Open: 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Sunday (same hours/days as the Gallery)
We host an almost continuous run of short art exhibitions, usually open from one to three weeks and featuring a wide variety of solo, joint and group shows of local artists’ work, plus various unusual exhibitions and presentations from the wider community deemed of special interest. Entry is free for the visiting public, and we encourage everyone to give some feedback in the visitors’ book near the entrance. The presentation of work is a vital aspect of the creative process for most artists, and often making sales from shows is the only way they can keep their activities sustainable. As part of our support we offer very reasonable gallery hire rates, and therefore only claim 20% of the sale price as a commission.
To date most of the exhibitions have been in the busy Upper Gallery on the Ground Floor (accessed from the Front Yard off Abbey Street), which shares space with the popular Gallery Kitchen Café. Some exhibitors have preferred the multi-function Performance Space on the Lower Ground Floor (additionally accessible from the back on Belvedere Road). Also on that lower level is the Lower Gallery, which essentially consists of two contrasted areas: the main white space (height 3.25 – 3.4m) in its most basic form began hosting shows and workshops from December 2015, while the lower brick-lined tunnel areas include a crypt-like antechamber (height 2.1 – 2.49m) leading to an impressive 30m tunnel. The distinctive tunnel areas are operational and ideal for installations, but currently only for works not susceptible to damp as they still require some major structural modifications. The Lower Gallery is favoured by those exhibitors wishing a more reflective and peaceful atmosphere in contrast with the busy Upper Gallery.