Workshop with Liz Balkwill, Still Life in oils or pastel.

The workshop was about the setting up of a simple still life. We were asked to bring three or more objects and oil paint or pastels.
Liz began the day with a lively and interesting demo. She gave us ideas about successful ways to set up our objects within a three cornered board. She encouraged us to look at the shapes and pattern of the items within the space Then beginning with the first tonal layer of paint, we watched her gradually building up the colour using freshly mixed “piles” of paint. Liz told us that she actually keeps her palette in the freezer which keeps it all fresh and clean to use again!
Each of us then worked individually on our own arrangements and most certainly achieved great results, because at the end of the day our paintings made an impressive display!
by Julie Hodgson

Life Drawing group Wednesday 14th November 2018

Meet URCH Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6QR 2nd Wednesday of Month

The November model will be Eleanor (not our Chairman!) who is a dancer. The session will be comprised of short and medium length poses and promises to be interesting and inspirational.

Model session from 10am-12.45pm
Set up from 9.30am
Refreshments 50p

Contact -

Eleanor Alison 01493 700185 or 07818215551

Julie Hodgson 01603 211827 or 07795562580

November Social gathering, note change of venue!

The next social gathering is on Tuesday 13th November at our new venue

The Royal Oak
44 The Street
NR14 7JT
Tel: 01508 493734

starting at 7pm.

The theme is "Wood and Stone". Members are invited to bring a piece of their own work with this theme or talk briefly about other artists work within the theme. This gathering is becoming quite popular with a core group of members - a warm welcome awaits you! For more details contact Clive Brookes

Easel Party Saturday 27th October

Reminder it is our annual Feed Up and Feed Back Easel Party
2pm to 4pm
Saturday 27th October at United Reform Church

We hope you are able to join us for this Autumn gathering. Drinks will be provided. If you are able, bring some finger food to share. This is an opportunity to bring along work not accepted at selection for further comment, bring work in progress for comment, bring surplus materials to sell to members, bring a postcard size example of your work to swap!!! Or just come along and chat !!!

Please DO NOT park in the space reserved for church staff

Call to Artists Cley 19 Borderlines

From 4th July to 4th August 2019 at the Cley Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre. Deadline for applications is Monday 26th November 2018. For more information and an application form go to

October's Social Gathering at the new venue

The new venue for the social gatherings is
The Royal Oak
44 The Street
NR14 7JT
Tel: 01508 493734

Next gathering will be on Tuesday 13 November from 7pm. Read on for more information about the October meeting. ...more

Water's Edge exhibition October 24th to November 20th 2018

Member Lorraine Auton has organised this exhibition at the Studio Art Gallery, Acle in support of the Ocean Clean up campaign. Several NNAC members will be exhibiting there. The private view will be held on October 23rd from 7-9pm. For more details contact Lorraine on 01493 752089

Forum Exhibition 2018. The Jarrold prize winner

The winner of the Jarrold Art Prize at the 2018 Forum exhibition is Sue Willmer with her watercolour, Wetlands. Congratulations Sue! Sue wins a selection of art materials from Jarrold of Norwich. Thanks go to Jarrold of Norwich for their generous support.

Workshop with Ian McManus, watercolour

Saturday 13th October. The attendance was low due to other art activities taking place. The watercolour workshop, in my opinion, was one of the best I've ever attended. I was so pleased to get there. Please may we have this talented artist back again. By Marian Auger

Demo, Robert Nelmes. Satruday 22 September 1.45 - 4pm, URCH

Robert, who works in oils and watercolour and works often en plein air, will give us an oil landscape demonstration.
The demo will be held at URCH. Arrive by 1.45pm, demo finishes at 4pm.
Free for members. Non members also welcome for a small fee. Join NNAC on the day and get the fee refunded! No need to book, just turn up by 1.45pm sharp!

The Forum Exhibition 2018

The exhibition will be held at the Forum, Norwich starting on Sunday 30th September and closing at 3pm on Saturday 6th October. A small selection of work which will be on show can be found in the gallery heading on the home page.

Pop up Painting day 24th August

Kirstead Hall Pop-up Painting Day
Friday 24th August 2018
10.00am until 4.00pm

Ten members braved the drop in temperatures to paint in the wonderful surroundings of Kirstead Hall. We were made very welcome with coffee and tea readily available and enjoyed painting, drawing and sketching in the late summer sunshine. Thanks to Rae Dunthorne for getting this arranged for us.

Visit to the Munnings Museum, 4th August 2018

What a lovely trip members had to Castle House, Dedham, the Munnings Museum, last Saturday. ...more

Demo, John Patchett, Saturday 21st July NELSON ST First School. 1.45pm to 4pm. Please note venue!

John Patchett is a well known Norfolk artist who works in soft pastel. He is noted for his vibrant paintings of Norwich market though he does many landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes. he will demonstrate from sketch to finish, probably, giving tips on use of soft pastels along the way.

Summer trip to the Munnings museum, Dedham Essex

On Satruday 4th August. £25 per person ...more

Demo by Hashim Akib, Saturday 9th June

At Framingham Earl High school from 1.45pm to 4pm ...more

Programme 2018

Demonstrations are free for members. Unless otherwise stated please arrive promptly by 1.45 pm. Booking is not needed. Non members welcome for a nominal charge of £3-£5 per demonstration.
Workshops must be booked in advance. Fees may vary. Details will be published on the website and in the newsletter. ...more

Exhibition opportunities!

The Bank, Eye is looking for artists to exhibit for a month at a time, either individually or as a group. There is no hanging fee but commission will be taken at 20% on sales. Artists are requested to hang the exhibition, although there will be some limited help. E mail Sally at for more information. The Bank Eye also has a website and a Facebook page

Demo by Adebanji Alade. Saturday February 17th Framingham Earl high school

1.30 for 2pm start until 4pm. Free for members. Non members £3 ...more

Saturday January 27th, portrait demo by John Glover

Members had the opportunity to watch a demonstration by John Glover of a portrait in oils. You will remember that last year he did a portrait in pastels for us. This time his subject was our vice chairman Eleanor Alison who made a very good model. In a limited time he produced an excellent likeness alla prima and had everyone completely engaged in his process. Thank you John.

Art in Norwich

Art in Norwich August 2017 - March 2018 ...more

Forum Exhibition: The Jarrold Prize winner!

Sue Bunce won the Jarrold prize at the Forum exhibition, November 2017, with her beautiful little oil painting "Sea Horses". Sue wins a studio easel and £40 worth of art materials of her choice from Jarrrolds. Congratulations to Sue and many thanks to Jarrolds for sponsoring this prize again.

Food and Feedback Party

1.30-4pm Saturday 25th November at United Reform Church, Ipswich Road, Norwich ...more

Hostry exhibition 2017 winner of popular choice award.

Liz Balkwill won the popular choice award for her portrait entitled "The Builder". Liz wins a voucher from Norwich Art Supplies, St Benedict's street, Norwich. Congratulations Liz!

SAA Artist of the year!

Congratulations to member John Shave. ...more

Highly commended for NNAC member

Member Reg Anderson was awarded highly commended in the wildlife section of the SAA Artist of the Year competition 2017 for his pastel "Sparring Seals on the Norfolk Coast" Congratulations Reg. The commended painting and some of Reg's other work can be seen in the member gallery.

Watercolour demo by Jackie Devereux Saturday 20th May 2017

Line and Watercolour – A Bold Contemporary approach
by Jackie Devereux ...more