It's the home of Colman's mustard and has recently been the star of action comedy hit movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Now Norwich's art galleries and exhibiting spaces are increasingly cutting the mustard.
Seen by many as East Anglia's unofficial capital, this charming city is home to Outpost, Wensum Street. An uncompromising artist-run gallery, it is committed to 11 exhibitions a year and set to welcome the work of Emma Hedditch from February 2-21. Hedditch's reviewers claim that “distribution, social movements and political activism aren't just the content of her art, but also its form”.
Art 18/21 in the splendidly-named Tombland in the city's mediaeval quarter, has huge links with India and presents Norwich as a creative hub to art fairs in the UK and worldwide. It hopes to create a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. There is still time to catch its Plumptious Feast until January 31, comprising works from Antony Benjamin, John Christie and Rajdev Nayak among others. There are also works from two private collections and modern and contemporary work in India.
Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedict's Street, is a snug, independent venue near the city's heart, creating a vibrant cocktail of cultural experiences. It is showing Where We Begin to Look: Landscape & Poetry until April 3. This collaboration between artist Zoe Benbow and poet Deryn Rees-Jones teaches us that no landscape – water, sky, earth, coast – can live independent of context. It is subject to the impact of time, culture, power, ownership and ecology as it is to its poetical, historical and gendered assemblies. The poems of Charlotte Smith, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath are among those selected by Rees–Jones to complement Benbow's pictures.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is the museum and gallery of the University of East Anglia. It is showcasing Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia until February 24. It is one of the regions' most ambitious exhibitions in recent history. The display celebrates East Anglia's rich artistic heritage from antiquity to 2014, encompassing more than 270 masterpieces across the media, including painting, sculpture, design and textiles.
Top: Zoe Benbow, Forest of Dean Yellow
Source: Art18/21, John Hoyland