Creative Norfolk

Celebrating a county at the artistic edge

Creative Norfolk is a new strand to this year’s programme that invites you to explore our county’s diverse artistic offer, championing a creative scene as varied and abundant as our region’s landscapes. Through a series of commissions, exhibitions, workshops and discussions, we’re encouraging you to jump in at the deep end with artists, soaking up inspiration from the East of England’s rich history of making and doing.

In order to help you on your journey, we’ve split the programme into three parts. Norfolk Presents… is a series of new works that explore the social and physical landscape, from coast to cathedral. Practice & Process invites you backstage, exposing the complex, fascinating mechanisms of artistic creation. Celebrating our artistic roots as a region, and a Festival, Towards 250 is a series of events and interventions that look ahead to our 250th anniversary in 2022.

With the chance to sign up, sit back, or get stuck in, where will Creative Norfolk take you?

 

Norfolk Presents...

 

 

HOLLY BODMER
PEREGRINATIONS
Saturday 22 May, 2pm
Norwich Cathedral

A multi-part performance in the Cathedral cloisters celebrating ten years of the city’s famous peregrines falcons, through live art, theatre, kinetic sculpture and spoken word. Curated by Holly Bodmer, it features Alice Lee, Eyebrow Arts, Rebecca Chapman, as well as Norwich Men’s Shed, Corton House Residential Home, Total Ensemble and Su Squire.

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JMCANDERSON
I AM…
Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 May
Garden Party, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield

I Am… takes inspiration from the political ‘I Am A Man’ poster, featured during the 1968 Memphis civil rights riots, to highlight diversity and culture within Norfolk. Workshops held in the run up to the Festival will culminate in multiple interventions over the Garden Party weekend.

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GENEVIEVE RUDD, IN PARTNERSHIP WTH ORIGINALPROJECTS;
YARMOUTH SPRINGS ETERNAL EXHIBITION
Wednesday 19 May – Sunday 20 June
PRIMEyarc, Great Yarmouth

The exhibition will feature artwork and a co-designed pamphlet created during a series of artist-led community walks/workshops, as well as showcases from guest exhibitors exploring creativity and the connection to the natural world: Jacques Nimki, James Aldridge, Jason Evans, Bill Vine and Company Drinks.

Curated by Kaavous Clayton of originalprojects;, led by artist Genevieve Rudd.

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Practice & Process

 

 

CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS NORFOLK
MAKING IN A TIME OF MAYHEM
Thursday 20 May, 5pm
Digital

Last year, we invited six Norfolk arts practitioners to develop projects that would benefit local communities affected by COVID. Join us for an evening of reflection and celebration as we find out how the projects went, and what we can learn from those creating in the most desperate of circumstances.

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FAI-AR
CREATE IN PUBLIC SPACE MOOC
Available until 30 June
Online

The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is the first free online course dedicated to artistic creation in public space. Over 4-weeks, you’ll discover tools and inspiration to help you understand, and play a role in, exciting artistic creation in public space.

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WHY BIENNIALS?
Monday 24 May, 7.30pm
Online

This online public seminar will bring together artists, writers, producers and curators to reflect on programming and participating in contemporary art biennials. What are the potentials of a contemporary art programme across Norfolk?

Supported by The Assembly House Trust

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GENEVIEVE RUDD, IN PARTNERSHIP WTH ORIGINALPROJECTS;
YARMOUTH SPRINGS ETERNAL CONFERENCE
Saturday 22 May, 12-5.30pm
PRIMEyarc, Great Yarmouth

The Yarmouth Springs Eternal conference will explore relationships, perceptions and experiences of connecting with the natural world through the arts. It’ll feature presentations and a Q&A from the featured exhibition artists, while establishing a network of artists working with nature.

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HUNT & DARTON
THE MUM SHOW
Across the Festival

With one born every minute, it’s a very regular thing to become a mother. But how can an experience so regular be one of the biggest changes a woman might go through in her life? The Mum Show is an exploration of the transformations and triumphs that motherhood brings. Hunt & Darton will be popping up across the Festival, with workshops, podcasts, radio shows and surprise interventions (did someone say flash mob?) – keep you eyes and ears peeled!

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Towards 250

 

 

RE/COLLECT 250
Monday 17- Sunday 30 May
Recording Booth located at our Festival Box Office, Chantry Place

Re/Collect 250 is an ambition new oral history project, aiming to uncover and document memories of Norfolk & Norwich Festival through a programme of public interviews. Find out how you can get involved, and contribute your own valuable piece of Festival history…

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COMMON GROUND LEADERS
LIVING LANDSCAPES
Monday 24- Saturday 29 May

Living Landscapes is an installation curated by the Common Ground Leaders that guides visitors through an artistic representation of the diverse landscape of the county. The project aims to explore the variety of natural environments across Norfolk and the relationships people have with these spaces.

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ANDY FIELD & FOREST FRINGE
LOST & FOUND FILMS OF NORFOLK

A collective or artists and schoolchildren are busy building an imagined archive of films that re-imagine Norfolk’s folklores. Find out how there project’s going.

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for nearly 250 years. Through our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

2021 offers hope for the creative sector, and as an arts charity, we are redoubling our efforts to share meaningful art and cultural experiences with people across Norfolk. We rely on support from our audiences, partners and supporters to continue to bring innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning to the region, and to empower those who might not otherwise have access to the life-changing power of the arts. Find out more about how you can support us, as an individual or as an organisation below.

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