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.

Current exhibition: Water Rising, Making Art in Storm and Calm, 9 March - 1 June, 2019. See below and under current exhibitions for the programme. Come to the conference on May 17 details here.

Water Rising, 9 March - 1 June.

As water is rising steadily throughout the world, we need to think harder about adapting to new sustainable patterns of life. This exciting mixed exhibition features the work of 8 artists whose are thinking creatively about direct encounters with water, about its dangers and about its beauty and power. Works are by Susan Hiller, Peter Matthews, Simon Faithfull (above), Lynn Dennison, Annie Turner, Stewart Hearn, Sophie Marritt, Roger Coulam. See the trailer article in the Lynn News:

The exhibitions always make the heart sing and the spirit soar

New Jewellery

There is always a stunning collection of artist’s jewellery in 5 display cases Upstairs at GroundWork. This season we are representing Judy McCaig (a brooch illustrated above) and Amanda Denison, as well as Helga Mogensen, Kirsten Sonne, Linda McFarlane, Madeleine Spencer and Kate Marshall. All have distinctive practices in tune with a strong environmental ethos.


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,

About GroundWork gallery

GroundWork Gallery has been open for just over 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.

I congratulate you on the incredibly beautiful work, and the amazing speedy advances you have made in such a short time to become a much needed, ever appreciated - truly significant space for art - curated by people that know their stuff.

Water Rising: art, innovation, change and development. Conference: 17 May, 10.30-6

Get some cutting-edge info from an unmissable GroundWork conference-study day. Hear about and discuss all kinds of water-rising issues from many perspectives. Marvellous speakers representing the different fields of art, engineering, geography, architecture, water security, will entertain and inform us. To be held at Thoresby College and supported by Anglian Water’s Keep It Clear Campaign. Book here:

Richard Long: The Great Ouse Mud Drawing

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.

British Science Week

The first week of Water Rising coincided with British Science Week 8-17 March, and we are delighted to have been awarded a grant to conduct a community project, 'Living with Water', with The Forward Day Centre, King's Lynn. We are combining art and science throughout or programme (which extends beyond the week) and working with Anglian Water’s Keep It Clear Campaign. We intend to investigate how we use water in the home, and how and where it appears in the town. What are the tools and vessels we need to manage water and to contain it? How do we communicate messages about keeping water clean and healthy?

King's Lynn

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. 

Designer apartment to rent

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.

The apartment is in a perfect location for all the interesting things there are to do in King’s Lynn and the surrounding area. We found everyone so ready to help and friendly. The apartment is beautifully furnished with lots of thoughtful touches - making for a really enjoyable stay. I would highly recommend both the accommodation and the town.”
— A recent guest