Halesworth Gallery

Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL
Opposite St. Mary's Church
Weekdays and Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 2 - 4pm

Admission free

Preview Parties are from 6.30-8.30pm on the Friday before each show. All welcome.
The gallery is closed for hanging on the Thursday and Friday before each exhibition opens.

The Gallery

The Halesworth Gallery Celebrates 200 Years of Joseph Dalton Hooker

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John Lally, Fiona Roberts and Ray Petty

29 April to 17 May

You are invited to the Preview Party of our next art exhibition
28 April from 6.30 to 8.30pm

Click here to see images from installation of the show on Thursday.

John Lally

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John will be showing colourful landscapes of the Middle East. "All of these images correspond to 'experiences' and relate to my travels in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Egypt and Israel. It is my intention that each image suggests a sense of place and mystery..."

Find out more on John's website.

Fiona Roberts

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Fiona will show dramatic paintings of East Anglia."I love the Norfolk landscape, particularly the coast line. Painting the Norfolk landscape is like trying to fit a billboard onto a postcard, the sea and sky escape from the edges of the canvas. This landscape moves me to try and create some sense and understanding of the experience of standing on the marshes surrounded by elemental infinity."

Find out more on Fiona's website.

Ray Petty

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Diamonds, Dancers and other Distractions represents three discrete and contrasting routes through Ray's art making or three slices of the cake.

Ray was the County Art Adviser for Suffolk prior to becoming the founding Director of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University based at Belstead House in Ipswich. He has made art works all his life and has been an art educationist throughout his career.

Summer University was a popular part of the work of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University and featured many practical art modules. Anthony Frost, the son of Sir Terry Frost, joined Ray as a tutor throughout this period and they collaborated on degree delivery and practical art-making each year. The blue diamond painting comes from this period. Ray developed the diamond totems based on this enjoyable experience and has kept the theme running alongside his other projects.

The Three Dancers has emerged as a dominant theme over the last twenty years and the examples here demonstrate the reworking of an image initially realised as a mixed media collage.

Other Distractions includes a variety of works that emerged in the period post 1993. This was the year Ray recovered from a stroke and celebrated by having an exhibition at Belstead House calledAt a stroke the colour back in my life!

Images from installation day

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20 May to 7 June

Preview Party 19 May


Ron Fuller, Moss Fuller, Mel Pike, Elaine Nason, Deb Lay, Brian Seabon, Anne Paton

Elaine Nason

A show celebrating the varied work of a group of artists based around Laxfield. An interest in the practice of drawing unites them.

10 June to 28 June

Preview Party 9 June

Darren McMorran

Darren McMorran

Adrienne Smiley

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Ideas from subjects seen, felt or imagined - near or when travelling. Sometimes taken from a photo or a drawing. I love printing - etching and aquatint especially - as it lends itself to line work and the process leaves a lot to chance. Please support Amnesty International and buy a print.

Corrin Tulk

Corrin Tulk

Darren shows exciting new abstract paintings, Adrienne will exhibit etchings and drawings inspired by the locality and travels and Corrin will show paintings inspired by the East Norfolk coast.

1 to 19 July

Preview Party 30 June

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From Halesworth to the Himalayas


Halesworth is the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and we will be celebrating the bicentenary of his birth with exhibitions, trails, talks and events. The Halesworth Gallery has invited CSBA Students and members of Amicus Botanicus (Alumni of CSBA) to exhibit botanical paintings of plant species relating to and named after Hooker.

The process of creating a botanical painting will be shown through the work of CSBA students.

22 July to 9 August

Preview Party 21 July

Gerald Nason


Martin Coe


Rebecca Greathead


Gerald will be "off the wall" with a display of witty postcards and small works. Rebecca will be making site specific sculptures especially for the gallery and Martin will be showing recent landscape paintings and drawings.

4 August 7pm

Poetry Evening

Gerald Nason, Naomi Jaffa, Dean Parkin

Three local poets not to be missed.

12 to 30 August

Simon Turner


Marianne Koby Johnson

Koby Johnson

Lucy Bell


Preview Party 11 August

Simon makes elegant wood sculptures and relief works. Marianne will be showing collage sculptures and paintings and Lucy will be exhibiting new paintings inspired by landscape, paint and mark-making.

2 to 20 September

Open Show

Handing in day 30 August

Preview Party 1 September

Entry form on the website in May and in the gallery.

23 September to 24 September

Earth and Fire

Anglian Potters

Anglian Potters

Preview Party Friday 22 September

Special selling show of a wide range of ceramics by skilled potters.

Sat 22 and Sun 23 April

Young Artists' Art Exhibition

Wonderful work from our local children in schools and scout and guide groups. Not to be missed.

Open both days 11.00am to 5.00pm

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