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Double header of art exhibitions brings Mill Tye Gallery in Great Cornard back to life following year disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic




A popular art gallery sprang back to life at the weekend as two new exhibitions opened to the public.

Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre in Great Cornard is hosting an exhibition of compositions by renowned artist Noel Myles, as well as a second set of works by local printers in the gallery shop.

The main exhibition, called Principally Trees, previewed on Saturday and Sunday and is the gallery’s first exhibition of major work since lockdown began in March last year.

The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Artist Noel Myles with his work...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925791)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Artist Noel Myles with his work...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925791)

It will run until August, and showcases a collection of the artist’s work, which spans the 25 years he has lived and worked in Sudbury.

The compositions have a photographic base and each comprises dozens of individual uncut component frames. He calls them ‘still films’ that explore the territory between single-frame photography and a moving image.

They have been exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Photographic Society, the National Museum of Photography and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as private galleries.

Artist Beth Knight with her work
Artist Beth Knight with her work

They have also been featured in many magazines and the national press and exhibited as far afield as Moscow, New York, Paris and Berlin.

Meanwhile, in the gallery shop, a second exhibition, called Summer Printworks, also opened. It showcases the work of local printmakers, including young artist Beth Knight.

The exhibition runs until the end of August as part of the gallery’s Summer of Art programme, which also includes art classes and photography workshops.

The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Gallery owner Peter Rumsey ...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925805)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Gallery owner Peter Rumsey ...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925805)

“It’s great to finally be able to hold these events and the mood at the weekend was very upbeat and positive, with people saying how much they were enjoying being out and about and able to visit an exhibition again,” said Peter Rumsey, managing partner and curator at Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre.

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The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Visitors Tom Branner and Alice Coath...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925798)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Visitors Tom Branner and Alice Coath...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925798)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Visitors Sofia and Stevie Gillham...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925796)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Visitors Sofia and Stevie Gillham...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925796)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Work by artist Kazuko Okamoto...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925795)
The Mill Tye Gallery has had its first exhibition open seen the lockdown, with artist Noel Myles. ..PICTURED: Work by artist Kazuko Okamoto...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (47925795)