About the Institute of East Anglian Artists

  • History of the IEA

The IEA was formed in March 2012 by a group of four founder members led by Adrian Hill, the owner of The Gallery in Holt, North Norfolk, and Brian Ryder, a professional artist who is a member of the council of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

For generations, there has been a strong tradition of fine art in eastern England, and the area continues to support a very large number of enthusiastic painting groups and individual artists. To date, there has been no single organisation which seeks to promote and support that enthusiasm through a society of national standing.

In October of 2012 an inaugural exhibition was held, showing work by invited artists, and Norman Lamb MP agreed to become the IEA’s patron. That first exhibition has been followed by Open Exhibitions in each of the following years to which all artists living in East Anglia have been invited to submit work. The paintings to be exhibited are chosen from those submitted by a Selection Panel which includes IEA members together with invited independent art 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 in any medium as practised by artists who are resident in the area of East Anglia.  It represents both established and up-and-coming artists who live in that area and includes amongst its member’s artists who are also members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and other national societies.

With its flagship event being the Annual Open Exhibition, the IEA also organises a programme of other events, including exhibitions for its members and other activities open to all-comers. 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, a copy of which can be found by following the link below.

COUNCIL MEMBERS (as of 28/06/21)

  • Jane Hodgson (President)
  • James Power (Vice-President)
  • Derek Blois
  • Andrew Dibben
  • Mari French
  • Wayne Ford
  • Nicholas Elliott
  • Pauline Sexton
  • Lucy Pegg (Friends)
  • Peter Alcock-Hodgson (Treasurer/Social Media)
  • Mark Wilkins (Admin)



  • Adrian Hill
  • Brain Ryder (Founder)
  • Bob Brandt (Founder)


Council Meetings (Scheduled 2021 @ 5.30pm Online, unless arranged otherwise)

06 December




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Map of the Area of East Anglia as defined by the IEA