The Art in East Anglia Gallery set to open in Bury St Edmunds
The work of some of the most talented artists in the East is set to go on display inside a new gallery when it opens later this month.
Business partners Michele Bailey and Chris Witham said their love of art and dedication to support local talent was behind their ambition.
The Art in East Anglia Gallery is set to open its doors to the public before the end of April in Langton Place, Bury St Edmunds.
Ms Bailey said: “The gallery will show off the best works from artists in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk.
“It will contain works from many disciplines including painting, fine-art photography, printmaking, ceramics and sculptures.”
Art enthusiasts can expect exhibitions and appearances as well as workshops and special events.
Mr Witham, who is also a director at creative services company LucidSynergy, helped set up Art in East Anglia three years ago as an online community. The website contains information about local artists and their craft, as well as giving viewers the chance to take a virtual gallery tour. But Mr Witham feels the time has come to swap virtual for reality.
He said: “What started as an online directory and small community of artistic and creative people has organically grown into a complete online marketing platform for artists. Opening a physical gallery seemed like the logical next step.
“We aim to make it as easy as possible for artists to promote themselves and sell their work. For this purpose, Art in East Anglia also offers marketing support services including copywriting, social media, email campaigns and newsletters.”
Ms Bailey, meanwhile, comes to the venture as an experienced art consultant with a long background in marketing and PR.
She added: “We love working directly with local artists and are really excited to be able to offer art lovers the chance to appreciate and own original, affordable pieces of art.”
Langton Place has a reputation for quirky independent businesses and the gallery is set to be no different. It is set to open alongside Wooster’s.
Ms Bailey said: “We chose Langton Place for our first dedicated gallery as it has a great community feel to it.”