Norfolk has attracted and inspired generations of artists, writers and musicians.
Thanks to its wide horizons Norfolk is often referred to as ‘big sky country’ and the sense of space created here has inspired generations of artists, writers, and musicians.
Artists have long drawn on the Norfolk countryside as a place to celebrate and create inspirational art through painting and photography. The Norwich School of Artists including Cotman and Crome are rightly famous however, there is also a wider artistic heritage including artists such as Seago and Munnings.
The Norwich and Norfolk Festival is a 16 day celebration of creativity, culture and the arts which reaches over 350,000 people. It includes classical and modern music, visual arts and literature events as well as featuring performers from around the world.
The Sainsbury Centre at the UEA, based in Norwich, holds a world famous collection of art from Degas through to African tribal masks. The art galleries at Norwich Castle Museum hold regular exhibitions in association with the East Anglian Art Fund and the Tate; and there is an outstanding Open Studios programme across the County every summer with over 250 art studio spaces open to the public.
Kazuo Ishiguro and English author, Ian McEwan are just two of the alumni from the World renowned Creative Writing course at the University of East Anglia. And the county is home to writers including Bill Bryson, Louis de Bernieres and Rafaella Barker.
Norfolk not only attracts writers as a place to live and be inspired, but also a range of different national and international musicians as a place to perform - from classical music to rock and from pop to Jazz. Venues range from historic National Trust properties like Blickling or Holkham Hall to Thetford Forest or at The Waterfront.
Whether it is sculpture; photography, textiles or fashion Norfolk is home to World Class Art.