Last week I recommended two grand cathedrals to visit on the continent, when you might be travelling in Europe; this week I suggest two art galleries to take a look at much nearer to home.
Although not able to visit the photographic exhibition produced by adults with learning disabilities, (featuring work by members of the excellent Ezone and Forward organisations), I did take a look at the current Greyfriars Art Space exhibition by BellArtLabs, at the St James Street, Lynn, venue. BellArtLabs is an independent multi-disciplinary arts group and their practices include moving-image, sound, text, installation and performance. Space restrictions prevent me from going into detail but the exhibition, which goes through until Saturday, October 22, is well worth a look, and is presented by Tony Scott, Tom Scott, Colin Dewar and Chris Mizsak. Chris is looking for donations of any old unwanted home movies (Super 8mm and Standard 8mm). If you have any unwanted film for donation, please take them along or contact email@example.com. Admission to the exhibition is free and opening hours are 10am-4pm (closed on Monday).
My second gallery is the recently opened GroundWork Gallery, located in Purfleet Street, near Lynn’s TIC. I visited the gallery and learnt of the intention that the gallery explores and promotes the connections between art and our precious environment. I viewed work by Roger Ackling and Richard Long collectively entitled Sunlight and Gravity. Ideas for activities are also available on informative cards, devised by Caroline Denyer and Veronica Sekules at the gallery, so do pay a visit to this new artistic venue. For further information visit www.groundworkgallery.com. The exhibition ends October 30.
Theatre and cinema next. A reminder that the rock musical Little Shop of Horrors is being presented by Downham Amateur Dramatic Society at Downham Market Town Hall between October 21-23. The crazy inhabitants of Downtown Skid Row in New York are featured and tickets are £10. To book online, go to www.dadsdrama .org.uk or get tickets from the excellent Lewks in Wales Court, Downham. Prepare to be horrified!
Like many others I am reading Paula Hawkins’ novel: The Girl on the Train (King’s Lynn is mentioned in the book) and was curious to see why it continues to be a best-seller. It is certainly a page-turner and the film of the book is now showing at a cinema near you, starring Emily Blunt as Rachel.
If you go and see the movie or are at a cinema seeing another film, perhaps with the family, do find out about the live theatre, musicals and opera streamed in from time to time. If your ‘thing’ is Shakespeare or Mozart, for example, there’s the chance to enjoy great variety of quality entertainment.
It’s getting near the time for ghosts, ghouls and all things supernatural. True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum has an appropriate exhibition featuring such subjects and it’s well worth a visit. Lindsey Bavin, the museum manager, says: “We’ve really enjoyed putting the exhibition together and it’s a bit different: theatrical, as well as informative.”
She suggests visitors may also enjoy a ghost walk on October 27 (6-7pm), for the modest sum of £5. Ghost Hunt East Anglia are having a paranormal investigation at the museum on October 29. For more details contact True’s Yard on 01553 770479.
There is, of course, much going on locally related to Hallowe’en at various venues throughout West Norfolk, more details to follow next time.