New art gallery opens its doors

New art gallery owner Helen Birmingham, left, and artist Jenni Ibbotson look forward to the opening. 113220
New art gallery owner Helen Birmingham, left, and artist Jenni Ibbotson look forward to the opening. 113220
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ARTISTS will soon have a new place to display and sell their work as a Scarborough gallery celebrates its official opening.

The Studio Gallery in Belle Vue Parade is the brainchild of artist Helen Birmingham, who bought the building two years ago with the dream of transforming it into an art venue.

She is now making the final preparations for an open evening on Friday August 19, which will be on from 6pm to 8pm.

Mrs Birmingham said: “I’m really looking forward to the open evening. It’s an opportunity for people to come and look at the space and find out more.

“I think it will be especially of interest to new or emerging artists.”

The Studio Gallery is offered to artists, photographers or groups to show and sell their work without committing to a long-term rental.

It is offered on a fixed hire period for a minimum of three days and a maximum of 28 at a cost of £12 per day. No commission is taken on sales.

The gallery offers artists the opportunity to hold exhibitions, to give demonstrations or talks about their work or to hold a private launch party.

Mrs Birmingham explained: “It means that the artist can be in control of their own exhibition from concept to private view and beyond.”

The building also houses her own gallery and working studio, together with the studio flat, which offers accommodation for actors and artists.

The open evening next Friday will feature an exhibition of work by emerging local artist Jenni Ibbotson.

Miss Ibbotson has just finished her A-levels at Scarborough Sixth Form College and is going on to study fine art at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her exhibition, titled Inside the Interior, will continue until September 9.

Music will be provided on the night by Scarborough-based acoustic duo The Quiet, who will be performing a mixture of original material and cover songs in an indie pop style.