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Bird drawings inspired by Diss to feature in Corn Hall exhibition

A drawing of a robin by Alice Lee which will feature at the Diss Corn Hall exhibition. Picture: ALICE LEE

A drawing of a robin by Alice Lee which will feature at the Diss Corn Hall exhibition. Picture: ALICE LEE

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A Norwich artist’s bird drawings inspired by some of Diss’ best known landmarks opens at the Corn Hall this week.

The new entrance to the Corn Hall at Diss after its refurbishment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe new entrance to the Corn Hall at Diss after its refurbishment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Following on from her recent solo shows at Flint and Norwich Arts Centre, Alice Lee will combine her printed drawings of birds associated with Diss Mere with an installation inspired by the colours and architecture of the Corn Hall itself.

She said: “I have enjoyed researching this project very much as I wanted to incorporate local history and familiarity into the exhibition.

“I would like to thank the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service for all their help with my research.”

Ms Lee is an artist and curator based in Norwich who develops a variety of independent, nationwide projects under the name of Parallel Point.

In 2015, she was shortlisted in both The Visual Art and EDP People’s Choice categories for the Norfolk Art Awards.

Justine Moss, arts and heritage officer at the Corn Hall, said: “We are thrilled to be showing the work of Alice Lee at this stage in her career.

“That she has responded to Diss and the Corn Hall through her work and the design of the show will transform the main gallery. I can’t wait to see it.

“It is also a great opportunity to buy work by this up and coming artist, with examples to suit all budgets.”

All work will be for sale, including a selection of prints and cards.

Also for sale will be robin pin badges, designed by Ms Lee, to fundraise for a new charity littlelifts - which aims to provide support and comfort to women facing chemotherapy treatment for primary breast cancer.

Oa Hackett, founder of littlelifts, said: “It’s great that the exhibition will continue to help to raise awareness of littlelifts, which is a newly set up charity aimed at providing support to women who face chemotherapy treatment for primary breast cancer at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.”

The exhibition runs from Wednesday, July 19 to Thursday, August 31 and is open from 10am to 4pm each day.

An open evening will be held in the Corn Hall’s main gallery on Wednesday, July 19 from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Everyone is welcome.

Ms Lee will also hold free drop-in bird colouring-in workshops for all ages on Saturday, July 22 and Thursday, August 10, between 11am and 3pm on each day.

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