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Art Exhibition, Wed 6 - Wed 27 Sep 2017, free entry


Outside the Mythos: new and retrospective artworks by Nick Warburton
Wednesday 6 – Wednesday 27 September, 2017 Admission Free

Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedict’s Street, Norwich NR2 4PG
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm, Closed Sundays

Outside The Mythos comprises more than 20 pieces of wide-ranging interactive works, including sound installations, kinetic sculptures and conceptual artworks. The show aims to challenge audience expectations and values, and questions fundamental aspects of life – the question ‘What is art?’ being just one of them. Nick is completely self-taught in all aspects of his work and very aware of the freedom of self-expression that a lack of formal art education has given him. The exhibition will include living and growing works, and an auction of bottled celebrity breath - an event that highlights the playful and conceptual nature of his work.

Outside the Mythos includes exhibits that are being shown for the first time and many are for sale. Globe, for example, is composed of an object transformed by poignant adaptations and thoughtful substitutions. As visitors contemplate their own reflection in a shiny sphere at the heart of a desktop globe, a question is raised about their relationship to the world and the capacity of surrealist substitutions to generate meaning. For Nick, works such as these represent the conclusion of 30 years of thinking about art, philosophy, psychology and comedy - their capacity for speaking the truth and resonating with audiences.
As well as new works, Outside the Mythos is also showing Nick Warburton’s early kinetic works, which came out of a period of experimentation with movement and mechanical forms in the late 1980s. For example, Logical Chaos 2 is a machine that can chaotically generate a tune via ‘The Butterfly Effect’. At its core is a moving pendulum that swings under the influence of a shifting magnetic field and as the polarity of the field changes, so does the direction of the pendulum. Sounds are emitted in exact correlation to the pendulum’s movement from one area of the sculpture to another. Logical Chaos 2 is typical of the playful and subversive elements that characterise Nick’s work, and demonstrate his ongoing interest in their interactive and performative potential.

Nick Warburton has established an international reputation as a street performer under the name Stuff and Things. At Glastonbury in 2003, John Peel identified him as ‘The best thing that I’ve seen this year.’ In 2009, he appeared on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, participating in Anthony Gormley’s living monumental sculpture entitled, One and Other. Also, he has regularly performed for the National Theatre on the South Bank. However, following 17 years of this valuable performance ‘distraction,’ Nick is now returning to the thought provoking and challenging world of sculpture and conceptual art in order to share and develop his ideas.

For further information, more press images or to contact Nick please email: or via his website

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshments

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Cafe bar; disabled access to foyer, auditorium, downstairs cafe area; disabled toilet

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Dates Times
Wed 6 - Wed 27 Sep 2017
Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm, Closed Sundays


Free entry

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Wed 6 - Wed 27 Sep Outside The Mythos


Norwich Arts Centre

01603 660352


Norwich Arts Centre,
St Benedict's Street,



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Map reference: TG 226088  Lat: 52.63126 Long: 1.28793

By Road:
From London, approach Norwich on the A11. Keep going along this road until you reach the inner ring road (there will be shops straight ahead on St. Stephens Street). Turn left at the roundabout on to Chapelfield Road, then keep going (past the Chapelfield shopping mall), until you reach the next roundabout. At this point the Roman Catholic Cathedral will be on your left. Go straight over this roundabout, underneath a pedestrian bridge and take the right hand lane for the traffic lights. Turn right onto St. Benedicts Street. This part of St. Benedicts is one-way, and you will fork left on to St. Swithins Road. From here, there are various car parks nearby or on-street parking (metered) on St. Benedicts Street (15p for 15mins, or free after 6pm) - please note there are limited places and some parts of St. Benedicts are permit parking only.

By Public Transport:
Norwich Train Station is 1.1 miles away from Norwich Arts Centre, and is approximately 15 mins walk or 7 mins by taxi. The station has direct mainline links to London, as well as links to Peterborough (for mainline services to the north of the country) and local services for the county and East Anglia. For more information on services, please visit National Rail Enquiries.


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Cafe bar; disabled access to foyer, auditorium, downstairs cafe area; disabled toilet