Contemporary Art Norwich 2007
Sat 14 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2007

From discarded household detritus and prosthetic limbs to the exploration of themes of religious intolerance and myths of urban history, this summer Norwich hosts Contemporary Art Norwich 2007, a multi-venue biennial featuring a number of leading International artists and off-site projects.

Norwich’s own artist run space, OUTPOST, has invited 10 additional artist led organisations from Europe and the UK to visit Norwich and establish temporary galleries in vacant city centre sites. ‘British & European Legs’ will run throughout July and August and present solo exhibitions by 10 artists, while the permanent OUTPOST gallery space will also host solo shows by Coco Crampton and Matt Davis in July and August respectfully.
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Norwich Arts Centre presents ‘Rub Me Up the Wrong Way’, an innovative and explosive live art event, curated by Richard Dedomenici and in August a moving installation of images, videos and sculpture by Iranian artist Zory which explores themes of personal, individual and mass displacement. Norwich Arts Centre also shows a retrospective of the work of one of Britain’s great eccentrics, Norfolk-based surrealist artist, actor, filmmaker, inventor and performer Bruce Lacey whose collaborators have included The Goons, The Beatles, Ivor Cutler and Lenny Bruce.
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EASTinternational
This year artist and curator Matthew Higgs and co-selector artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz have selected 27 artists from Europe, North America and Britain to explore themes and myths surrounding urban history in painting and film for EASTinternational at Norwich Gallery and School of Art and Design. Now in its 17th year, the open exhibition EASTinternational is a regular fixture on Norwich’s art calendar and has enabled many artists to emerge onto the international stage including Tomoko Takahashi, Doug Fishbone and Lucy Mackenzie.
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AfterShock: Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary Art’ at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has been inspired by Indian artists’ responses to religious intolerance, riots, terrorism and the ongoing nuclear stand-off with Pakistan. The exhibition, which is guest curated by Yasmin Canvin in collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre and the University of Hertfordshire Galleries, features 16 international artists who use film, paint and sculpture to explore the images of political and social violence that confront people everyday.
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A solo show by German artist, Karsten Bott, will literally fill the exhibition galleries of Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery with discarded household objects, from teapots to a bathroom sink, collected and catalogued over the last two decades to form his ‘Museum of Life’.
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In addition to exhibitions and events taking place at established visual arts venues in Norwich there are further off-site projects on display around the city and beyond. Commissions East presents an off-site project by Simon Fenoulhet at Wymondham Abbey marking the Abbey’s 900th anniversary.
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EASTwork includes four off-site projects commissioned in partnership with EASTInternational with artists FrenchMottershead, Arni Haraldsson, Eva Hertzsch and Adam Page and Ron Tran.
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The Garage presents 'The Chapelfield of Dreams’ a commission by ‘The People Speak’ (Saul Albert and Mikey Weinkove) inviting audience participation by visitors to Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens to provide a vision to shape the future of the park.
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Contemporary Art Norwich is funded by Arts Council England, East and Norwich City Council.