GroundWork Gallery shows works by contemporary artists who care about how we see the world. Its exhibitions and creative programmes show how art can enable us all to respond to our changing environment and shape its future.
Wayne Binitie, Flora Bowden, Shaun Fraser & Kabir Hussain: four artists working in glass, metals, photography, film, drawing, who are considering contemporary issues of climate change alongside deeper stories of the earth’s formation.
Open 11-4 Tuesdays to Saturdays
Upstairs at Groundwork 13 October - 16 December
Barbara Howey, Stewart Hearn, Laura Huston, Femke Lemmens: four artists working in glass, textile, paint and ceramic. They are all inspired by the possibilities between materials, forms and the subtle colours formed by nature, intensified, sometimes harshly, by the chemicals which pollute it.
Groundwork Gallery’s latest award is from the town’s Mayor for the design and building conversion. Last year it won the prestigious Nick Reeves award for Art and Environment, made jointly by CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) and CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World) and was a regional finalist for Civic Trust Awards.
GroundWork Gallery has been open for just 2 years and is the only UK contemporary gallery to concentrate exclusively on art and environment. Within a small gem of a building in central King's Lynn, in semi-domestic space over 2 floors, it hosts themed exhibitions, events, discussions and meetings to explore how art and artists can enable us to respond to the changing environment.
Facing the entrance to GroundWork Gallery is a special work of art made by Richard Long for the opening exhibition, Sunlight and Gravity, celebrating his long friendship with the late Roger Ackling. It is one of his famous wall-drawings, a magical vision of a wall of soil. You will see River Ouse mud as never before.
Immerse yourself in art and heritage from this spacious, self-contained space for 2+ at the heart of a lovely town at the edge of glorious Eastern England. Get some of the best views in town from its comfortable attic living space and be peacefully established only moments from the high street.
On 10 November, 2-5, Emilie Dufresne will run a poetry workshop about psycho-geography and memory and experience of place. Then, for a study day on 10 November at Thoresby College, we will tackle theory, looking especially at the current hot theory of the earth’s geology: the Anthropocene, with one of its principal exponents, Professor Colin Waters.
Steeped in heritage from its quayside to a picturesque Old Town, King's Lynn must be visited for its spectacular location on the Great Ouse river and its very large number of historic listed buildings. There is always something interesting going on, festivals and heritage events, places to eat and drink, walks along the quayside and old town.
GroundWork has made a special theme of artist-designed jewellery and you will find new artists and pieces featured each season in the shop upstairs. Regular exhibitors are Kirsten Sonne, Linda McFarlane, Lindsey Gallacher, Sheila Churchill. New this season are nature-inspired works by Helga Mogensen (pictured) and Madeleine Spencer. Their works will increasingly feature on-line, but basically you need to visit and see them properly.