Halesworth Gallery

Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL
Opposite St. Mary's Church
Weekdays and Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 2 - 4pm

Admission free. 01986 873064

Preview Parties are from 6.30-8.30pm on the Friday before each show. All welcome.
The gallery is closed for hanging on the Thursday and Friday before each exhibition opens.

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The Halesworth Gallery Celebrates 200 Years of Joseph Dalton Hooker

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Images from Installation Day for the new show last Thursday

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10 June to 28 June

Darren McMorran

Darren McMorran

Darren shows exciting new abstract paintings.

Darren McMorran Art

Adrienne Smiley

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Ideas from subjects seen, felt or imagined - near or when travelling. Sometimes taken from a photo or a drawing. I love printing - etching and aquatint especially - as it lends itself to line work and the process leaves a lot to chance. Please support Amnesty International and buy a print.

Corrin Tulk

Corrin Tulk

Corrin will show seascape inspired works from travels in East Anglia, Cornwall and West Australia.

Corrin Tulk Art

1 to 19 July

Preview Party 30 June

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From Halesworth to the Himalayas


Halesworth is the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and we will be celebrating the bicentenary of his birth with exhibitions, trails, talks and events. The Halesworth Gallery has invited CSBA Students and members of Amicus Botanicus (Alumni of CSBA) to exhibit botanical paintings of plant species relating to and named after Hooker.

The process of creating a botanical painting will be shown through the work of CSBA students. Students of the CSBA will be in the gallery, demonstrating the art of botanical painting, on the opening weekend and then on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the exhibition.

Find out more about the CSBA on their website at chelseaschoolofbotanicalart.co.uk

Opening weekend 1 & 2 July: Elaine Searle and Michele Riseley

Elaine is Course Director at CSBA. She exhibits internationally with work in the Highgrove Florilegium, the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute (USA), the Garden Museum London and private collections around the world. Awards include RHS Silver Gilt medal in 2008, the Talas award at the American Society of Botanical Artists′ Annual International Exhbition 2013 and People′s Choice Award at the ASBA Annual Meeting 2015.

Elaine Searle′s website Botanical‒The Slow and Mindful Art

Sally Pond Friday 14 July

Sally was awarded her diploma in Botanical Art & Illustration in 2011 with a Distinction. Since then she has regularly exhibited and runs workshops at Sarum College, Salisbury Cathederal and the Artsmartschool in Beaconsfield. Awards for her work include 3 RHS Silver-Gilt Medals and Certificates of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists′ annual exhibitions in Westminster.

Sally Pond Botanical Painting

Penny Price Wednesday 5 July

Penny graduated from the school with a Distinction in 2013. She exhibits in the UK, is a member of three Florilegium Societies: Hampton Court, Chelsea Physic Garden and Sydney Botanic Garden. Her work was awarded an RHS Silver Gilt medal in 2014. Penny teaches part-time at CSBA and the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.

Penny's work can be seen on her website.

Christine Battle Saturday 15th July

After graduating from the school with a Credit in 2009, Christine was awarded an RHS Gold Medal for her paintings in 2010. She has exhibited in the UK and USA for the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation and the ASBA (her work being singled out for an Honourable Mention). She is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and regularly illustrates plates for Curtis′ Botanical Magazine.

Christine Battle's work can be seen on her website.

Pearl Bostock Wednesday 12th July

Graduating from the school with a Merit, Pearl went on to be the founder member and chairman of the Florilegium Society at Bedgebury National Pinetum, Kent ‒ regarded as having the world′s most complete collection of temperate conifers. As well as her work for Bedgebury, Pearl has also exhibited in Buenos Aires and the UK.

Pearl is a member of Amicus Botanicus.

22 July to 9 August

Preview Party 21 July

Gerald will be "off the wall" with a display of witty postcards and small works. Rebecca will be making site specific sculptures especially for the gallery and Martin will be showing recent landscape paintings and drawings.

Gerald Nason


Martin Coe


Rebecca Greathead


4 August 7pm

Poetry Evening

Gerald Nason, Naomi Jaffa, Dean Parkin

Three local poets not to be missed.

12 to 30 August

Preview Party 11 August

Simon makes elegant wood sculptures and relief works. Marianne will be showing collage sculptures and paintings and Lucy will be exhibiting new paintings inspired by landscape, paint and mark-making.

Simon Turner


Marianne Koby Johnson

Koby Johnson

Lucy Bell


2 to 20 September

Open Show

Handing in day 30 August

Preview Party 1 September

Entry form on the website in May and in the gallery.

23 September to 24 September

Earth and Fire

Anglian Potters

Anglian Potters

Preview Party Friday 22 September

Special selling show of a wide range of ceramics by skilled potters.

Archive of Recent Shows in 2017 so far

Sat 22 and Sun 23 April

Young Artists' Art Exhibition

Wonderful work from our local children in schools and scout and guide groups. Not to be missed.

Open both days 11.00am to 5.00pm

John Lally, Fiona Roberts and Ray Petty

29 April to 17 May

Images from the Preview Party of the first art exhibition
28 April from 6.30 to 8.30pm

Click here to see images from installation of the show on Thursday.

John Lally

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John will be showing colourful landscapes of the Middle East. "All of these images correspond to 'experiences' and relate to my travels in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Egypt and Israel. It is my intention that each image suggests a sense of place and mystery..."

Find out more on John's website.

See images of the John's work at the gallery here.

Fiona Roberts

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Fiona will show dramatic paintings of East Anglia."I love the Norfolk landscape, particularly the coast line. Painting the Norfolk landscape is like trying to fit a billboard onto a postcard, the sea and sky escape from the edges of the canvas. This landscape moves me to try and create some sense and understanding of the experience of standing on the marshes surrounded by elemental infinity."

Find out more on Fiona's website.

See images of the show here.

Ray Petty

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Diamonds, Dancers and other Distractions represents three discrete and contrasting routes through Ray's art making or three slices of the cake.

Ray was the County Art Adviser for Suffolk prior to becoming the founding Director of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University based at Belstead House in Ipswich. He has made art works all his life and has been an art educationist throughout his career.

Summer University was a popular part of the work of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University and featured many practical art modules. Anthony Frost, the son of Sir Terry Frost, joined Ray as a tutor throughout this period and they collaborated on degree delivery and practical art-making each year. The blue diamond painting comes from this period. Ray developed the diamond totems based on this enjoyable experience and has kept the theme running alongside his other projects.

The Three Dancers has emerged as a dominant theme over the last twenty years and the examples here demonstrate the reworking of an image initially realised as a mixed media collage.

Other Distractions includes a variety of works that emerged in the period post 1993. This was the year Ray recovered from a stroke and celebrated by having an exhibition at Belstead House calledAt a stroke the colour back in my life!

See images of the show here.

Images from the preview party on 28th April

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Images from installation day on 27th April

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20 May to 7 June

Preview Party 19 May


Ron Fuller, Moss Fuller, Mel Pike, Elaine Nason, Deb Lay, Brian Seabon, Anne Paton

Elaine Nason

A show celebrating the varied work of a group of artists based around Laxfield. An interest in the practice of drawing unites them.

Find out more about the show here.

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