life through the eyes of east anglian artists


In April 2016, the Museum of East Anglian Life was host to a temporary exhibition, “Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists” featuring oil paintings, drawings, and watercolours by well-known 19th and 20th Century artists from the East, many of which were being shown for the first time.

Many of the artists represented would have been familiar to art enthusiasts, including brothers Thomas and Edward Robert Smythe, John Moore, and Arthur James Stark. Twentieth Century artists Anna Airy and Harry Becker were represented by drawings. All have connections with East Anglia and the works were selected to illustrate the living and working conditions of local people.

The subjects of the paintings were brought to life by objects from the Collection of the Museum of East Anglian Life, including shepherd’s clothing, farm implements and domestic necessities.

The works that featured in this Exhibition were selected from the Day Collection, first formed in the early 1960’s by Harold Day, author of many books on East Anglian Art. This exhibition represented a unique opportunity to see these beautiful pictures in the historic Abbot’s Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

To plan a trip to the museum, visit the Museum of East Anglian Life.

Why not become a temporary resident of the East and stay for a while? Visit Suffolk is full of great recommendations of places to stay and visit.




In May 2016, Ipswich welcomed a brand new literary festival. BooksEast emerged from Ip-Lit, part of the annual Ip-Art Festival, and each year brings a series of celebrated authors to the town for seven days of literary events.

The festival sees a range of fiction and non-fiction-inspired events, including authors in conversation, film screenings, literary pub crawls and quiz nights. There’s also a whole strand of activity dedicated to raising literacy attainment in schools.

Dive right in at BooksEast.

Thinking about coming to the festival? Plan a trip with All About Ipswich.


A ROOM FOR ALL OUR TOMORROWS is part of DanceEast's Spring 2016 season


As part of DanceEast’s One Night Stands in April 2016, Igor and Moreno returned to the Jerwood DanceHouse with A Room For All Our Tomorrows.

There are two people in this dance performance, but it is not just about them. It is about all of us. It is about the secret lives we all possess when we are close to others. It is about those moments – between coffee and dancing – when harmony abandons us and all we have left is the desire to scream. It is a performance about place to imagine how things might be other than the way they are. It is a simple room for all our tomorrows.

The show was followed by a free Dialogue Club, which gives audiences the opportunity to discuss the show and feedback thoughts as freely as possible.

To book tickets to a world-class performance, visit DanceEast.

DanceEast has a year-round programme of world-class events. Plan a trip and explore the rest of Ipswich with All About Ipswich and Ipswich Town & Waterfront.


draped reclining woman


The Draped Reclining Woman is a Henry Moore sculpture at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Of drapery in his work, Moore said:
“Drapery can emphasise the tension in a figure, for where the form pushes outwards, such as on the shoulders, the thighs, the breasts, etc., it can be pulled tight across the form (almost like a bandage), and by contrast with the crumpled slackness of the drapery which lies between the salient points, the pressure from inside is intensified…”

There’s several Moore sculptures in and around the Sainsbury Centre, plan a trip to see them with Visit Norwich.



Today we’re returning to Houghton Hall to take a closer look at one of its permanent sculptures, Zhan Wang’s Scholar Rock.

Wang is a Chinese sculptor whose pieces consist of conceptual ideas where he “embraces and subverts several other major traditions in modern art, both Chinese and Euro-American.” This can be clearly seen in Scholar Rock. In Chinese culture, the rock holds a high value; rocks have been thought to possess the purest qi, or vital energy, and are collected as objects of art and tools of meditation.

This artificial stone-like sculpture plays with this idea. Wang states that ‘the material’s glittering surface, ostentatious glamour, and illusory appearance make it an ideal medium to convey new dreams’.

For more information, and to plan a trip to visit when the Hall opens in May, visit Houghton Hall.

Explore the rest of the region with Visit West Norfolk.



Glemham Hall, which you may know as the home of FolkEast in August, is home to a small collection of sculpture by leading and world renowned artists. The Glemham sculptures include work by Philip King RA, Simon Hitchens, Anthony Gormley RA and local sculptor John Moore.

The sculptures complement the Hall’s picturesque grounds and have been positioned carefully in various areas of the garden to create a dramatic effect within the surrounding flora and fauna.

Plan a trip to see the sculptures (and explore the rest of the house) at Glemham Hall.

Explore the rest of the area, from historic market town Woodbridge to Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast. Visit Suffolk is the perfect place to go for inspiration.

full moon circle at houghton hall


Houghton Hall was host to the very first item featured on Culture365, Skyspace, and today, we’re taking a closer look at one of its many permanent features. Richard Long’s Full Moon Circle was commissioned by the Marquess of Cholmondeley in the 2000s and consists of a large circle made from Cornish slate at the end of a path mowed into the grass.

Richard Long is a Turner Prize-winning artist from Bristol who works with large sculptures from primarily local materials.

For more information, and to explore the other works in the grounds, visit Houghton Hall.

Plan a trip to Houghton and its surrounding areas with Visit West Norfolk.

parrot head in norwich


Bernard Reynold’s Parrot Head was commissioned for the newly created Sculpture Garden above Castle Mall Shopping Centre in Norwich by the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society in consultation with the garden’s designer Georgina Livingston.

Reynolds developed the sculpture from an earlier smaller series of Parrot Head sculptures, and the form was based on the skull of a macaw which belonged to Cedric Morris. Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1892) moved to Suffolk in 1929 and established the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing.

For more information and to discover the other sculptures in the city, visit Sculpture for Norwich.

Plan a trip to Norwich, and stop off at one of its many galleries. Visit Norwich has all the information you need.



Barbara Hepworth’s Sea Form (Atlantic) stands in the heart of Norwich City Centre, just outside the Norwich Playhouse.

This work is characteristic of much of Hepworth’s sculpture. Hepworth has said “The forms which have had special meaning for me since childhood have been the standing form (which is the translation of my feeling towards the human being standing in landscape) and the closed form, such as the oval, spherical or pierced form (sometimes incorporating colour) which translates for me the association and meaning of gesture in landscape.”

We’ve explored Hepworth’s Family of Man which is at Snape Maltings in a previous 365 post.

Explore public sculpture across the whole eastern region at RACNS.

Feeling inspired to create a custom public sculpture trail around Norwich? Visit Norwich has all the information about where to stay, and what else to do while you’re there.

the government inspector


In April 2016, The Government Inspector paid a visit to the New Wolsey Theatre.

The Mayor is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent visit from a Government Inspector. His fear is well-founded as he has been somewhat lacking in his official duties. The hospital’s a health hazard, the school’s a war zone, the soldiers don’t have trousers to march in and he never quite got around to building that church!

Surely the only possible solution is bribery; it seems to have resolved many a sticky situation for the Mayor and his team in the past! But a simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control. Could it be that they have met their match in the complicated business of deception?

This new staging of Nikolai Gogol’s play was part of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Ramps on the Moon project, which aimed to put more deaf and disabled people on stages, in audiences and in cultural workforces.

For more information about the wider project, visit Ramps on the Moon.

Planning a trip to Ipswich to see something at the New Wolsey? Find out what else to do at All About Ipswich.