Exploring the work of two important British painters and the pieces they made in and around Norwich while they were teaching in the city during the early 1980s.

Wonnacott and Lessore were brought to Norwich in 1978 by the artist Edward Middleditch. He was heading up the city's School of Art and asked the duo to develop a new Life Room, where students could be trained to draw using the traditional skills of anatomy and perception.

The pair created two Life Rooms in the riverside studios, where they ran classes and also made their own work. This exhibition includes examples of the portraiture, anatomy studies, figure painting and Norwich cityscapes which they produced during this period, while also exploring different approaches to the way art is taught.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU

01603 493625


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  • Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 1-4.30pm

(1 July – 23 September 2019 open until 5pm)

  • Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

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