Opening the 2017 Open Exhibition on Friday night, Bob Brandt referred to the IEA’s genesis in discussions in the spring of 2012 between The Gallery owner, Adrian Hill, and the institute’s first president, Brian Ryder. After five years of gradual development, he said that this year the IEA had ‘come of age’. In 2017 three weekend workshops have been held, as well as a third Members’ Exhibition – this time in Southwold. The institute’s social media profile has been fully developed and a Friends’ Group launched.
In a huge leap forward, submissions for this year’s exhibitions have been received digitally online, resulting in over 250 works being submitted from artists throughout a wide area of East Anglia, and with just over 100, by more than 70 artists, being selected for display.
The Private View attracted a larger crowd than ever, celebrating the award of the annual prizes and the announcement of new Provisional members being selected by the Council of the IEA.