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A Fine Balance 2020

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Houghton Hall will not open on 29 March as previously advertised following Government advice received regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. If Houghton Hall opens later this year, our pop-up will appear alongside the much anticipated exhibition by Anish Kapoor. In the meantime we will persent "A Fine Balance"* as an online showcase. This showcase presents recent work by 40+ artists and makers from across East Anglia, all explore narratives original to natural life forms and processes that distinguish different aspects of our environment. They reveal the fragility of unusual topographies and celebrate the cyclical process of a coastal landscape alternating between erosion and renewal.

The exhibition will focus on natural phenomena and activities that are frequently personal in terms of our physical impact on the environment through more commercial concerns like horticulture, farming and tourism. Looking at the structures that support the diversity of native flora and fauna alongside a highly maintained version of the countryside and our place within it.

We will confirm the dates and opening times for our pop-up in due course. Join our mailing list in order to be the first to hear about this.

A Fine Balance serves to alert us to our own social context and how significant that is in our outlook toward ‘the great outdoors’. Artists and makers will use current attitudes as well as depictions of the recent past that reveal our encounters with the natural landscape. It is through finding a variety of visualisations that we arrive at a greater understanding of the different claims made upon our immediate environment. We respond viscerally to a favourite view or landscape, much as we would if our home or family were under threat. Feelings run high.

An objective judgement that tackles the consequences of climate change is beyond the scope of this exhibition. However, artists have inhabited a unique position in having shown us how we think about landscape through the ages. With a little help we can be encouraged to find a more personal appreciation and determine a way forward in protecting, conserving or adapting our surroundings. Whether it is against or in harmony with the natural world, we will need to reconcile these opposing forces.

* The title comes from Rohinton Mistry’s novel A Fine Balance, published in 1996. The book is set in 1975 and traces the lives of four main characters whose interconnected lives are heavily impacted by their circumstances in a large Indian city, as they slip between a succession of karmic banana skins and chance encounters during the course of the narrative. Mistry’s powerful story exposes familiar fault lines of a society to the point where the characters lives are in jeopardy, brought about by community pressure, institutional injustice, socio-economic forces and political self-interest and convenience.

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PART 1

PAINTING

Ferenc Cseh
Will Cutts
Amanda Edgcombe
Kate Giles
Linda Jamieson
Susi Joel
John Kiki
Pandora Mond
Natalie Odile Lang
Tracey Ross
Peter Wylie

WORKS ON PAPER

Debby Besford
Katargyna Coleman
Polly Cruse
Judith Ellis
Gareth Hacon
Bridget Heriz
Ruth Howes
Lucy Loveheart
Liz McGowan
Colin Self
Tim Simmons
Ivy Smith
Paul Wolterink

SCULPTURE

Andrew Jones
Keron Beattie
Jonathan Clarke
Roger Hardy
Rachael Long
Ben Pusey

DESIGN FOR THE HOME

Ros Arrowsmith 
Heather Connor
Steve Gore Rowe  
Laura Huston 
Sue Kirk  
Tim Plunkett 
Toby Winteringham

PART 2

PAINTING

Zarya Austin Fell
Lorraine Bewick
Amanda Edgcombe
Kate Giles
Linda Jamieson
John Kiki
Verity Newman
Bruer Tidman
Molly Thomson
Joceline Wickham

WORKS ON PAPER

Katargyna Coleman
Gareth Hacon
Ruth Howes
Louisa Jones
Lucy Loveheart 
Liz McGowan
Maria Pavledis  
Colin Self  
Tim Simmons  
Liz Taunt 
Paul Wolterink
Peter Wylie

SCULPTURE

Andrew Jones 
Jonathan Clarke  
Roger Hardy 
Rachael Long  
Christopher Marvell
Dan Meek 
Ben Pusey  
Teucer Wilson 

DESIGN FOR THE HOME

Carolyn Brookes Davies 
Heather Connor
Laura Huston 
Susi Joel
Blott Kerr Wilson  
Sue Kirk  
Charlotte Packe
Tim Plunkett 
Amanda Sutton

PAINTINGS

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ZARYA AUSTIN-FELL

Zarya is a multi-media artist whose work explores the relationship between everyday life and the objects that accompany it. Since 2018, Zarya has had 3 solo exhibitions in Norfolk and Brighton.

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LORRAINE BEWICK

Lorraine has taken tried and tested techniques in the tradition of figurative landscape painting and applied them to her own perspective of the English landscape. Based in west Norfolk, her interest in interpreting Norfolk’s expansive skies and coastal reaches as liminal space treads a path mapped out by acknowledged masters of the genre, such as John Robert Cozens and JMW Turner.

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FERENC CSEH

Ferenc is a Cambridge based visual artist whose artistic style is rooted in his architectural and fine art training. He enjoys working with geometrical forms present in our built environment and exploring the interaction between humans and these shapes. Ferenc has been experimenting with basic shapes and forms for a long time. He is intrigued by the possibilities of space, space alteration by objects, movement in space, and the relations between humans and space.

The paintings in A Fine Balance are part of Ferenc’s Transparence series which expresses his interest in the possibilities of space, space alteration by objects, movement in space, and the relations between humans and space. These paintings experiment with basic shapes and their interaction defined by depth. The transparent layers provide both lightness and depth to the emerging new objects and give the illusion of delicate movement. The paintings evoke a sense of fine balance between the playfulness of movements, delicate structures and the tranquillity of the final emerging objects.

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WILL CUTTS

Will has been painting Norfolk landscapes during the last 20 years, while based in London and since he moved to North Norfolk seven years ago. Having got a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art he moved to London in 1986 and has divided his time between working with artists and galleries, as well as on his own work. He has followed the work of influential Californian landscape painter Richard Diebenkorn. Will has exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Gallery and The Millinery Works Gallery in London, as well as numerous group exhibitions

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AMANDA EDGCOMBE

Amanda has lived in Suffolk since 2005. Her paintings are abstract in nature, drawing in architectural and figurative influences, horizons, aerial views and perceptions of the aesthetic... confronting opinion and degrees of acceptability. She constantly asks of her process the question of thinning out and addition… what is needed and what isn't?

Amanda has shown her work across the eastern region in Suffolk and Norfolk and nationally in Somerset and London. Her work is in several private collections. She has exhibited internationally in Germany, Portugal and Pakistan.

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KATE GILES

Kate grew up in Norwich and, having read English at Oxford, studied at the Camberwell and Falmouth schools of Art [1986-90]. She has exhibited widely, particularly in London and across East Anglia, and has now returned to Norfolk to work and live.

Intensive drawing from life is the groundwork underpinning all of Kate's practice. Back in the studio, painting is to digest, remake, discover and unearth; she often works in series and in one place over a sustained period. She is keenly aware of the inheritance of the Anglo-Dutch landscape tradition and in particular Constable's deep engagement and familiarity with embodied life: an alertness to what is 'known by heart'.

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BRIDGET HERIZ

We are presenting a series of smaller painted works on paper by Bridget. These form an important part of her creative process as a sculptor. Bridget has shown her work at The Royal Academy London, The Cut in Halesworth Suffolk and internationally. She trained at Goldsmiths College and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (1973-77). She moved to Great Yarmouth in 2002.

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LINDA JAMIESON

Linda was born and spent her childhood in Norfolk. She trained at St. Martins School of Art and studied further at Heatherlys and with Francis Pratt in France and Norfolk. She worked for many years in the field of textile design in London, France and Italy, and also as a consultant for interior design. She now divides her time between her studios in Norfolk and London and has also exhibited regularly in both.

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SUSI JOEL

Susi Joel is a multidisciplinary artist based in Norfolk whose work explores the process of attachment. Drawn to the small and fragile, her work has always united conventionally incongruous elements and discordant materials such as wood and woven fibre or paper and cotton thread. Through this she invites ideas about interdependence, habitat, contextualisation and the nature of pattern or repetition. Her latest project repurposes wooden fragments collected from the North Norfolk coast where she lives and works. Susi has worked with special needs children for many years teaching techniques for weaving and stitched textile work. She has exhibited in London and internationally.

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JOHN KIKI

John Kiki trained at Camberwell School of Art and The Royal Academy of Arts, London. By the time he finished his studies in 1967, John had a unique approach to painting. During the last fifty years he has developed a rich figurative language that encompasses a fluid abstraction along side a changing caste of characters borrowed from Greek mythology, history genre paintings, and his own observations of how people interact in daily life. John Kiki's long career has included many significant solo and group exhibitions internationally, including at The Royal Academy, Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery in London, as well as the OK Harris Gallery in Soho, New York. His paintings, drawings and prints have been included in several national collections.

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Pandora’s paintings are based on research into Exoplanets, searching for life beyond our solar system. The work for this project emerged from Pandora’s work as the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residency in the Astrophysics Department at Exeter University. The discovery of these distant planets will potentially revolutionise the way we view our place in the universe, perhaps as significant a discovery as ‘Big Bang’, Darwin’s origin of species or deciphering the human genome. Making something visible and material out of what is inherently invisible is the paradox behind this project: these planets are simply too far away to be seen.

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VERITY NEWMAN

Verity is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Norwich. Her paintings and sculptures reflect three broad themes: function/non-function of objects (and our attachments to them), fading memories of journeys through spaces and places, and the transience of our personal habitats/environments. The rituals and imagined - or reconstructed - histories we create around these fascinate Verity, as well as an increasing need to pin down what 'home' might be. Through her practice, Verity tries to express the ever-changing evolution, movement and energy of the surrounding environment - and the sense of us within our personal habitats.  Verity has work in important collections in Suffolk and Dublin, Ireland. She has shown her work across the eastern region as well as London and internationally, several times recently in China and Greece.

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NATALIE ODILE LANG

Born in Glasgow, Natalie Lang graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts in 2011 with a first degree honors in painting. It was there that she made a discovery of some slides in a skip that began her painting journey, via found landscapes. Adopting others images as her own, enables her to explore concepts of authorship, projection, memory, delusion, falsehood and lies. Her images are often banal snapshots that contain within them a tension between the external and internal landscape, layered with a haunting element of the ‘uncanny’.

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TRACEY ROSS

Tracey paints to capture the beauty of Creation along the North Norfolk coast, with its creeks, skies and expansive beaches. She finds that painting in an abstract style using mixed media, acrylics and oils will enables her paintings to reveal a deeper mystery. Capturing the fiery hues of a blazing sunset, the misty sea frets together with the clarity of light on a bright breezy day conveys an intense visual experience which speaks to Tracey's heart expressing the colour and thanksgiving she feels as an artist

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BRUER TIDMAN

Brüer was born in Gorleston-On-Sea, Norfolk in 1939, and moved to Rackheath (close to fellow artist Colin Self). Brüer studied art at Great Yarmouth College of Art 1957-1961 and at the Royal College of Art (RCA) 1961-1964, of which he is an Associate Member. The RCA was the starting point for a long career as a figurative painter, with references to earlier art movements effortlessly rendered in his own rich visual language. Tidman has exhibited internationally including Switzerland and Finland, and was a lecturer at Lowestoft School of Art and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. He lives and works in Great Yarmouth.

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MOLLY THOMSON

For Molly, painting is a process of construction, reconfiguration, application, observation and assessment. It is a process she repeats until the point is reached when each individual painting achieves a balance between its painted surface and object presence. A palette of carefully chosen colour creates a lush colour field in each. Molly works with a surgical precision within the limits of each wooden panel, slicing off a corner and adding a curve or a raised area to change the nature of the surface or reveal layers of underlying colour that supports the finished finely tuned colour.

Molly was a well-respected lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts for nearly two decades and has exhibited widely throughout the UK from Scotland, Wales, Devon, Cornwall and Yorkshire to Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Her work has also been seen in Japan, USA, Holland, Germany and Poland.

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JOCELINE WICKHAM

Joceline trained at the Royal Academy Schools in the 1970s. In the 1990s she went on to train as an Art Therapist but she has kept painting consistently throughout her career.

Joceline works in oil on wood panel, a traditional technique that works well for her Dutch inspired still life work. Her paintings highlight a preoccupation with looking closely at the ordinary. Sometimes the carefully chosen objects may have a particular significance to her or it may simply be their aesthetic appeal that attracts her.

Joceline lives and works in Norwich. She is a member of the Norwich 20 Group and has exhibited her work widely both in East Anglia and galleries all over the UK.

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PETER WYLIE

Peter was born in Lowestoft 1956 and completed a Foundation there between 1974-75. He then got a BA HONS Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art 1978 and later an MA Fine Art Printmaking from Camberwell College, London 2017. He has shown across the eastern region and various galleries and institutions throughout the country, and especially in London (The Royal Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, Royal-overseas-League) and in China, France and Cyprus. The North Sea studies paintings are about a journey he often makes several times a year from one seaside town to another. They are also about another journey, so where once he looked out to the horizon and imagined his father somewhere catching fish he now looks out and imagines that across the sea, now almost empty of boats and ships, at the waters end another land begins, and on that shore the waves will be breaking under ever changing skies just as they do here.

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WORKS ON PAPER

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DEBBY BESFORD

Since graduating from London College of Communication with a Masters in Photography, Debby has built a strong and diverse portfolio with specialisms in documentary and editorial work. She has published in The Guardian and Independent Newspapers, numerous photography magazines as well as touring exhibitions across the UK.

In 2015, Debby was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Association of Photography Awards 2015. Running along side this, Debby was chosen as one of the most highly rated documentary portrait photographers from 145 countries with LensCulture Photography Awards.

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KATARGYNA COLEMAN

Katarzyna is from London and studied at Hornsey College of Art (1979-1982, followed by an MA in Fine Art at Manchester College of Art (1982-1983).Katarzyna’s work explores industrial & urban landscapes, predominantly the unarranged landscape near her studio in the harbour area of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Katarzyna's monoprints are made by brushing, rolling and painting with oil-based ink on a non-absorbent surface or plate. This pla / BUY te with the paper applied on top, is then run through the press at high pressure. This process of making monotypes involves building up the image in thin layers and running through the press numerous times.

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POLLY CRUSE

Polly Cruse is a Norwich based artist. Her practise currently involves photography and sculpture, and is focused on the relationships between the intangible and the material aspects of the everyday.

Cruse aims to elevate the importance and status of the ornaments, gifts and memorabilia that personalise a private dwelling. Her photographs depict objects from her collection which she composes into classical ‘still life’ arrangements to create images of beauty, narrative and fond humour.

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JUDITH ELLIS

Judith Ellis's Birdflight series is her own development of the flag book and combines a love of drawing with her lifelong interest in the natural world. In her former life as a vet she often had to handle birds and was always moved by the lightness of their being. It is as though a bird has only just materialised and lives only partly in this world. She is also an author of two fine looking and idiosyncratic illustrated books on the history of maritime Norfolk and another on Suffolk, is an experienced bookbinder based in Aylsham Norfolk. Judith self-published these limited edition books with Two Points East, shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2017.

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GARETH HACON

Gareth Hacon is a photographer based in Norfolk, who studied graphic design and moved into photography with an interest in open and closed spaces. His work is concerned with the passage of thought leading from the expanse of large open spaces, seemingly impossible to capture.  Using time and patience these take form through his photographs harmonising composition, light and land to create a final photograph conveying thought and evoking awe.

His progresses though the landscape exploring the relationship of the structures around him, delving deeper harnessing this correlation through the lens. Looking through the lens he waits for changes in elements and light to define the moment of exposure.

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RUTH HOWES

Ruth studied Fine Art, specialising in sculpture and over the years has shifted to painting and illustration in her work. Paper cutting has come more recently and has initiated a wide range of commissioned and private work. For Ruth the intrigue of a paper cut is in starting with a blank paper and carefully, intricately removing bits of it to make a picture. She starts with a minimum of material and rather than adding and adding pencil, pen, ink, paint, she carefully cuts into the sheet by hand, extracting an image from exploiting positive and negative space.

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LOUISA JONES

Louisa's etchings are inspired by the natural world and her curiosity about what lies beneath the surface: energy, shapes, forms, colours and layers. She explores the mysterious places that are beyond our visual plain; the depths of the sea, the roots of the earth, outer space and the continuous cycle of energy which connects them all.

Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2006 Louisa has created bespoke illustrations for Vogue, Tatler, The Spectator, Paul Smith and her work is now in the Collection of the V&A. She has also worked on a variety of other private commissions – children’s clothing designs, maps and wedding/ party invitations

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LUCY LOVEHEART

Lucy first came to Norfolk to study at the Norwich School of Art. She then went on to do a postgraduate at The Royal College of Art in London. She later returned permanently to North Norfolk where she has worked as a full-time artist, illustrator and designer for over 20 years.

Lucy has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator creating images for cards, prints, fabrics and products. Clients have included Café Rouge, East Anglian Childrens Hospice (EACH), Osborne and Little, Liberty, Boots, Susie Watson Designs, The Fairyland Trust, Art Angels, GMTV, Habitat, Marks and Spencer, and Amnesty International

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LIZ MCGOWAN

Liz works with natural and found materials, creating responses to particular environments through installation, sculpture, drawing and conversation.  Her focus is the meeting point between inner and outer landscapes, where personal creativity is given inspiration and form by those elements – stone, reed, tree, earth, tideline – that combine to form a landscape

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MARIA PAVLEDIS

Maria originally studied painting studied at Norwich School of Art and then continued to an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art.

She works with the dream-like world of fairy tale and narrative, including its darker and uncanny elements.  Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops images using a mixture of traditional and non traditional methods, including etching which she uses to explore new ways of mark making and expression. Maria has exhibited widely, and is a member of London Organisation of Original Printmakers

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COLIN SELF

Norfolk born and bred Colin attended the Slade School of Art in the early sixties arriving at the crucial moment Pop Art emerged in London. Identified as one of Pop Art’s exponents, Self exhibited at the influential Robert Fraser Gallery, along side Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Clive Barker. He has remained true to his Pop roots and sees potential in the everyday objects that surround us and calls himself a ‘hunter’, seeking out connections between objects he has selected out from the detritus of mass consumption. His work is fresh, immediate and frequently delivered with a punchline. 

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IVY SMITH

Ivy Smith is a painter and printmaker whose main subject is people. Recent paintings and prints have also involved watery places e.g.marshes, swimming pools. This element continues in the four Life at the Seaside etchings exhibited here which are part of a new body of work exploring ideas about the seaside

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TIM SIMMONS

Tim Simmons is based in Norfolk, UK. His practice uses photography and film to explore themes of time, motion and place. He wants to encourage a different way of looking at and thinking about landscape. Understanding our landscape, and how we engage with it has an impact on how we take meaning from the places we encounter. The environment around us shapes our personal geography, and the way in which we view and make sense of the world

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LIZ TAUNT

Liz returned to printmaking in 2016 after working with textiles and papier-mâché for several years. Liz is fascinated by patterns. She sees her work as a visual counterpart to the kinds of pattern with which her father grappled in his work as a mathematician: however, her patterns are somewhat less precise than his! The prints are made using a variety of techniques to manipulate the conventional elements of abstraction: colour, tone, texture, line and form. She aims to create work that is mysterious, subtle and playful. Occasionally the results are not entirely abstract.

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PAUL WOLTERINK

A graphic designer, printmaker and a Dutchman, resident in rural West Norfolk since  2015. Here he runs his design practice and is currently setting up his print studio in a former chapel. He loves applying the fundamentals and systems of graphic design in his ‘crossdisciplinary’ practice and works across a range of media, believing “Anything can function as a carrier for information”. He is also Visiting Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, at the Graphics faculty.

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SCULPTURE

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KERON BEATTIE

Keron gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and a MA Fine Art with Distinction (2018) from NUA. His work for A Fine Balance is concerned with the natural world under pressure including disconnection with nature and natural cycles.

Keron prefers to use found and recycled objects, generally working by hand using traditional tools and techniques. This slower process encourages a way of seeing and then re-seeing the materials and allows new ideas and forms to emerge.  He is currently exploring how traditional jewellery making materials, processes and forms can inform and influence his small sculptural works.

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JONATHAN CLARKE

Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961 in Suffolk where he continues to work today. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke (RA), and he began exhibiting his own sculpture in the early 1980s. He works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture. More recent works have been in cast iron including this piece.

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DAN DAVID

In the early 90s, as a young trainee stone carver, Dan David was hugely influenced by the period’s dynamism, which saw him travelling to raves in fields, warehouses and squats throughout the UK and Europe. And, as with many others then questioning the status quo, he was deeply affected by the political atmosphere, actively participating in the Anti Criminal Justice Bill march.

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ROGER HARDY

Roger trained at Kingston upon Thames College of Art and Design (Kingston University) where he was awarded BA (Hons) in graphic design. He had a successful career as a designer in London before he started making sculpture and moved to rural Suffolk in 2000. Roger’s figurative constructions and sculpture made using found elements from local boat yards and estuary worn wood from the river Alde, Suffolk, could have been carved long ago. Roger uses the natural processes in the degradation of his materials to simplify the essence of the human form. He enjoys the act of revelation as they are abraded by the elements that lend a timeless quality to his sculptures. Cleansed of their original purpose his figures take on a totemic resonance that help us define the human condition.

"As individuals we have a great desire to project our own humanity and emotions onto the most primitive human form".

He has exhibited widely in Suffolk and across the eastern region as well as London.

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ANDREW JONES

Andrew studied at Newcastle in the early 1970’s and began a project on the wind that  lead to a 30 year career in power kite design. After over 30 years of designing for kite power and control, Andrew has returned to explore the wind for its own sake. His sculptures have an order to them which, by means of careful balancing, can then be easily disturbed by even the slightest breeze. Chaos may follow, but usually a gentle sort of chaos which reminds us that all is not rigid, nor should it be.

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RACHAEL LONG

Rachael is an award-winning artist with many public commissions across the UK including "Lifeboat Horse" at Wells next to the Sea. She has sculptures in collections based in France, Austria, New Zealand and the US. Rachael makes large scale sculpture of animals and birds, using redundant farm machine parts. They are welded together and sometimes forged to subtly change them. The alchemical transformation of cold hard metal into fluid animated creatures interests her.  Rachael graduated in History of Modern Art, Design and Film at the then Newcastle Polytechnic, now the University of Northumbria. She also has an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts, graduating in 2018.

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CHRISTOPHER MARVELL

The solid, substantial, patinated human and animal subjects that constitute the larger part of Christopher Marvell’s output manage to achieve an irresistible balance between humour and pathos, ugliness and beauty, strength and weakness, past and present, and art and craft. Bringing to mind elements of the works of Marini, Giacometti, Miro and Moore, Christopher Marvell’s broadly representational sculpture is often charmingly quirky without ever being diminished by its idiosyncrasy.

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DAN MEEK

Dan is a Norfolk based stone carver and letter cutter, is acclaimed for his memorials, commemorative plaques and ground-breaking conceptual sculptures. Meek, who trained as an Architectural Stonemason, studied carving and letter cutting at Bath – he qualified in 1995 – has worked on many of the country’s major restoration projects, including St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. For some years, as a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s stone-masonry and letter carving team, he was responsible for restoring First and Second World War monuments across the country.

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BEN PUSEY

Graduating from Hereford College of Art, Ben trained an artist blacksmith and explored the world of kinetic art. He loves exploring kinetic forged metal sculpture because of the endless varieties of shapes and forms it is possible to make and the rich potential of orchestrating movement. He uses these properties to inform the work’s interest in creating experiences of ‘calm’ and ‘relaxation’. The forged steel process adds to these conceptual qualities, detaching us from our ‘hyperculture’.

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TEUCER WILSON

Teucer Wilson is one of the country's leading lettercutters and stone carvers. He produces a variety of work including sculptures for private settings and public art projects, garden pieces, signage and memorial work. He enjoys making anything from three dimensional abstract sculptures to more functional work such as birdbaths, sundials, seating, house name plaques and headstones. He generally works to commission, mainly in limestone, sandstone and slate, although he has also worked in wood, glass, stainless steel and cast iron.

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DESIGN FOR THE HOME

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ROS ARROWSMITH

Ros studied BA(Hons) Decorative Arts at The Nottingham Trent University, 1999-2002, where she specialised in ceramics and learnt to throw on a potter’s wheel. Following her studies, she had an adventurous few years, living in various places including Japan for two years and northern Spain for a year, teaching English, and traveling to many more countries. She specialises in thrown tableware made from stoneware clay. She is influenced by the behaviour of the clay when manipulated after throwing and by the way glazes behave on their own and when put together. Her work is simple and tactile.

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CAROLYN BROOKES DAVIES

Carolyn graduated from the Royal College of Art in1982. After a twenty-five year career in London as a fashion designer she moved to North Norfolk in 2003. Carolyn’s background in sculpture, her love of natural form and the close proximity of the beach led her to indulge a childhood interest in shell collecting. Shells with their accidental beauty, subtle colours, variety in shape and texture appealed to her. Their endless ornamental possibilities have inspired her recent shell work of elaborately decorative objects, which are as exquisitely beautiful, intricate and unique as the shells themselves.

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HEATHER CONNOR

Heather Connor lives with learning difficulties that have have made it impossible for her to find regular employment. To generate an income she has been making these beautiful cushions since 2016. Each one takes a month to produce and Heather employs traditional embroidery techniques learnt after she was given a tapestry set by a friend. It has given her a creative outlet that she has never had. She is passionate about each one and so loves the whole process.

We are delighted to show a collection of these cushions as part of our online showcase A Fine Balance.

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STEVE GORE-ROWE  

Steve handcrafts bespoke woodware and sculptural pieces from locally sourced hardwoods. Based in West Norfolk, he is influenced by the shapes and textures found in the natural world, as well as his experiences as a Graphic Designer.

He uses combinations of traditional and contemporary woodcraft skills and is continually experimenting with new ideas and techniques, creating decorative and functional products for the home. His most recent work focuses on the natural drying process of wood to influence the final design, celebrating the natural imperfections of the wood.

The pieces we will be showing at Houghton Hall this summer refelct the theme of our pop up: "A Fine Balance" and continue Steve's exploration of natural drying influencing green wood designs. Sculpted bases create physically interactive pieces which adjust according to surface finishes. As each piece dries the density and shape of the form changes causing the centre of gravity to adjust and reposition until fully dry. Ebonised ash vessels explore imperfections in the wood and celebrate characteristics by emphasising these imperfections with hand crafted repairs.

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LAURA HUSTON

Laura is showing a mixture of work some employing the technique of sgraffito to embellish the surface. Sgraffito means scratching a pattern into the slip, that has been applied to the leather hard clay body, to reveal the clay colour beneath. Her continual experimentation achieves subtle individuality.

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SUZI JOEL

Suzi Joel is a multidisciplinary artist based in Norfolk whose work explores the process of attachment. Drawn to the small and fragile, her work has always united conventionally incongruous elements and discordant materials such as wood and woven fibre or paper and cotton thread. Through this she invites ideas about interdependence, habitat, contextualisation and the nature of pattern or repetition. Her latest project repurposes wooden fragments collected from the North Norfolk coast where she lives and works. Suzi has worked with special needs children for many years teaching techniques for weaving and stitched textile work. She has exhibited in London and internationally.

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BLOTT KERR-WILSON

Blott Kerr-Wilson is an international sea shell artist. Ingrid Thomas, in the book The Shell, wrote “Kerr-Wilson is the most innovative shell artist working today.” Blott set off at full steam on her shell career in 1993 after winning a design competition in The World of Interiors magazine. Since then she has created works both privately and publicly worldwide.

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SUE KIRK

Sue's traditional and contemporary baskets are made from home using Somerset willow or willow grown here in the Eastern region. Her baskets are tough, lightweight and long lasting making them an excellent alternative to the plastic bag and with a vast array of designs there are plenty of styles to choose from.

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CHARLOTTE PACKE

Charlotte is a lighting designer and artist who has been working with lighting since 1990, designing bespoke luminaires for private and corporate clients as well as manufacturing small batch runs for selective retail outlets. We can send you details of a fuller range of lighting on request. Please send us an email if you want to commission a specific lighting solution.

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TIM PLUNKETT

With a BSc in Environmental Science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, it is important to Tim that all his work is made from locally sourced wood. Entirely self-taught through trial (and often painful error) Tim strives to produce elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, for daily use the kitchen and table.

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AMANDA SUTTON

Amanda studied History of Art at Manchester University before, specialising in Furniture Restoration and Design at The London College of Furniture. She has painted murals for Simon Callow, restored frescos and sculpted fountains for Domaine d’Orves on the Cote d’Azur and created wonderful painterly effects for film director Ridley Scott in London. Having moved back home to Norfolk, Amanda is currently exploring the technique of verre églomisé through gilding, etching and painting on the reverse side of glass. Her verre églomisé pieces are available for interior and architectural applications. Some are available as pictures

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TOBY WINTERINGHAM

Toby Winteringham is a furniture designer and maker based in King’s Lynn. His work encompasses a variety of styles from elegantly simple statements to bold marquetry decoration. He combines original design ideas with innovative construction to produce striking pieces for any setting. He says: ‘To me design is like poetry: the stripping away of all unnecessary detail in order to leave an object in its purest form.’

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