River's Edge exhibition in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

BallroomArts 7 to 19 June 2022
18 April, 2022
River's Edge exhibition in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
This is an exhibition in two parts. There will be new paintings by Kate Giles exploring the Nar and Bure River valleys in the first floor Ballroom. Complementing these new landscapes there will be new work by Jack Wheeler and Beth Groom and recent sculpture by the late Emily Mayer. The second component on the ground floor Courtyard Gallery, will be a group exhibition of artists and makers with a strong connection to East Anglia and its coastal landscape. Their work encompasses the coastal environment, marginal land use, creative use of natural materials in the art and handmade objects they make.


We are delighted to see our exhibition hearalded in a new article in About Suffolk.

In recent years Kate Giles has focused on the landscape of the Bure and Nar River valleys. Norfolk is one of a few counties in the country in which elements of the landscape have been formed by chalk streams. The rivers Nar and Bure are chalk rivers, rising from aquafers deep underground ensuring features particular to their source, as they join the Broads and the River Ouse. It is a realm carved by alterations in their flow over time. Kate’s compelling interpretation of these distinctive geological anomalies have been closely observed, adding to the tradition of English landscape.
Kate Giles’ installation on the first floor will be accompanied by new sculpture derived from forms found along the tidal waterline by Jack Wheeler and Beth Groom who have collected the subject matter for their sculptural objects while on their walks of Norfolk’s beaches. We will also be showing a selection of intricately constructed sculptures of birds fashioned from repurposed materials by Emily Mayer. Emily has worked as an artist and sculptor for many years using techniques as diverse as construction in wood, mechanical components, plastic, and taxidermy.
The second part on the ground floor Courtyard Gallery will be a group exhibition of contemporary handmade objects, paintings, prints, photography, and sculpture. Contributing artists and makers pursue their individual interpretations of East Anglian landforms or use sustainably sourced materials to create unique three-dimensional work and beautiful handmade objects. The exhibition’s coastal site where the River Alde runs into the sea will provide an appropriate setting for participating artists.

About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.