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Exhibition to showcase 170 years of art and design

I thought I was the audience and then I looked at you
The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts
Tuesday 21st August – Tuesday 4th September 2012

Norwich University of the Arts is proud to present a new exhibition: I thought I was the audience and then I looked at you. This innovative and challenging exhibition showcases the NUA Collection, spanning nearly 170 years of art and design education in Norwich. The show looks to provide a new perspective on past artistic production, beginning to creatively re-interpret the history and meaning of art. It focuses on the relationship between historical and contemporary practice, with narrative elements taken from ‘A Happy Eye; A School of Art in Norwich 1845-1982’ written by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton in 1982.

The NUA Collection houses three archives: the Historical Archive which dates back to the mid-1800s and includes drawings by former students, the Norwich Gallery Archive and the EAST International Archive, which combined document 30 years of highly influential shows, artists, events and programmes held in the same gallery space as this exhibition.

Curators Alison Humphrey, Charlotte Carver and Phoebe O’Donnell state: “The diversity of these collections is represented within the gallery space. By viewing historic reference points and anecdotes through a contemporary lens, the audience is invited to take a similar journey to that of artists and students who have come to Norwich to work, learn and be inspired by the stories told and experiences they have had. It is now that we look to the past to determine how our history may have influenced the present, and potentially the future.”

Works include classical figurative plaster casts used for generations of art students as drawing aids, and anatomical drawings by past students. Presented in contrast to these historical pieces are contemporary works of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and film by international artists.

I thought I was the audience and then I looked at you is the first exhibition to be curated by graduating students from the MA Curation programme.

Exhibition details

The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts
St Georges Street
Norwich NR3 1BB

Open Tuesday 21st August – Tuesday 4th September 2012
Open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Closed Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August, and Sunday 2nd September

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