10:33 Thursday 19 December 2013

New art gallery hopes to fill 'gap in the market'

Written byROB SMYTH

LOVERS of fine art, ceramics and jewellery from some of this country’s leading artists and designers will be excited to learn of the opening of a new arts and craft gallery in Burton.

The brainchild of entrepreneurial sisters Libby and Georgina Naseby, the Whynot Gallery, based in Lichfield Street, has been fully refitted and refurbished over two floors to offer ‘The best in British-designed artworks, gifts and collectables’.

The gallery will provide an unrivalled exhibition space of 220 sq ft for the display of art and paintings by leading British artists such as Annabel Langrish and Sue Bulmer, and local illustrator Daisy Campbell.

In early 2014, it will be available as an exhibition space for the town’s own artists to display their paintings, drawings, designs and photographs.

“The opening of the new gallery that has just been redecorated in Farrrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath paint will provide a high-quality backdrop and surroundings for all the pictures”, said Libby.

The vision for the new gallery is its focus on and support for British arts and crafts, giving it ‘a significant edge over others’.

Georgina said: “We continue our British arts and crafts theme on the ground floor.

“With a special range of design-led gifts from leading small creators like Disasters Designs, offering quirky handbags and scarves, delightful ceramic bowls and sterling silver bracelets.”

Burton and Derby-based property consultants Salloway completed the letting for the pair.

Anwar Hussain, associate at Salloway, acting on behalf of the landlords, said: “Libby and Georgina have completed an impressive transformation of these premises into an outstanding arts and crafts-style premises that will become a thriving art and design hub in the town.

“They have captured the very consciousness of great art and design, executed in an eye-catching and attractive range of products. And, most importantly for the two, all created by British artists.”

More information on the gallery and the arts and crafts shop is available online at www.whynotgallery.co.uk or by calling 01283 619360.

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