New art shop looking for local talent

AN artist and ex-scaffolder who risked it all when he sold his house to pursue his dream of bringing a new arts space to Great Yarmouth is appealing for local talent.

AN artist and ex-scaffolder who risked it all when he sold his house to pursue his dream of bringing a new arts space to Great Yarmouth is appealing for local talent.

It was shortly after losing his job and being diagnosed with a form of arthritis that Anthony James Beaney, known as Beano, decided to sell his four bedroom home in Newtown for a site at 33a Market Row.

Now, four years after moving in, he and a team are in the final stages of renovating the space using mostly recycled materials in preparation for the gallery.

Named Dead Monkeys No Brians, it will be open on April 1 with a strong focus on contemporary art.


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And Beano, 50, is looking for local artists who might want to display their work and join the twelve artists currently involved with the project.

He said: “I have lived here all my life and I've had this idea for some time. I think that the creative side to Great Yarmouth is really starting to take off at the moment.”

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Beano was able to bring the project together after studying a business course, and receiving a grant from, locally-based enterprise agency NWES last year.

He also emphasised that new talent was welcome, explaining that among the works on display will be those of a student from Great Yarmouth College.

“We're not looking for the kinds of watercolours you see elsewhere but we are looking for contemporary artists who work in a range of mediums- kind of like the Tate Modern.”

Those interested can contact Sarah Lamprell on 07722270894.

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