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Thoroughly fed up with the age discrimination that exists within the art world, artist Pam Winbolt [q.v.], in 1999 decided on positive action and formed the Group 49 & Rising. Eight artists from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire made up the organisation, dedicated to promoting contemporary work by older artists and making it accessible to the public by regular exhibitions throughout East Anglia. The group has established an impressive reputation both regionally and internationally for work that is compelling, thematically diverse and sometimes just purely idiosyncratic range of ideas in paint, textiles, word, bronze, mixed media and paper. The Group also exhibits for charities and in cultural exchange exhibitions; with exhibitions taking place both in the UK and in Germany. Open to new members, professional artists over 49 years old with meetings at exhibiting venues or mutually convenient places. Wall Farm Studios, Skeltons Grove, Kenny Hill, Mildenhall, Suffolk. The original eight artists were:-
Mike Ashley
Pat Derrick
Stuart Green
Jo Hincks
Jean Page
Helen Ripley
Pam Winbolt
Margaret Wyllie