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Preview: Art exhibitions in Norwich and beyond

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 March 2012

Malca Schotten: Happisburgh

Malca Schotten: Happisburgh

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Norwich artist Malca Schotten's practice is predominantly drawing — large-scale and high energy. Her latest exhibition showcases works inspired by Norfolk disappearing coastline. Plus: Matthew Lanyon, Alec Cumming and works part of East Anglian Art Development Prize.

MALCA SCHOTTEN: HAPPISBURGH

Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, until March 31, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, free admission, 01603 626892, www.mandellsgallery.co.uk

Norwich artist Malca Schotten’s practice is predominantly drawing — large-scale and high energy. She has previously tackled a series of 2m charcoal and pastel portraits that sat in the windows of empty shops in the city.

This latest exhibition showcases works inspired by Norfolk disappearing coastline, particularly the volatile, ever changing cliffs at Happisburgh.

Her work in both charcoal and pastels, uses dynamic form, movement, life and energy. Her drawings are carefully crafted yet raw and expressive, emerging from a primal response to the subject, using visual and emotional memory to develop the work.

“For me drawing is an endlessly challenging and compulsive practice, as each subject demands a new approach and reassessment of previous working methods,” she said.

www.malcaschotten.net

WEST:EAST

Art 18/21, Augustine Steward House, Tombland, Norwich, February 25-April 7, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, free admission, 01603 763345, www.art1821.com

Combining the work of one of the living greats of the St Ives tradition with one of Norfolk’s own rising stars of the art scene, this unique joint exhibition features work by Matthew Lanyon and Alec Cumming.

Matthew Lanyon’s witty and thoughtful abstract pieces are deeply inspired by both the artist’s father and his son. Lanyon’s father, Peter Lanyon was a great landscape painter in the St Ives movement.

Now working between Norwich and Delhi, fast rising painter Alec Cumming’s fiery and vivacious paintings convey a fiery joie de vivre, and youthful irreverence through shimmering fields of colour and gleaming expanses of light.

Alec studied at City College followed by a BA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art and Design. Full of life and character, his paintings are beautiful, balanced and reflective.

EAST ANGLIAN ARTISTS DEVELOPMENT PRIZE

Anteros Gallery, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, March 9-April 28, free admission, 01603 766129, www.anteros.co.uk

Norwich-based Anteros Arts Foundation runs the East Anglian Artists Prize. The prize is open to visual artists under 40 living in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex.

Here works by the five shortlisted artists for this year’s prize are on show. Lyn Aylward is a Norfolk-based artist specialising in portraits and figurative studies worked in oils. Adam Batchelor produces intricate drawings with a subtle political punch as they explore the conflict between the man-made and the natural. Rachel Daniel explores the relationship between art and science using modern medical scans and historical anatomical drawings. Rosie Winn’s work is figurative and explores the passing of time. Thomas Joynes designs and makes striking sculpture.

The winner of the £5,000 prize and a solo exhibition in spring 2013 will be announced on April 14 with the feedback from gallery visitors contributing to the final decision.

DON’T MISS

EVOKE

Fusion, The Forum, until March 17, 10am-5pm, www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

Extended Diploma Photography students from City College Norwich showcasing their latest based on the individual’s interpretation of senses and emotion. The images are accompanied by music composed by students.

HENRI GAUDIER-BRZESKA: VORTICIST!

Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, until April 1, free admission, 01223 748100, www.kettlesyard.co.uk

A selection of sculptures and related drawings by French-born sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, who died in 1915 aged just 23, are on display at Cambridge gallery Kettle’s Yard as part of its extensive refurbishment.

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