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
Once 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
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
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.
The exhibition currently in the Gallery – Fiona Fouhy: Explorations in Chalk has received reviews from Thanet Extra and Printmaking Today
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
Happy New Year from us at Lombard Street Gallery
find us in Margate Old Town, we’re open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm and Sunday & Bank Holidays 12 to 4pm (closed on Monday)
Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December: 11 to 2pm
Wednesday 28, Thursday 29, Friday 30 December: 11am to 5pm
Monday 2 January: 11am to 5pm
From 3 January we will return to our regular hours
Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 12 noon to 4pm
We’re really excited to have new prints in the Gallery by Laura Boswell, Fiona Fouhy and Graham Evernden please call in to take a look…