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New Yarmouth exhibition for art lovers

PUBLISHED: 13:51 08 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:33 03 July 2010

ART lovers have had the chance to choose their favourite works from the best that Great Yarmouth has to offer, thanks to a new exhibition at Time & Tide Museum.

ART lovers have had the chance to choose their favourite works from the best that Great Yarmouth has to offer, thanks to a new exhibition at Time & Tide Museum.

Our Choice: We Know What We Like, which opens tomorrow, has given schools and community groups the chance to pick from over 100 prints drawings or watercolours.

The museum sent out nearly 70 CD

packs to various groups in the area.

These contained images of a hundred

artworks selected by curator Emma

Davison from over 35,000 works, mainly by artists from the area or depicting local scenes, held in the Great Yarmouth museums collection.

Alison Hall, exhibitions co-ordinator for the area, thought that the scheme had been well received.

She said: “We've had a really good response to the idea, and people have been really keen to get involved, so hopefully the same will happen when it comes the exhibition.

“Our Choice is about making sure that people feel they have some sort of ownership of what we do here - it's important to play a role in the local community and get people involved in the way we work.”

Among participants were the Great

Yarmouth & District Photographic Group and a year 10 art class from Great Yarmouth High School.

As well as selecting their top three choices, the groups were able to add a few of their own words to describe why they picked what they did.

The comments, which will be displayed at the exhibition, include the following from Vivien Smith of the Red Herring pub on John Butcher's A North West View of the Quay: “It is not often you get to choose a picture when you order a pint! A lot of my customers are Yarmouth born and bred, and we chose this picture because it started us thinking about what Yarmouth was, what it is now and what it could be.”

Favourite among the final 40-strong collection, a number of which have not seen the light of day in years, was John Dashwood's Haven Bridge and Town Hall, which picked up nine votes.

The display runs until February 28, with opening hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 4pm in the weekend. Tickets to the exhibition only will cost £2.20, and full entry is £5.20 for adults and £3.80 for youngsters.


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