Four new exhibitions have opened at King’s Lynn Arts Centre: The Project Room, Stroke Association, Arts Award and Spadeworks 15.
Each exhibition is a testament to the ongoing relationship between the Arts Centre, community groups and education.
Arts Award has brought together 20 local children from a mix of home-educated and mainstream-schooled backgrounds. The group has been taking part in assemblage, pastels, clay-work and mixed media workshops, responding to the artwork on display in the galleries, and watching performances in the Guildhall Theatre.
They have been working towards earning recognised Arts Award qualifications at different levels: Bronze, Silver, Discover and Explore under the guidance of the Arts Centre, while immersing themselves in the local cultural hub.
The Project Room has invited eight students from local colleges and sixth forms to meet weekly at the Arts Centre, and attend practical workshops to further their art practice outside of education. It has also provided an insight into working with an arts organisation and the chance to earn a Gold Arts Award, which equates to 35 UCAS points. The final exhibition demonstrates the work that they have developed over the past eight weeks.
The Stroke Association exhibition showcases the group’s playful exploration of materials and techniques. The Arts Centre has been supporting stroke survivors by offering regular art sessions with local artists, Karin Forman and Graham Shelton, to boost their confidences and learn something new. Using art as an aid to recovery, they have experimented with a variety of mediums such as painting, textiles, papier maché, clay-work and ceramics.
Bob Catchpole’s Spadeworks 15 explores the relationship between man and landscape through ironic, and highly unusual, carvings made from agricultural tools. Bob studied Fine Art at Newcastle University, after which he went on to the Slade School of Fine Art in London, specialising in sculpture. This led him to at Eton College at Windsor where he taught sculpture for almost 30 years.
All four exhibitions are open until Saturday, April 11; free admission; gallery opening times are 11am–4pm (from April 1 10am-5pm).