for The Little Bigger Picture.

Classes at St Martha’s Catholic Primary School, St Edmund’s Community Foundation School and Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy were given a small square of a mystery famous painting to reproduce as closely as possible; these colourful interpretations will be displayed alongside reproductions of the originals.

As part of the exhibition there will be some fun activities for visiting families who wish to get creative, expect drawing and mindboggling puzzles!

In association with the Bigger Picture 3, the Arts Centre will be raffling off a reproduction of the painting The Red Mount by Thomas Baines (1820-75). The proceeds of the raffle will go towards King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust, which in turn will be used to fund social inclusion projects, workshops and future exhibitions. Raffle tickets cost £2 each and are available to buy in the Fermoy Gallery office and the winner’s ticket will be drawn at the end of the exhibition on Saturday, October 31.

The Shakespeare Barn and the Red Barn will feature the work of Neil Pittaway who has previously exhibited work nationally in notable exhibitions such as the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show and internationally across India, Italy, Africa and the USA. Originally from Wakefield in Yorkshire, Neil previously lived and worked in Lynn as a tutor at the College of West Anglia for six years, so is a familiar face around the area.

His exhibitions Recalling Nepal and Visualising History feature starkly contrasting works, with the Red Barn acting as the setting for his atmospheric watercolour and acrylic studies from his trip to Nepal, while the Shakespeare Barn will house his highly detailed pen and ink drawings and etchings of monumental architecture and historical figures.

Since his trip, Nepal was affected by a devastating earthquake in April this year which killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000; throughout the exhibition Neil will be collecting for the victims.

Additionally, Neil will be exhibiting some World War One paintings which display attributes that underpin both his Nepal paintings and imposing architectural drawings. Combining acrylic and pen and ink, these works create a powerful impact that is not to be missed.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions, workshops and theatre shows, call 01553 779095 or visit www.kingslynnarts.co.uk