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Newsletter - January 2013


Piero di Cosimo

It was disappointing to have to cancel our lecture on15th January by Shirley Smith, but the weather had caused such problems for travel that we doubt that there would have been more than a handful of people present. We hope that no one struggled through the snow, as we posted a notice on our website and emailed and phoned all our members to warn them. It was obviously the right decision judging by the local news, as traffic in the Norwich area was gridlocked with many problems including abandoned vehicles!

We will reschedule Shirley Smith in the future so that members don’t miss out hearing about this interesting and unusual artist.

New visits calendar

The visits sub-committee have been putting their heads together to select a varied programme of attractive days out. We plan to go to the following:

  • Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leics, in early May. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.
  • Houghton Revisited, at Houghton Hall in late May. The art collection of Sir Robert Walpole, which was sold to Catherine the Great returns for this exhibition.
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, A Crisis of Brilliance, in late June. British artists of the 20th century. An exhibition to tie in with our September lecture.
  • Lowry and the painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain in September (to be confirmed).

Bear these events in mind when deciding planning your own exhibition diary. Details of dates for new events will be on your new Programme Card. Any suggestions are always welcome.


A first for our Society

We are delighted to tell you that a painting submitted by Norwich DFAS has been selected for exhibition at the Royal Society of British Artists show, which runs from 6 to 17 March 2013. This is an annual exhibition showing the best of work by A-level art students from around the country, and is run in partnership with NADFAS and the RBA.

This year 52 Societies submitted over 465 art works from 87 schools, so the RBA had even more of challenge than usual. Our Society submitted three paintings chosen from Wymondham High Academy and a work by Hannah Ellis has been chosen to go the Mall Galleries in London. This was published in the Eastern Daily Press:

Wymondham High student’s art to hang in London gallery

A teenage artist’s striking portrait of her friend has been chosen from hundreds of works from across the country to hang in a prestigious London art gallery. Hannah Ellis’s A-Level exam piece was chosen as one of the outstanding works by a young artist over the last year, and will hang in the Mall Galleries’ annual exhibition in London in March.

It was chosen by the Royal British Society of Artists from more than 450 submitted nationally, after being put forward by the Norwich branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts.

The 18-year-old former Wymondham High student said she was excited at the thought of her painting being one of 20 chosen for London. “It’s just amazing,” she said. “I never thought that something I’d done could go in that gallery.”

Miss Ellis is studying an art foundation course at Loughborough University and plans to progress to Fine Art degree in September. She hopes to make a career as an artist.

Neil Moulton, head of art at Wymondham High, praised the “fantastic accolade” for the school, adding that Miss Ellis had been part of a strong art group in 2012. He added: “Hannah is so deserving of being selected. She is showing the kind of work that we are producing at Wymondham High, and some of it is as good as some of the professionals.”

Stubbs painting of the Milbanke and Lamb families
Hannah Ellis

Elizabeth Pierce, chairman of Norwich DFAS, said the group was keen to encourage young artists, and thanked the schools which had taken part. “When we exhibited Hannah’s painting along with others we had chosen at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, we had positive comments from people from all over the world.”

Quoted with the kind permission of the Eastern Daily Press


What’s On in London

British Library
020 7412 7332
- Treasures of the British Library
Permanent Exhibition
- Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire
until 2 April 2013

Museum of London
020 7814 5660
- Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men
until 14 April 2013

Tate Modern (Bankside)
020 7887 8000
- A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance
until 1 April 2013

The Wallace Collection  
020 7563 9500
- Treasures from the East
until 10 March 2013