Watercolour by Chrissie Everard

Chrissie Everard, 'The Lighthouse', watercolour

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11 August 2018

Two watercolours by Chrissie Everard have recently been accepted into the School House Gallery in Wighton, Norfolk, to join the mixed exhibition in 2018. The house has links to the family of celebrated sculptor Henry Moore.  

In the early 1920s, Henry Moore spent holidays here with his headmistress sister who taught there year round. The school house was occupied by American artist Alfred Cohen until his death in 2001. It now houses regular public exhibitions of his work. During most of the year the Gallery presents a mixed exhibition of vibrant, mainly figurative, modern works.

“It is a fascinating gallery that many visitors might miss - I did for years of driving past it!” says Chrissie Everard. “I’m thrilled that my two small watercolours are being given a chance here.”

Watercolour by Chrissie Everard

Chrissie Everard, 'The Road to Wells', watercolour

The School House at Wighton has an historic connection with 20th century art and was where Henry Moore carved some of his earliest sculptures. In 1922 his sister, Mary Moore, was appointed headmistress. When she moved to Wighton she brought her parents and young brother Henry with her. During his vacations from the Royal College of Art he sculpted in the garden. In 1993 the Henry Moore Foundation and the School House Gallery put on the exhibition ‘Henry Moore and the Sea’.

The Gallery also houses the Alfred Cohen Art Foundation, and includes a permanent (but changing) exhibition Cohen’s graphic work, in particular his screenprints.

The Gallery has put on exhibitions of work by Henry Moore, David Hockney, Eric Gill, Alfred Cohen, Derrick Greaves, Anthony Benjamin, and David Jones, as well as regular mixed exhibitions. Other artists exhibited include: Norman Ackroyd, Edward Bawden, David Bomberg, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, Josef Herman, Margaret Mellis, , Mary Newcomb, Victor Passmore, John Piper.

The Gallery is open Daily, 11.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.,including Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays.

Alfred Cohen is the subject of research by Prof. Max Saunders, King's College London, more information about Alfred Cohen and The Schoolhouse Gallery here