A ‘pop-up’ gallery - specialising in quality British bespoke crafts, painting, prints, sculpture and textiles - is to open in Bury St Edmunds next week.
Elsey’s Gallery is due to open next Tuesday in Elsey’s Yard, off Risbygate Street, Bury.
The idea for the temporary gallery came from a meeting in March in which a ‘town team’ emerged to take on the challenge of filling as many empty town units as possible by the end of the year.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of town centre business improvement organisation ourburystedmunds, said: “I’m delighted that St Edmundsbury have agreed to allow a unit they own in Elsey’s Yard to be used for the town’s first pop-up gallery.
“Cate Hadley, the person behind this initiative, was at the meeting at the Fox (Inn) earlier in the year and was clearly enthused about the concept, and I am very pleased to see that her patience and determination has paid off.
“I will watch with interest how this concept develops and hope that other units might become available in the town for the same purpose.”
Ms Hadley, owner of Elsie’s Gallery and curator of The Apex gallery, said: “Elsey’s will sell bespoke arts and crafts from skilled artists and makers with a range of individual greetings cards, framed prints, artisan jewellery and beautifully cut unisex coats from the designer label Workhouse.
“It’s my hope that we can assist in regenerating Risbygate Street by increasing footfall and encourage prosperity through arts and culture.”
She added: “It is poignant that my late and much loved grandmother was coincidently named Elsie (with an ie). She was an art lover and would have been proud to see a lovely arts and crafts gallery with her name over the door.
“I am told that Elsey’s Yard was named after an eminent builder of Bury, but I am sure that they can share the accolade. Her photograph will appear in the gallery as a good omen.”
Elsey’s Gallery will open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sundays. It will host a launch party from 5pm on November 28, and will open from 11am-8pm on the late night shopping Thursdays leading up to Christmas.
To see a selection of the arts and crafts which will be on sale at the ‘pop-up’ gallery, go to www.facebook.com/www.hadleyexhibitions.co.uk?ref=hl