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  • Focus on Joni Smith

    Creating new landscapes
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    Joni Smith, paper cut artist, Norwich 2021
    Joni Smith, paper cut artist, Norwich 2021
    We are showing a capsule collection of Joni Smith's impressive paper cut artworks in our latest pop-up #rockpaperscissors at Houghton Hall. Joni builds fictitious worlds using everyday objects. She works with maps and atlases, cutting into them, reordering them into new configurations.

  • Bank Holiday at Houghton Hall

    Houghton Hall Horse Trials final day
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    Installation 28 May, foregrounding Kathryn Hearn's Flail & Lay Large Vessel 2, 2021
    Installation 28 May, foregrounding Kathryn Hearn's Flail & Lay Large Vessel 2, 2021
    We will be open this coming Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Be sure to come and say hello when visiting the Tony Cragg sculpture exhibition, as well as the permanent collection, walled garden and the popular Houghton Horse Trials.
  • Rock Paper Scissors opens

    Art and objects produced with their making in mind
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    Painting the gates at Houghton Hall by Elaine Pamphilon ©2021
    Painting the gates at Houghton Hall by Elaine Pamphilon ©2021
    We're opening the doors to our latest pop-up exhibition encompassing art and handmade objects fashioned with the process of their making in mind. We are welcoming visitors from Wednesday19th May, until September 26. Come and discover beautiful, dynamic and thought provoking works from more than 40 exhibitors.
    Visit the website for opening times and ticket prices to enter the Houghton Hall estate and to gain entry to the Tony Cragg sculpture exhibition:Houghton Hall Book Tickets
  • The sea, the limitless skies

    Sarah Paramor's amazing basketry comes to Norfolk
    The sea, the limitless skies
    Sarah Paramor is the first basket maker that C&C have invited to showcase her work as part of our look at the cultural sector on a national level. Sarah lives and works in Applecross, on the coast of West Scotland and has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to Craft Scotland. See more of her work this summer in Rock Paper Scissors in the Stables at Houghton Hall, running alongside the exhibition of sculpture by Tony Cragg in the house, gardens and park.
  • Spring Salon - #1

    Living with art and the handmade
    Spring Salon - #1
    We are publishing a series of images from collections we are currently putting together for clients. Here is the latest Spring Salon installation showing new work by Norwich based artists working with paper (Joni Smith and Ruth Howes) as well as Molly Thomson who creates these delicious constructed boards that sing with colour through her use of multiple layers of poured paint.
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    C&C's next exhibition will be Rock Paper Scissors
    Contemporary and Country’s exhibition Rock, Paper, Scissors encompasses art and handmade objects fashioned with the process of their making in mind. It will run alongside the exhibition by Tony Cragg, opening at Houghton Hall, Norfolk on 19 May and closing 26 September, 2021. Tickets to enter the Houghton Hall Estate are on sale from 19 April (entrance to the Stables will be part of the entrance fee)
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    Creative moves for 2021
    We are delighted to continue to work with a selection of established and new artists and makers in 2021. We are also working hard in reaching out to new creative talent from our area, east of England. Some are struggling to keep up their practice under the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions but many are working on creative expressions of hope.
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    Hoping for a great Christmas and a creative 2021
    Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all our friends, customers and those artists we've met and worked with over this past year. Join our mailing list and be the first to hear about our 2021 events or add something unique to your home from our Anglian Collection.
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    New works arrive at our Houghton Hall pop up
    We are delighted to present more new work in our pop up at Houghton Hall. From beautiful design for the home with Katharina Klug's ceramic creations; to amazing handmade paper cut works by Ruth Howes; to breathtaking large photographic art by Gareth Hacon and new painted landscapes from Kate Giles. We are also pleased to have installed new sculptures by Jonathan Clarke.
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    Royal Academy Summer Show includes Peter Wylie
    We are delighted to announce that Peter Wylie, currently included in our pop-up exhibition at Houghton Hall Stables, has had a painting selected by the Jane and Louise Wilson, to be included in their Curated Room at this year's Royal Academy Summer Show - October 2020.
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    Keron Beattie nominated for Holt Art Prize
    We are delighted that Keron Beattie, currently showing in our pop up in the stables at Houghton Hall, has been nominated for the Sir John Hurt and Sworders Art Prize, Holt Festival this year. Keron  gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and a MA Fine Art with Distinction (2018) from NUA. His work for A Fine Balance is concerned with the natural world under pressure including disconnection with nature and natural cycles.
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    Over 25,000 visitors and hundreds of sales later...
    As we expand our work with artists and makers from East Anglia we are entering the second half of our pop up event alongside Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall, Norfolk - open until November 1.  At the time of writing there have been over 50,000 visitors on site and we have secured over 300 sales for local artists and makers. As works are purchased and taken away we are able to fill gaps to keep our exhibition fresh - making sure that any return visit will not disappoint!
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    Putting paint to canvas
    The painters we are showing in A Fine Balance at Houghton Hall Stables, capture the splendor of the natural landscape; depict the beauty of coastal reaches; open fields, fens and woodland. Some work in an abstract style while others are more figurative in representing the landscapes they see and wish to convey.
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    Take a walk-through tour of our exhibition A Fine Balance
    We would love to see you in person to show you the works by local artists in A FINE BALANCE - running alongside the Anish Kapoor exhibition at Houghton Hall this summer. You can visit us online too… take a virtual tour of our exhibition with hot spots that link through to each artist on our online shop, so you can see each work that interests you in detail.
  • Escape into art

    EDP Norfolk Magazine, June issue
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    Escape into art
    Thanks to Dominic Castle, Editor of Norfolk magazine. It's June edition, just published, features Contemporary and Country on pp52 and 53 - take a look when you get your copy of the magazine this month. We hope you enjoy the range of work we are able to show online. There are some extremely talented, creative people in this part of the country. If there is an artist's work you are particularly interested in, let us know and we will put a collection of their work together for you to view on screen that only you will have access to, in the comfort of your own home.

  • Rolling in Clover

    Creating a Coronation Meadow
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    Rolling in Clover
    On a studio visit to see sculptor Rachael Long as we prepared for our showcase - A FINE BALANCE - 6 weeks ago, we were fascinated to learn more about a scheme that she and her family have been involved with on their farm land that lies to the south of Norwich. She explained that they had been working with Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) since 2010.

  • Meet the Curators of C&C

    More about Paul Barratt and Paul Vater
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    Meet the Curators of C&C
    Read more here about the curators who have worked together for the past 5 years to bring artists and makers to a wider audience across the eastern region. Contemporary and Country (C&C) brings together the organisational talents of curator Paul Barratt and designer Paul Vater.

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    A Creative Weekend in Norwich
    Join us at Art Fair East - St Andrews Hall, Norwich. From 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2019 (PV on 28 Nov) See website for opening times and details of all the exhibitors we will be showcasing at this event. Drop an email via the website if you want to come to the Private View on Thursday 28 November (6pm-9pm)

  • Art Fair East

    Our first showcase in Norwich
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    Art Fair East
    We are showcasing a number of artists and makers - old and new - at Art Fair East this November at St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Let us know if you would like to attend the Private View on Thursday 28 November by sending an email via our website. Art Fair East closes on Sunday 1 December

  • Thank you

    Our Pop Up closes tomorrow along with the Henry Moore exhibition
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    Thank you
    Don’t miss the Henry Moore exhibition at Houghton Hall that ends tomorrow, Sunday 29 September. Come and pick up a work by local artists, designers and makers. Huge thank you to our sponsors including Norfolk Cottages, ArtOffice, Cheffins and Original Travel and of course for the support of Lord and Lady Cholmondeley and their staff for making this all possible.

  • Nicholas Serota visits our Houghton pop up

    Arts Council report on develpoing a vision for the arts that Improves lives in rural towns
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    Nicholas Serota at Houghton Hall, 2017
    Nicholas Serota at Houghton Hall, 2017
    Nicholas Serota talks more about this in his article published in The Guardian newspaper, dated August 26. We have always looked at promoting the contemporary and country based artists and makers across the eastern region.

  • The Guardian publishes a trail across Norfolk

    Taking in Yarmouth to King's Lynn dropping into Houghton Hall en route
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    The Guardian publishes a trail across Norfolk
    We are delighted to have featured in this great article on the contemporary art scene in the Eastern region - a snapshot of activities from Great Yarmouth, Waveney Valley sculpture park, through to Moore at Houghton Hall and our pop up in the stables, and finishing off in King's Lynn.

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    Sponsorship announced for FESTIVAL
    We are grateful to Norfolk Cottages for their generous sponsorship this year. As with our previous events, we have secured supported that are recognized businesses with interests in raising their profile in the arts at this level. Read on to see more about ArtOffice and Cheffins who have also come on board to make this event happen.

     
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    The Ploughman by Colin Self
    The Ploughman by Colin Self
    We are delighted to be showing a selection of work by Norwich resident Colin Self. As Calvin Winner observed: ‘Perhaps the most striking element of Self’s art is that his entire output remains remarkably current and contemporary. His concerns are our concerns, and he continues to reveal and expose art as the essence of life.’

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    Last chance to see Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall
    Have you seen the Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall yet? This is the last weekend to catch it. We are open alongside with our pop up of 40+ local #artists #designers and #craftspeople - we will reopen on the 18th July but only open Wed, Thurs and Sundays until July 29th (11am to 5pm)

  • Finding our place

    Ordinary Worlds: A new exhibition at Creake Abbey this August
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    Ordinary Worlds, August 2018 at Creake Abbey
    Ordinary Worlds, August 2018 at Creake Abbey
    Our forthcoming Pop-Up exhibition, Ordinary Worlds, at Creake Abbey will show a selection of new and recent paintings and works on paper by six Norfolk artists, from 10 to 23 August, 2018.

  • One month and counting

    Looking forward to the opening of our next pop up on 29 March
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    One month and counting
    Just over a month to go before we open our pop up shop in the Stables at Houghton Hall from Sunday 25 March, ending 29 July 2018. We will feature a selection of new work by 40+ of Norfolk’s finest craftspeople and artists from across generations, a few from the wider area of East Anglia – many showing with us for the first time. It will coincide with the Damien Hirst exhibition (March 25 – July 15, 2018).

  • Margaret Mellis - pioneer and mentor

    Discovering more about one of Damien Hirst's early inspirations
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    Margaret Mellis - pioneer and mentor
    We are showing four works by the late Margaret Mellis at our Houghton Hall pop-up event this year. She concluded a productive artistic career based in Suffolk, where she brought order to chaos in her playful assemblages. Before her death in 2009, Damien Hirst, an early admirer of her work remarked in 2001, “Why hasn’t someone noticed Margaret Mellis’ contribution to British art?” On this evidence it is time the British art establishment addressed his challenge.

  • "What women really want for Christmas"

    Featured in The Telegraph, 6 December, 2017
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    The Telegraph colour supplement, December 2017
    The Telegraph colour supplement, December 2017
    Thank you to Anna Harvey, The Telegraph's Timeless Style columnist and ex-Deputy Editor of British Vogue who recommended us in her column this week entitled "What women really want for Christmas" Take a look at our Christmas gift ideas, order now and receive your purchases in good time for Christmas.

     
  • Featured in the Financial Times

    Jewellery Designer Monica Vinader - How To Spend It
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    Featured in the Financial Times
    We were delighted to get a mention by Monica Vinader in her interview with the Financial Times – How To Spend It Magazine. In the piece Monica mentions her love of all things Norfolk and our summer pop up at Houghton Hall gets her endorsement! The portrait of Monica taken by Anna Huix is taken in front of the stables and main house at Houghton Hall with the tree stump of Richard Long's White Deer Circle peaking out fo the ground behind her.

  • Around Norfolk in 80 Days

    A big thank you to all the artists and asponsors makiong our Houghton Pop Up a great success
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    Around Norfolk in 80 Days
    When our pop-up closes in the stables at Houghton Hall on Saturday 30 September, we will have completed eighty days. In those eighty days we have welcomed upwards of 16,000 visitors and sold artworks and designed pieces by over 48 local artists, designers and craftspeople from all across Norfolk. Don't miss your chance to purchase one of these wonderful treasures – we will be gone before you know it!

  • It's all In the detail

    Paul P Smith shows his new work at our houghton Hall pop up
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    It's all In the detail
    This months edition of KL Magazine carries an interview with a new artist to arrive in the stables at Houghton Hall – Norwich based artist Paul P Smith. Having been painting for over thirty years we are exhibiting his highly detailed landscapes that tie in with events and experiences in his life. A self-taught artist with a career in psychiatric nursing behind him Paul has an extraordinary approach to painting that we hope visitors will enjoy seeing.

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    Richard Long's sculpture in the Stone Hall at Houghton Hal;l
    Richard Long's sculpture in the Stone Hall at Houghton Hal;l
    We are proud to be opening our latest exhibition alongside one of the most important exhibitions by celebrated Turner Prize-winning British artist, Richard Long, opening on Sunday 30 April 2017 at Houghton Hall, North Norfolk.

  • Collaboration for a great summer

    Norfolk Country Cottages join us again as key sponsor
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    Norfolk Country Cottages sponsor our event at Houghton Hall
    Norfolk Country Cottages sponsor our event at Houghton Hall
    Norfolk Country Cottages, who supported our last show in Field Dalling in 2016, have joined us again this year as co-sponsors for Norfolk by Design at Houghton Hall.
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    Norfolk Line by Richard Long at Houghton Hall, 2017
    Norfolk Line by Richard Long at Houghton Hall, 2017
    Our next pop up event opens in the Stables at Houghton Hall this spring and continues throughout the summer. We will be featuring a selection of Norfolk’s finest artists and craftspeople to coincide with a solo exhibition by renowned British artist Richard Long located within the gardens and park.

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    Our first pop up at Houghton Hall in 2017 (when known as Norfolk by Design)
    Our first pop up at Houghton Hall in 2017 (when known as Norfolk by Design)
    We are pleased to confirm that our next event will take place at Houghton Hall this year. We will open an exhibition space in the Stables at Houghton Hall, home to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

     

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    Into the Woods, December 2016
    Into the Woods, December 2016
    INTO THE WOODS
    2-4 December, 2016
     
    We are delighted to announce the dates for our forthcoming showcase of Norfolk’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople. The exhibition is a pre-Christmas survey of work produced or sourced from Norfolk and the eastern region. Thank you to our sponsor, Norfolk Country Cottages.