The West Norfolk Artists Association was set up in October 2000 to promote visual art from this area of Norfolk. Now well into its second decade, the WNAA membership numbers around 120 and is open to artists of all abilities, from professionals to students. We embrace all forms of the visual arts, and our members include painters, printers, photographers, cartoonists, sculptors, potters, installation artists, and those working with textiles and jewellery. You can see some of our members' work in the slideshow on the right. The WNAA is run on a voluntary basis by a committee of approximately ten members, currently chaired by John Walker.
A networking group
The primary function of the Association is to support its members and to enable them to feel part of a community, rather than just working alone. To this end we have regular meetings, a monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page to enable members to exchange views and ideas.
Promotion of members' work
One of the benefits of being a member of the Association is the ability to promote your artwork, through Association exhibitions and through the members' pages on this website. On those pages you can see images of individual members' work and find out information about them and how to contact them. In 2010 we produced and sold a calendar of members' work, to promote them and to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Campaigning on behalf of the arts community
The WNAA is always prepared to campaign on behalf of West Norfolk artists if they are faced with cuts in arts funding or other injustices. With the weight of a substantial membership, we can sometimes influence events in a way that would not be possible for an individual.
How to join us
New members are always very welcome. The annual subscription is £15, but there are various concessions. If you would like to join, you can find all the information and a downloadable membership form here.
History and archive
The Association originally came into being as a group of participants in the Norfolk Open Studios scheme, and you can read a fascinating account of those early days, written by founder member Michael Bell. The Association is collecting together an archive of old newsletters and other information, some of which you can see here.
There have been many memorable exhibitions, meetings and other events in the history of the WNAA. Here you can see some photos of those past times, supplied by Association members. New contributions to this archive are always welcome.
Additional information and Association documents
Click on an image to be taken to that member's personal page. Hover the cursor over an image to pause the slideshow. Remove the cursor to continue.
The next WNAA monthly ArtExchange meeting will be a sketching and social evening at Great Bircham windmill. Take the opportunity to paint or sketch around this historic Norfolk landmark and then repair to the nearby King's Head pub for a drink and natter!
Meet at Great Bircham windmill at 7pm on Tuesday 14th July.