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This was the first event launched under the new company CONTEMPORARY AND COUNTRY - launched in April 2020.  The thinking behind A FINE BALANCE and the creation of the ANGLIAN COLLECTION

The situation we now find ourselves in collectively, as the Covid-19 epidemic runs its devastating course means that our relationship with ‘the great outdoors’ has probably changed forever. The artists and makers we have included in the exhibition are ahead of the curve, creating memorable images that will chime with the public, post lockdown. During the last four months we have all had to become aware of our vulnerability to forces we mistakenly assumed we had mastered. We respond viscerally to a favourite view or landscape, much as we would if our home or family were under threat. The exhibition holds up a mirror to what we perceive, in the complex confluence between the sustainable and natural, the artificial and man-made.

Some of the artists and makers we showcase have chosen to look at a highly maintained version of the countryside and our place within it. Others employ sustainable materials to create pleasing pieces intended to be handled and used every day. Others look into the natural phenomena and practical activities that are frequently personal to us in terms of our physical impact on the planet whether through recycling and re-assigning waste to new purposes. While others explore areas that are not quite urban or rural, but like much of modern Britain, somewhere in-between.


ARTISTS Zarya Austin-Fell / Debby Besford / Lorraine Bewick / Katarzyna Coleman / Polly Cruse / Ferenc Cseh / Will Cutts / Amanda Edgcombe / Judith Ellis / Kate Giles / Gareth Hacon / Linda Jamieson / Suzi Joel / Liz McGowan
Pandora Mond / Verity Newman / Natalie Odile Lang / Maria Pavledis / Tracey Ross / Colin Self / Tim Simmons / Liz Taunt / Molly Thomson / Maryrose Watson / Paul Wolterink / Peter Wylie  SCULPTORS Keron Beattie / Jonathan Clarke / Mark Croxford / Dan David / Roger Hardy / Bridget Heriz / Ruth Howes / Andrew Jones / Rachael Long / Ben Pusey / Telfer Stokes  HOMEWARE Ros Arrowsmith / Carolyn Brookes-Davies / Heather Connor / Laura Fletcher / Steve Gore Rowe / Laura Huston / Suzi Joel / Blott Kerr-Wilson / Sue Kirk / Katharina Klug / Tim Plunkett / Amanda Sutton / Toby Winteringham

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Click on the image (above) to open a link to take a virtual tour of our last pop-up event held at Houghton Hall, 2020.

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FESTIVAL took place in the Stables, Houghton Hall - May 1 to Sept 29, 2019

FESTIVAL celebrated and responded to the work of sculptor Henry Moore, an icon of the 20th century, who along with his contemporaries was a key contributor to the Festival of Britain in 1951. This embodied the sense of optimism of a country that looked forward to the second half of the century, following the devastation experienced during WWII.

HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION. There has not been a significant display of Moore’s work in this part of the country for many years. Several of his sculptures were installed in the beautiful park and gardens at Houghton Hall, including his large bronzes, with smaller works and drawings displayed in the house.

 “The whole of nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form. It always surprises me when artists try to escape from this.” Henry Moore

Photography © Pete Huggins

Moore was inspired by the coastal features and landscape of North Norfolk during visits to his sister, who was the Headmistress at Wighton School, Wells-Next-to-the-Sea while he was still a student. Moore and his contemporaries like Barbara Hepworth were transfixed by natural form and the geological processes that left their mark on the natural landscape. Between them they configured a strong, visual language that could be applied to the celebration and flowering of modern Britain during post war austerity.

FESTIVAL included artists and makers who are among some of the most experienced of their generation living in this part of the country. There was an emphasis on this unique opportunity to make the link between different generations of creative talent and how subjects and themes transcend fashion.

SPECIAL THANKS to the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley for their generous support.

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Katargyna Coleman
Will Cutts
Kate Giles
Ruth Howes
Linda Jamieson
Philip Jones
Pandora Mond
Colin Self
Jonin Smith
Bruer Tidman
Paul Wolterink

Keron Beattie
Gary Breeze
Jonathan Clarke
Bridget Heriz
andrew Jones
Christopher Marvell
Michael Woods
Ros Arrowsmith
Karen Downing
Steve Gore Rowe
Sue Kirk
Laura Huston
Par Avion
Tim Plunkett
Toby Winteringham