From 28 March until 8 April*, The Gallery Symondsbury is delighted to be hosting ‘Norman at 90’, a retrospective of the artwork of Norman Saunders-White, whose paintings range from the naturalistic to the abstract, record landscapes both at home and abroad and include more personal work drawn from his imagination and influenced by Magritte.
Many will know Norman from the varied roles he has filled over the 60 years that he’s been living in Dorset: librarian, teacher of art and drama, actor, director of youth theatre and director of combined arts weeks. But his enduring passion has always been the visual arts.
Having retrained as a teacher of Art and Drama in 1968, Norman held this post at several schools across West Dorset. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked with several avant-garde and street theatre companies performing across southern England and in Denmark and including roles in Colway Theatre Trust Community Plays directed by Ann Jellicoe.
During this time Norman continued painting using a variety of media, screen-printing, sculpture and etching. He worked collaboratively with the late Ken Sprague on large Community Art murals in Torrington Arts Centre. He has work in private collections across the UK as well as in Denmark, France and America.
The Gallery Symondsbury is normally open daily from 10.30-4.30, admission is free as is parking in the Estate’s car park.
* Please note that The Gallery will be following government guidelines, so before planning your visit, you can call 01308 301326 to confirm that it is open.