About the Institute of East Anglian Artists

The IEA was started in 2012 by four people. They included Adrian Hill, owner of The Gallery, Holt, and Brian Ryder, a professional artist who is a Council Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

For some generations, there has been a strong tradition of fine art in eastern England, and there are still enthusiastic artists and groups. But there has been no single organisation that seeks to promote and support that enthusiasm in a society of national standing. That is the avowed aim of the IEA.

October 2012 saw the inaugural exhibition with works from invited artists. Sir Norman Lamb (then the area MP) became the patron. Each year since the IEA has continued to hold an Open Exhibition for all artists living in the region. Pictures are chosen for the submissions by a panel of IEA artists, and occasionally external experts.

To find out how artists become members of the IEA, use the becoming a member link.

The Object of the IEA is to advance the practice, appreciation and general understanding of the art of painting and printing by artists who are resident in the area of East Anglia.  It represents both established and up-and-coming artists and includes artists who are also members of national societies such as the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Many of its members and supporters are individually involved in teaching painting and graphics through classes, master classes, and workshops, in various mediums and styles.

A non-profit-making organisation, the operation of the IEA is governed by a formal Constitution.

Constitution Becoming a Member


Council Members

Adrian Hill FRSA (Commercial Advisor & Ex Officio)

Derek Blois

Andrew Dibben (Founder)

Liz Balkwill

Lucy Pegg

Nicholas Elliott

Kimberley Walker

Mari French

Les Williams

Advisors to the IEA

Adrian Hill FRSA (Commercial & Ex Officio)

Brian Ryder (Founder)

Bob Brandt (Founder)

Next Council Meeting

TBC (Online)

Minutes of meetings are available to all Members upon request.