The Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) represents both established and up-and-coming artists who live in the area.

Our members consistently demonstrate artistic excellence and achievement and are rewarded with a place within the Institute.

IEA Annual Open Exhibition 2020

As a result of the current pandemic emergency, The Gallery is re-scheduling its programme of exhibitions. As a consequence, it will not be possible for us to present this year’s Open Exhibition as planned. The exhibition will now be postponed until early 2021.

As soon as we have more information for you, we will let you have the new dates – including, of course, the date upon which we will be opening online submissions. Our best wishes to you all.

Derek Blois, President IEA.

Home Advice Support Service Launched

It is the aim of the IEA to support and assist any artists who live in the East Anglian region, and during the present pandemic emergency, we want to extend that support to any art groups in the area who might find it useful.

Our first image is from S.G. Hendry entitled “Terry”

We recognise that although many of us would like to be famous artists, by far the most artwork is produced in the many classes and workshops which operate throughout the country. Those groups provide invaluable support to their members, against the background of their shared interest in painting and drawing and their enjoyment of meeting regularly for that purpose.

To launch our new Home Advice Support service we are offering to review and comment upon any artwork you may care to send us. At least to start with, our tutor with be Bob Brandt, a Fellow and Past President of the IEA. Bob has been a full-time professional artist for more than thirty years. He has exhibited widely in the West of England and, more recently, in Norfolk. His paintings have been selected several times to be shown in the annual exhibitions of both the Royal Institute of Painters in Oils and the Royal Society of Marine Artists in the Mall Galleries in London. He has contributed to the Artists & Illustrators, The Artist and the International Artist magazines as well as several art books.

He has taught at and run his own art classes for many years and has presented demonstrations and organised workshops with several art societies in the region. He is used to offering positive but supportive and encouraging advice about paintings sent to him for comment.

There is, of course, no charge for this service.

Now that many of us are confined at home with time on our hands, we have the opportunity to spend at least some of that time drawing and painting. Bob firmly believes that it is only through regular practice that any artist can improve.

If you or your group would like to take advantage of this support service, just send images of your paintings to Bob at the following email address:

Depending only on the level of demand, he will reply to you as quickly as he can with his comments and advice and looks forward with interest to seeing your work. Good luck and good health during these troubling times.

The Council of the IEA.

During this isolation period, many of our members are busy creating