Creativity takes courage
Firmly established as one of East Anglia’s leading art venues, ‘The Gallery’ has been instrumental in showcasing the work of artists since opening in 1972… The first gallery to open in the historic Georgian town of Holt. The award-winning gallery has undergone numerous changes and continues to evolve under the ownership and personal day-to-day management of Adrian Hill who represents the third generation of the Hill family.
‘The Gallery’ pioneered a unique display system which continues to provide a regular programme of exhibition changes interspersed with major shows for individual professional artists and recognised Societies, Federations and Institutions. The policy to maintain an exciting, inspirational and stimulating place to visit has attracted interest from artists and visitors from all over the world. The profile of ‘The Gallery’ as a leading venue in East Anglia has secured its rightful position to feature prominently in the regions rich calendar of art events.
Despite being situated just a stone’s throw from the town centre ‘The Gallery’ is quite difficult to find. However, the tucked away position of Lees Yard now features prominently in the town’s Holt Owl Trail and its location has rapidly become “the place to visit in Holt”. A number of art-related and other eclectic business ventures are firmly established in Lees Yard which assist advantageously in promoting awareness of ‘The Gallery’ through interlinking initiatives and joint advertising campaigns.
Perhaps the biggest change to the dynamics of Lees Yard was instigated by the opening of ‘Adrian Hill Fine Art’ in July 2013. Operating as a completely stand-alone gallery, ‘Adrian Hill Fine Art’ has successfully achieved the need for a special dedicated exhibition area to display the works by some of the greatest names of British Art. Artists include original paintings by Edward Seago, Sir Alfred Munnings and Laurence Stephen Lowry …. who made a visit to ‘The Gallery’ in 1973. However, the intention of the gallery is to also support a comprehensive range of contemporary work, providing exhibitors have been recognised through membership of a Royal Institute, Federation or Society.
The provision of two spacious, contemporary exhibition galleries in Holt, both operating with extensive planned calendars of events, has resulted in high volumes of sales and their popularity as quite unique places to visit.
Publications by Adrian Hill have secured several Halsgrove titles, including “Out of the Blue” detailing the life story and works of Rosa Sepple PRI. The most recent publication, “Then and Now”, involved many months of research in association with Anthony J. Lester to produce a compelling historical overview combined with brief biographies of current members for the Royal Institute Of Painters in Water Colours.
Left: Adrian Hill – Managing Director, Right: Clare Hill – Director