Preview: April exhibitions

Simon ParkinNorwich artist, curator and writer Mark Wilsher has certainly taken the DIY approach to art to its literal conclusion in his latest exhibition, using the budget to improve the Outpost gallery. Plus: Rosie Greenhaloh, Dividing Lines, Trevor Woods.Simon Parkin


Outpost, Wensum Street, Norwich, until April 21, Mon-Sat 12-6pm, free admission, 01603 612428,

Norwich artist, curator and writer Mark Wilsher has certainly taken the DIY approach to art to its literal conclusion in his latest exhibition. Rather than filling the gallery with artworks he has made gallery improvements the subject.

He has used his exhibition budget to make minor improvements to the artist-run Outpost: including a new toilet seat, door handles, a kettle, a new doormat and a magazine subscription for the staff. It's what he calls a win-win situation: he gets a show and the gallery gets new door handles.

To explain his thinking he is printing a book of essays, doing a gallery talk (on April 19) and organising an artist discussion group to spread the word. 'I had been thinking about what sort of an exhibition I'd like to do, and I thought I wanted to make some alterations to the fabric of the gallery,' he said. 'It's based on the idea of constructing a 'win-win' scenario, where we all get something out of it (rather than you guys just spending money for me to put on a show) so that the gallery would benefit as well.'

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Theatre Royal, until May 31, free admission, 01603 630000,

Rosie Greenhalgh uses photographic-style images of our urban surroundings as the basis for this new exhibition in the Adnams Bar at Norwich Theatre Royal.

The Norfolk-based artist says her work combines the techniques of photography and painting, using the style of a shot captured on camera. She explains: 'Overlaying and intruding into these images is the paint and hand of the artist, the hand of humanity, foresight and vision, and the hand that represents our needs and voices our vulnerability.'

A graduate of the Norwich School of Art and Design, Rosie has already exhibited her work at a number of locations around the region including Norwich's Castle Museum, as well as London's Oxo Tower.

She aims to look at different forms of reality and how they deceive the eye creating images like floating tower blocks to make comments about the world we live in.


Stew Gallery, Fishergate, Norwich, until April 14, 11am-4pm, free admission,

The latest group show at Stew, the artist-led gallery and studio workspace in Norwich's Fishergate features a diverse selection of work by 10 artists.

Among those exhibiting is Belfast photographer Aidan Abernethy, now based in Norfolk, who is showing images from his Strange Archaeology series (pictured), which explore a troubled past - the scars left by family conflict echoed in the disfiguring effects created by making positive prints from damaged and distressed negatives.

Tindi Lewis, who has previously done site-specific works at Norwich's Plantation Garden, will be exhibiting abstract work, while Sarah Horton, a senior lecturer at Norwich University College of the Arts, is also be showing recent works. Others whose is featured include Victoria Thomas, Simon Fisher, Jenny Cooper, Samantha Epps, Kevin Parker, Serena Caulfield and Nicola Lines.


Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea, April 9-May 2, free admission, 01328 711609

This major exhibition by acclaimed artist Trevor Woods celebrates the first full year of Gallery Plus, a design-led contemporary gallery owned by Trevor and Joanna Woods.

Born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1974, Trevor moved with his family to Norfolk in 1977. Working in acrylic and ink, his graphic style has won him much acclaim and has resulted in many commissions.

His strong graphic representations of instantly recognisable scenes - from London landmarks to scenes closer to home, without the every-day clutter branch the link between a distinctive modern style and familiar views.

In a very graphic design style, very painting evolves from his ability to look at a view, break it down into its raw elements, then build it back up using selected complimentary colours, dark shadows and clean lines. The end result is as much about what he leaves out as what he includes.