The 2012 Eastern Open – Your Invite

Your Invite to an Art Opening…

Opening Event; 31st of March, 2pm-onwards.
King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust, 29 King Street, King´s Lynn Norfolk PE30 1HA.

An artwork from my current series of work, entitled “An introduction to Grief and Joy” has been selected by the judges to be part of the Eastern Open 2012 Art Exhibition.

Why not come along to the Opening from 2pm on the 31st of March (this coming Saturday) to see the original work amongst other great original works from other artists, whilst supping from a glass or two of wine. My work is for sale too, with commission to help support the regional Arts Centre Trust. Oh, and this will be the final time my work will be on show in the region.

I wanted to enter this competition the second and final time, as I respected the judge Jessica Lack’s writing in The Guardian which, in the past, had focussed on the Arts’ relationship to the environment – something which this featured work also explores (i.e. a symbolic depiction of the limbo between utter depletion of fossil-fuels and the resulting freedom from our chains of addiction to them).

More details;

“The prestigious Eastern Open Art Competition embraces its 43rd year (the largest and longest-running such competition in the country), once again attracting entries from across 7 counties of the eastern region.

The judges this year from the art world were: Jessica Lack, Arts Writer for The Guardian for 12 years and is co-author of “Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms”, 20th Century Design Expert, TV presenter and author, Mark Hill, and freelance curator and Director of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Yasmin Canvin. Together they assessed over 700 pieces of 2D and digital artworks.”

The 2012 Eastern Open Exhibition is running from 31 March – 19 May.
Galleries are open from 10am – 5pm (closed Sundays, Mondays & Bank Holidays).
King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust,

29 King Street,
King´s Lynn Norfolk,
PE30 1HA

I hope to see you there this coming Saturday.



Phil Barrington Artwork; “The Lovers”

“Love * Union * Passion * Sexuality * Pleasure * Humanism * Desire * Individual values * Physical attraction * Connection”

In a nutshell; my ‘The Lovers’ tarot card-inspired work is a canvas board-based collage of found items.

Specifically; 18 years ago I acquired a large private collection of photographs (polaroids etc.) shot and processed in the 1960s-1970s that were clearly sent between lovers in a sexual fantasy context, often with accompanying hand-written notes of lust on the reverse side of the home-made prints.

It is a small pasted & matte-varnished selection of these original photographs, together with other elements; ink stamp, dried drops of blood (my own), hand-written annotations, and more, that comprise my tarot card.

“The Lovers” [detail].

Preparatory trimmings for “The Lovers” mixed media collage on canvas. The work features only one facsimile (a blow-up of “The Lovers” tarot card itself) – the rest of the media is original, including actual vintage amateur photographs, a splice of film, and cut-up pages from a 1971 sex manual for couples.

“The Lovers” – with example of frame.
12″X 16″. Mixed media collage on canvas. Original Edition of 1.

“The Lovers”12″X 16″. Mixed media collage on canvas. Original Edition of 1.
Phil Barrington.


The Opening of the Art Lounge (Rampant Horse, East Anglia, England)

Part I of the photographs taken from the launch of the OOTB Art Lounge at the Rampant Horse, East Anglia, England (March 10th 2012) – for which I am co-organiser/co-curator. More photographs coming soon. My thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Opening, and I hope you all enjoyed the food and live entertainment on offer at the Rampant Horse on the night – as well as the artwork on the walls!

Bridget Heriz‘s unmistakable figurative works have already received really positive feedback from visitors.

One of the OOTB favourites, from Amanda Colville (Mangle Prints).

Shane Hyde‘s breathtaking landscapes are a key focus of the new Bar area.

Another great work by Bridget Heriz.

Jon Parry’s vibrant expressionist landscape.

A stunning print by regional naturalist fine artist Jon Parry. Remember folks, all these works are for sale at the venue itself.

Amanda Colville‘s work greets winers & diners at the Rampant Horse, East Anglia, England.

Amanda Colville‘s series of bold prints joyfully inhabit two areas of the new Restaurant of the Rampant Horse.

One of our particular favourites of Bridget Heriz‘s figurative works.

Frivolity and naked celebration at the Rampant Horse, as painted by Bridget Heriz.

Another great work by Bridget Heriz.

Remember that all artworks are for sale at the venue, and are on show for the foreseeable future – so why not pop in, have a great quality wine or beer, and sample the superb food as you peruse the artwork on the walls of the brand-new Restaurant & Bar. The Rampant Horse, Gayton, East Anglia PE32 1PA, (01553) 636123.

More photographs coming soon,


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Your invite to our Art Lounge, East Anglia England (Mar 10th 2012)

You are invited to our first Art Lounge opening THIS weekend! Yes, on the 10th of March from 8pm, our inaugural Art Lounge shall be opening at the grand launch of the stylish new restaurant and bar of the historic Rampant Horse, Gayton, Norfolk, England PE32 1PA, amidst free food, music, high quality drink and high quality original art.

Q. So, what’s all this about an Art Lounge then? Where is it?
A. Well, Art Lounge isn’t so much a venue as a concept that fits in with existing venues.

Fresh from the success of the OOTB ‘Facing Hard Times’ International Open Exhibition late last year (the first of its kind in West Norfolk), the Out of the Box Curators are now offering seasonally-themed rotating open art exhibitions for the walls of bars, restaurants and hotels – potentially throughout the world; real talking points at meeting venues as lovers, friends, and families drink, eat and be merry against a backdrop of YOUR artwork.

Q. Oh, I see. How can I get involved and submit MY artwork then? And what kinds of artwork do you accept?
A. More details are coming soon, but we shall be arranging a straightforward Open Exhibition admission structure for each venue. Keep looking on our facebook page or in your email box as we finalise more details. We accept both classic art styles as well as cutting-edge contemporary works (currently in 2D).

Q. What else is there to know?
A. Our first Art Lounge is opening THIS weekend! Yes, on the 10th of March from 8pm, our inaugural Art Lounge shall be opening at the grand launch of the stylish new restaurant and bar of the historic Rampant Horse, Gayton, Norfolk, England PE32 1PA.

Any of our Facebook OOTB ‘Likies’ are, of course, invited to attend the opening event, with gorgeous tapas food on offer, the best drinks on tap, and live music as you peruse the great artwork on show in this superb graded building venue.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Phil Barrington