Lorraine Cooke

Previous AA2A artist

Brief description: This site profiles the works of both Lorraine Cooke MA and Roderick K. Newlands MA (RCA.) Cooke and Newlands have regularly exhibited together and continue to add to their portfolio of exhibitions both in the UK and abroad. Cooke completed an AA2A residency during 2008- 2009 and was voted 'AA2A Artist of the Year' 2009. She is winner of the 'Bonarota Award 2011' awarded by Dr. Stass Paraskos of Cyprus. Newlands achievements include the 'Royal Scottish Academy Meyer Oppenheim prize,' the 'Royal Academy Carnegie award,' the 'Imperial College purchase prize' and an 'Eastern Arts Council Major Award.' Please see individual artist’s biographies and CV's below.

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Lorraine Cooke-


About the artist

Born Norwich, England.

Cooke graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2003 with a BA(hons) in Fine Art. Since graduating Cooke has been working as a professional artist and curator. In 2004 she was shortlisted for the Babylon gallery Award for an emerging artist and was also selected to exhibit at the Royale Academy Summer Show, fringe of East International. Cooke was a founding member of Articulate Artists Syndicate (a cooperative of artists and creative practitioners formed to promote the wealth of creativity in the East of England) of which she fulfilled the roles of Co. Director and Co. Secretary. Following the success of a number of exhibitions with AAS Cooke has concentrated on her solo career exhibiting both nationally and internationally. In 2006 she was selected for the 2nd Open Competition Exhibition at Byard Art Gallery, selected by the former Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Cookes talent was acknowledged after completing an AA2A residency (Artists Access to Art school- national residency scheme) at Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA), when her work was published in a-n magazine and she was awarded the coveted title- AA2A Artist of the Year 2009. She enjoyed working alongside students and went on to offer her assistance as Student Mentor at NUCA. Following this success Cooke was offered the position of Assistant Director of Art1821 gallery, where she had the opportunity to curate Rebirth, a major international exhibition in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and culture and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Cooke was presented with the Cyprus Bonarota Award by Dr. Stass Paraskos in achievement of a series of paintings made in response to Cyprus during 2010/ 2011. Cooke went on to gain an MA in Fine Art with commendation from Northampton University and is currently developing a series of works based on her experiences of Cyprus, with the intention of increased involvement with activities relating to the forthcoming Cypriot status as European Capital of Culture 2017.


Personal Statement

The current exploration of what is best described as inscape draws upon the history of landscape genre in painting and is an attempt to rationalize the landscape in which I find myself. I use landscape in the broadest sense of the word, not excluding the landscape of the mind.

    “ Nature is the biggest of the big pictures. We worship and loathe it, sanctify and destroy it… Subject of both science and art, the landscape functions as a mirror and a lens; in it we see the space we occupy and ourselves as we occupy it. And have consistently sought to connect in some level with the landscape.”

Recent works demonstrate my interest in calligraphic line and the fundamental concerns of colour, shape and pictorial rhythm in the activity of painting.

(Brian Wallis- Land and Environmental Art.)


Roderick. K. Newlands-


About the artist

Born Aberdeen, Scotland.

Roderick. K. Newlands graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1978 and has been practicing as a professional artist since 1974. In 1979 Newlands was awarded a fellowship to Cheltenham College of Art. Newlands exhibits both nationally and internationally and has exhibited at the Royal Summer Academy shows and Royal Scottish Academy exhibitions on a number of occasions. Newlands has won two major awards from the Royal Scottish Academy. He was based in Norfolk from 1980 lecturing at both Yarmouth and Norwich Schools of art. He was course leader and tutor of the Foundation studies course at Norwich School of art and design between 1989 and 2006. He lectured on the Postgraduate Diploma course in Fine Art at Cyprus College of Art during the academic year 2010-2011. Newlands is currently based in Cyprus where he is developing works in response to the island and he continues to exhibit internationally. 


Personal Statement

Newlands painting concerns have evolved from a long term interest in Abstract Surrealism. The ambiguous nature of the imagery is evocative of organic, mechanical and architectural forms existing in “an other” space. Newlands believes that there are pivotal life experiences which root themselves in our psyche and play a major role in our image making processes in the constant seeking out of appropriate visual vehicle. Newlands sites memories of his childhood, assisting his father (agricultural engineer) mending “monstrous, mechanical contraptions” situated in a dark barn with only a hand held torch for source of light. Later experiences of the oil industries intrusion upon the Scottish landscape and culture made a great psychological influence in the development of his work. Recent works are reflective of Newlands experiences living on the island of Cyprus.







2014  Inspired by Miro, Saatchi exhibition curated by Kat Henning, Saatchi online, international collection.

           Small works exhibitiion, Rochester Contemporary Art Centre, (ROCO,) New York, USA.

           Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2014, The Dyson Gallery, The Royal College of Art, London.

2013  Alumni Summer Show, Northampton University, England.

2012 Open Show, Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus.

2011 MA Fine Art Degree Show, Northampton University, Larnaca, Cyprus.

        Reactions,  CCA Gallery, Cyprus (Two person exhibition.)

2010 Winter Exhibition, CCA Gallery, Cyprus.

         Rebirth, Art1821, Norwich, England (curated by Lorraine Cooke.)

         Seductive perspectives, Art1821, Norwich, England (Two person exhibition.)

2009 A Winters Tale, Reunion gallery, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England.

         Christmas Unwrapped, Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

         Troika 8- Open International, Dragon Hall Museum, Norwich, England.

         RCA Secret 09, Gulbenkian gallery, The Royal College of Art, London.

         Norwich Print Fair, St. Margaret’s Art gallery, Norwich, England.

         Lorraine Cooke- A retrospective, Playhouse Theatre, Norwich, England. (solo exhibition.)

         AA2A Show, Mandells gallery, Norwich, England. (curated by Lorraine Cooke.)

         AA2A Show, Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich, Norfolk, England (curated by Lorraine Cooke.)

         Winter Exhibition, The Norwich gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

2008 Doric Arts Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, England.

2007 The Cut Open, New Cut Arts Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk, England.

2006 Open Exhibition, The Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk, England (invited artist.)

         Five women, The Hobart gallery, Blickling Hall, Holkham, Norfolk, England.

         Land and Urban Scapes, Wembley Point, London, (Two person exhibition.)

         2nd Open Competition Exhibition 06, Byard Art gallery, Cambridge, England.

2005 Winter Show, The Thin Cube gallery, Bylaugh Hall, Norfolk, England (invited artist.)

         Fringe 05, Bally galleries, the 7th Norfolk Fringe- Arts and Music festival, Norwich, England.

         Waterloo Summer Open, Waterloo Gallery, London.

         Inscape, The Assembly House, Norwich, England (solo exhibition.)

         Landscape revisited, The Priory, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England (solo exhibition.)

         Prints 04/05 Artlink exchange gallery, Hull, Humberside, England.

2004 RCA Secret 04, Gulbenkian gallery, The Royal College of Art, London.

         Fringe 04 with Articulate, Bally galleries, Norwich, England, (curated by Articulate.)

         Articulate, The Assembly House, Norwich, England, (curated by Lorraine Cooke.)

         Art on the railings, St. Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich, England, (Founded by Articulate.)

         Royale Academy Summer Show, Fringe of East International, The Shed gallery, Norwich, England.

2003 Degree Show, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, England.

2002 Autumn Exhibition, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, England, (solo exhibition.)

         Land Art, Warham Salt marsh, Norfolk, England(solo installation.)

         Six Go East, Oriental Arts Centre, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

         Synthetic, St. Margaret’s Art gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

2001 Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, England (solo exhibition.)

2000 Liverpool John- Moores University, Liverpool, Merseyside, England (solo exhibition.)

1999 Foundation Art and Design Show, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, England.

1998 Innovations, County Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England.


Profile, Awards and Publications:

2003- Present Professional artist.

2011- Graduated from Northampton University with an MA in Fine Art.

2011- Award - Winner of the Bonarota Michaelangelo Award for a series of works produced in response to

            Cyprus. Awarded by Dr. Stass Paraskos.

2011- Gained an ASCENTIS Adult education teaching qualification.

2010- Assistant Director and art consultant of ART1821 Gallery, Norwich, www.art1821.com

2009-2010- Student Mentor at Norwich University College of the Arts.

2009- AA2A Artist of the Year 09 (Award by National University residency scheme.)

2009- Publication- AA2A, An interview with Lorraine Cooke, a-n magazine (May 2009 edition.)

2008-2009 AA2A resident artist at Norwich University College of the Arts.

2007- Publication- Drawing Workshop II, published by Dorling Kindersley.

2004- Shortlisted for the Babylon gallery award for an emerging artist.

2003-2004- Company Secretary and Company Director of Articulate artists syndicate

2003- Graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design with a BA (hons) in Fine Art.






       Exhibitions (all exhibitions are selected shows.)

2011 Romantic Cyprus, The University of Northampton Art Gallery, Northampton, England

         Reactions, CCA Gallery, Cyprus College of Art, Cyprus (Two person exhibition)

         Winter Show, CCA Gallery, Cyprus College of Art, Cyprus.

2010 Seductive perspectives, Art1821, Norwich, Norfolk, England (Two person show)

2009 AA2A Show, Mandell’s gallery, Norwich, Norfolk, England (invited artist)

         RCA Secret 09, Gulbenkian gallery, The Royal College of Art, London

2006 RCA Secret 06, Gulbenkian gallery, The Royal College of Art, London

2005 Landscape 200, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk, England

2004 RCA Secret 04, Gulbenkian gallery, The Royal College of Art, London

2003 RCA Secret 03, Gulbenkian gallery, The Royal College of Art, London

2000 Royal Academy Summer Show, (accepted) London

         FAB 4, Pickers gallery, Kingston, London

1998 FAB3, Pickers gallery, Kingston, London

1995 Annual Open, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk, England

         Norwich Twenties, Gt. Yarmouth gallery, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

1994 Annual Open, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk, England

1990 Royal Academy Summer Show, The Royal Academy, London

1989 Portobello Open, London

1986 Tolly Cobbold, final exhibition of travelling show- *The Royal Academy of Arts, London.

1985 Tolly Cobbold, *Laing art gallery, Newcastle, *Cartwright Hall, Bradford, *Christchurch

                                                     Mansion, Ipswich, *Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England

        Twin town exhibition, Rambouillet, France (invited artist)

1984 Norwich Twenties, Gt. Yarmouth gallery, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England (invited artist)

1983 Summer Show, Fine art Society gallery, Cork St, London

         Norwich Twenties, University of East Anglia Concourse gallery, Norfolk, (invited artist)

         Norwich Twenties, Gt. Yarmouth gallery, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England (invited artist)

1982 Eastern Arts Collection, Sudbury art gallery, Suffolk, England (Permanent collection)

1979 Rocksmoor gallery, Gloucestershire, England (Solo Show)

         Fellows Show, Cheltenham art gallery, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

         Stroud Festival exhibition, George Room gallery, Gloucestershire, England

1978 MA Degree Show, The Royal College of Art, London

         Irritation, Riverside Studios, London

1977 Royal College Show, PLC gallery, London

         Northern Young Contemporaries, Walker gallery, Liverpool, Merseyside, England

         London Group Annual Show, Camden Arts Centre, London (invited artist)

         Stowells Trophy exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

1976 New 57 gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

         Cantebury Hall, London (Two person show)

1975 Royal Scottish Academy Summer exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

         Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland 

1974 Shed 50 gallery, St. Monans, Fife, Scotland 

         Royal Scottish Academy Summer exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

         Festival exhibition, STV Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

         Aberdeen artists Association, Aberdeen art gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

1973 Aberdeen artists Association, Aberdeen art gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

1972 Aberdeen artists Association, Aberdeen art gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland



1980 Eastern Arts Council major Award

1978- 79 Fellowship to Cheltenham College of Art (Fine Art)

1978 Imperial College purchase prize

1974 Royal Scottish Academy Carnegie travelling Scholarship

1974 Royal Scottish Academy Meyer Oppenheim prize (Annual exhibition award)



Private Collections:

Private collection of Roberta Matta (D), London, New Zealand, America, France, Scotland

Public Collections:

Babylon gallery- Ely, Royal College- London, Leicestershire County Council, Imperial College - London, Eastern Arts Council.


Professional profile

1974- present. Professional artist.

1989- 2006 Foundation art and design course leader at Norwich School of Art and Design

1989- 2006 Subject leader for painting, sculpture, print and drawing and colour tutor at NSAD

1977- 1999 Visiting lecturer at various colleges including:

          Leicester Polytechnic (BA sculpture.)

          Norwich School of Art and Design (BA sculpture, BA painting and BA printmaking)

          University of Reading (BA painting) and the Royal College of Art (MA printmaking.)

1983- 1989 Year tutor in general art and design at Gt. Yarmouth College of art and design.

1979-1983 Foundation studies lecturer in drawing, sculpture, painting and print Gt. Yarmouth College of art.

1978- 1979 Part time lecturer on BA Fine Art painting and sculpture at Cheltenha College of Art.



2007 Drawing workshop II by Marie-Claire Isaaman. Published by Dorling Kindersley

1990’s Drawing Across Boundaries, published paper. Symposium at Loughborough University



1975- 1978 MA Fine Art, The Royal College of Art, (RCA) London

1971- 1975 Diploma in Art, (drawing and painting) Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

1970- 1971 BDS Diploma, (Design and interior design) Aberdeen College of Commerce.

1965- 1970 Aberdeen Grammar School for Boys.















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