The Painter of Angels June 7th - 12th
Art Alive concentrated its activities this year in two venues: The Narthex, Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich and the Welborne Festival. The Narthex hosted an exhibition of photographs by Paul Hurst of Angels on painted Rood Screens in Norfolk Churches, in particular St Michael and All Angels, Barton Turf. The exhibiton was entitled ‘The Painter of Angels’ and also saw the launch of an Art Alive commissioned poem by Caroline Gilfillan entitled’ The Painter of Angels’. Caroline read the poem at the launch of the exhibition. Alongside the exhibition there were works by three artists who had exhibited them at the Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail: Andy Hibberd, David Holgate and John Bardell.
Caroline Gilfillan was asked to run a poetry workshop on June 12th.
The exhibition was warmly received and over 500 visitors saw it.
Points for the future: Exhibitions need to be on for more days and should avoid major liturgical festivals at The Cathedral. Publicity needs to be properly targeted to more one event. It is important that Art Alive has its own leaflets.
The Welborne Festival June 18th - 19th
Art Alive contributed funding to support the willow sculptures of Joy Whiddett, which were in the churchyard of All Saints Church. One of the sculptures is now permanently in the
churchyard. The theme for the Festival this year was The Circus. Art Alive was grateful to Allies Computing, Norfolk County Council, The Town Close Estate Charity, and The Diocesan Mission Fund for their financial support for Art Alive 2011.