Enjoy the best of Norfolk’s art and design

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Congham Hall Hotel

Congham Hall Hotel is a veritable art gallery, with paintings and sculptures on display that have been specially selected by the owners. Now, we’re encouraging guests, as well visitors dropping by for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, to take a closer look at our art in the communal spaces, with new information cards explaining a little about the artists and where their work can be purchased. For example, The Night Hunters, which hangs in our Writing Room, is by Norfolk-based Rachel Lockwood, whose interpretations of wildlife are widely admired. You’ll find works by Rachel and other artists that we feature on sale at the Pinkfoot Gallery at Cley Next The Sea.

Congham Hall Hotel, Lynn Road, Grimston, Norfolk PE32 1AH
(01485 600250; www.conghamhallhotel.co.uk).


Consider art and nature at GroundWork, in neighbouring King’s Lynn, the UK’s first gallery dedicated to art and the environment. Veronica Sekules, formerly of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in Norwich, opened her thought-provoking showcase for contemporary art opposite the Custom House in summer 2016. Using sustainable materials or depicting natural subjects, her quest is to explore how art can help us to see a changing world and imagine how we can shape its future.

GroundWork, 17 Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1ER
(01553 340714, www.groundworkgallery.com).

Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall

Colour Space, a new series of paintings by Damien Hirst, will be on display to the public for the first time at the State Rooms at Houghton Hall this spring (25 March to 15 July 2018, Weds, Thurs, Sat, Sun & Bank Hol Mon, timed tickets, pre-booking essential). Sculptures by Hirst will also be exhibited in the park and house, including Virgin Mother (2005-2006). They will sit alongside Houghton’s permanent collection of installations by world-renowned artists including James Turrell and Rachel Whiteread. At the same time, Norfolk By Design will return for a second year to the stables at Houghton (25 March to 29 July 2018), with a pop-up shop of work by Norfolk’s finest artists, designer-makers and craftspeople, including painters, ceramicists, textile designers, photographers and furniture makers.

Houghton Hall Estate, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6EU
(www.norfolk-by-design.com and www.houghtonhall.com)

Peter Coke Shell Gallery

Visit this curious collection of shell art at Sheringham to see the work of the late Peter Coke – best known for playing Francis Durbridge’s amateur sleuth Paul Temple on the radio in the 1950s. After his retirement to the North Norfolk coast in the 1970s, Coke devoted himself to his lifelong passion for creating decorative art from shells. You can see more than 200 of the exquisite items, particularly his famous floral sculptures, at the eponymous gallery now run by the Sheringham Society.

Peter Coke Shell Gallery, West Cliff, Sheringham NR26 8JT

The Gunton Arms

A pub deep in the Norfolk countryside isn’t the first place you’d expect to find original works by world-renowned contemporary artists. Yet, pop in for a pint at The Gunton Arms near Thorpe Market and you can browse pieces by household names such as Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst, curated by the landlord, art dealer Ivor Braka. Outside, in the 1,000-acre country park, explore sculptures by Sol Le Witt, Anthony Caro and Ulrich Rückreim.

The Gunton Arms, Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, Norfolk NR11 8TZ
(01263 832010, www.theguntonarms.co.uk). 

The Old Skating Rink Gallery

Norwich’s old Victorian skating rink is now a terrific place to gain inspiration for home interiors and learn more about the arts and crafts of Asia along the way. Within its walls, Country and Eastern is bursting with affordable decorative furnishings and clothes gathered from Turkey to east of Java. In the same vast space, The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection showcases more than 4,000 items from the region on rotation, from ritual objects to large architectural pieces.

The Old Skating Rink Gallery, 34-36 Bethel Street, Norwich NR2 1NR
(01603 663890, www.countryandeastern.co.uk, www.sadacc.co.uk).

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