Region's Super Seascapes Inspire New Exhibition

Brancaster by Martin Laurance

Cromer 1 by Josey Brett



The power, majesty and visual impact of the county's coastline are being celebrated in a new exhibition at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Three well-established artists will combine their very different styles and approaches to show the relationship between land and sea around Norfolk.

Their work will go on display in the Adnams Bar at Norwich Theatre Royal from October 24 to January 23 as part of the long-running series of exhibitions by Targetfollow Arts.

Returning to the venue will be the work of Martin Laurance, who last exhibited at the Theatre Royal in 2011 when he used the area around Orford Ness as the catalyst for his work. Based in Norfolk, he paints in a range of different media including oil, acrylic and ink, and paints, and is inspired by places he visits. He said: "I approach my landscape and coastal paintings to convey the spirit and inner reality of a place going beyond the immediate sensation to show something that is felt and experienced."

The space, form and changing pattern of the landscape is captured by Norwich 20 Group member and former Norwich University of the Arts student Josey Brett, who will also be exhibiting. She draws her work focusing on nature, landscape and seascape. "My work is an immediate response to my subjects without embellishment or decoration, and is an honest statement of what I perceive at the time."

Completing the trio of artists showcasing their work is Malca Schotten, who works in charcoal and pastel, and is particularly inspired by the area around Happisburgh because of the erosion issues and its role as a place of pilgrimage for many artists.

A coastal landscape by Malca Schotten

She returned there in March this year to record the many changes caused by the tidal surge at the end of 2013. "There is something extraordinary about this place. It has evoked mixed feelings of gloom and destruction coinciding with the excitement and thrill of the sculptural and dynamic shapes and colours created along the beach by the attacking sea. There is an exciting visual conflict between the electric yellow ochre's of the crumbling cliffs and the green grass of the surrounding fields," said Malca.

The exhibition strengthen the link between Norwich Theatre Royal and Targetfollow Arts to highlight the depth of local artistic talent. It also comes as the organisers receive a nomination in this year's Norfolk Arts Awards for their continued support to the county's culture.


Coastline, Oct 24, 2014-Jan 23, 2015 in the Adnams Bar at Norwich Theatre Royal. Private view on Thursday 23 October from 5.30-7pm in The Adnams Bar. Any media wishing to attend that should contact Sarah Cannell, of Targetfollow Arts, on


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