Artworks | Blackthorpe Barn

Saturday 30 September – Sunday 15 October 2023
10am – 5pm
Admission free

With its reputation for high standards of fresh and contemporary work, Artworks seeks to interest and inspire in a wide range of media created by 30 of East Anglia’s leading artists.

A highlight of the East Anglian art scene, the Artworks exhibition will be open for two weeks from 30th September to 15th October 2023.

This is a great opportunity to see contemporary 2D and 3D work by 30 of East Anglia’s established and popular artists. All the exhibits are new to the Artworks each year and are for sale. There are also daily opportunities to meet the artists at the exhibition.

A great favourite of the exhibition is the Mini Artworks Prize Draw; thirty mini artworks created by the Artworks artists will be on display during the main exhibition and the proceeds benefit their Schools Programme and a chosen East Anglian charity.

The setting for the exhibition is the spectacular thatched, late medieval Blackthorpe Barn, part of the Rougham Estate and there is a cafe at the end of the thatched barn serving drinks and snacks and ample parking.

Images from 2018 Exhibition

Blackthorpe Barn was built in c.1550 as a threshing barn on lands that formerly belonged to the Benedictine abbey at Bury St. Edmunds. The barn remained in use as such until 1985 when it received a new lease of life as an arts centre.

Every year over 2,500 people visit the Artworks annual exhibition. Here are just a few of their comments:

An eclectic and rewarding mix of East Anglian work – East Anglian Daily Times

Regions artists show strokes of genius at the annual display – Evening Star

Standard very high my heart and humour tickled often

As ever cool, witty, sophisticated and honest

Very inspirational work in a beautiful venue

The superb exhibition enjoyed it so much

So glad I came! Thanks to everyone involved

Very enjoyable a good range of very impressive work

Great selection and really different

Stunning exhibition

Interesting and vibrant

Further details about all these events can be found on our website.