Posts by Paul Barratt

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  • New International Art Award Launched

    The Vasseur BALTIC Artists' Award
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Tim Bliss (right) Isabel's husband and Roman Vassseur (left) one of Isabel's son's at the launch event
    Tim Bliss (right) Isabel's husband and Roman Vassseur (left) one of Isabel's son's at the launch event
    This summer C&C will be fundraising for the Vasseur BALTIC Artists'Award launched last week at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, named after Isabel Vasseur (1942-2021). Isabel was a pioneering commissioner and supporter of artists from the UK and internationally. The award for international artists has sbeen created in recognition of her long association in promoting international art commissions and her connections with East Anglia the North East and her work with the BALTIC as a trustee.

  • Gallery Visit: The Art of Roller Skating by Debby Besford

    An Original Projects exhibition at PRIMEYARC, 5 March - 1 May, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Gallery Visit: The Art of Roller Skating by Debby Besford
    The Art of Roller Skating is an exhibition by artist and documentary photographer Debby Besford, celebrating the artistic roller skating heritage of Great Yarmouth.
    The exhibition has been organised and hosted by Original Projects, held at PRIMEYARC, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth, from 5 March  to 1 May 2022. The exhibition also incorporates stories, artefacts and memorabilia invited from the community, to activate relationships, events and activities throughout the show.
  • Studio visit: Elizabeth Merriman

    An artist with green... amber, yellow, and cerise fingers!
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Studio visit: Elizabeth Merriman
    In December 2021, before the spectre of another Christmas lockdown raised its potential, Paul and I managed to follow through on a number of long overdue studio visits. Among these was a quick visit to the North Norfolk coast to see a capsual collection of artist Elizabeth Merriman's recent pastel drawings of garden flowers adorning the ground floor of a clifftop cottage overlooking the North Sea.
  • Studio visit: Steven Will and Annie Turner

    Ceramic open studio, Suffolk
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Studio visit: Steven Will and Annie Turner
    In preparation for our summer programme of events for 2022 we took the opportunity to visit Steven James Will and Annie Turner during their pre-Christmas open studio event in late November. While both work in ceramics and conveniently share a building, they could not be more different from one another in terms of outcome.
  • Gallery visit: 528Hz Love Frequency

    Chris Levine at Houghton Hall
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Molecule of Light by Chris Levine, 2021
    Molecule of Light by Chris Levine, 2021
    On a warm October evening we went to the first public showing of 528Hz Love Frequency a series of immersive light installations by Chris Levine at Houghton Hall.
  • Gallery visit: Welcome to My World

    New paintings by Linda Jamieson
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Linda Jamieson, Singing in the Toxic Rain 2021, 104 x 104cm
    Linda Jamieson, Singing in the Toxic Rain 2021, 104 x 104cm
    Linda Jamieson has used the last eighteen months to create a new body of work, the subject of an all too brief pop-up exhibition in London recently.
     
  • Gallery visit: A Passion for Landscape Rediscovering John Crome

    An exhibition of late 18th - early 19th century English landscapes
    Paul Barratt, Director and Curator at Contemporary and Country by Paul Barratt
    Gallery visit: A Passion for Landscape Rediscovering John Crome
    Our third visit to a gallery since the perculiarly anticlimactic easing of national lockdown was to the Castle Museum Norwich, to view the exhibition A Passion for Landscape Rediscovering John Crome curated by Giorgia Bottinelli.