Rebellious grandmother from Norwich hosting an art exhibition at the Forum
6:00 PM August 7, 2022
An 82-year-old protester is holding a colorful exhibition to show off her unique work.
Anne Holgate is perhaps best known for a recent tussle with the council over a new playing surface at Heigham Park tennis court.
But Anne, who lives in Unthank Road, will present 50 of her bright and bold works of art at the Forum this week, from Monday August 8 to Friday August 12.
His exhibition is a living collection of still lifes, fantasy and portraits.
Anne, whose ‘painting’ name is Anne Malmström, said: “I have always been an artist – but the life, work and education of two children took over for many years.
“I was lucky to get it back properly in retirement.
“This exhibition was supposed to be a celebration of painting and my 80th birthday, but due to Covid-19 it has been postponed several times.
“We are delighted that this time – the third chance – it is happening.
“It will now be a celebration of my 82 years on this planet instead.”
Over the years, Anne’s style developed and, due to a significant visual impairment, her new work turned into something she dubbed: “BBC – very big, very bright and very close”.
“Due to the deterioration of my sight and the need to deal with severe visual impairments, my style had to change, but I feel that learning to adapt made me try new things and learn new techniques.
“I often wake up at night with an idea, or composition, for a new headache and then can’t wait to put on my apron in the morning and get right to it.”
Anne believes that everyone should be able to own a work of art, so visitors will be interested to see how “affordable” her art is at the exhibition.
All proceeds will go to a bereavement charity that Anne volunteers for, Cruse.
She added: “I have volunteered with the Norwich Support Team for the past few years and was really keen to raise much needed funds for their counseling services.”