Salthouse o7
opened by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw OBE


Salthouse 07, North Norfolk's premier annual art exhibition, was  opened on 4 July by renowned architect and  President of the Royal Academy, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, OBE.   The annual exhibition is organised by the voluntary North Norfolk Exhibition Project, which raises the funding to show contemporary art in the magnificent setting of St Nicholas, Salthouse.   Before introducing Sir Nicholas, John Millwood, Projects Director, warmly thanked the  clergy and PCC for their partnership in allowing this working church to be used for art exhibitions which gave visitors so much pleasure.

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200 people filled the church for the opening and heard Sir Nicholas express his delight that a voluntary group was able to put on such enhancing exhibitions.   He made comparisons with the Royal Academy  summer exhibition and suggested that this area of North Norfolk could become as renowned as St Ives for its art.

46 artists with a Norfolk connection were chosen by this year's curator, James Colman, to make, as usual, totally new work.  The overall theme was "Spirit of the Age" and this is  widely reflected in the stunning works on show.  Entry is free of charge every day from 10 -5.30 and the Church will be open for visitors on two evenings, Wednesdays 18 and  Wednesday 25 July,  until 8.30 pm that visitors can experience the magic of late sun through the windows shining on to the art.

The Project not only raises money to put on the art exhibition but to fund workshops for schools, carers and families at no or little charge, as well as workshops for adults at a modest charge in British Columbia Hall.   Fund-raising evening events start at 7.30 and cost £8 each:  all performers live or work in Norfolk.  The programme starts on Friday 13 July with Timba Ferrera Conga with two bands and an African-Norwich dancer.  This should be great fun.  The next, contemporary folk, the now-famous Horses Brawl is on 21 ; Richard Mabey, naturalist and best-selling author on 29;  and Michael Brunson former ITN political editor will be interviewed by Andrew Sinclair of BBC East, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.   At 2.30 on 23 (suggested donation £2.50) the ever-popular poetry with cakes event will take place - all are invited to bring a piece ofpoetry to read, published or unpublished. 

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