To date we have arranged twelve pop-up exhibitions in non-gallery settings since 2015. From small beginnings as Norfolk By Design, we have consolidated and expanded our vision for art and craft from East Anglia and the number of contributing artists and makers. We have increased the range of work we exhibit, and enjoyed welcoming 130,000 visitors to our events. We are grateful to those supporters and sponsors who during those early years made our minor role in the creative community so worthwhile for the contributing artists and makers, and thoroughly enjoyable for everyone involved.
The Granary GalleryContemporary and Country in partnership with Jarrold 1 April 2022 - 31 March 2023 C&C's spring 2022 selection of paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography by East Anglian artists has been assembled to complement the Granary's contemporary British and European furniture, lighting and soft furnishings on the second floor of this landmark building in the centre of Norwich.
Avant GardenersCelebrating the horticultural and the cultivated landscape behind and beyond the garden wall. 1 May - 25 September 2022 England has a reputation for the variety of its gardens and the informal balance of its designed landscapes. Art has always been a vital component of these outdoor spaces. Houghton Hall’s permanent contemporary collection continues this story. It will be the first time Contemporary and Country have configured an exhibition that directly compliments the magnificent gardens and park that make up the Houghton Hall Estate.
River's EdgeNew paintings by Kate Giles and artists and makers who work with the East Anglian landscape 7 - 19 June 2022 Contemporary and Country presents River’s Edge, an exhibition in two parts at BallroomArts, Aldeburgh. There will be new paintings by Kate Giles exploring the Nar and Bure River valleys in the first floor. Complimenting these will be new sculpture by Jack Wheeler and Beth Groom and recent sculpture of birds by Emily Mayer.
The second component on the ground floor Courtyard space, 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, creative use of natural materials in the art and handmade objects they make.
ROCK PAPER SCISSORSAlongside Tony Cragg at Houghton Hall 19 May - 26 September 2021 Contemporary and Country (C&C)’s exhibition encompassed art and handmade objects fashioned with the process of their making in mind. Rock, Paper, Scissors included artists and makers who like to surprise us with the outcome of their creative intent, choice of material and dexterity of fabrication.
Spring Salon 2021Living with art and the handmade 27 April - 1 June 2021 A walk-through film clip of our salon was taken at this beautifully converted single storey barn annex between Holt and Fakenham in North Norfolk. This unusually contemporary space was designed by Norwich-based Architect Charles Emberson and completed a couple of years ago as independent accommodation for expanding family needs, serving as a family space for grown up teenagers, as well as a state-of-the art garage/workshop for the owners' classic car collection. It won the NAA Design & Craftsmanship Award Winner (2019)
A Fine Balance 2020Alongside Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall 12 July - 1 November 2020 The situation we now find ourselves in collectively, as the Covid-19 epidemic runs its devastating course means that our relationship with ‘the great outdoors’ has probably changed forever. The artists and makers we have included in the exhibition are ahead of the curve, creating memorable images that will chime with the public, post lockdown. During the last four months we have all had to become aware of our vulnerability to forces we mistakenly assumed we had mastered. We respond viscerally to a favourite view or landscape, much as we would if our home or family were under threat. The exhibition holds up a mirror to what we perceive, or have hidden, in the complex confluence between the sustainable and natural, the artificial and man-made.
Some of the artists and makers have chosen to look at a highly maintained version of the countryside and our place within it. Others employ sustainable materials to create pleasing pieces intended to be handled and used every day. Others look into the natural phenomena and practical activities that are frequently personal to us in terms of our physical impact on the planet whether through recycling and re-assigning waste to new purposes. While others explore areas that are not quite urban or rural, but like much of modern Britain, somewhere in-between.
The exhibition is open from Sunday 1 July to 1 November, to coincide with the same opening times as the Anish Kapoor sculpture exhibition held throughout the gardens and park at Houghton Hall. Check the Houghton Hall website to see opening times and to book tickets for entry onto the estate. https://www.houghtonhall.com/book-tickets/
Art Fair East 2019St Andrew's Hall, Norwich 29 November - 1 December 2019 Our appearance at Art Fair East in St Andrews Hall, Norwich marked the launch of Contemporary and Country in the City at the end of November 2019. We included recent work by several of the artists and makers we work with who are based in or near the city. KERON...
Festival 2019Alongside sculpture by Henry Moore 1 May - 29 September 2019 FESTIVAL celebrated and responded to the work of sculptor Henry Moore, an icon of the 20th century, who along with his contemporaries was a key contributor to the Festival of Britain in 1951. This embodied the sense of optimism of a country that looked forward to the second half of...
Brancaster 2018A showcase of makers and artists from across the eastern region 15 - 18 November 2018 Our Pop Up at the Beach House Brancaster showed work for sale by 45+ artists, designers and makers from across the Eastern region. Artisans were commissioned to provide design solutions for all rooms using exhibitors from the stable of artists and makers we regularly showcase. From lighting and tables, mirrors...
Ordinary Worlds: Landscape Imagined and Real, 2018Six women artists at Creake Abbey North Norfolk 10 - 23 August 2018 Ordinary Worlds showed a selection of new and recent paintings and works on paper by six Norfolk artists. An exhibition of six women artists who share a common interest in representing landscape and interpreting the topographic in their work – each artist shows how we might compose landscape to suit...
Houghton Hall 2018Alongside sculpture by Damien Hirst 25 March - 31 July 2018 This pop-up shop showcased the work of 40 of Norfolk and the easstern region’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople. It ran alongside a major exhibition by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space. This exhibition included a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures which were installed throughout the 18th-century house and...
Houghton Hall 2017Alongisde an exhibition by Richard Long 30 April - 20 September 2017 This pop-up exhibition showcased the work of 52 of Norfolk’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople. It ran alongside a major exhibition by Richard Long, the renowned British land artist and first winner of the Turner Prize. We are very grateful for the support of all the exhibitors and more than...
Into the Woods 2016Field Dalling, North Norfolk 2 - 4 December 2016 INTO THE WOODS referenced the seasonal splendour of Norfolk’s woodland with art, design and crafts inspired by its distinctive features. We attracted an audience of over 1,000 visitors who were promised something truly magical for the Christmas season. It showcased some of Norfolk’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople. EGGE ALECSDOTTIR...
Sheltering Sky 2016A creative life in the heart of North Norfolk's marginal landscape 9 - 17 July 2016 An exhibition of paintings, handcrafted furniture, textile art, decorative objects and antiques by Norfolk-based artists and craftspeople, whose work has been inspired by or has a strong connection with the North Norfolk coast
Nature at Creake Abbey 2016Creake Abbey, North Norfolk 17 - 20 March 2016 nature brought together 36 artists and makers based in and/or take their inspiration from the natural riches of the Norfolk landscape. Our latest exhibition is free and held in the Main Barn at Creake Abbey, in North Creake Works included one-off, hand-crafted pieces, special editions by artists, photographers and illustrators...
West Lexham, Launch 2015Artists and Makers 23 - 24 May 2015 This exhibition showcased the work of the following artists and makers
CAROLYN BROOKES DAVIES
LAURA BULWER LONG
PAFFRON AND SCOTT
BEN ZAVEN CRANE