Summer 2018

I will be taking part in:

Cley 18 – ‘The greater the distance, the clearer the view’

5th July – 5th August at Cley church, Cley-next-the Sea

Curated by Caroline Fisher


BUT my main focus for this summer is:

Force of Nature

Solo exhibition at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

August 11th – 25th

More information coming soon!


The Art of Reeds at Cley Marshes

During the week of the 13th February I will be working at Cley Marshes installing a series of reed sculptures outside the Visitor’s Centre and, with the help of you, hopefully, making a second reed installation in the Education Centre.  More details here:

The Art of Reeds

Friday 10th February – I installed my reed vanes outside the visitors’ centre at Cley Marshes – in a blizzard!  They will be up for about 2 weeks, as long as the wind doesn’t blow them away…….


You win some, you lose some

I had planned to show some pieces from the murmuration series at North Farm next weekend – murmurations of ash keys on perspex boards – but when I got them out two of them had mysteriously lost most of their ash keys.  I’m not complaining, they were part of a series of ephemeral, changing work called Time Passes, but it was unexpected.

So what to hang instead?  I decided to open up a piece that I hadn’t looked at since 2010, a series of delicate hand-made paper hangings that I thought had been badly damaged in the move to the farm – they emerged from their packaging almost perfect!  They are called ‘Undercut’ and were made as part of a series of works inspired by the eroding coastline at Happisburgh.  Next to them I will put a small sculpture called “Phare View”.  It’s the name of a house that once stood on the cliffs in the village of Happisburgh, until the cliffs disappeared from under it.  Called Phare View because of its views of Happisburgh Lighthouse.  The bricks and tiles of many houses ended up on the beach and over the years have been worn into smooth pebbles.  I have collected them and made them into a house again.

Open Studio 2016

Murmuration 3

Come and see my work at North Farm, just south of Burgh-next-Aylsham, on May 28th and 29th.  There will also be pottery by David Harley and intricate textile works by Maryrose Watson.  We are not part of the Norfolk Open Studio Scheme but there will be signs from the Aylsham Bypass and I will be posting times and directions here nearer the time.  Watch this space!

Birds at The Castle Museum

August 4th

The exhibition Inspired by Birds at the Castle Museum is up and running until August 31st.  Here is a great review by Ian Collins:

“My favourite piece – and also one of the subtlest exhibits – is the murmuration by Liz McGowan of Spratts Green near Aylsham.

Working with natural found materials, Liz produces work which is always innovative and interesting.  She made one of the most memorable images in my Salthouse show – swirling constellations of dried starfish – and she is now working on a Tide Lines theme with Jane Frost for Cley14.

For Inspired by Birds Liz has set a blizzard of young ash keys in plexiglass for a pattern which could be made by a thrown net or billowing smoke from a bonfire but is perfect for that folding and unfolding shape of flying starlings we are so lucky to see over East Anglia before dusk on a wintry afternoon.”

EDP article Inspired by Birds

Exhibitions this summer

Force of Nature

Solo exhibition at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

Bringing the Norfolk landscape into the heart of the Cathedral

Saturday August 11th – Friday August 24th 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cley 18 – ‘The greater the distance the clearer the view’, curated by Caroline Fisher

July 5th – August 5th 2018

Outdoor flint installation


May 2014 – News for the Summer with links

I have just put up a sculpture at RSPB Minsmere which I have made from the many, many pieces of plastic that visitors collected off the beach and brought to the Plastic Palace.  It is at the end of the North Wall.  Full information from:

Minsmere Art Works

You can see new work at the Greenhouse in Bethel Street Norwich, part of their exhibition called Flight.  This is part of a series of works that change with time and more pieces will be on show at my Open Studios event, The Crooked Rose, along with work by Malca Schotten, Kim Turner, Lorraine Valentine, Maryrose Watson, Thomas Matthew Elston and Red Sanderson – including Tea and Conversation and opportunities to be hands on!  See more at:

The Crooked Rose and Time Passes

Later in the summer I will be working with Jane Frost at Cley next the Sea for the exhibition Cley 14.  We will be exploring the shifting tidelines at Cley, the current one on the shingle beach and the Medieval one near the church.  Installations and activities and journals to write in.  Information and dates from:

Cley 14

I will also be exhibiting in the Norwich Castle Open, Inspired by Birds, from 12th July to 31st August:  Inspired by Birds