This is it! we are now officially open! THREE CHEERS HIPHIP.. HOORAY! After months and months of saying we'd be open next week we are finally up and trading!
The opening party was held last night, and if i dont mind saying so myself was a rip roaring success! I have a few photos, but I had a professional team come along and film the night to make an advert promoting the gallery and they took photos as well.
Here we go.. a little bit about the gallery etc...
The gallery will be showcasing an example of Annabel's work which has been exhibited in places such as Sotheby's London as well as New York and early next year at No. 10 Downing Street. Annabel has had many a prestigious client commissioning her for a unique ceramic piece for their home or office. Alongside Annabel there will be a permanent retail area which will sell prints, jewellery and homewares from other emerging and established artists.
Annabel an ex Southend High School student graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins 2 years ago before embarking on a long and hard renovation project of the shop along Leigh Road to change it into an art gallery and studio spaces for fellow like minded artists: "I couldn't believe the interest in the studio areas. Obviously Leigh has a hidden army of creative people waiting to be exposed! I hope the appearance of my gallery and others such as Studio 3 and the White Wall Space in Leigh and gallery 11 in Westcliff will encourage others to take a look at some art and get involved somehow. Infact I cant believe the interest in the whole project, from day one we've had people putting their heads through the door asking to builders what's going on, and still i get people stopping and peering through the windows!"
The studios have a kiln available to rent for those who need access to one at very reasonable rates. A glazing facility (compressor and glaze gun) is also available to use, and so it a small teaching space if anybody is interested in sharing their knowledge of a craft with others, Miss Annabel Dee* is able to accommodate 3 adults (5 children), again at very reasonable rates.