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New gallery curator looks to the future

The Maxwell Chandley Gallery in Haughley, which was set up after money was bequeathed to the village church, is launching its 2014 programme.  The gallery has a new curator, Malcolm Buntrock

The Maxwell Chandley Gallery in Haughley, which was set up after money was bequeathed to the village church, is launching its 2014 programme. The gallery has a new curator, Malcolm Buntrock

The new curator of the Maxwell Charnley Gallery in Haughley is relaunching the venture - featuring a new artist every month.

The single room gallery was established in 2008 after Bishop Stortford solicitor Maxwell Charnley , who grew up in the village, left almost £1million in his will to the church council.

The money was used to buy the village’s post office, which was due to close, and to set up the community room.

New curator Malcolm Buntrock said: “He bequeathed the village and church a large sum of money a few years ago.

“The church invested in a building which holds the village post office and the Maxwell Charnley Gallery Room.”

Malcolm, who is exhibiting his own paintings this month, said he wants more people to know about the gallery, saying the room feels like an undiscovered gem.

“It’s a new start for the gallery really, he said.

“We have 12 exciting up and coming artists exhibiting throughout the year.

“We have simplified it so each artist is here for one month.

“I see my job as curator as to encourage and enthuse people about art.”

Malcolm is displaying his own art at the gallery this month.

He said: “Not every curator is an artist as well so I think I have a bit of an advantage in a way because I can speak in their language and give them an honest opinion.

“The idea of exhibiting is what all artists want to do so that is what I am trying to do, to give them a stage to show their work.”

Malcolm said the gallery has bags of potential.

He said: “Directly opposite is a bakers, you can pop in for lunch at the King’s Head or next door to the gallery is an Indian restaurant.

“Everything is right on the gallery’s doorstep.”

The post office is believed to be Britain’s oldest, dating back to 1848.

A 20 percent commission on the sale of each painting is split between the village church and the post office.

At the gallery in 2014

January - Malcolm Buntrock

February - Colin Hart

March - Reg Siger

April - Jonathon Aldis

May - Shaun Cole

June - Geoffrey Kay

July - Mary Clark

August - Alistair Cardwell

September - Brian Palmer

October - Brian Lilley

November - Greta Hansen

December - Ian Jackman

 

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