Bury’s Smiths Row Gallery closes for move talks

Smith's Row gallery hopes to move. ANL-150217-213327009
Smith's Row gallery hopes to move. ANL-150217-213327009
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Bury St Edmunds’ existing Smiths Row gallery and shop will be closing to allow staff to work on a proposed move to bigger premises.

The gallery wants to move to the Station Master’s House at Bury St Edmunds railway station and staff have been running the existing gallery while involved in research and negotiations with potential rail franchise holders. .

A spokesperson for the gallery in Market Crosss said: “We are entering a more critical and labour intensive phase of planning and confidential negotiations with the rail industry.

“Sadly this means it is not possible to continue to run the gallery and shop.”

Its current show, Art in Transition, and the gallery will close on November 6.

However, the gallery will be running a programme of events as part of its proposed move, most of them free.

On Saturday and Sunday November 14 and 15 at 11am, gallery director Alison Plumridge will conduct a tour of Bury Railway Station discussing its history and the plans for Smiths Row’s work on the Ipswich to Cambridge line.

The other events are at the existing gallery, beginning with an In Transit Pre-Christmas Party on November 28 at 730pm.

There will be chances for the community and supporters to catch up with the move project from 6pm on January 13 and February 17.

There are ‘bring a dish’ pot-luck dinners at 7.30pm on January 30 and March 19.