2 September 2022 – 30 April 2023
Pictures Around Cromer, The National Gallery Collection (2 September 2022 – 30 April 2023) is an outdoor exhibition across the seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk, comprising of up to 30 life-size replica artworks from the National Gallery collection.
Following the successful Bigger Picture initiative devised by Cromer Artspace whereby life-size reproductions of great works of art from all over the world were displayed in various outdoor locations around the town of Cromer during lockdown, the facsimiles from the National Gallery collection will be seen in multiple locations throughout the town accompanied by a label with information about the artwork and a QR code linking to further online resources. Cromer Artspace will also produce a printed guide and map.
The Gallery’s Learning Team have been running a free and exclusive teacher training session for local primary schools.
Every year, the National Gallery partners with organisations and audiences across the UK in a range of different and innovative ways to encourage everyone in Britain to engage with their national collection. Great art should enrich the daily life of everyone in Britain today, and over the past three years, the National Gallery has partnered with a large number of organisations of very different scales through a variety of projects.
National Gallery Director Dr Gabriele Finaldi said: ‘The work of Cromer Artspace and their Bigger Picture initiative was well received by their local community. We are delighted to be able to deepen our collaboration with Cromer Artspace and to help stage an outdoor exhibition which we hope will bring much delight to visitors and inhabitants of Cromer alike.’
Barry Meadows, Cromer Artspace Trustee, said: ‘As a small charity run entirely by volunteers, we were really pleased with the community feedback on the Bigger Picture Project with extremely positive support and requests for more of the same. So when the National Gallery suggested a follow-up exhibition, we knew it was a good match for Cromer. Our survey last year highlighted the difficulty people have with the cost and time necessary to visit exhibitions and we love the idea of the National Gallery coming here to exhibit on our walls.’
The Bigger Picture and the follow up Pictures Around Cromer, The National Gallery Collection, are financially supported by North Norfolk District Council, Cromer Town Council, Norfolk County Council and the Geoffrey Watling Charity, as well as many local businesses and individuals.