Throughout the year our main gallery showcases work by both international and emerging artists as well as exhibitions exploring local heritage. The upper gallery regularly delves into work by regional artists and community groups.
Please note: due to covid, our opening times have been subject to change. If you are making a special visit, do call ahead to check our closing time.
We are generally closed on Sunday and public holidays.
3 July – 14 August
30 x 30
30 x 30 is a wide-ranging exhibition in our Lower Gallery of images by 30 artists working in a variety of media and styles. The brief is simply that the external measurements of any piece should be 30 x 30cm.
The exhibition is curated by Sue Maufe and Caroline Denyer however the concept is inspired by the annual 30×30 exhibition held in Galleria Vox, Bergen, Norway.
3 July – 14 August
Inspired by 30 x 30
Taking inspiration from 30 x 30, designermakers21 members and associates have interpreted this concept freely to accommodate a range of 2D and 3D work across a variety of disciplines.
In this Upper Gallery exhibition, work may stick to the original 30cm x 30cm rule, or break it and magnify the scale, or indeed shrink it down to millimetres. 30 x 30 may refer to the time taken to create a work, or parts of the work for example 30 lines, 30 words or 30 individual pieces.
The artists’ work includes constructed and applied textiles, print, design, sculpture, jewellery, mosaic, stained glass and ceramics.
21 August – 9 October
Maggi Hambling: Everything Changes but Nothing Changes
Maggi Hambling’s life, as everyone else’s, has been turned upside down over the last year. Plans and exhibitions cancelled, movement curtailed. But her working routine and preoccupations remained as before – exploring both the power of nature in her Wave paintings but also its fragility in her current installation at Snape Maltings – ‘Relic’ (till 31 August), and life and friendship with its joys and sadness.
Her fourth exhibition at the Corn Hall brings together new pictures and recent themes – North Sea waves, portraits of those close to her, cormorants in flight – and surprises including an exquisite flower study.
Saturday 18 September, 2pm – Maggi Hambling will join us in the gallery
This will be followed by a screening at 3pm of BBC’s celebration of her 75th birthday, ‘Making Love with the Paint’ followed by a Q & A.
The screening is free however booking is essential – CLICK HERE.
16 October – 27 November
James Dodds: Shaped by the Sea
James Dodds has been described as ‘boatbuilding’s artist laureate’. Born in Essex in 1957, he was apprenticed as a shipwright in Maldon for four years. ‘With the first boat I worked on, it felt I was building it on the canvas. The two sides of me, the builder and the artist; one focused on art and colour, the other on practicalities.’ The desire to become an artist won and took him to Colchester School of Art and then to London to Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College.
His studio in Wivenhoe is sited on the spot where great ships were once built and sailed from the river Colne around the world and our exhibition will have a special emphasis on East Coast boats, with a group of oils, including a mammoth 12-foot triptych of a Yarmouth Lugger and a selection of his distinctive linocuts. These will contain ‘panoramas’ of coastal towns, such as Southwold and Aldeburgh, and historic working boats, each with its own story, such at the 1864 oyster dredger ‘Pioneer’, rescued from the mud where she had lain for 50 years and lovingly restored.
James will join us in the gallery on Saturday 23rd October at 11.30 am to talk informally about the exhibition and his career.
8 December – 9 January
Mike Webb: Mere Quacks and Other Animals
We round off the year with another eagerly anticipated exhibition of new work by Mike Webb. His philosophy is simple. ‘I enjoy putting my work out there; it is what pictures are made for – so people can see and enjoy them.’ And people certainly do!
Mike Webb will be in the gallery to meet friends and fans on Saturday 4 December between 11.30 am and 1 pm.
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