A deconstructed creation - Cold Dark Matter, Cornelia Parker. Courtesy Norwich Castle.
When the wrapping and unwrapping is done, why not treat yourself to a cultural outing over Christmas? The 24 Hour Museum has had a look around and found a few exhibitions that might do the trick.
Norwich Castle has a couple of crackers on loan from Tate this winter – two major installations by British artist Cornelia Parker. Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991) consists of a shed and its contents, blown up by the army, while Thirty Pieces of Silver (1988-89) is the result of over a thousand silver objects being steamrollered! Norwich Castle is keeping the works until the end of February 2005.
Surprise! doesn’t involve any eruptions, but is a smashing opportunity to see some modern masterpieces by the likes of Joan Miró, David Hockney and local artists Michael Andrews and Ana Maria Pacheco (Head of Fine Art at Norwich School of Art & Design during the late 1980s). The artwork is taken from private collections in Norfolk and will be at the castle’s Timothy Gurney Gallery until January 9 2005.
Some surprisingly good stuff is being shown off at the Timothy Gurney Gallery. Howard Hodgkin, Interior 9AG, 1972 © Howard Hodgkin
It’s no surprise that Norwich’s hands-on science centre, Inspire, has something fascinating for families this month. However, the centre’s interactive water feature, Water Cities, is due to dry up on December 31, so if you want to find out a lot of wet facts, now’s the time to get Inspired. Check with the museum for opening times in Christmas week.
Has your appetite for watery exhibits been whetted? Try Great Yarmouth’s brand new museum, Time and Tide. The museum, located in a Victorian herring curing works, allows visitors to wander through Yarmouth’s rich maritime and fishing heritage.
English Heritage looks after lots of sites in Norfolk – why not take in a tour of several of its old buildings on a bright day? Castle Acre boasts a medieval priory with a monks’ herb garden and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle.
Remember, you can always tape the Sound of Music — so go out and get some cultural action this Christmas!