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.

english touring opera


English Touring Opera returned to Snape Maltings for a triple bill in April 2016, starting with Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei.

This semi-staged costumed production tells the story of Pia, the virtuous wife of Nello, who is locked away in a tower by her jealous husband after his heart has been poisoned by his friend and kinsman, whose advances the innocent Pia has rejected. Drawn from an episode in Dante’s Divine Comedy, all the characters are drawn with an extraordinary, vivid intensity.

The triple bill continued the following night with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride on the evening after that.

Visit Aldeburgh Music.

Didn’t make this triple bill, but want to experience the inspirational setting of Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings? The Suffolk Coast can help with trip ideas!

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.




Visitors to Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal in April 2016 would have been able to see The Best Thing.

The Best Thing is a Swinging Sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled. For seventeen-year-old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down and its repercussions will last for decades to come.

Funny, heart-breaking and human, this is the latest production from the UK’s leading professional full mask theatre company. Established as an independent theatre company in 2006, Vamos Theatre has developed organically under the leadership of its Artistic Director, Rachael Savage, and tonight, the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds welcomes the company to its stage.

To see what’s on, visit the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Plan a trip to Bury St Edmunds, and explore the surrounding area, with Visit Suffolk.


norfolk mystery


The Norfolk Mystery is the first in Ian Sansom’s County Guides series, a project where Sansom attempts to write a crime novel for every county in the UK.

The Norfolk Mystery is set in 1937 and sees disillusioned Spanish Civil War veteran Stephen Sefton stony broke. So when he sees a mysterious advertisement for a job where ‘intelligence is essential’, he applies. Thus begins Sefton’s association with Professor Swanton Morley, an omnivorous intellect. Morley’s latest project is a history of traditional England, with a guide to every county.

They start in Norfolk, but when the vicar of Blakeney is found hanging from his church’s bellrope, Morley and Sefton find themselves drawn into a rather more fiendish plot. Did the Reverend really take his own life, or was it – murder?

Seen as a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this novel explores the beautiful Norfolk as a landscape for intrigue and mystery (as we discussed in a previous Culture365 post).

As we explored a few weeks ago, Norfolk is full of fantastic bookshops, where better than to buy your own copy of The Norfolk Mystery.

Spend a while in glorious Norfolk and avoid the suspense and mystery of a trip by exploring the county with Visit Norfolk.