Cromer ArtSpace aims to engage and inspire the local community with art in public places, encouraging audience engagement and participation by increasing the understanding of the arts. We aim to be fresh and outward looking, supporting artists and bringing works and events of quality and imagination to Cromer.
We will enable projects which increase accessibility, support local businesses and help the arts to become valued as a vital part of local life.
In 2020 we commissioned a research project which investigated how other towns have developed high quality, innovative and contemporary public art – opening opportunities on a world scale for participation and understanding.
Interviews were undertaken with interested locals, arts professionals, innovators and grant giving bodies. The resultant report has enabled us to plan and formulate ideas for future possibilities which would be suitable for Cromer.
Cromer Lockdown Views Project
Offered an opportunity for all-comers to be creative and to use Lockdown Isolation as subject matter. More than 40 people took part, from professional artists to total beginners and the project grew to become an online gallery of paintings, photographs, 3D works, films and poetry. A further 16 moving and energetic entries came from school groups, all reflecting the mood of Cromer during Covid19.
Two A3 sized posters were produced, and each entrant received copies. More were posted around town and are on sale through our website
The Bigger Picture Project
Brings great works of art to the streets of Cromer, displaying full- size reproductions of famous paintings in various outdoor locations. The impossibility of travel to galleries and museums during the dark days of Covid19 spurred on the idea, and there has been a great response from locals, visitors and businesses around town. Linked to our website and Facebook page we have reached many thousands of viewers. Originally due to finish in June 2021 we have been asked to continue through to 2022.
Sea, Salt, Chalk and Sand – Exhibition Project
Now in the planning stage for October 2021 there will be a two week exhibition of work by a wide range of East Anglian artists. Based in Cromer Community Hall there will also be a great choice of workshops, films, talks, music, cabaret and events for all-comers to engage with and enjoy.