Re-opening 12th April!

We are excitedly preparing for the gallery to re-open to visitors on Monday 12th April!  Our new show SPRING FORTH will present fresh collections of paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery and textiles by gallery artists and introduce work by new artists and designers.  In addition there will be new ranges of cards, stationery and paper goods to explore.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Bradford-on-Avon!

Opening week:
Monday 12th – Saturday 17th April
Open 10.30 – 4.30

Thereafter:
Open Wednesday – Saturday & by appointment.
Please see the CONTACT page of the website for updated opening hours on these days.

We are also excited to be a new stockist for the brilliant Circus Journal so you can pick up a copy of their newest ‘Reset’ issue at the gallery from Monday 12th.

In other local news we are very much looking forward to the opening of Studio Bacchus, located opposite the gallery on Silver Street.  Studio Bacchus is a creative co-working space, housed within one of Bradford on Avon’s historical buildings, offering opportunities to work alongside like-minded individuals within a comfortable and professional environment.

The nearby Bunch of Grapes is not far off re-opening properly but in the meantime continues to provide excellent coffee and delicious food to takeaway.  A little stroll up Silver Street from the centre of town is well worth it!

News from gallery lockdown – A Winter’s Sale

We’re sad that once again the gallery is closed to visitors.  Here’s hoping that this will be the final, restorative period of lockdown and we can all look forward to brighter times later this year.

Whilst our gallery door is closed our online shop remains open for you to browse our collections from the comfort of your favourite chair!  New pieces will be appearing daily so do also follow us on Instagram for more regular updates.

A WINTER’S SALE:
We have a selection of sale pieces in the gallery and online, including 20% off all cushions – to bring a little joy to the grey days before Spring breaks through.


LOCKDOWN WINDOW EXHIBITION CHALLENGE
We are pleased to be joining this initiative to help bring interesting stops for walkers in the town.  Local Bradford-on-Avon artists and galleries will be refreshing their window displays each week to create a ‘feast for the eyes’.

For more information and to get involved please visit their Facebook page.

RE-OPEN & NEW OPENING HOURS

We are so glad to have re-opened our door and to be welcoming visitors to the gallery once again!

We have a new window display featuring winter branches and birds including beautiful hanging birds by Kate Millbank and printed bird decorations by Sarah Targett (please note we have now sold out of Kate Millbank’s hanging Blackbirds and Lapwings but if you would like one please email the gallery to be added to the reserve list for when they are back in stock later this month or early January).

Please see our Christmas Exhibition for more details of the current gallery display.

We have an array of Christmas present ideas from beautifully designed cards and notecards, flower presses, artist designed wrapping paper, jewellery from £15, a range of prints, originals and ceramics from £12.

Please get in touch if you are looking for anything in particular.

And don’t forget we are are offering free Christmas gift wrapping on all purchases throughout December.

Opening times up to Christmas are as follows:

Friday 11th:  10am – 5pm
Saturday 12th: 11am – 5pm

Monday 14th:  10am – 2.30pm
Thursday 17th: 11am – 7pm LATE NIGHT SHOPPING
Friday 18th:  10am – 5pm
Saturday 19th:  11am – 5pm

Monday 21st:  10am – 5pm
Tuesday 22nd:  10am – 5pm
Wednesday 23rd 10am – 6pm LATE NIGHT SHOPPING
Thursday 24th: 10am – 3pm

The new Gallery opened… but then closed for covid!

I was delighted to open our new gallery in Bradford-on-Avon on 31st October but that Saturday was also the day the second lockdown was announced, so it was a day of mixed emotions!

The gallery at 15 Silver Street is now physically closed to visitors but we remain open to calls, emails & messages.  Please keep in touch over lockdown, I’d love to hear from you!  We will be open again on Thursday 3rd December from 11am .

Services offered during lockdown:

SELECT & COLLECT – select from our online shop or from our window display, contact us then collect from the gallery at an arranged time.

Gallery address for collection:  15 Silver Street, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1JZ

FREE LOCAL DELIVERY – by arrangement on any order.

ART POST –  orders posted directly to you or your chosen recipient, at cost of postage.

FREE GIFT WRAPPING WITH EVERY ORDER!

I’m always happy to help source presents, whatever the budget and can offer virtual tours of the gallery via personal FaceTime or send you a video shopping tour.

Please call Evie 07738 929089 email:  evie@quercusgallery.co.uk or message via our Instagram or Facebook pages @quercusgallery

NEW GALLERY IN BRADFORD-ON-AVON

I am thrilled to announce that Quercus Gallery will be opening a new gallery in the beautiful town of Bradford-on-Avon this autumn.

The shop is on Silver Street and will be opening in mid October.  Please sign up to the mailing list to receive more information about the launch.

We have some fantastic exhibitions and exciting collaborations in the planning so it feels incredible to be re-starting gallery life!

Opening a new shop also feels like quite a precarious thing to be doing amidst the current landscape of uncertainty but I am keeping positive that this location will provide a successful new HQ for the gallery, come what may.  I very much look forward to revealing the space and sharing more about Quercus’ next chapter.

Summer Pop-Up plans

I’m delighted to announce that Quercus will be hosting its first pop-up exhibition in our beautiful home village of Atworth in collaboration with the lovely Flower Studio Atworth.

We have recently renovated a courtyard space adjoining our house, which has access from the street, so it is here that we’ll be setting up our pop-up shop on 15th & 16th August.

We shall have gorgeous locally grown flower bunches for sale alongside handmade ceramics so you can pick your own vessel and cut flower combination.  Dried flower posies will also be available. There is quite a floral theme to the display of pieces with Kathy Hutton‘s beautiful lino prints and a lovely new collection of botanical inspired jewellery by Suzanne Potter.  Art cards, stationery and lovely cushions and textile accessories from Chickpea, designed by Harriet Grist, are also available.

Paintings by Vanessa Gardiner and Alex McIntyre will be available to view on request.

53 Bath Road, garden courtyard
Atworth
SN12 8JY

Parking:  we have kindly been granted permission to use the Village Hall’s car park, which is just off Post Office Lane.

If you can’t make it to the pop-up and you’re interested in anything please get in touch.  Local delivery or collection from London Road Bath can be arranged.

CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE UPDATE

Our pop-up gallery space on the London Road in Bath is currently closed to visitors whilst we all stay safe and respect social distancing measures.

However, our window display is still on show and will be getting the occasional update, where and when it is safe and possible to do. If you have seen anything of interest whilst passing the shop and wish to know more then please get in touch.  We have a secure online payment system and delivery can be arranged in and around Bath.

Please also get in touch if you see anything on the website. We are still in touch with many artists and would be more than happy to put you in touch with available work if you are looking for a particular piece.

We will keep you posted and hope to get back to the shop soon.

In the meantime I hope everyone stays safe and positive during this period of unease.

Winter Pop-Up in Bath

We’re excited to be hosting a pre-Christmas pop-up in Bath this year!

From Saturday 16 November find Quercus Gallery at The Bath Framer’s former studio, on the London Road, with a mixed display of artworks, jewellery, ceramics and textiles.  Come and say hello and discover original pieces for Christmas presents and for personal collections.

Including paintings and drawings by Vanessa Gardiner, prints by Kathy Hutton, ceramics by Matt Waite and Jesmonite vessels and objects by Tip Studio. Jewellery collections by Joanne Bull, Alys Power, Suzanne Potter, Laila Smith and Rose Teleri.  Beautifully designed textiles and stationery by designer and printmaker Kiran Ravilious and wonderful cards by Hadley Paper Goods will also be available.

The gallery is delighted to be showing a number of artists in Bath for the first time and there will be new pieces arriving throughout the show.

Opening times:
16 November – 21 December
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Other times by appointment

7 Walcot Buildings
London Road
Bath
BA1 6AD

Parking:
2 hours free parking on Weymouth Street and short stay parking can be found directly opposite the shop in front of Ripples Bathrooms.

 

FRESH FOR FEBRUARY

I am delighted that Quercus has popped up in Bath this month!  I know it has been some time since we had any activity so thank you so much for your continued interest in the gallery.  It is a real joy to be reconnecting with artists and clients and exhibiting once again in Bath. I hope QG will be out and about much more this year.  I am hugely grateful to Kelly, owner at The Bath Framer, for allowing Quercus Gallery to share her beautiful shop space this month.  Also, special congratulations to The Bath Framer for having been selected as a finalist for a 2018 Bath Life Award in the Creative category.  All shall be revealed at the awards ceremony on Thursday 1st March!

Work by some new artists features in our first pop-up of the year and I’m delighted to be working with two artists whose work I have long admired: Emma Lawrenson and Lucy Augé, who have both been very generous with the collections they’ve sent for this show.  Emma Lawrenson is a printmaker whose work is informed by the shapes, spaces, textures and colours observed in her surrounding landscape.  From initial sketches, collages and photographs, Emma gradually fine-tunes her images, adding or subtracting elements and reworking compositions in order to arrive at visual combinations that achieve an understated harmony on paper.  Her works all have a beautiful balance of colour, texture and form.  Each piece can stand on its own but when put together groupings of works are a real joy to see.  It has been highly satisfying pairing works and seeing how the pieces converse with each other in the shop window! Read more about Emma’s work. 

I have known Lucy and her work for some time and she would often come to the gallery when it was on the corner of Queen Street and Trim Street.  Lucy is an artist and naturalist whose work is a quiet celebration of plant life, growth and form.  Her artistic approach is deeply rooted in an awareness and appreciation for the seasons.  Her work is often produced on a large scale, many small plant or flower studies making up a whole installation, which echoes how plants naturally grow together in the wild. I remember seeing her first solo exhibition of 500 flower paintings at 44AD in Bath a couple of years ago and being blown away by the strength and variety of the installation.  Read more about Lucy’s work.

It’s been really lovely catching up with Elisabeth Barry and Karen Parker for this show as well.  At the end of last year Elisabeth moved to a new studio near Oakhill in Somerset and I went to visit her earlier this month.  She has transformed an old car garage into a sleek new studio space, complete with underground clay storage in the old garage pit!  For the current show there are some of Elisabeth’s new pieces on show including some new small churns with a beautiful deep blue glaze on the outside, some perfect small grey jugs and some new forms in blue and grey glazes.  Elisabeth’s porcelain necklaces are proving very popular.  They are so beautiful and comfortable wearable and she is constantly evolving new designs.  Read more about Elisabeth’s work here. 

Seeing Karen Parker at her studio in Bath a few weeks ago was great and she has some stunning new designs in silver and gold, many of which we have on display in the shop and online.  New forms include her rivet bangles, rings and earrings, which are formed out of a solid silver wrap with 14ct gold rivet.  Her necklaces too are new to the gallery, including a beautiful multilayered ‘Rope of Mussels’ necklace, which continues her collection based around mussel shells and a brand new ‘Dada’ necklace, composed out of textured silver pendant and Lava bead set on an oxidised silver chain.  I am always amazed by the beauty and finesse of all Karen’s jewellery.  Each piece is unique, completely hand made by a talented maker who is so fluent with her materials and processes.

I hope this pop-up will be the first of many this year and please let me know if you would like any further information about anything you see.

Evie

evie@quercusgallery.co.uk

Quercus Collections Exhibition photos

Photographs from our final gallery exhibition – Quercus Collections
30 January – 20 February 2016