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Cities around the world have developed and diversified more rapidly over the last ten years, than ever before. Today, over half of the world’s population lives in an urban environment. The World We Live In explores the many facets of urban life - architecture, migration, commuting, crowds, noise, lights - which have been a rich source of inspiration to artists.

The exhibition brings together important works from the Arts Council Collection, the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art, to consider how city dwellers have engaged with their built-up surroundings. The exhibition features over 35 works created between 1950 and 2020. From paintings to video works. The exhibition also includes a Norwich presentation, works from private lenders as well as Norfolk Museums Service’s own collections. The World We Live In also includes examples from the Arts Council Collection’s outstanding collection of documentary photographs, presenting an unparalleled view of inner-city life across the UK.

We are delighted to be running a series of events that delve into the themes presented in The Word We Live In. Find out more information and booking details.

This summer at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery our activities for children and families will explore life in an urban environment. Our summer programme We Built This City! runs from Monday 25 July - Saturday 3 September (excluding Sundays) and all activities are included in the price of admission. Find out more information and booking details.

Image credit: Michael Andrews, Lights II: The Ship Engulfed, 1972, acrylic on canvas, 183 x 152.5cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Estate of Michael Andrews, Courtesy of James Hyman Fine Art

  • East Anglia Art Fund