A new era in artistic talent is being born in Bridlington’s historic cultural quarter and will be presented to the public in an improved exhibition space, with the re-emergence of The Old Town Gallery and Information Centre, located at 45 High Street.
Created some five years previously as a social enterprise, the newly-reinvigorated gallery and information centre is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, thanks to a substantial £5,000 grant from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s High Street Fund.
Once complete, a large range of tourism leaflets and brochures will be available, making it an obvious destination for visitors to the resort.
The refurbishment will be revealed in all its glory during a grand opening on Saturday, 2 April, when the gallery will open its doors to show case an incredible array of talent from 16 completely different artists, craftspeople, textile artists and ceramicists, in a bright, fresh contemporary setting.
The 17th Century bow-fronted property, nestling in the heart of the Georgian High Street, is run entirely by volunteers and artists from across East and North Yorkshire and is open seven-days-a-week, throughout the year. It was recently used in Universal Studios’ Dad’s Army film as the set for Fraser’s Funeral Directors.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Old Town Gallery and Information Centre is a valued asset in Bridlington as well as championing and celebrating the work of local artists to both residents and visitors alike.
“The council’s High Street Fund has been well-received by communities across the East Riding and has helped a number of initiatives get off the ground which will benefit the local economy.
“Bridlington Old Town is re-establishing itself as the artistic and cultural quarter of the resort, with a number of high-profile businesses displaying work, such as Gallery 49 in The Market Place and Jenny Mortens’ Ceramics Showroom at 12B High Street amongst other must-see places.”
As part of plans to develop the attraction further, a new series of monthly exhibitions by visiting guest artists will be displayed, starting on Monday, 1 February with renowned local watercolour artist Andrew Storrie from Boynton. Andrew’s striking and classic works of art represent the very best in the great tradition of English watercolourists.
Exhibitions will change on the first day of each month and will include Peter Watson in March, Patricia Thompson in April and Carol Davidson in June.
The gallery is also planning to host regular workshops later in the year.
The Old Town Gallery and Information Centre is open from 10am-4pm every day. Call 07516 615146 and ask for Martyn Coltman, if you are an artist looking to book a monthly exhibition space.