Art Exhibitions

Art Exhibitions


Exhibitions change on a regular basis welcoming an artist, or a selection of artists, to exhibit on the Ramp and in the Gallery.

Some exhibitions are launched with a private view which is hosted by the theatre and the visiting artist(s). You are welcome to attend the private view. Please register your interest by emailing the theatre via the Contact page.


Entry to the exhibitions is free and the Gallery can be viewed:


Mondays to Saturdays 10am-3pm – when the box office is open and there are no events taking place in the gallery. 


Also Wednesdays to Saturdays 6pm-10pm – when there is a show on. 


If you are travelling any distance, please call the Theatre to check that the gallery is open.





Eileen Coxon: A Personal Perspective


Monday 8th April - Tuesday 4th June



After studying for her Fine Art degree at Norwich School of Art in the late 1980s, Eileen Coxon has lived and worked in the region for the last 30 years.


Based now in a remote rural area near Brampton, she has steadily evolved an intensely personal style, both rich and spare, by which to convey her experience of the landscapes around her, or rather, her “memories of that experience” gathered from her daily walks.


It is not, in any way, a romanticised view but one that encompasses both the realities of the huge fields of monoculture and the intimate beauties of the hedgerows, along with the huge, flattened perspectives of the East Anglian sea and landscape under its vast skies.




Claire Mynott and Simon Wilde: Other Worlds


Monday 10th June - Tuesday 23rd July




Although outwardly appearing very different in style and subject matter, the work of these two Lowestoft-based painters shares an intriguing common thread in their explorations of worlds as unfamiliar to us as they are, in many ways, to the artists themselves.


In Claire Mynott’s case, her subject matter is very close indeed to home, the town of Lowestoft, where she was also born and brought up. As she puts it “the town is like a parent and after decades of living in the same place an attachment has been formed which feels like an emotional attachment to another human being.”


The paradox in all this is that her beautiful, ethereal paintings – made up of complex webs of intense drawing and pale washes of colour – transmute these apparently familiar worlds of street kids playing and family members lost in thought, into something rich, moving - and very strange.



Simon Wilde comes from very much the other direction: he wants his often bold and vigorously straightforward landscapes to embody some sense of his own feelings of the ‘other’. He sees this as “the undefined magic in this world. It’s impossible to describe with language or science, but painting seems to capture, in its essence, a spiritual world that is deep within and around us all.”


Now, taking this idea further, some of his most recent work has been boldly experimenting with the introduction of ‘spirit’ figures into these landscapes- complex, strange works of real power.




Sarah Lee and Teddy Salad: Modern Folk


Monday 29th July - Tuesday 10th September



Unlike folk-music, which continues to thrive in contemporary Britain, the tradition of folk-art is usually seen as belonging to a much earlier, pre-industrial culture. By calling itself ‘Modern Folk’ this exhibition argues that there are in fact highly original, self-taught artists out there, working beyond the art-world elites, who are, quite unselfconsciously, re-inventing its traditions in a post-industrial, digital age.


Sarah Lee, for example, is a self-taught Irish artist, who grew up in West London, where she works full-time as a nurse specialising in psychosis and complex trauma. She sees her illustrations as “portals to a world which exists half-way between reality and a dream ... based on her humorous responses to personal experiences (both inflicted and imposed) and cautionary tales in response to her fears for humanity.” Surrealism, fairy tales and the everyday mundane are all there in her work, as she re-invents a folkloric tradition for today.

 

Teddy Salad, likewise, is self-taught, his exuberantly painted and brilliantly coloured paintings and reliefs, often fashioned from found objects, are highly suggestive of traditional sea-side entertainments (e.g. Punch and Judy) and fairground attractions.


They often contain the same double-edged scatological humour too, in the process reinvigorating what could have been seen as something of a dying tradition. Folk art, reinvented for today.