What to expect at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show Art Gallery

3:00 p.m. June 23, 2022

The Royal Norfolk Show Art Gallery, sponsored by Arnolds Keys, exhibits one of East Anglia’s largest collections of artwork. Arts and Culture Manager Tom Cringle paints a picture of what to expect at this year’s show.

Whether you know your abstract expressionism from your pointillism, your still life from your seascape, immersing yourself in the world of art is invigorating for the soul.

And at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, you can enjoy our region’s best and brightest emerging and established artists – and even start your journey as an art collector by taking home your favorite work.

With over 300 pictures and dozens of sculptures, the Royal Norfolk Show Art Gallery is one of East Anglia’s largest art collections. The art marquee is located at Third Drive on 9 Avenue at the end of the Grand Ring, where visitors can peek at captivating canvases in oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil and even in lithographs, while the sculptures vary from ceramics and felt to cold cast bronze.

All of the artwork in the show is for sale, so why not choose your favourite? Proceeds go to RNAA charity work.

John Sparrow received the 2019 Sponsor’s Choice Award
– Credit: RNAA / Lee Blanchflower


Keep your eyes peeled for working artists in full air around the Norfolk Showground during the event, capturing the atmosphere and action as it unfolds in brilliant color. There will also be artist demonstrations offering insight into the creative process.

“The Art Marquee is literally at the heart of the show, both as an important part of the show’s story and its location next to the main event ring,” said Tom Cringle, Head of Arts. and culture. “It’s a chance for the public to connect with art, which visitors love to see being produced, drawn, painted and even sculpted.”

In line with this year’s Home Grown theme, all artwork featured is original and from East Anglia.

“The Royal Norfolk Show Art Gallery provides a prime showcase for East Anglian art,” said Tom. “Finding and nurturing new talent in the arts as well as supporting the wonderful and broad talent we already have is so important, while moving forward into the future with brilliant ideas and exciting opportunities.”

Each year, a work of art receives the prestigious Sponsor’s Choice Prize from Sponsor Arnolds Keys and is presented with a rosette and champagne from Managing Partner Guy Gowing. The 2019 winner was John Sparrow, for his pop art painting of Ronnie Wood in acrylic.

Although we’ve been through a lot since the last show in 2019, Tom thinks this year’s show will be worth the wait.

“I want to thank everyone for their patience while waiting for this year’s show,” he said. “All of our artists are excited to be exhibiting at the Royal Norfolk Show again.

“We can’t wait to see the artists’ new work and meet all of our wonderful visitors in June. Not only is this the first show in two years, but it is also a major celebration, being the 175th year of the RNAA,” he added. “We’re back strong and want to make this one of the best shows ever!”


Fine art can be a great investment, but what is the process for choosing and buying a work of art? These tips will help you buy a piece you absolutely adore.

To ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask for details about the background and price of an interesting piece of art. Even if you’re just window shopping, the art fair is a great opportunity to connect with local artists and creatives – you never know who you might meet!

Trust your instincts

Tune in to your aesthetic and emotional intuition and you will immediately notice which paintings relate to you. Art can be deeply personal, so listen to your instincts and you’re more likely to end up with something you cherish hanging on the walls of your home.

Set a budget, but be flexible

Knowing how much you’re willing to spend is important, but a little wiggle room can ensure you get your hands on something you really love. You can always opt for prints if the paintings are out of your price range. And pay attention to the little red dot, which indicates which parts have already been sold.

For more information, please visit www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk

Christopher S. Washington