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Exhibition Archive

Details of shows from the history of The Gallery at NUA.

Staff Show

27/01/15 – 28/02/15

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight is an exhibition of work by NUA staff curated by Professor Nichola Johnson and Hannah Higham.

N170 Projection

16/02/15 – 01/03/15

N170 Digital Projection

From 5pm – 10pm a digital HD outside projection which will showcase some of the best student and alumni work from across all our courses. Find out more.

Anne Square

04/11/14 – 10/01/15

About Life: John Wonnacott and John Lessore

Curated by Professor Lynda Morris

John Wonnacott and John Lessore taught at Norwich School of Art from 1978 to 1986 and in that time made a distinguished set of drawings and paintings of the city and their teaching. The paintings were bought by Tate, the Arts Council Collection, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and private collectors. Since then the reputation of Wonnacott and Lessore has grown internationally.


12/08/14 – 13/09/14

Afteryears: Reflections on British Art 1946 – 1952

Selected from The Arts Council Collection by Laura Dennis and Anthony Williams, MA Curation students at Norwich University of the Arts. Afteryears: Reflections on British Art 1946-52 includes some of the very first works collected by the Arts Council from some of the most significant artists of the period including Barbara Hepworth, Partick Heron and Victor Pasmore.

NUA Degree Shows 2014 poster

02/07/14 – 08/07/14

NUA Degree Shows 2014

Campus-wide exhibition of the graduating work of students across all arts, design and media courses.

Bishop's Art Prize

17/06/14 – 28/06/14

Bishop’s Art Prize

The Bishop’s Art Prize was established in 2003 and invites final year student at NUA to submit a piece of work in response to a theme set by the Bishop of Norwich.

Fluor Red, Sophia Starling

11/03/14 – 05/04/14

Jerwood Painting Fellowships

Launched in 2013, the Jerwood Painting Fellowships are part of Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA), a contemporary national touring programme of awards, exhibitions and events. The Gallery at NUA presents work by recipients Anthony Faroux, Susan Sluglett and Sophia Starling.


21/01/14 – 01/03/14


The Gallery at NUA presented a solo show of photographic images by Noah Da Costa.

After The Re-Start

03/12/13 – 11/01/14

To Wander, To Lust

Following the success of his first solo show in New Delhi, the Gallery at NUA hosted To Wander, To Lust – a show that is a reflection of the artist’s dedication, hard work and love of his practice. It is to be followed by his forthcoming solo show in New York.

Tony Hill Doors


See Things Differently

Norwich University of the Arts and The Forum brought artist and film-maker Tony Hill to their city centre galleries throughout November. The Gallery at NUA will showed recent installations, The Doors and The Pool alongside some of Hill’s ingenious filming rigs, bringing sculptural objects and moving image together to create an exhibition of contemporary artwork.

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Unpicking – rebinding

Unpicking – rebinding was a one-day exhibition by Les Bicknell, NUA Senior Lecturer in Textile Design. The artworks on display formed part of Bicknell’s response to an Arts Council funded project which explores the role of the fold within historical and contemporary textiles and printed material held in heritage collections within the Eastern region.



For What It’s Worth

For What It’s Worth brought works by Turner Prize-winning artists to the Gallery at NUA in Norwich, Norfolk. Selected by three MA Curation students from works held in the Arts Council Collection, this exhibition explored how artworks, developed in Britain since the late 1970s, represent and challenge the idea and meaning of value, moving towards varied and sometimes surprising interpretations beyond those of mere financial worth.

Portrait of Professor Lynda Morris


Dear Lynda…

As part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2013, the Gallery at NUA presented ‘Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda…’, a fitting homecoming to celebrate the ongoing work of NUA Professor of Curation and Art History Lynda Morris, curator, writer, patron and muse.

Japanese illustration on paper


Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper

Washi, or handmade Japanese paper, has long held a central role in the domestic, spiritual and cultural life of Japan. Its aesthetic of simplicity, purity and tranquillity mirrors a fundamental aspect of Japanese culture itself. This exhibition celebrated both the rich history of washi and the stunning variety that exists within the washi universe. Examples from two collections are featured here: the portion of the nineteenth century Parkes Collection held in the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the twenty-first century Washi: The Soul of Japan collection.

Avis Newman window sign

22/01/13 – 02/03/13

Mobile Relations

Avis Newman is perhaps best known for her works on canvas and paper and objects that trace a long-standing preoccupation with ideas of origin and language. Contemporary perceptions and concepts of drawing are often central to her work.

Colouring book sketch

04/12/12 – 12/01/13

My Giant Colouring Book

Jake and Dinos Chapman first came to prominence as part of the YBA movement of the 1990s. The brothers featured in the Royal Academy’s seminal 1997 exhibition ‘Sensation’, showing a sculptural version of Goya’s disasters of war. They returned to Goya’s work in 2003 when they caused outrage for painting their own ghoulish imagery over an original set of etchings.

Newspaper and paint collage

30/10/12 – 2411/12

One Thousand Sketches

Colin Self’s production and collection of works include rapid sketches, mementoes, assemblage and collage which evoke feelings of restlessness and immersion within the mind of the viewer. Self uses diverse means and subject matter to create an array of kaleidoscopic imagery from printed and torn materials featuring thematic diversity and comedic elements such as cartoons, hot dogs and rabbits in hutches.

Graphic illustrations of an umbrella and a wine glass superimposed over letters A and B

18/09/12 – 13/10/12


Michael Craig-Martin is one of the most influential British artists of recent decades. He was a key figure for the YBA (Young British Artists) generation many of whom he taught in his capacity as Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. In Alphabet he has produced 26 screen prints in which the letters of the alphabet are overlaid with everyday objects such as a book, a glass of water or an umbrella.


– Curator Lynda Morris 1991-2009

Norwich University of the Arts held the major open exhibition EASTinternational 1991-2009. Selected by powerful international figures: Konrad Fischer, Marian Goodman, Rudi Fuchs, Nicholas Logsdail, Matthew Higgs and great artists Giuseppi Penone, Richard Long, Lawrence Weiner, Mary Kelly, Peter Doig, Neo Rauch, who objectively selected young artists from throughout the world: Jeremy Deller, Massimo Bartolini, Martin Creed, Steven Shearer, Tomoko Takahashi, Runa Islam, George Shaw, BANK, Lucy McKenzie, Haris Epaminonda, Meschac Gaba, Hurvin Anderson, Toby Zeigler, Richard Hughes, Ruth Ewan, Luke Fowler, Karla Black, Sara McKillop, Corin Sworn, Laure Prouvost and refocused attention on Phyllida Barlow, Zarina Bhimji, Rose Wylie, Peter Kennard.

Norwich Gallery

– Curator Lynda Morris 1980-2009

The 1980s programme was developed with NUA staff, the Kitchen Sink Painters Edward Middleditch, Derrick Greaves and Nigel Henderson Independent Group. Kitaj’s Human Clay inspired the reintroduction of the Life Room run by John Wonnacott and John Lessore. Other exhibitions included Henry Tonks, Sickert, Rouault, Peter Greenham, Norman Blamey and Peter Fuller’s drawing polemic Rocks and Flesh. 1989-1992 included Marginalisation and Alienation curated by Eddie Chambers, Katy Deepwell, John Roberts and Third Text British Art & Immigration. EASTinternational influenced much of the programme and historical exhibitions of conceptualism Marcel Broodthaers, Jeff Wall, Gerry Schum videogallery, Conception 1968-72 and Unconcealed 1967-77.