A new Winter Exhibition opens at World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth on Saturday 24 November. The works on display are by a selection of artists, many of whom live and work locally. The exhibition runs until 4 January 2013.
The gallery was opened a year ago by the international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT), which has its headquarters in Halesworth. The gallery showcases the work of renowned local, national and international artists specialising in wildlife and landscape art.
This year's Winter Exhibition will include works by up and coming artists as well as by more established ones. Two local artists who are exhibiting for the first time in the gallery are Jan Houchen and recent fine art graduate Ania Hobson.
For Kate and Hannah Breach from Norfolk, this will be second time that their work has been shown in WLT gallery. According to the identical twins: "It's great to be able to show work in a local gallery, and by doing so, to contribute to the work of World Land Trust."
Several established artists have work in the Winter Exhibition. Painter and illustrator Martin Woodcock lives in north Norfolk and specialises in birds, and wildlife artist Peter Partington derives inspiration for his work from rural Suffolk where he lives and works. Andrew Pitt paints East Anglian landscapes and marine scenes in watercolour and oils, while Norfolk based David Tipling is the only photographer in the exhibition; his exceptional work will be familiar to many.
Also on display are works by award winning artist Nick Day, who proved very popular in the gallery’s previous exhibition, and David Feather, whose work is shown posthumously.
Works in the Winter Exhibition are for sale, and prices start at under £100. The gallery offers a selection of prints and books, wildlife cards and Christmas cards.
Also on sale in the gallery are hand-made bags and baskets from Maison Bengal, a fair trade company working with artisan cooperatives in Bangladesh. Perfect Christmas presents, the bags and baskets are made of natural materials and blend traditional skills with contemporary design.
All profits from the gallery go to WLT, which works with local partners across the world to fund protected nature reserves and save threatened species. As a showcase for wildlife and landscape art, the gallery complements the overall conservation purpose of the Trust and raises valuable funds. The gallery provides a commercial space for invited artists to sell their work, with the commission coming to WLT, although some artists have generously donated their artwork so that WLT will receive the full sale price of the piece.
If you feel your work might be suitable for the World Land Trust gallery or would like to donate a piece to be exhibited, please contact the gallery manager, Jenny Chattington. WLT is looking for volunteers to assist in the day-to-day running of the gallery. To find out about becoming a gallery volunteer, please contact training manager Kelly Jacobs. Both Jenny and Kelly can be contacted on 01986 874422.
The opening hours over the next few weeks:
- Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm
- Saturday 24 Nov 11am - 3pm
- Sunday 25 Nov 11am - 3pm (all other Sundays closed)
- Saturday 1 Dec 10am - 4pm (the day of the Halesworth Christmas Lights Switch-On)
- Saturday 8, 15 & 22 Dec 10am - 3pm
The gallery will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period from 24 December and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2013.
Full Press release: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/documents/news/press-release-new-winter-exhibition-2012-wlt-gallery.pdf (0.5 MB)