Norwich Gallery Faces Closure After Funding Cuts

By Rose Shillito | 27 July 2007
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Norwich Gallery - the future of its public services are now in question. © Norwich School of Art and Design

One of the East of England’s most exciting and important spaces for contemporary art is facing closure, following cuts in funding by the Arts Council.

Norwich Gallery is financed from a grant awarded to the prestigious Norwich School of Art & Design by the Arts Council. Now that cuts have been made in that funding the future of the gallery looks uncertain.

The gallery is currently hosting East International, an open submission exhibition featuring the work of 27 artists from Europe, North America and Britain, as part of Contemporary Art Norwich 2007 visual arts festival.

oil painting featuring darkly lit interior with shadow of person on the walls

Andrew Cranston, Sullen Art. EASTinternational 2007 at Norwich Gallery and School of Art and Design, 14 July-18 August 2007

Arts Council spokeswoman Aileen Muir said the funding had been under review for some time.

“Arts Council England, East, has been working with Norwich School of Art & Design to review our partnership and refresh our priorities," she said in a statement."Together with other stakeholders in the city, we have been exploring a range of ideas for delivering high quality visual arts to audiences in Norwich, building on the legacy of Norwich Gallery and taking into account all stakeholders capacity and resources.”

“Contemporary Art Norwich is one facet of this step-change, which we supported directly this year. This international and culturally diverse visual arts event aims to attract support and investment to run on a biennial basis."

"It is an initiative of Arts Council England, East in partnership with Norwich City Council and Norwich School of Art and Design that has the potential to create a city transformed by art, putting Norwich firmly on the cultural visitor map and promoting the East region as the centre for talent and innovation.”

It’s thought that the gallery, which is part of Norwich School of Arts & Design, will continue to host the School's annual graduate show and will be available for hire.

At the time of writing, no-one was available for comment at the Norwich School. A decision on the future of the gallery is expected later this year.

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