Circle space is a new gallery and flexible creative space for hire. It aims to provide a professional and comfortable environment for the creative community to present their work to the public. Circle space also curates programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year promoting local and visiting artists.

The space is equipped for its main function as an exhibition and pop-up space but it can also seat small groups of up to 6 participants for workshops and meetings. Circle space is run by local printmaker and illustrator Vicki Johnson (@printerjohnson) with support from Meredith Adams (@motherofpots).

Circle space is the sister to neighbouring No.31 (@no.31norwich), an independent print and paper goods shop co-run by Vicki and fellow illustrator Ali Cottrell (@byalicottrell). No.31 aims to celebrate all things illustrated and stocks Ali’s and Vicki’s full ranges alongside a growing collection of work of national and international illustrators, small press and illustrated books, zines and paper stationery.

Circle Space and No.31 are on St Augustines street in the north of Norwich. The street is home to a growing number of independent shops, studio spaces, arts organisations and workshop providers. If you are planning a visit do take a look at  the St Augustines Arts and Retail Facebook page to see what is coming up in the area. 

Why open Circle Space?

Vicki has been a practicing printmaker and Illustrator in the area for over 10 years.  She also has a background in arts education teaching printmaking and working on community arts projects. Pop-up and exhibition spaces have been hugely important to the development of Vicki’s practice and growth of her business. When the adjacent shop to No.31 became available Vicki jumped at the chance to open her own exhibition space to have more control over exhibiting her work but also to provide opportunities for other artists at all stages of their careers to exhibit.

Through the curated shows presented by Circle Space Vicki aims to make connections & bring together the work of local and national artists and makers, these will include open submission and themed exhibitions. Vicki would also like to use the space to promote and work more closely with the artists and businesses supplying work to No.31.

From experience of using these types of spaces Vicki has aimed to supply all the basics needed to put on an exhibition to increase the accessibility of the space for emerging artists. 

For more information about Vicki's work do visit her website.

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