‘the cream of the region’s art’, East Anglian Daily Times
Established in 2000, Artworks is a professional group of thirty East Anglian based artists comprising painters, sculptors, printmakers and an installation artist working in a range of styles and media. Artworks’ main objective is to exhibit and sell its members’ new work at an annual showcase exhibition. It is resolutely committed to promoting excellence and artistic diversity in the work of its members and delivering this unique asset to the wider community. Artworks is also passionate about original printmaking and is therefore committed to selling only original prints. If and when there are vacancies, new members are elected at an annual selection meeting in the New Year. There is a membership fee and a modest commission on sales which contribute towards the running costs associated with the group.
Activities with local schools in the form of school visits to our exhibition and artist-led workshops in schools (for further details click HERE or on our Schools page) are also vital to Artworks’ commitment to community involvement. Now an annual event and providing funding for our work with schools is the Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw, with a proportion of the proceeds going to charity. Thirty prizes of 6”x 6” original works of art are created by all the artworks’ artists and displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition. This year, we are supporting Alzeimer’s Society (West Suffolk Services) which works to improving the quality of life of people affected by dementia (regd charity no 296645). For further information log on to their website www.alzeimers.org.uk. The draw, which has been exceptionally well received by our visitors, takes place on the last Saturday of the exhibition. For the results of the 2012 draw click HERE.
Thirty prizes of 6”x 6 original works of art are created by all the artworks’ artists and displayed throughout the duration of the exhibition. The draw, which has been exceptionally well received by our visitors, takes place on the last Saturday of the exhibition.
In 2012, 500 people attended artworks’ preview party and a further 1600 people, including children from local schools, visited the exhibition.
Artworks Exhibition 2013 at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9HZ
Following thirteen progressively successful exhibitions, we are now looking forward to our 14th annual exhibition in 2013. This will run from Saturday 7 – Sunday 29 September at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds. Once again, on each day throughout the exhibition, an artworks’ artist will be demonstrating their medium – always popular with visitors.
Alongside the exhibition, we also have an artworks’ shop selling artists’ original framed/mounted work, sculpture and cards. Artworks’ Café provides refreshments.
The Barn provides a spectacular setting for the Artworks exhibition. A magnificent timber-framed building, the barn was erected around 1550 on land that had belonged to the great Benedictine Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. After the Abbey was dissolved in 1539 the new owner of its lands in Rougham, erected Blackthorpe Barn as a threshing barn in which capacity it continued in use until 1985. Restored in 1991, the Barn is now in use as a popular venue for arts events (www.blackthorpebarn.com).