On 20th April as part of SPIEL, Norwich Arts Centre’s series of artist talks, Marcia X welcomed guests to hear her talk about her practice.
Marcia X was born and raised in Chicago IL to immigrant parents in 1985. Inspired by her early travels to the Caribbean and US history and politics, she predominantly works in themes relating to the experience of the Diaspora, history, feminism, politics and socioeconomic issues. As a multidisciplinary artist, her mediums vary from print to installation, and currently is exploring minimalist abstract painting. She has her BA in Fine Art and is furthering her studies to attain an MA in Political, Social and International Theory. She lives and works in the Diaspora.
Marcia X’s visual work revolves around understanding the psychological and emotional affects of living in the unhomely place of the Diaspora. Her spoken word, performance and writings aim to confront issues of race, gender and history, particularly within the context of art practice.
Award-winning photographer, George Georgiou, who spent over a decade living and photographing in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey, came to Suffolk in Spring 2016 to turn his lens on the streets of Ipswich – from the top deck of an Ipswich Bus – for the Omnibus Project.
His residency on the buses, was supported by the five area committees of Ipswich Borough Council and the bus company, Ipswich Buses, and was part of PhotoEast 2016 – Suffolk’s first photography festival – which launched 24 May – 25 June 2016 in collaboration with University Campus Suffolk.
At the beginning of April 2016, George traversed the length and breadth of Ipswich on various bus routes, capturing the unscripted and candid moments playing out on the streets below to create a unique visual record of the town. The resulting photographs came together as a large-scale exhibition on the Waterfront during the PhotoEast Festival.
For more information about the project and festival, visit PhotoEast.
Planning a trip to Ipswich for the festival? All About Ipswich is full of suggestions for things to do!
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.
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.
We’ve explored Thomas Wolsey’s ambitions for Ipswich in previous Culture365 posts, but today we’re taking a closer look at Wolsey himself.
Wolsey was born in Ipswich in March 1473, and his father was widely thought to have been a butcher or cattle dealer. These humble beginnings would serve Wolsey well, as Henry VII introduced measures to curb the power of the nobility, instead favouring those from modest backgrounds.
During his fourteen years of chancellorship, due to his close relationship with King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey had more power than any other Crown servant in English history. From 1515 to 1529, Wolsey’s rule was undisputed. Henry VIII delegated more and more state business to him, including near-complete control of England’s foreign policy.
Traces of Wolsey’s links to Ipswich can be seen to this day, with a number of places in the town named after the chancellor, including a pub, and of course, the New Wolsey Theatre.
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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.