There have been some impressive names showcased in the Corn Hall, the likes of Bridget Riley or Henry Moore deserving more than the glance they sometimes get. It’s a challenge Surinder Warboys has met with her handsomely staged Cattle studies.
Warboys understands the importance of context, and it is no coincidence, given her background in architectural stained glass, this dramatic structure is reminiscent of a mediaeval rood screen.
Her willingness to go with, rather than fight against, the fluid nature of her medium has allowed her to capture spontaneity - fixing images with what feels like almost inappropriate permanence.
As the viewer moves around the exhibition, it is clear how these ephemeral vignettes are made not just from pigment and glass, but from light itself.
Exciting, innovative shows like this are a rare treat in Norfolk, let alone Diss. Warboys does a great service not only to herself, but to the artists that will follow, reminding us the gallery is not merely a diversion – it can be a destination in itself.