Shortcuts & Digressions: Contemporary Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection

An exhibition of sculptural works from the Arts Council collection chosen by British artist Brian Griffiths, best known for his witty and inventive sculptures that have a peculiarly English realism.

Elizabeth Wright, pizza delivery mped enlarged to 145% its original size Courtesy Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright, pizza delivery mped enlarged to 145% its original size

Brian Griffiths is the sculptor who uses found objects and invokes the power of the imagination to transform the most mundane of materials. From fun fairs to elephants, he builds magical assemblages out of junk.

He was invited by the Arts Council to choose a selection of artworks from the collection that explore similar themes to his own work. These include objects that look at time, movement, travel and the narrative potential of objects.

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For the duration of the exhibition, Brian Griffith’s own installation ‘These Foolish Travels’ will be exhibited in the Norwich Castle Keep. A ramshackle collection of carnavalesque dwellings, the work is a witty, absurd rumination on our reverence for historical artefacts.

From patched-up tents to cardboard ships, these chipped paint and frayed canvas creations invoke the faded charm of the big top and all the fun of the fair.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery Castle Hill, Norwich Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.80)

2 Jan – 30 Jun, 30 Sep – 31 Dec
Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm
Sun, 1 – 4.30pm

1 Jul – 29 Sep
Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 1 – 5pm

Closed 1 Jan, 24 – 26 Dec