holding space

Castle and Marketplace

holding space features nearly 50 works from Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery’s Modern and Contemporary Art collection, dating from 1964 to the present day.

The exhibition marks the year in which the Timothy Gurney Gallery was inaugurated as a space dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art.

The works in holding space explore our interaction with the spaces which surround us and how they function in our lives. Some works explore physical bodies, with the memories and experiences held within them. Other works explore the ways in which we are connected to one another, through family, geography, shared ideas or emotions.

The display presents new works in the collection from leading contemporary artists including Ibrahim Mahama, Beatrice Gibson and Florence Peake – some of which are on show for the first time. Other artists featured in the exhibition include Michael Andrews, Elisabeth Frink, Georgina Starr and Bruce Lacey.

holding space also includes works which focus on Norwich Castle itself as a space, image, location or idea, reflecting on the building’s complex history – from a space of imprisonment to its modern incarnation as a place for exploration, learning and celebration.

We are grateful to our funders, supporters and donors in particular Art Fund, Contemporary Art Society, The Friends of the Norwich Museums, Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.