Old and new sparkle in Yarmouth gallery

AN exhibition of rarely seen gems alongside unique contemporary pieces is taking place at Great Yarmouth Central Library galleries this month.

The Transitions project has involved young people, artists, museums and long-term residents to bring together views about change in Great Yarmouth past and present.

The exhibition is the culmination of a year’s activity with different groups of individuals who have responded to pictures, artefacts, records or past memories to produce their own paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, poems and writing on the theme of cultural transition.

Members of the Priory Gallery Group, students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College and local artists have taken the opportunity to visit the art collection store in the care of Great Yarmouth Museums.

Each participant has selected a piece from the collection as a source for his or her own research and creative expression.

A group of under 12s from the Middlegate Hut Group have worked with poet Rupert Mallin and young filmmaker Jade Yaxley over the summer holiday. They visited the Tolhouse Museum, participated in workshops about bullying past and present, and produced drawings and ideas for animation.

A group of over 55s has worked with rarely seen objects at the Time and Tide Museum and others have contributed through reminiscence.

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All have used material from the past to think about the present and to create new work.

Artists Rupert Mallin, Jade Yaxley, Katarzyna Coleman and Bridget Heriz have helped with different aspects of the project.

Transitions is organised by Great Yarmouth artists group ARC and is funded by Awards for All.

The exhibition runs from November 10-19, 10am-5pm.