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Ten

An exhibition celebrating 10 years of Lombard Street Gallery in Margate
Saturday 1 December  2018 – Sunday 3 February 2019

We have exciting news! Lombard Street Gallery is ten years old!

The gallery was opened on 28 November 2008. It was an enormous leap of faith when, at the time, Margate was not the focus for creativity that it is today.

Since it’s opening, Lombard Street Gallery has curated over 100 exhibitions for the public to enjoy and art lovers to buy.

Throughout this time, these shows have encouraged new artists to flourish, enabled established artists to grow and have always proudly supported  local talent & ventures, which is an incredible achievement to celebrate!

Lombard Street Gallery has the pleasure of inviting you to join us in this celebration with a special tenth anniversary exhibition, showing a carefully selected group of the artists we represent including work by: Ruth McDonald, Greg Bottle, Hugh Ribbans, Nick Kelly, Elizabeth Cake, Margo Selby, Claire Gill, Anthony Giles, Andy Tuohy, Graham Ward, Emma Thomson, David Mullett, Jon Spencer, Dada Van Abbot, Esther Miles, Dawn Cole, Fiona Fouhy, Sue Denim and Ian Allan.

 

Context

How it started

Ten  years ago Janet Williams saw an amazing opportunity. Her job at that time, working for the NHS, had always encompassed a degree of creativity but she was keen to try something new. In 2008 a building on Lombard Street became available for Janet to develop and it was then that her appreciation of the arts had the space to blossom.

In the beginning

Lombard Street Gallery took a lot of work to turn it into the light, bright airy space that is open to the public today.  Margate looked very different ten years ago. Whilst the high street was busier, with an M&S and Woolworths, there was no Turner Contemporary or regenerated Dreamland.  Margate did however, have what it has always had, a strong community of people who value art & creativity.

Early Projects

This group of passionate individuals set up  ‘Margate Rocks’, of which, Janet became a part. It saw the potential in the, then mostly boarded up, Old Town buildings. The Margate Rocks team worked hard to enable artists to take on short 10-day pop-up exhibitions. Janet said this was key to informing her next steps, she saw first hand how art could ‘bring a place alive’.

Not only was the Old Town transformed by pushing creativity to the fore,  Janet was  instrumental in opening the pathway for regeneration.

Lombard Street Gallery today

Janet’s leap of faith and commitment to invest, not just in the physical building that became the gallery but in the creativity of the local artists and art lovers, is what has enabled Lombard Street Gallery to thrive.

The gallery has exhibited over 100 shows over the last ten years. “One of my favourites,” says Janet “was an annual event we ran for five years entitled ‘Pushing Print’. Pushing print was the inspiration of Dawn Cole and it comprised of an open print exhibition at the gallery and Pie Factory. The exhibition also ran a supporting educational print program and one year, it even had a steam roller set up in the old town to produce enormous prints for the public to see”.

Lombard Street Gallery opened its doors in Oct 2008 with an exhibition of local artists work, some of which, still show in the gallery today. Current exhibiting artists like Andy Touhy, Anthony Giles, Claire Gill, Hugh Ribbans, Ruth McDonald, Greg Bottle, David Mullet, Nick Kelly are supported to develop their creativity through Lombard Street Gallery’s dedication and sound, professional business practice.

Janet is quietly understated about her amazing achievement. People who know Janet, know that this calm, measured attitude is a large part of why Lombard Street Gallery is such a success. It’s commitment to art over the last ten years has never waivered and we are proud to present just some of the kind things Lombard Street Gallery’s artists say about us and our ten year anniversary:

 

Ruth McDonald:

I love British seaside towns and Lombard Street Gallery celebrates the “best” Margate has to offer, it is a joy to exhibit there in the heart of my favourite place in Kent.

Greg Bottle:

To celebrate ten years of Lombard Street Gallery I’ve created a unique piece of work exploring time.

Hugh Ribbans:

Lombard Street Gallery has given constant support and encouragement to my linocuts ever since the early days of Pushing Print & the famous steam roller printing. Long may it continue to provide lively, innovative and absorbing exhibitions.

David Mullet:

LSG is about to celebrate ten years success this year. Having weathered vicissitudes of time and place, it fully has supported so very many artists over the years and is now held in high regard not just in Margate but in the south east. It would seem the tide has now turned in Margate with regard to the arts these days, in no small part due to the fact that LSG have a firm belief in our town.

Nick Kelly:

I love being part of the Lombard Street Gallery community. Janet and the team have made me feel part of the family and being there to meet fellow artists and people who have bought my work is always very special.

Emma Thomson:

Lombard Street Gallery is a rare gem. It attributes to each piece of art the same value and integrity its original creator hoped to imbued the work with, for which I am incredibly grateful. Happy 10th Birthday Lombard Street Gallery & thank you for all you do.

Graham Ward:

I have enjoyed exhibiting my work with Lombard Street Gallery for many years now and wish them warm congratulations on their tenth birthday.

Sue Denim

I was one of the first artists to work with Janet, at her newly opened gallery, back in 2008. We were both novices at the time and long before the Turner Contemporary’s existence, Janet, with artists like myself, showed work and supported the art scene in Margate. I’m so happy to celebrate ten years of the gallery’s existence … and wish them many more.

Margo Selby

We are delighted to be included in the tenth anniversary exhibition celebrating this important milestone in Lombard Street Gallery’s life and wish them many more years of continued success.

Fiona Fouhy

I was delighted to have a solo show ‘Scratching the Surface: explorations in chalk’ at Lombard Street Gallery in 2017 because the work itself was made from chalk found in Margate. It felt appropriate for my pieces to have their first outing in their place of origin. The gallery were very organised and made it a pleasurable experience to show with them, hosting my talk for a POW! event which was a full-house thanks to their networking and advertising.

Dawn Cole

I have been exhibiting with Lombard Street Gallery since 2010 and as a Thanet-based artist it has been a really important showcase and constant champion of my work.

Jon Spencer

My first solo show since moving to Margate was at the Lombard Street Gallery, this opportunity to introduce my work to the town, and of course to its visitors was tremendously valuable. LSG shows the work of a wonderful range of artists, so it’s always good fun to be included in group shows here.

Esther Miles A Spot ii Lombard Street Gallery Margate

Esther Miles
A Spot ii

 

Winter Exhibition 2017

Lombard Street Gallery is delighted to announce a mixed exhibition for winter. It will feature new artists to the gallery the photographer Greg Bottle and his new body of work inspired by Antony Gormley’s Another Time and artist Sheradon Dublin whose prints are inspired by Margate’s architectural icons. In addition we will have new work from our represented artists including Ruth McDonald, Anthony Giles, Nick Kelly, Hugh Ribbans and Ben Dickson.

The exhibition opens with a preview on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 2-4pm with an opportunity to meet some of the artists involved.

Alongside an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions and ceramics, jewellery, glass and textiles by local artists.

Greg Bottle Another Time 2 Margate

Greg Bottle
Another Time 2

Celebrate Summer

Summer has arrived at Lombard Street Margate and we have plenty in the Gallery to help you celebrate throughout the year. From fine art photographic collages by Claire Gill, to bright and breezy sculptures by Harriet Ferris and ceramics by Kevin Warren you won’t fail to find the perfect item to bring happy memories or sunny days at the seaside.

The Margate Festival is On

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Festival

Now in it’s fourth year, we’ve taken a look back at past festivals and the involvement we’ve had at the gallery. From community printing to create deckchairs inspired by Mondrian with designer Jenny Duff and Turner Contemporary for Summer of Colour in 2014, to the exhibition One Tribe to Another of work by photographer Jon Spencer for Tribes in 2015, to the Celebration of the work of Walpole Champneys, the original interior designer at Dreamland for Sight Seeking in 2016, Lombard Street Gallery has been part of the wonderful Margate community of artists and makers. This year we will be hosting a Meet the Artist event at the Gallery for Making a Change – call in and meet nine of the artists exhibiting in the Summer Exhibition – discuss their work, be inspired and see how art can make a change to your life…

In addition to our usual opening hours, we will be open on Mondays throughout August.

find out more about Margate Festival 2017: Making a Change

 

 

Thames Barge painting at Lombard Street Gallery

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Anthony Giles Thames Barge at Swale Estuary SheppeyOnce a common sight on the River Thames the Thames Barges were built to navigate the shallow waters of the river, it’s tributaries and small ports, their shallow draught and flat bottoms making it possible to stand offshore on the low tide mudbanks to load and unload when there was no jetty available. With a capacity for six working sails, operated by just two crew, and masts mounted in tabernacles to make it possible to lower them to ‘shoot’ the bridges whilst maintain headway the seaworthy barges traded around the British coast and as far afield as continental Europe with a variety of cargoes from building materials to gun powder.

The barge races series was begun in 1863 and is the second oldest sailing competition, after the Americas Cup, it continues to this day with the 110th race scheduled for May 2018. In their heyday at the turn of the Twentieth century there were over 2000 of the barges on the registry, this number has declined with the last barge trading entirely under sail registered in 1970.

This painting by Anthony Giles perfectly captures the strength and beauty of one of the Thames Barges whilst moored in the calm waters of the Swale Estuary, the body of water running between the Isle of Sheppey and the mainland and is available in the Gallery. It offers calm respite in our busy world and nostalgia for a bygone era.

‘The majestic beauty of a Thames Barge in full sail is a sight that always inspires me to paint.  The red sails and dark timber hulls evoke an image of times past and will inspire artists for generations.’ Anthony Giles

New Artworks by Andy Tuohy

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Andy Tuohy Dreamland Quex Lido

Following extensive refurbishment the Dreamland Cinema building has been returned to its former glory, complete with neon signs and lighting and artist Andy Tuohy has been inspired to create this image of the building at night to extend his Thanet series.

Built in 1819 to house a twelve bell peel made at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry which was too big for the local church, Waterloo Tower in the grounds of Quex Park in Birchington-on-Sea commemorates Wellington’s men. Designer and illustrator Andy Tuohy perfectly captures the history of the tower in a new artwork available from Lombard Street Gallery, with animals from the dioramas making an appearance in the grounds.

The companion Thanet images include Lido, Cliftonville and the Broadstairs Lift.

Each image is available in an edition of 100, signed and stamped by the artist at £175 unframed and £255 framed for the Dreamland Cinema, Margate image and £160 unframed, £240 framed for the others. Take advantage of Own Art, an Arts Council initiative to spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months

United Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

Lombard Street Gallery Margate United Society of Artists

We are delighted to be co-hosting the Summer Exhibition of United Society of Artists, which will take place in our gallery and at Pie Factory Margate from Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 June 2017.
The Society is defined by a diversity and openness to ideas.  This is what makes it so welcoming to new artists and always makes for an exciting and eclectic mix of styles and media.  This exhibition is jointly hosted with Pie Factory Margate.

Any exhibition of work by UA members is always an exciting and eclectic mix of artistic media. Styles range from representational to abstraction and conceptual. UA members cover a diverse range of approaches including figurative, impressionist and expressionist. This diversity and openness to ideas is what helps to make the UA distinctive in character and so welcoming to new artists.

Nick Kelly: Fundraising Exhibition

Looking to raise money for Marie Curie, Nick Kelly will be taking part in a ten day challenge trek in the Himalayan foothills. His exhibition currently in Lombard Street Gallery, which has been created over a period of 8 months during walks along the Kent coast, will play a major part in raising funds for the charity event. This is an opportunity to acquire a Nick Kelly original work at a very special price for a very special cause and was given a great start with the launch event on Saturday 8 April…thank you to all who came along and Isle Magazine, the Thanet Extra, The Isle of Thanet News and BBC South East for the articles, helping to bring people through the door…

Lombard Street Gallery Nick Kelly Marie Curie

Fiona Fouhy: Exhibition reviews

The exhibition currently in the Gallery – Fiona Fouhy: Explorations in Chalk has received reviews from Thanet Extra and Printmaking Today

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Fiona Fouhy Printmaking Today magazine

Fiona Fouhy: Artist Talk

There are just a few tickets left for this event…Fiona Fouhy will be in the Gallery on Saturday 11 March from 2.30 to 3.30pm to discuss her new exhibition Scratching the Surface: Explorations in Chalk – this is a FREE TICKETED event – so please reserve your place here.

Read more about the exhibition, talk and associated walk here

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Fiona Fouhy discosphaera