Hungate is a center for medieval art located in Britain’s most complete medieval city – Norwich. We are based in the medieval church of St Peter Hungate, on historic Elm Hill in the city center.
We exist to promote both the medieval art visible in the County of Norfolk (through exhibitions, research and an events and learning programme) and contemporary use of medieval art, approaches and buildings.
To find out what you can see at Hungate right now please visit the Whats On page of this website.
Hungate is run by a dedicated charity, Hungate Medieval Art.
What we do
Hungate presents at least two free public exhibitions a year, each accompanied by a full program of learning and family activities. We are able to develop these exhibitions for free because of our unique relationship with students from UEA and NUA, who curate, design and deliver the exhibitions through internships supervised by our expert trustees.
Hungates specialism is the medieval, but we also want to highlight the way in which the past inspires artists today. To this end alternate exhibitions showcase recent work, all of which develops on themes from the medieval world. This fusion of the medieval and contemporary is one of our unique strengths. If you are a contemporary artist who responds to the medieval world, in any medium, and you are interested in exploring work at Hungate please contact us for an informal discussion.
Hungate Medieval Art aims to promote Norfolk’s medieval heritage. In particular, the charity is concerned with the medieval art hidden in the county’s parish churches. Operating from the redundant church of St Peter Hungate, Hungate Medieval Art is also committed to raising awareness of this church, allowing public access to the building and forging links with the local community.
History of the charity
Hungate Medieval Art is a registered charity managed by a body of trustees. Our Trustees include local residents, heritage, arts and church history experts, representatives of the Norfolk Churches Trust, Norwich University of the Arts, and the University of East Anglia. Hungate Medieval Art’s patrons are Henry Cator, Caroline Egerton, Richard Halsey, Sandy Heslop, David King, Canon Jeremy Haselock, and Gavin Stamp.
The project was conceived by Anthony Barnes and Kate Weaver in 2007. At this time St Peter Hungate was closed to the public but it was held in affection by local residents and when the public were allowed entry, such as on the city’s Heritage Open Days, the church was well attended.Kate Weaver and Anthony Barnes recognised the interest in the building and looked to reopen it to the public. Having secured a lease from Norwich Historic Churches Trust, extensive fundraising was undertaken to allow the necessary conservation work to take place.
The idea of using the building as an interpretation centre for Norfolk’s medieval heritage was conceived from conversations with the eminent Cambridge Medievalist, Paul Binski, who has a house on the same street as the church. In 2008 Hungate Medieval Art was formed to this end.
New campaign: 100 Angels For Hungate!
We are reaching out to local companies and individuals to give a commitment of just £100 in order for us to put on a programme of exhibitions each season and support numerous local outreach programmes now and in the future.
For each £100 donation we will be filling a square of our Angel, with a company logo or name, to create a unique piece of art which we will be exhibiting in the entrance to Hungate and on our website, as a testament to the support of the local community.
Hungate Medieval Art
St. Peter Hungate Church, Princes Street, Norwich NR3 1AE