Cley 17 is centred in the spectacular St Margaret of Antioch church, work will also be shown at other venues throughout Cley, including: Made in Cley, Cley Harnser, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre and on the spectacular NWT beach and saltmarsh.
A guest curator, appointed by the committee each year, selects from an open call for submissions to ensure a continuing fresh approach to the exhibition. The curator is also encouraged to bring their own selection of invited guest artists to broaden the range of contributors to the show. This year's guest is Stephen Parry, from Great Ryburgh pottery, near Fakenham who will be utilising the huge outdoor, woodburning kiln he designed and built in 1980 capable of holding 700 pots to fire pots two metres high for Cley17.
Cley17 is curated by Marion Stuart who is an artist, art lecturer and founder of StudioDo, an open access ceramics studio in Norwich. Her brief is Connectivity and asks artists, artist groups, collaborators, craftspeople and designers to use historical context and local connections to create links between site and art. She states that, ‘Connecting is inherently human and one way to connect to the world is through art.’
60 selected artists will show new work in a diverse range of media: painting, drawing, photography, installation, sculpture, textile, ceramic, glass, mixed media and performance.
A full range of artist-led workshops, talks and events are available and full details can be found on the Cley Contemporary Art website. http://www.cleycontemporaryart.org/workshops-2017.html