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Although the excitement of Christmas and New Year is now over, that doesn’t mean that the fun stops in January! In fact – it’s the perfect time of year to experience something new, do something that you love, discover a different favourite place, and get your 2022 off to a brilliant start.
And here in Norwich, there’s plenty of events and fantastic things to see, to do just that.
If there’s one thing that Norwich always delivers on, it’s a thriving arts and culture scene. This January, expand your horizons with one of the wonderful exhibitions on show at Norwich’s iconic cultural venues.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is always a treat. The stunning Sculpture Park is free to roam around and makes for the perfect wintery walk. Simply grab a hot cup of coffee or tea from the café in the centre before heading out. You’re sure to be wowed by what’s on display – including the Goodwood Steps by Anthony Carrow which spans over 33 metres in width and 3 metres in height!
Inside the centre, there’s not one, but TWO exhibitions. Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years is on until the end of the month, so don’t miss your last chance to catch this stirring exhibition. Showcasing the famous artist’s early works exploring gender, identity and fetishism, it’s great for those who love ceramics and art that pushes boundaries. Tickets £12, £11 concessions.
Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951, is a unique display at the Sainsbury Centre until 17 July, and it’s a fantastic introduction to art if you’re looking to discover something new this January. Drawn from the Sainsbury Centre’s own collection, this exhibition celebrates the abstract. Comprised from 120 objects across sculpture, painting, drawing and more, there’s plenty to see. And the best part? It’s completely free to see! And to really delve deep, you can experience a free guided tour, taking place at 11.30am Tuesday – Sunday from 18 January. Reserve your place at the front desk on arrival.
Norwich Castle isn’t just a pretty sight in the centre of Norwich. It’s also home to a fantastic museum and art gallery. And if you take a visit this month, you’ll catch a glimpse of Textile Treasures. This exhibition is a celebration of some of the best loved textiles in Norwich Castle’s nationally important Costume and Textile collection.
With examples of patchwork, applique and embroidery, the pieces on show not only demonstrate incredible artistry, but they also tell the story of Norwich’s history, and the lives of ordinary people in times gone by. One of the best things about this exhibition is that the textiles are presented on open display, not behind glass. This offers visitors a uniquely intimate view of the pieces which are not usually on show to the public. Running until the 20 February, it’s free to see Textile Treasures with standard admission to the museum. £6.70 adults, £6.20 children.
Edible East Art / Science Trail
Do you want to learn something new this January? Or perhaps you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids? Either way, the Edible East Art / Science Trail could be just the thing you’re looking for. This interactive trail features artworks by local artists, inspired by the world-leading science taking place on Norwich Research Park. It explores the future of food, discussing the latest work on food security and health and what’s going on locally with sustainable food growing and community opportunities. Find art and information panels at the Forum, Norwich Cathedral herb garden, Norwich Castle gates and more. See a map on the website here.
For some brilliant entertainment that’s sure to brighten up the cold January days, there’s nothing better than popping along to the theatre! Grab yourself some food before the show and you’ve got yourself a pretty special evening.
The Book of Mormon
For a bit of pizzazz, check out the West End touring production of the Book of Mormon, arriving at Norwich Theatre Royal on the 25 January. This toe-tapping, laughter inducing musical is sure to get your 2022 off to a good start with big tunes, big laughs and more. Tickets from £25, 14+ age guidance.