Halesworth is an old Suffolk town whose market was granted by King Henry III in 1223. The gallery occupies what used to be the town's almhouses, lying alongside St Mary's Churchyard The buildings were mentioned in the Manorial Court Roll of 1478. The age and beauty of the building is part of the Halesworth Gallery's appeal. The historic spaces add a character to the shows we hold here. The spaces are surprisingly flexible and all sorts of work have been shown here including video and installation work. This year we will be showing live dance performances by Molly Aldous.
The Halesworth Art Gallery Association was founded in 1966 by Jack and Sheila Arbuthnot with four other local people, Mary Colby, Daniel Del-Rivo, Jennifer Dickson and Patrick Roberts and the gallery celebrates its 50th year this year. The objective was, and still is, to 'exhibit modern painting and sculpture of the highest possible standard on a non-profit-making basis and for the general enjoyment of all; and, it is hoped, for the benefit of the artists since all works are for sale'.
Early exhibitors included Elisabeth Frink, Felix Topolski, Mary Potter and Joseph Herman. The gallery has mainly shown the work of those artists who have a connection with East Anglia.
Many of the Committee members, all of whom live locally, are themselves artists and every few years a Committee Exhibition is held in the Gallery.
Zoe came to the Halesworth area in 1974 and has held a variety of posts in education. She enjoys theatre, film, music and art, and her own creativity is channelled into her garden.
David is a keen and enthusiastic bowls player, retired from the banking world in 1999 and after 27 years in Folkestone moved up to Halesworth.
Paul is originally from Leicester and has taught art in local schools and universities over the past twenty five years. Paul exhibits his paintings and other artworks regularly and also organises exhibitions and events. Paul co-ordinates the gallery programme each year and maintains the website. Paul has his own website at www.paulcope.com.
Alan has been making paintings and drawings of trees, landscape and people since childhood. He had studied at Harrow and Sheffield Colleges of Art and has exhibited his work from time to time, most notably - a solo show at Windsor Castle in 2002. He was employed by Brunel University from 1969 to 2006 with the final 25 years working as Curator of the gallery and art collection. The University awarded him with an Honorary Fellowship in 2008. Alan now lives and paints in Halesworth. Alan takes care of the installation and taking down of shows. Alan is an expert in exhibitio hanging and co-ordinates the installation of our shows.
Trained at the Chelsea School of Art, and now works full time as a painter in Walberswick after a long career as a graphic designer. She participates regularly in the Suffolk Open Studios and her work is included in many public collections at home and abroad.
An artist and teacher. She is currently head in an Ipswich special educational unit.
Organises the stewards at the gallery.
A local artist and teacher.
An artist and ceramicist who regularly shows her work locally. Vivienne taught art for many years in local and Midland schools.
A local ceramicist and artist who regularly shows his work at craft and art fairs in the region. Rob was an art teacher for many years in schools in Lincolnshire, Suffolk and the Falkland Islands. Rob organises the Young Artists Exhbition each year.
Organises publicity for the gallery
A Suffolk artist whose painting and printmaking work is inspired by the fragile coastal landscape of East Anglia, its wildlife and people's influence upon it. Much of her time is spent outside observing, sketching and photographing.
Kate's website can be found at www.kate-batchelor.co.uk where there are details of her current exhibitions and her drawing-a-day Twitter challenge.
Selection of artists' work for exhibition takes place in January of each year, following advertisements in the national and local art press. Details of how to apply are on the 'How to Apply' page of this website. Artists are invited to come to the gallery to talk to the team during the season and to view the gallery.
The Selection Committee comprises: