Beccles Society of Artists is an art society, based in Beccles in north Suffolk, which is dedicated to the furtherance and enjoyment of art. Most, but not all, members are practising artists and a popular annual exhibition is held each year in August. The Society meets monthly at the Waveney Centre in Beccles for talks or demonstrations by professional artists or other experts in art and associated fields. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, please sign up here.
When you visit Halesworth make sure you visit the Museum, housed in the Victorian Railway Station.
For more than twenty years volunteers have been collecting and researching the history and archaeology of this fascinating corner of Suffolk.
Spend some time with the displays which will take you across 10,000 years, from the earliest settlers in the Blyth Valley to the busy hub of malting, brewing and agriculture which was the town in Victorian times.
I am a writer, textile artist/bookbinder with a keen interest in fables, folktales, myths, and exploring ancient places.
I’m an enthusiastic walker also, and my writing is inspired by the many journeys I’ve made; from visiting mysterious places and ancient churches to observations within the woods, of wildlife, and of walking in nature.
My textile/bookbinding work is an extension of this. I mostly work in silk, with each piece being hand-dyed, painted and embellished.
The Yare Gallery, located on South Quay in Great Yarmouth, is a free to enter art gallery, showing local and international art.
This beautiful, light-filled and atmospheric three floor Grade II listed building with walled garden hosts an annual programme of exhibitions, talks and community activities.
Mark has painted for over forty years with work appearing on television seven times.
He was awarded First Prize by Bill Oddie on the program Moving Art, host George Melly, and interview by Sister Wendy Beckett. Mark has shown in New York, Interart Gallery, Jarvis Centre, Williamsburg Historical Center, and France, Norway, and Holland.
In London he won the Lucy Morrison Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League and exhibited in House of Commons, Royal Academy, Mall Galleries, Tripp Gallery, Logos Gallery, as well as Fruit Market Gallery Scotland; The Minories, Chappel Galleries, Norwich Castle, and Ferini Art Gallery.
Mark grew up in East Anglia and studied at art schools in Great Yarmouth and Manchester. He is now based in the Suffolk market town of Bungay. A figurative style based on sound drawing and heightened colour was prevalent in the early large scale works. A move to a series of figures in fields of colour and stronger definition was the direct influence of experiments with sculpture. Latterly, paintings have become much smaller and introspective. Delicate drawings and designs for commissioned sculpture have also attracted admiration.
Work has been shown on Anglia Television and has appeared in arts reviews in the Guardian, and regularly in the Eastern Daily Press. Mark has exhibited in London, Norway, France, Austria, USA and South Africa and work is held in private collections throughout the world.
Suffolk artist and print maker Mickey Gibbons, has spent most of his career in London working as an award-winning creative director within the publishing industry. Mickey studied Illustration at Portsmouth and went on to work for English Heritage as a small finds illustrator before moving to London to become a freelance magazine designer. His innovative design work has included sports, music and lifestyle titles that he has taken from conceptual ideas to the news stands.
After rediscovering his love of drawing, Mickey began using a cheap pack of felt pens to quickly and expressively record the infinite complexities of East Anglia’s beauty. Mickey’s art is made ‘en plien’ at a wide range of locations including rural landscapes and industrial heartlands.
Mickey also uses the photopolymer plate process to produce limited edition prints of the drawings. He has also recently self-published a curation of the felt pen drawings in a book called ‘Sheet137 – Lowestoft’.
The focus of Mickey’s work is on the physical act of drawing and the fragile opportunity of getting just one chance to capture a fleeting scene. His obsessive love of the vast Suffolk skies and moving seas allows him to exploit the inherent range of a felt pens tones and mark-making which references both the Impressionists and Japanese calligraphers before him. There is a desire within his work to bring a sense of contemporary modernity to landscape art that embraces both its abstraction and serenity.
I work in mixed media with a focus on natural objects and landscape. I enjoy the hidden corners, hedgerows and unfamiliar views. Currently I am making a series of intricate paintings inspired by a collection of sea shells. I am studying for a BA in painting with the OCA.
“When the lights go out And the darkness surrounds you Open your eyes
to the Wonderment”
Bill Jackson is a multi award winning photographer, filmmaker and sound artist. The concept of time is crucial to his ideas, exchanging the classic definition of photography as a series of instant glimpses of the world in which we live, to a personal definition of ‘space-time’.
A conceptualist arts education in the early 70’s at Coventry School Of Art continues to inform my thinking and work practice. Drawing or mark making in its widest interpretation is integral to his work. The mark, either as an engineering drawing or a mathematical notation, is the beginning of the journey to new ideas.
As a young art student, he was influenced by Pollock’s approach to random mark making and the artist’s’ intervention in that process. He creates stages for these interventions to unfold; with the knowledge of these stages in daylight, the ‘performance’ is transformed by night.
As a nocturnal photographer and filmmaker, he works with specially constructed drawing tools in the darkness of night to engage with natural elements including the sea and the wind to map out spaces and environments, tapping into the natural energies to trace and draw, and document unique, live, site specific performances. The reality of the captured image is fundamental to all his work, particularly with long exposure photography.
In 1986 he transitioned from photography and ventured into cyberspace, initially experimenting with early digital formats, combining them with analogue photography. Through this period major electronic mapping works included ‘Iconoclast’ and ‘The Journey of The Skin Man’. These were later used to illustrate the current concerns about photography at a symposium at The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in 1991.
I am a Suffolk based painter and printmaker. I exhibit widely in the UK and my work is held in public, corporate and private collections worldwide.
My origins are in the Fens, the wider East Anglian landscape means a great deal to me in terms of space, the horizon and also sky/water/land relationships.
In all its shifting, beguiling and quiet forms this is my most powerful inspiration.
My work is characterised by a strong sense of place, a fine balance of abstraction and representation, by exploration of colour, vibrant mark making, texture and rhythm.
Inspiration comes from direct and repeated observation of the landscape; both intimate and distant, then mediated through complex layering techniques in the studio using a 1940’s offset litho press. It is in the spirit of quiet contemplation.
I hope this spirit will infiltrate the final pieces and create space and places to be lingered within and slowly journeyed through.
Further examples of my work can be viewed on my website at: www.janehuman.co.uk