artist's impression of alan kane gravestone benches


Great Yarmouth-based artist Alan Kane was one of 40 artists with work in the British Art Show that came to Norwich in summer 2016.

Kane questions the hierarchies around forms of artistic production, particularly the distinction between high art and everyday creativity. In his installations and photography, he brings commonplace objects – from crockery, to items from joke shops and appliquéd badges – into artistic contexts. Kane is the co-curator of Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art from the UK (2000-ongoing), a collection of objects and documents associated with Britain’s local folk culture.

The British Art Show 2016 was host to a number of functional objects by Kane, including the Gravestone Benches (of which early designs are pictured here).

Read more about the British Art Show.

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Jessica Warboys painting, Dunwich


Jessica Warboys is an artist who spends her time between Suffolk and Berlin. She works across film, performance and painting – diverse practices that are, for her, closely related. In particular, she sees her large-scale Sea Paintings – made on the beach with the sea as her collaborator – as ‘prints or traces of a performance.’ Scattering pigment onto sea-soaked canvas, she allows the movements of the waves and the wind to determine the distribution of the paint. Some of her most celebrated works were created on the beaches of Dunwich here in Suffolk.

Jessica Warboys was one of 42 artists who brought work to Norwich in summer 2016 for the British Art Show 8. Warboys created a new Sea Painting for each leg of the Show.

Find out more about the British Art Show.

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Photo: Jessica Warboys, Sea Painting, Dunwich, 2014. Copyright the artist. 

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In May 2016, PhotoEast Festival came to Suffolk for the very first time.

And, as part of the Festival, the 2016 PhotoEast Young Person’s Fellowship Programme was launched to offer a small group of 16-19 year olds the opportunity to be mentored by a photographer and to help with the PhotoEast Festival, in association with University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

The four talented photographers chosen to benefit from the Fellowship were Emily Turner and Laura Bizzey from Suffolk and Dimitris Chinas and Taylor Gathercole from Norfolk.

For more information about the festival, visit PhotoEast.

Plan a trip to PhotoEast, with Ipswich as your base, with All About Ipswich and Visit Suffolk.

Photo: PhotoEast



Julia Blackburn is a British author of both fiction and non-fiction. She is the daughter of poet Thomas Blackburn and artist Rosalie de Meric.

Blackburn’s most popular book, The Three of Us, tells the story of her bohemian upbringing. It is the story of three people: Julia Blackburn, her father Thomas and her mother Rosalie. Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic, who for many years was addicted to barbiturates; Rosalie, a painter, was sociable and flirtatious. After her parents were divorced, Julia’s mother took in lodgers, always men, on the understanding that each should become her lover.

Threads: the Delicate Life of John Craske was released in 2015 to great critical acclaim. The book explores the life of Norfolk-born fisherman-turned-artist John Craske, and the mysterious ‘stupors’ that laid him out for weeks and ultimately months at a time.

To find out more about this extraordinary author, visit Julia Blackburn’s official website.

Many of Julia’s books are fixated on minute details of East Anglian life. Explore the places that inspired some of Julia Blackburn’s greatest works at Visit East Anglia.

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Kieron Williamson (born 4 August 2002) is a watercolour artist from Holt, Norfolk. His paintings and ability by the age of six have caused considerable interest in the UK media and are notable for his advanced use of perspective and shading. Williamson is most known for his prodigious skill, and paintings of Norfolk landmarks.

This painting of Cley Mill is one of Williamson’s most famous, and was displayed at his retrospective art exhibition at Holt Festival in July 2012 at the age of just nine. To this day, he still paints, and is expected to have made over £1.5 million from the sale of his work.

To find out more information, visit the official site of Kieron Williamson.

Explore the landscape’s immortalised in Kieron’s work by planning a trip to the county. Visit Norfolk is the perfect starting point.

Photo: Kieron Williamson
stephen fry at norwich city


Stephen Fry, whilst not born in the East, is arguably one of its most well-known (not to mention well-loved) long-term residents.

Fry is involved with a number of local organisations, including Norwich Playhouse and until very recently he was a member of the the Norwich City Football Club board, regularly visiting Carrow Road to see the Canaries play.

In February 2016, Stephen Fry hosted a very special event in aid of Norwich City Football Club Academy. Members of the public were invited to join him for a three-course meal by NCFC board member, Delia Smith.

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Fancy seeing the Canaries play another time? Plan a trip to the game, and explore the rest of the city with Visit Norwich.


jamie hall


Suffolk is known for its fantastic combination of landscape and wildlife, and this is most clearly seen in the photography of Jamie Hall.

Jamie began photography in 2010 by accident when he found himself at a loose end and had access to a Canon 50D. From that day, Jamie discovered a previously unknown passion for the hobby and it quickly grew into more than just a leisure pursuit. Jamie’s first recognition of his talent was by winning a regional photographic competition run by an East Anglian newspaper group at the beginning of 2011. This was his spring-board to taking the interest seriously, and in 2012 decided to leave his previous occupation of a painter and decorator to concentrate on developing his skill.

And, back in December 2015, visitors were able to catch an exhibition of Jamie’s work at Snape Maltings

Explore the beauty of the coast, including Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and Southwold at The Suffolk Coast.

Photo: Jamie Hall

Somerleyton Hall


Who links Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column and the Houses of Parliament to the small village of Somerleyton on the East Norfolk/Suffolk border?

Morton Peto was an entrepreneur and civil engineer in the nineteenth century who was a partner in the company that built these iconic buildings. He became a millionaire from these projects, and spent a large portion of his earnings on Somerleyton Hall, a grand mansion with an estate of over 5,000 acres. He then dedicated seven years to rebuilding it, shaping it into a spectacular Anglo-Italian manor.

Somerleyton Hall can be found just a few miles from Lowestoft. You can find out more on the official website.


Photo: Chris Ibbotson (Flickr)
edith may dempster


Edith May Dempster was born in Yorkshire on 1 August 1883, she led a largely privileged life, in palatial surroundings with over 40 staff.

This isn’t the story of Dempster’s comfortable upbringing, though. Dempster moved to Suffolk in 1926 after marrying her long term suitor Frank Petty. The couple lived in Sutton Hoo House near Woodbridge, and it was here that her curiosity led to one of the most significant discoveries of the 21st century.

After centuries of abuse from grave robbers and ploughing, Mrs Pretty saw the Sutton Hoo mounds daily from her sitting room window. Intrigued by the secrets they contained, she commissioned local archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate them.

The mounds contained the remains of an enormous burial, later identified as a 7th-century Saxon ship, and probably the last resting-place of King Raedwald of East Anglia. The majority of the remains, including the Sutton Hoo Helmet, were donated to the British Museum, where they remain to this day.

To find out more about Sutton Hoo, Edith May Dempster’s home, and to plan a trip, visit The National Trust.

The East is filled with history. Explore it with Visit East Anglia.

Photo: National Trust / Angus Wainwright
sir thomas savage


Sir Thomas Savage, an ancestor of Princes William and Harry, inherited Melford Hall, Suffolk in 1602. However, unlike most owners of Melford, there was not a picture of him on the walls until very recently.

This was because, until recently, there was only one known likeness of Savage, currently held in a private collection in Yorkshire.

It’s quite peculiar for an estate to be missing a picture of a previous owner, and it was a search that the National Trust had been carrying out for years.

The search came to a close when the National Trust acquired an image that, for 200 years, was thought to be of a 17th-century Archbishop of York. Upon winning the painting at auction, it was sent to the National Trust’s conservation institute in Cambridge, where a signature of the painter, and date of painting was revealed, linking the image to Thomas Savage.

The link stemmed from the red bag in the image, which was always possessed by Chancellor to the Queen. The date of the painting, combined with the presence of this bag suggested that the subject of this painting was, in fact, Sir Thomas Savage.

Now, the painting hangs in Melford Hall, next to a painting of Sir Thomas Savage’s wife, Elizabeth, reunited at last.

If you’re interested in exploring Melford Hall, visit the National Trust.

Widen your search, and discover more in West Suffolk at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: National Trust / Amy Howe