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Norwich Castle art show puts the theme of inheritance in the spotlight

PUBLISHED: 17:28 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:35 08 March 2018

Amanda Geitner, director of East Anglian Art Fund, with Eve by Bridget Heriz, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Amanda Geitner, director of East Anglian Art Fund, with Eve by Bridget Heriz, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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From the historic landmarks that shape our skylines to family traits that have been passed through the generations, the idea of inheritance is being put in the spotlight in the latest art exhibition to open at Norwich Castle.

Paris Agar, exhibition curator, with some of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYParis Agar, exhibition curator, with some of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An eclectic mix of 129 works by 116 East Anglian artists features in Inheritance: Norwich Castle Open Art Show which runs until May 20.

It is the fifth show of its kind that the castle has organised in collaboration with the East Anglia Art Fund (EAAF) and this year’s theme has been inspired by the castle itself.

It is designed to complement The Square Box On The Hill exhibition which looks at the 900-year history of the landmark which is currently the focus of the ambitious Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project aiming to restore the castle’s keep back to how it was in the days of the Norman kings.

Exhibition curator Paris Agar said: “Inheritance was a fantastic opportunity for local artists to actually think about that 900 years of history in our region and to respond to that theme of inheritance in every sense of the word.”

Amanda Geitner, director of East Anglian Art Fund, with Craig Hudson's Surely It's Not That Bad, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAmanda Geitner, director of East Anglian Art Fund, with Craig Hudson's Surely It's Not That Bad, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

EAAF director Amanda Geitner said the theme had inspired a fascinating array of work spanning the entire spectrum of visual art.

“It’s fantastic for the first time to have carved slate, cast bronze, sound commissions and video works as well as the painting, printmaking and sculpture that people love and expect,” she said, adding that one of her favourite things about the exhibition was how all of the different works looked at the past but in a completely contemporary way.

She explained the exhibition is split into three sections which have been inspired by the titles of three of the paintings in the show.

“Architecture and Mortality looks at the built environment, Distant Blues looks at seascapes and landscapes, and Family of Things looks at childhood, personal possessions and people,” she said.

Part of the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPart of the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Inheritance: Norwich Castle Open Art Show - which is sponsored by Brown and Co and Gallery in the Lanes - runs until Sunday, May 20 and The Square Box on the Hill runs until Sunday, June 3.

For more information about the exhibitions and the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project, visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Sugar Bomb, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance' based on the first atomic bomb by Jamie Andrews. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSugar Bomb, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance' based on the first atomic bomb by Jamie Andrews. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Paris Agar, exhibition curator, with one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYParis Agar, exhibition curator, with one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Paris Agar, exhibition curator, with some of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYParis Agar, exhibition curator, with some of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sisters by Liz Waugh McManus, cut glass replicas of two dolls houses, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSisters by Liz Waugh McManus, cut glass replicas of two dolls houses, one of the exhibits in the Open Art Show in Norwich Castle 'Inheritance'. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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