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Artists get notice as Bally closes down

Posted by Tim Lenton on 20 May 2010 at 18:08 in Journal

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Sir John Paston's grave in the church View image

The shock news this week is that the Bally Art Factory is closing. InPrint artist Annette Rolston, together with founder member Rupert Mallin and many others, has been given notice by Targetfollow and will have to get out of her studio by June 8. This means the cancellation of workshops as well as moving and storage problems. The Poetry Vending Machines (remember them?) will be looking for a home, so if anyone is interested, get in touch with Rupert.

This will give an added piquancy to the imminent Open Studios event, which kicks off this weekend (May 22, 23, with private views on the 21st). A must for all who have an interest in the innovative, quality art that has been on show there over recent years, and in the artists who have been working there.

Also of interest to InPrint followers is Art Alive at St Margaret's Church, Paston, on May 29-31 from 10am to 4pm, where the Paston Book will be on show. The handmade book, of course, was made with the help of several InPrint members, and printed by Annette.

Further Art Alive details:

May 29, rood screen workshops 10.30am to 3.30pm – workshops in paper, calligraphy, willow, letters and poetry with an invitation to learn about the Pastons and the uses of flax and herbs in the 15th Century, and an evening Great Barn tour led by Ash Murray, Natural England. Book through Jo Berry on 01263 720743.

May 30, Minstrels Gallery workshops: music from the time of the Pastons at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (£3). Service – Latin Compline at 7pm on May 30: Father Paul Atkins will officiate.

May 31, rood screen workshops 10.30am to 3.30pm. Refreshments. St Margaret, Paston, NR28 9TA, www.pastonheritage.co.uk

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Final decisions made on book and exhibition

Posted by Tim Lenton on 14 August 2008 at 21:58 in Journal

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Artist and poet combine within an image View image Image and poem together on a page View image Paston image View image Image and words intertwine View image Atmospheric print View image Lisa, Annette, Lucy and Caroline perusing some plates View image Lucy, Caroline and Lisa discuss the running order View image

With the Paston hand-made book nearing completion, four members of InPrint met with Lucy Care, of the Paston Heritage Society, at Annette Rolston’s studio in the Bally Art Factory, Norwich. A variety of prints, plates and pages were available for viewing, and decisions were made on the running order of the book, publicity for the exhibition and practical matters including finance and setting up subsequent exhibitions.

As well as organising the whole project Lucy is also an artist, and has contributed images and a poem to the book. Annette, on whom the burden of printing has largely fallen, also has images in the book, as has InPrint member Joan Murray. Poems from InPrint members Caroline Gilfillan, Lisa D’Onofrio and Tim Lenton are also included.

The main exhibition, at which the book will be on display, is on October 11 and 12 in St Margaret’s Church, Paston. It will be followed by exhibitions at Cromer and Nottingham, and the book will eventually be on display at the Millennium Library in the Forum in Norwich.

The pictures here were taken at the Bally meeting on 14 August and include a few of the prints that will eventually become pages in the book, though not necessarily in their final form.

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The selling floor

Posted by Rupert Mallin on 16 January 2007 at 00:00 in Journal

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Bally Studio, open floor space View image

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Studio 24 and Studio 25

Posted by Rupert Mallin on 6 January 2007 at 00:00 in Journal

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Studio 25 View image Studio 24 View image

Pics of our Studios - Studio 24 (the print room) and Studio 25 (a combined media/writing and arts room) leading into the large store room beyond.

The studios are linked by a contained foyer area, 6' x 6.' Unfortunately these photos don't show the amount of space we have acquired.

There were just two of us in the giant expanse of the factory this morning, rain hammering down. Can't wait to be in the place at night!

The store room is nearly sorted. We're being given work tables and benches, and Annette's flatbed press arrives next Thursday. Now the real work must begin.

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Seats in the Factory

Posted by Rupert Mallin on 5 January 2007 at 00:00 in Journal

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Seats View image

Here is one of the many open factory spaces beyond our own art studios. It's a very exciting place and situation. Today I met a sculptor creating a huge Travellers' horse in wood.

We're fast getting our studios together.

The fact that this was a thriving factory will never be lost on me. It's a bloody broken world in which all I can do is break the broken further and then re-make it.

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Into Bally!

Posted by Rupert Mallin on 4 January 2007 at 00:00 in Journal

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Via a Thrifty van the foundations of our Bally Factory dreams were set in place today.

The bones of a printroom are already in place. For the first time ever, the present family of 'poetry vending machines' (old fag machines) is together.

Our inner room - a storage room - will actually be the pulsing veins of all we do: half of it will be lined with floor to ceiling shelving (holding power tools, audio-visual equipment and materials - while half this room will be blacked out for filming).

Our largest room is an entire contradiction: half will be a 'dirty' area for construction and the other half will be 'clean' for writing, media and contemplation! Given our collaboration, I dedicate myself to this contradictory application between hammer drills and metaphors!


This is our 'safe' inner space in a huge factory, once the life blood of Norwich itself, manufacturing shoes, handbags and all; once employing hundreds, if not thousands. The vast factory spaces are exciting and must be used in entirely the same way we've got to use our studios: with utter obsession (to do, to learn, to be).


Yes, in a sense, I've cajoled other artists into believing in this space. While the best of Universities and Art Schools across the world are "factories of ideas," this is a real factory (however dead-broken), in which we can also broker ideas. We've between 12 and 15 months to realise this Factory.

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The Van is hired

Posted by Rupert Mallin on 3 January 2007 at 00:00 in Journal

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Bally Studios...

The van is booked for tomorrow's big move to our Bally Studios. There are 5 to 7 helping out.

Norfolk has a "quiet lanes" policy, which means the wilderness zones have few sign posts, so navigating our way to a far flung outback will be an interesting aspect of our journey.

A Factory of ideas?

While our studios are primarily to develop InPrint's collaborative work (projects, performance, PVMs, art works), our print room will facilitate workshops and the equipment will be available for hire at a modest rate.

Further to our own studios, there are three very large open and flexible spaces, available to artists in all media. Part of what I want to do is to work with other artists using these spaces.

With studios set up and running, workshops and an array of activities will likely commence from late March. How and what happens - as we jump through the hoops and crash into the barriers - will be reported here.

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Just packing up...

Posted by Rupert Mallin on 2 January 2007 at 00:00 in Journal

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Stacked equipment View image

Getting ready to go!

InPrint will be residence at the Bally Factory Studios from Thursday January 4. Here I gather tools, equipment and materials...

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