A historic city building is on the lookout for an 'artist in residence.'

Following Charles Dickens' footsteps upon its grounds, a chosen artist will soon document the refurbishment and 800 year history of Norwich City Halls.

The council invites applications for an artist-in-residence during the venue's 2024-2025 closure for renovations.

The arts and entertainment venue, comprising of St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, is part of a Grade 1 listed medieval friary complex.

Council cabinet member for Wellbeing and Culture, Claire Kidman said: “We are so excited to be able to offer this commission for a talented artist or designer who loves delving into the past to create artwork telling the story of The Halls, including its exciting plans for the future.

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"Their artwork will be applied to the hoardings and will need to be accessible and engaging for passers-by so that we can share this incredible history with them.

“The successful applicant will also document the progress of the project and create materials we can use to tell the story on our social media channels.

“This is such a special and important project for the whole of Norwich, and for the many visitors who come into the city to enjoy our cultural offering.

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"We have artistic talent in abundance in our region, so we know the right person is out there.”

Acquired during the Reformation in a bargain with King Henry VIII, the historic site's buildings have served as an assize court, corn exchange, horse stables during Kett’s Rebellion, and a haven for Flemish and Dutch refugees.

It has welcomed significant cultural moments from the first Norfolk & Norwich Festival, a reading by Charles Dickens, and performances from rockers AC/DC and the Pretenders.

The doors have now closed, with the complex expected to reopen in 2025.

To apply for the artistic opportunity, visit norwich.gov.uk/TheHalls.