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Award winning artist opens exhibition at Corn Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:43 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 30 May 2018

Norfolk-based sculptor and letter-carver Gary Beeze is opening up his portfolio at the Corn Hall in Diss this summer. Photo: Gary Breeze

Norfolk-based sculptor and letter-carver Gary Beeze is opening up his portfolio at the Corn Hall in Diss this summer. Photo: Gary Breeze

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An award-winning sculptor is granting access to his extensive portfolio at a Norfolk venue beginning this week.

Norfolk-based sculptor and letter-carver Gary Beeze is opening up his portfolio at the Corn Hall in Diss this summer. Pictured is his commisioned cloister fountain at Christ Church Oxford. Photo: Gary BreezeNorfolk-based sculptor and letter-carver Gary Beeze is opening up his portfolio at the Corn Hall in Diss this summer. Pictured is his commisioned cloister fountain at Christ Church Oxford. Photo: Gary Breeze

Gary Breeze has worked for 25 years as a leading letter carver in stone and wood and operates out of a studio in Beehive Yard in Diss.

Best known for his major public commissioned work on memorials, he will be opening up his extensive portfolio in the town’s Corn Hall gallery spaces.

Mr Breeze, who studied in Norwich, said: “The Corn Hall is a fantastic arts venue for Diss, and I was delighted to be asked to devise the lettering carved into the facia of the new extension.

“I have selected a range of sculpted lettering pieces for the show, from the monumental to the domestic, as well as photographs that help to illustrate the sense of place in my work.”

The artist has left his mark across the country with a number of famous commissions including the lettering and carving to the tomb of Richarc III at Leicester Cathedral and the cloister fountain at Christ Church Oxford.

Additionally, his lettering was used in 2014 for a commemorative stamp to mark a hundred years since the advent of the First World War and the following year he co-designed a 50p coin honouring the Battle of Britain.

He has also created work for the Princess of Wales memorial at Althorp, the Imperial War Museum in London and Westminster Abbey.

The exhibition at the Corn Hall will also present a photographic journey through many of Mr Breeze’s more successful designs and in June he will be installing a carved bench and planters which he bespokely designed for the venue to coincide with the exhibition.

The exhibition kicks off with an open evening with Mr Breeze, who was once described by leading British ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal as working “as an ethnographer as much as a carver” adding “he restores language to us through his lettering”.

The exhibition is free and runs from Wednesday May 30 to Monday July 9. The gallery spaces are open to the public Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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