Norfolk links to King’s Lynn Festival visual arts

Alfred Cohen's "Late Winter Sky"
Alfred Cohen's "Late Winter Sky"

Exuberant and vivid paintings by renowned artist Alfred Cohen form King’s Lynn Festival exhibition in the second year of a partnership with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Light and Water is the title of the display from the Sainsbury Centre collection which has yet to be shown in Norwich. Pictures include scenes from around the East Anglian and Channel coasts.

King's Lynn Embroiders Guild exhibition at Eau Brink Studio, Tilney All Saints. From left are, Ruth Holmes (chair of Guild), with Anita O'Neill (studio owner) and Jenny Furlong (Guild member). Photo: MLNF16PM07028

King's Lynn Embroiders Guild exhibition at Eau Brink Studio, Tilney All Saints. From left are, Ruth Holmes (chair of Guild), with Anita O'Neill (studio owner) and Jenny Furlong (Guild member). Photo: MLNF16PM07028

The work of the American-born artist, who spent the latter years of his life living and working at Wighton near Wells, will be at the Fermoy Gallery at Lynn Arts Centre until July 30.

Adding to the festival’s visual arts offer is sculpture inspired by Shakesperean characters by Susan Bacon of Raveningham, Norfolk. Her sculptures and small maquettes were originally displayed at the Globe Theatre last autumn as part of The Globe Project.

At the exhibition’s opening on Saturday Paul Zuckerman, chairman of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, said he was pleased to support Lynn Festival for a second year.

Alfred Cohen’s widow, Diana, who continues to live at Wighton, said she was delighted to see the selection of pictures creating such an interesting display.

The Samphire Quilters exhibition was held at St Nicholas' Chapel and pictured is Rosalyn Staveley. Photo: MLNF16MF070106

The Samphire Quilters exhibition was held at St Nicholas' Chapel and pictured is Rosalyn Staveley. Photo: MLNF16MF070106

Festival chairman Alison Croose welcomed the partnership with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and said the strong Norfolk links with Alfred Cohen made the exhibition even more special.

With the added interest of Susan Bacon’s sculpture, this year’s festival exhibition was “the most prestigious for some years and one we are very proud to stage,” Mrs Croose said.

She also thanked West Norfolk Borough Council and Alive Leisure Trust for their help in ensuring the festival could hire the Fermoy Gallery again this year to maintain a long tradition.

The exhibition is open daily, Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm until July 30. Entry is free.

Exhibitions by the Samphire Quilters and King’s Lynn Embroidery Guild were held last weekend.

Opening on Saturday are exhibitions by the West Norfolk Artists Association (at St Nicholas’ Chapel, until August 6) and King’s Lynn Art Club (at the Old Warehouse Gallery, Arts Centre, until July 30).