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Image Credit: Richard Billingham, Untitled, 1994-6 (detail)

Image Credit: Richard Billingham, Untitled, 1994-6 (detail)



Winnie Herbsten: Before I could speak, x spoke
Outpost, Norwich
Until 5 March 2017

Outpost’s first exhibition of 2017 features new work by Glasgow-based artist Winnie Herbstein.

Next exhibition at Outpost

Rebecca Ackroyd: House Fire
24 March - 16 April 2017


Richard Billingham: Order Out of Chaos
Art Exchange, University of Essex
24 February 2017 - 25 March 2017

Richard Billingham’s refreshingly direct pictures of family life stunned the artworld when first exhibited in the 1990s. We re-visit these iconic photographs, now shown alongside videos from the same era. Full details available here.

‘Is Southend Homophobic?'
LGBTQI* History Month
Saturday 25 February 2017, 6- 9.30pm
Focal Point Gallery, Southend

To mark LGBTQI* History Month, Focal Point are inviting everyone into the gallery for a Saturday night takeaway!

Over food they will ask what life is like for LGBTQI* people in Essex, question if the town is homophobic and/or transphobic and attempt to answer some questions you have about the LGBTQI* community.

Local artist Scottee will chair the dinner alongside Southend based LGBTQI* artists, thinkers and doers. This will be followed by a performance from the trans, queer, riot grrrl punk band T-Bitch.

There will be queer zines for sale. Full information can be found here.

Also at Focal Point Gallery

Volker Eichelmann: On Peacock Island, featuring Stephen Tennant
Until 23 April 2017

Kettle’s Yard host a Symposium at Tate Exchange
Conditions for Creative Communities

Tuesday 7 March, 2017, 11am-4pm.

Explore and define the core elements for collaborative projects between artists, cultural organisations and communities. Speakers include recent Open House Artists in Residence Isabella Martin and Emma Smith, community members and Kettle’s Yard’s programme team who are leading Open House. The conference will also welcome Kim Wide, Director and Beth Richards, Producer, from Efford Take a Part (TAP), Sarah Plumb, PhD Researcher from University of Leicester School of Museum Studies, Trish Scott and Fiona Parry from Turner Contemporary. Free, booking essential. Full information can be found here.

University of Hertfordshire Art and Design Gallery
In and Out of Sight
18 March 2017 - 6 May 2017

In and Out of Sight is a dynamic and evolving exhibition encompassing drawing, sculpture, film, installation and live works by artists Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jo Coupe and Jennifer Douglas. Performance is the starting point for the work and while none of the artists would describe themselves as performers, increasingly they are realising the role of performance inherent in the research, making or presentation of each artist's work. More information can be found here .



Young artists and filmmakers from the Southeast are featured in The Playback Festival in association with Random Acts
ICA, London
9-12 March, 2017

Celebrating the creativity of young people from across England, over 145 high-quality short films made by 16-24 year-olds will be screened as part of an interactive exhibition. All films were made as part of Random Acts, a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4 which aims to showcase bold expressions of creativity. The works will be presented across interactive video jukeboxes—as well as a large projection screen—this will be the first time that all of the young filmmakers’ work will be screened together in one place. Full details here.

Anglia Ruskin University, Cinemaplus Norwich, Dance East, Epic Studios Norwich, Firstsite, Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge and Wysing Arts Centre are founding members of the Ignition Network led by Screen South, Folkestone. We support young people between the ages of 16-24 to take ideas from concept, through all aspects of the production process, to completion of broadcast quality films that all have the opportunity to be picked up for potential online and terrestrial broadcast by CH4 as part of their NEW Random Acts series. Look out for the next open call here.


Circuit with Stand up to Racism present Art is Action
Saturday 18 March 2017. 12pm-4pm
Market Square, Cambridge

A day sharing and celebrating our common ground with social campaigners Stand Up to Racism. More information can be found here.

Circuit is a national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums and Circuit Cambridge is led by young people in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire supported by Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre. More information about the programme can be found here.