The Adnams Circle Bar plays host to a new collection of works by local artists this month, as we celebrate the talent on show in Norfolk and Suffolk. From embroidery or painting, it’s all free to come and take a look – either during the interval when you come and see a show, or just to explore the works during the daytime, when the Theatre is at its quietest.
Titled City to Coast, the exhibition revolves around works inspired by the urban and rural environments of Norfolk and Suffolk, from Helen Derbyshire’s atmospheric winter trees, to Bill Haward’s collages of local street scenes.
The exhibition is part of a rotating series of displays here at the Theatre, with a whole new set of works introduced every three months. These displays are managed by Targetfollow Estates Ltd, a local property company, who sponsored the installation of a flexible hanging system around the walls of the Adnams Bar when the Theatre was refurbished in 2007.
Bill Haward’s colourful collages have a real feeling of depth to them. Drawing predominantly from East Anglian coastal and urban scenes, much of his
art involves taking scenes that will be familiar to visitors, and asking us to look at them again in a new way. That’s true of this collage of the Sir Garnet, a pub located round the corner from the Theatre. A professional architect, Bill has a clear understanding of the spaces and lines of the buildings he uses in his artwork.
After taking time out from a career in African development work, Helen enrolled on a fine arts course at NUA, and she’s now part of the Targetfollow
exhibition series. Her moody, atmospheric works respond to the open spaces and wide horizons that characterise Norfolk and Suffolk. Helen gains inspiration from long country walks, and that sense of the open road comes across in works like these.
Patricia’s work, utilising charcoal, paint and monoprint, is inspired by the scenery around her Beccles studio. The works tend almost towards abstractness, with shadows and shading replacing clear lines, and Patricia makes use of this quality to capture a specific moment in time within each of her works.
The exhibition runs here at the Theatre Royal until 23 January. It’s free to look round, and all works are for sale; ask at the Box Office for details.