Unknown Norfolk is located in the beautiful Alby Craft and Gardens Centre, between Aylsham and Cromer, in North Norfolk. The Gallery was opened in October 2015, specialising in traditional and contemporary artwork. including that of International artists June and Alwyn Crawshaw, Other local artists include Brian Korteling, Ruth Mann, Malcolm Woods and more have their work for sale at the gallery. The gallery also has a diverse collection of other Fine Art, including works by the late Jack Cox and Jason Partner.
The gallery has a strong emphasis on contemporary East Anglian artists but is also caters for those with an interest in works depicting farm scenes, animals and especially birds.
As well as fine artwork, the gallery also sells antiquarian pieces and collectables such as painting equipment such as old Pochade boxes and easels. Some artists love the patina and history associated with these items. As well as collecting them in their own rights, some artists even find it more comfortable to be inspired to do great work using them.
Up a few steps, at the back of the gallery is a small studio where work is produced by the resident artist and gallery proprietor Jamie Cooper. Jamie's work includes life drawings and portraits as well a range of pen & ink, plus watercolour landscapes. “I particularly enjoy becoming absorbed in pen work to produce tonal work with impact. This is a particular niche which I am exploring and constantly experimenting with and pushing further. A lot of my artistic heroes are past pen and ink practitioners such as illustrator and writer, Donald Maxwell (1877 – 1936). The actual idea for the Gallery name came from a book by DM called 'Unknown Norfolk', first published in 1925.”
The shopping experience at Unknown Norfolk can also be exulted by the range of cards and other exotic knick-knacks. Pareben-free scented candles, each containing a piece of jewellery worth a minimum of £50 (RRP), are produced locally by Hidden Within© and stocked here. They can make an unusual and exciting gift for someone.
Unknown Norfolk is a relatively small gallery which tends to punch above it's weight. It has three distinct areas, the first gallery usually shows recent paintings by local artists (change on average every six weeks). Contemporary work is also exhibited in the other section. A back – partitioned - gallery shows work by past and more traditional artists such as Jack Cox and Jason Partner and collectable/antiquarian works.