Knitting, windmills and toys turned to art in this month’s exhibitions

Tales of the Unfinishable

Tales of the Unfinishable - Credit: Archant

A giant pavilion made from hundreds of pieces of unfinished textile work will be the centrepiece of unique and thought-provoking exhibition Tales of the Unfinishable. Plus: Tilting At WIndmills and art meets play at the Time & Tide Museum.


Forum, Norwich, January 13 (from 2pm), January 14-19 (9am-2pm), January 20 (until 3pm), free admission,

A giant pavilion made from hundreds of pieces of unfinished textile work will be the centrepiece of this unique and thought-provoking exhibition.

The exhibition is the culmination of two years of research by artists Felicity Clarke and Hazel Connors who have been delving in to the phenomenon of the unfinishable.

Visitors will be able to explore the personal stories of life, death, accidents and adventure woven into each incomplete artwork. Quilts, knitting, doll-making, embroideries and more, all lovingly started but destined to remain forever incomplete.

The tales behind the pieces are interwoven into the artwork and told over audio inside the pavilion. Explanations range from the everyday or humorous to the heart-rending, life, death and accidents.

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Meanwhile in the Fusion big screen there will be Strips, Stripes and Stories, featuring Aviva Leigh of SlowStuff Studio teaching weaving techniques and inviting members of the public to contribute (Jan 13-18) and Tales of the Unfinishable Audio-Visual Experience (Jan 14-19).


Norwich Arts Centre, until February 2, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, free admission, 01603 660352,

A joint exhibition by Colin Cafferty and Benjamin Mathers exploring our relationship to the landscape.

In Tilting at Windmills Colin Cafferty, a photographer specialising in work involving the environment, sustainability and climate change, explores the visual impact of wind-farms on the landscape in East Anglia while encouraging the viewer to reflect upon their attitudes towards traditional windmills and climate change.

Meanwhile Benjamin Mathers' work is a study of the margins between nature and culture: what happens when humans leave areas or stop maintaining man-made objects. He grew up in Suffolk and his work reflects rural living. His photographs are taken both in Eastern Europe and rural East Anglia.


Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, until February 24, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm/Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm, normal admission prices, 01493 743930

The temporary galleries at the Time and Tide Museum have been specially adapted for this bright, fun, tactile and engaging contemporay art show.

This is an exhibition of art by eight professional artists from the 20/21 Visual Arts Centre inspired by observing young children in nurseries thinking, playing, exploring and being creative. The artists have created new work which has been designed to engage with pre-school children and their carers.

Participating artists are Linda Arkley, Lucy Fergus, Alex Hallowes and Pete Rogers, Kate Sully, Jason Taylor and Kathryn and Rachel Welford. Visitors can also contrast the appeal of toys from the historic collection and discover how the art of play has changed since their childhood, creating their own memories.

Normal admission applies – and under-4s get in free.



The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, until January 30, free admission, 01603 218300,

An exhibition to complement the acclaimed book Norfolk Rood Screens put together by photographer Paul

Hurst and writer Canon Jeremy Haselock to celebrate the county's legacy of these medieval treasures. It includes some of the most stunning artworks of the county's unique archive of medieval churches.


Mandells Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, January 20-February 16, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, free admission, 01603 626892

Exhibition of oil paintings by Martin Laurance, member of the Norwich 20 group, featuring East Anglian coastal scenes including Happisburgh, Brancaster, Salthouse and Orford Ness.