Past exhibitions

Below is a list of previous exhibitions at Wiveton.
The café will continue to have regular exhibitions and there will be more happening in the Art Barn this year.
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"SCAPEGOAT" by Annabel Bluesky

Wednesday, 23rd March - Sunday, 24th April 2016

Annabel Bluesky has always been behind the camera. She won a scholarship for Photography at the London School of Printing back in the 90s and then worked in London running a commercial studio in Shoreditch for a number of years before changing direction to Fine Art Photography completing an MA at the University of the Arts.

For this exhibition Annabel presents a collection of photographs to open the Wiveton Hall Café`s 2016 season entitled SCAPEGOAT. In many cultures for centuries the Goat has been the main object of sacrifice, and thus cleanser of sins. Annabel investigates this deep seated notion of redemption. These statement portraits of goat heads, demonstrate they are in fact just goats.

In the outer foyer area, Annabel shows a very different set of her favourite local landscapes, many taken at Wiveton Hall over the year 2013 – 2014 through the seasons. Her favourite time of day is early dawn and late dusk when it is quiet, these photographs observe a peaceful serenity even within the familiar and the unremarkable. She works from London and Salthouse.

Ann Payne

Monday, 25th April - Sunday, 22nd May 2016

Shortly after I was born I started to draw and paint and have continued on and off ever since. My training was at the Byam Shaw Art School which was rigorous and academic.

Over the years I have been interested in many subjects and I have had exhibitions of animal drawings and figure paintings at galleries in Norfolk and London.

Living in North Norfolk near the coast, the sea has been a great attraction and I have spent many happy hours sitting in Morston mud drawing sea, sky and boats in the changing light. Some of the paintings are influenced by other places I have visited in the Mediterranean. It is a wonderful and everlasting subject.

Mary MacCarthy

Monday, 23rd May - Sunday, 26th June 2016

Information to follow soon.

Tor Falcon - The Peddars Way

Monday, 27th June - Sunday, 31st July 2016

The Peddars Way runs from Knettishall Heath, south-east of Thetford, through Norfolk to the coast at Holme-Next-the-Sea. Thought to have been built by the Romans two thousand years ago, it is an almost straight pathway. It runs through the emptiest part of Norfolk, running counter to all the main east-west routes, from the strange landscape of Breckland to the rolling chalk lands of north-west Norfolk. To walk the Peddars Way is to take a step away from everyday life.
“I have glimpsed the Green Lane of the Peddars Way as it crosses roads I have driven time and again. It has always been just north or just south of my consciousness. I was aware of its existence but knew nothing of its unique loneliness. In the spirit of a small adventure and of getting to know my home county differently and better, I spent a year walking on and drawing along the Peddars Way. I drew this compelling and unfamiliar landscape as a way of understanding it. I made a book of my walking drawing year. It is a companion to the Peddars Way. It includes everything I found of interest on my journey. I made each drawing on my walk on site at one sitting. They are a record of what I found that interested me at a particular place on a given day. In all I made forty-one drawings of the forty-nine miles of the Peddars Way.”
Tor Falcon studied fine art at Norwich School of Art. She lives and works in Norfolk not far from the Peddars Way.
These pastel chalk and charcoal pictures on paper are a selection from the forty one drawings Tor Falcon made along the Peddars Way. They are for sale for £650.00 framed. Tor’s book ‘Peddars Way A walk with chalk’ is available in the Wiveton Hall Shop for £16.00

Andrew Ruffhead - BA (Hons) Dip CSAD, MA FCSD

Andrew studied Painting & Printmaking at Brighton Polytechnic, and then Printed Textile Design at the Central School of Art & Design. He has worked for many years as a textile designer producing fashion, furnishing fabrics and wallpapers for companies such as Osborne & Little, Designers Guild and Calvin Klein.

Andrew has taught at Chelsea School of Art, Worthing, Loughborough College of Art & Design, and was Head of the Printed Textile Department at the University of East London for fifteen years until 2005. He has also worked for the National Institute for Design in Ahmedabad (India) NIFT ( National Institute of Fashion Technology) based in New Delhi, and The National Institute for Design ( NID) in Ahmedabad.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, and a former chair of the Fashion Textile Discipline Group. He continues to exhibit his work in many galleries in the UK, and in 2006 he was made a National Lottery Artist, and was commissioned to produce a large lino-print, which is on display in the foyer of the Cromer Museum in Norfolk. He had one of his cyanotype prints Cactus Corner on show at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2011.

Andrew moved to Burnham Market in 2006, and opened his studio/gallery Fish & Ships Coastal Art producing prints, quirky coastal maps, cards, cyanotype photography, pen, ink and gouache drawings and paintings, and lobsters, crabs, whales, prawns and fish made from driftwood and pieces of old marsh and beach-found boats. He is particularly interested in recycling found objects, and as well as work available to purchase in the gallery and from his website, he is very happy working to commission.

Eliza Stimpson

Monday, 29th August - Sunday, 25th September 2016

Eliza studied Fine Art & Art History at Plymouth University; graduating in 2015, and has since returned to North Norfolk to continue painting naturalistic scenes and botanical forms in oils. Eliza initially began painting impressions of hedgerows and wildflower scenes, embracing the chaos of their depth and exploring the placement of colours.  As this style developed, she began to zoom in to those scenes and apply the same process but to a single form, admiring the notion of Botanical Illustration and the enhancement of a form as a result of its placement upon a blank background.

Her current focus follows a theme surrounding the Fine Art of Botanical Illustration; a contemporary idea that considers the concept bound to an art form, previously scientific and meticulous in process.


Molly Garnier

Monday 28th September to Sunday 8th November 2015

Although she graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003, Molly Garnier is truly one of East Anglia’s own. Before setting off to art college, she was schooled at Gresham’s in Norfolk, and soon returned to live on the beautiful North Norfolk coast to start a family after living in Edinburgh for 9 years.  She gained a BA First Class Honors Degree and immediately began her career as an artist exhibiting in galleries throughout the UK.

Originally known as a figurative painter, she became well-known for her small smoky oil paintings of the female nude, playing on the subtleties of light, colour and depth.  Since her return to North Norfolk, she has used her beautiful control of light to capture the distinctive, slightly bleak colours of that lovely coastline.

Molly has won a string of awards and prizes, including a Young Artist Award at the huge National Lynn Painter-Stainers Competition at the Painters Hall in London in 2006, opening lots of doors in the art world.
Molly exhibits extensively throughout the UK and regularly as a solo artist at The Appleyard Gallery in Holt and The Lime Tree Gallery in Suffolk and Bristol.  She is also represented by The Market House Gallery in Marazion, Devon and has exhibited in a string of galleries including The Northcote Gallery in London, The Collyer Bristow Gallery in London, The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, The Compass Gallery in Glasgow and The Mall Gallery in Devon.

Tracey Ross

Monday 31st August to Sunday 27th September 2015

Tracey’s work celebrates the beauty of creation — drawing inspiration from the huge skies and ever–changing light and atmosphere of North Norfolk. Capturing the energy of nature and a sense of joy when painting this wonderful coastline are important aspects of her work.

Tracey studied textile design and went on to complete a Visual Studies degree at Norwich University of the Arts. She is a member of the Norwich 20 Group and participates in the annual Norfolk Open Studios. Tracey holds creative art workshops and offers private tuition in north Norfolk. Her work is held in private collections both here and abroad.

Group Show: Tor Falcon, Sara Freakley, Margot Huston, Mary MacCarthy, Chloe Mandy & Susannah Penrose

Sunday 7th June until Sunday 26th July 2015

Tor Falcon is a landscape artist from Norfolk. She works quickly in pastel, outside in her subject matter. She is currently spending a year drawing The Peddars Way and will be showing the work at Abbott & Holder in London, in March 2016. You can read her blog, about her progress along The Peddars Way, by going to her website.

Sara Freakley originally trained as a furniture designer and taught for many years in secondary and higher education. For the last eight years she has devoted her time to painting, mainly in oil. She has exhibited at the Eastern Open, had two solo exhibitions with the Bircham Gallery and a recent exhibition at Creake Abbey. Most of her paintings start with something seen but then become infused with a specific thought or feeling. Journeys and movement, perhaps across a landscape or from one ‘state’ to another, are ones to which she frequently returns. Although the origins or meaning of her pictures may not be obvious, Sara hopes the viewer will find them thought provoking and engaging.

Margot Huston studied art at Shrewsbury Art College and John Cass College of Commercial Art. Her landscapes and compositions are based on the natural forms found on the beach and the ever-changing coastal light of North Norfolk. She paints in oil, watercolour and mixed media.

Mary MacCarthy studied Textile Design & Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art & Design. After 25 years of design and decorative work, she turned to mural painting (teaming up with Susannah Penrose). She has always drawn and painted a variety of subjects from garden flowers and veg to landscapes and scenes from travels. Mary has had three exhibitions in the café, and is currently working towards an exhibition at Creake Abbey in September.

Chloe Mandy graduated from the State University of New York (Purchase College) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an award for outstanding painting. After moving to Spain where she painted and exhibited widely, she was shortlisted for the Premio de Palma Young Artist Award. She has exhibited in Spain, New York and England, and currently lives and works in Norfolk. She has undertaken numerous commissions, including a painting of Ruby Wax’s children, and several major works for Swiss banks. Chloe has exhibited in Norwich Castle, The Forum, and the Kings Lynn Art Centre she is represented by galleries in Norfolk and London.

Susannah Penrose was born and brought up in Norfolk, Susannah studied fine art at Bath Academy of Art, and The City & Guilds College of Art, London. Since graduating in 1984, she has been working as an artist. For over 30 years she has been the artist and colour matcher for restoration teams country-wide including the ceilings at Chatsworth and the restoration of Charleston Sussex. She has continued to paint in her own right throughout and has exhibited widely. She also paints murals and has had a variety of commissions from private houses to a ceiling at the Cafe Royal, London. Now back on the North Norfolk coast and painting full time, she takes commissions for paintings, and for murals with Mary MacCarthy.

Guy Allen

Saturday 20th June - Sunday 5th July 2015

After a successful first solo exhibition in London with Grandy Art last year, Guy is bringing his portfolio of etchings back to his home county this June for a solo exhibition in the Wiveton Hall Art Barn.

With distinctive style and striking ability, Guy continually experiments with his approach; combining etchings with lithography, linocut, aquatint and gold-leaf, adding colour, texture and a more tonal quality to the work.

Guy quickly established a reputation for exceptional draftsmanship. Having originally focused on animals as his subject-matter, above all he credits his artistic inspiration to his Norfolk roots, from his animal subjects to the more abstract forms, patterns and compositions scattered within and around the landscape.

In 2012 Guy trained as an assistant print maker at Curwen Studios, Cambridge. He has since moved to London and is now working as a full-time artist at Artichoke Print Studio, Brixton.

Guy has been accepted by the Royal Academy for their highly selective Summer Exhibition for the last two years and is represented by Grandy Art.

If you would like an invertation to the private view on Friday 19th June, please contact Guy directly.

07500 877816

Godfrey Sayers

Sunday 26th April until Sunday 7th June 2015

Godfrey has had a number of one-man shows in London as well as being one of Mandell’s regulars for many years. Although his work is distributed around the world it is most thickly spread throughout East Anglia and for him the greatest compliment, and his greatest satisfaction, is that so many of the young people of this coast buy his work so they can take a little of their heritage with them where-ever they go in the world.

His new book Once Upon a Tide is currently one of the county’s best sellers. It recounts his life as a fisherman and painter working within the ever-changing world that lies between the sea and its furthest reach along the north coast of Norfolk. Copies of his book are available in our shop.

Beachwatch - exhibition by Hugh Pilkington

September - October 2016


An Exhibition

Wiveton Hall
Did you lose a shoe on the North Norfolk Coast last year?
We probably have it!

Daisy, we have your coffee cup

Samantha Turner, we’ve found your balloon

Norman Chigumadzi, we have your rucksack
Twice a year The National Trust organises a rubbish collection along the North Norfolk Coast from Blakeney Point to Cley Beach. Volunteers collect ‘jetsam’ (items thrown into the sea) except for wood, which is left as wildlife habitat. All ‘flotsam’ (washed up natural material) is left on the beach. The rubbish is collected into black sacks that are brought to the Trust’s office in Blakeney before being sent to landfill.

The two most recent Beachwatch collections- undertaken in September 2015 and March 2016- yielded more than one hundred sacks of rubbish. Instead of being sent directly to landfill, the contents were sorted by hand. Organic rubbish was disposed of in landfill. Tin cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, plastic bags, plastic containers, tetra packs, metal and large hard plastic items were sorted and recycled. Retained items are arranged and displayed as an exhibition before being sent for recycling.

This exhibition draws attention to the huge amount of jetsam in the sea and is an exercise in aestheticising the unaesthetic.

Beachwatch is an exhibition by Hugh Pilkington.

The exhibition may be seen by taking the Wiveton Hall Garden Walk. It will run until the end of the season.

Ger A Elwood

Monday, 3rd October - Sunday, 30th October 2016

Ger A Elwood is an Irish artist, living and working in Norfolk. She has a strong affinity with the texture of paint finding it the freest mediums to express herself.

Her paintings are a concentration of abstracted coastal compositions of rhythms, moods, memory and the colour of maritime Norfolk and her native West of Ireland peninsulas.