WHAT DO WE DO?
The Anteros Arts Foundation is a charity for education and the promotion of the arts in Norfolk. Housed in an ancient Tudor merchant's house that is grade 2* listed, we teach short courses in fine art skills alongside the eight-month Anteros Arts Diploma. Our art reference library is available to students as well as the general public and contains shelves of how-to books as well as catalogues of collections and artists.
We have two gallery spaces, each with a different exhibition at any one time. The exhibitions change every two weeks, so there is always something new to see. On the first Thursday of each exhibition cycle the gallery is open late 6-8pm and these evenings offer a relaxed opportunity to view the work (with a drink in hand!) and meet the artists.
Upstairs in the music room, we have a busy programme of music featuring artists from the UK and abroad. Genres include classical, jazz and folk.
On the third floor of the building, and in the basement and cafe mezzanine are artists' studios. These are often open during open view events on Thursday evenings and, in between times, by appointment. See our studio holder page for contact details.
The Anteros Arts Foundation is entirely self-funded: no Arts Council funding, no Lottery Heritage grants. To maintain the building and staff our reception we rely entirely on studio rents, income from the cafe and venue hires for our survival. The gallery spaces are self-sufficient, artist's pay to rent the spaces and Anteros takes a modest commission on sales. Likewise, the courses and Diploma are run at cost. If you would like to make a donation to help with running costs and future planning, you can do so here.
The Anteros Arts Foundation was originated following conversations between Aude Gotto, Managing Director of the King of Hearts Charitable Trust and John Hemmant. In 2009 the trustees at the King of Hearts – a venue well known for its chamber music concert series and gallery - were looking for a way to finish their twenty-year tenure in the Edmund Wood Merchant’s House on Fye Bridge. John was operating an artists' retreat and education centre in Bergh Apton. Aude was anxious that the building would continue to be used for the arts, by a charity, and that its rich heritage would remain accessible to the public. The Anteros Arts Foundation was created in response to this opportunity and successfully went on to tender for the head lease of the site.
In Greek mythology, Anteros (Ancient Greek: Ἀντέρως Antérōs) - the brother of Eros, is the god of requited love, literally "love returned" or "counter-love". The Anteros Arts Foundation strives to be a relevant resource to the local community, it is our pleasure to provide this space for the arts in Norwich: a place to meet one another, share ideas and feel at ease. Nothing makes us happier than to find that love returned and passed on, whether by an artist setting up their first teaching workshops in our classrooms, tutors visiting student exhibitions and offering feedback, or parents and teachers using the library and exhibition spaces to introduce a love of art to the next generation.
As a charity, Anteros Arts Foundation aims:
To offer quality fine art courses for all levels of practice that are not-for-profit
To exhibit a diverse and varied selection of fine art exhibitions that are always free to enter and reasonably priced for artists
To programme high quality music events at affordable prices.
To strive, where possible, to offer opportunities for learning alongside our concerts and exhibitions
To promote social inclusion through the arts by providing a safe, informative, friendly and accessible place to visit
To maintain a public library space that is an informative, interesting and simple to navigate
To maintain a grade II* listed building and keep it open to the public