New exhibitions open at King’s Lynn

A dramatic sunset photograph from Peter Rye's 'Walk on the Wild Side' exhibition at Hanse House
A dramatic sunset photograph from Peter Rye's 'Walk on the Wild Side' exhibition at Hanse House
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Contrasting exhibitions are opening in Lynn town centre with a look at the town’s maritime past, wildlife photographs from Africa and a celebration of Lynn Art Club.

True’s Yard is first off, with the official opening of its Fish, Ships and Hanse exhibition at noon on Friday by West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney.

2015 has been designated the Year of the Hanse in King’s Lynn to celebrate its 10th anniversary of membership of the New Hanseatic League. Of a total of 184 towns in this European intercity alliance launched in 1980, King’s Lynn, Hull and Boston are the only English representatives.

Bishops Lynn (as Lynn was known until 1537) and Boston were the most important English trading partners of the North German Hanse in the 13th and 14th centuries, when convoys of 10 or more cogges periodically arrived in their harbours from Hamburg. Barrels of cod and herring often filled the holds of these ships.

This exhibition is designed to highlight the significance of the town’s connection to the Hanseatic League or German Hanse of the Middle Ages, with the emphasis on fish and ships, as naturally appropriate for True’s Yard.

It will continue to September 11, open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, free admission; for more information call 01553 770479.

Award-winning Lynn photographer Peter Rye (Lenzman) invites you to “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” in his one-man exhibition in the Hanse House gallery on the South Quay.

This opens on Saturday and continues to Friday, July 24, and on display will be Peter’s limited edition African prints.

He has been visiting Kenya for 25 years, which has resulted in a large selection of African scenes, complete with all of its magnificent wildlife. From idyllic sunsets to the iconic animals of Africa, there is something for everybody to enjoy.

The exhibition is open daily, from 10am-4pm, and admission is free.

As reported last week, King’s Lynn Art Club’s 70th anniversary exhibition is being staged at the Old Warehouse Gallery, Lynn Arts Centre, opening on Saturday for a fortnight.

This is a fringe event to King’s Lynn Festival and will feature the work of members past and present, including one by former president Walter Dexter, the renowned Lynn artist.

A highlight today will see local artist Denis Pickles choose the Harrowing Award and highly-commended paintings, while on July 25 the public vote for their favourite painting will be announced.

The gallery is open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, but closed Sundays; admission is free.