Arts & Culture

What’s On – Sept 22

Nofolk Open Studios

24 September – 9 October 

10am-5pm (see individual listings for each artist’s opening times) Free 

Hundreds of artists will open their studio doors across Norfolk to share their creative processes this autumn. 

Makers and creators will be at work in their studios, garages, spare rooms, garden rooms, community spaces and schools sharing how and where they work. 

Visitors can explore the county in early autumn through studio visits and an array of art trails, events and demonstrations. 

Artists at all stages of their careers will be taking part, from school and college students through to emerging artists and established and professional creators and makers. 

Visitors will find painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers, wood workers, jewellery makers, ceramicists, textile artists and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk. 

Ben Alden, a figurative painter based in Norwich, said: “My studio is at the bottom of the garden, amongst plants and apple trees. I’ve only been working in the space a year, but in that time, it has become a very beautiful and peaceful place to work. This is my first year taking part in Norfolk Open Studios, and I’m looking forward to inviting visitors to see where I create my paintings and experience the processes I go through; from building and stretching the canvas, seeing works in progress and the final framing.” 

Textile artist Jennifer Williams is taking part for the first time and is based in Stowbridge in West Norfolk. She said: “I’m taking part in Norfolk Open studio to raise awareness of my practice, working in a niche and understated handcraft that is ultimately fizzling out, I want to inspire and educate people of the exciting possibilities. Visitors to my studio can expect to have full demonstrations of my working practice and you can give any of these things a try with the assistance of myself.” 

Many artists will be offering additional events, demonstrations and workshops to share their skills and practice. In total there will be 218 studio venues, 19 schools taking part, 11 art trails and 28 events. A school preview exhibition will be held at the Undercroft in Norwich (15-24 September) and additional preview exhibitions will take place in West Norfolk and at the Greenhouse Gallery in Norwich. 

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There are some fabulous events going on at your local John Lewis this month… 

John Lewis Norwich

Autumn Beauty Evening 

Thursday 22 September – 5.30-8pm

Join our beauty experts for autumn make-up and skincare inspiration and enjoy a glass of fizz. On the night there will be beauty demonstrations, mini treatments, autumn make-up ideas, exclusive gifts with a purchase and prizes to be won.

Tickets are £5, which can be claimed back against a purchase on the night. 

Book your place today by visiting the beauty department or by emailing


All Things Baby event – Free Event

Thursday 27 October – 6.15pm 

Join our nursery team along with our lingerie and beauty experts, at our regular events for expectant parents at John Lewis Norwich.

These parental sessions will include information to help you prepare for your new arrival and the chance to discover local organisations to support you from birth
and beyond.

To pre-book your place at one of our events visit the nursery department or email


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