Sunday morning found me hidden away behind a closed shutter in Horsham’s main shopping mall, Swan Walk working on a very special project. I was setting up a “Pop-Up Gallery” with a small number of professional artists from the local area. The Gallery looks wonderful already with a great mix of humorous sculpture (see left), paintings on canvas, framed watercolour paintings, abstract photography, ceramics & large-scale sculptures. Horsham deserves a fine art gallery and for 5 days, with the kind co-operation of the Swan Walk Manager Gill Buchanan, we have been granted the chance to provide one.
Pop Up Shops as a concept have grown during the current economic recession, the idea that you take an empty retail unit and bring it back to life, to bring a spot of colour and activity to a town centre is popular. Despite our love of on-line shopping, we also mourn the loss of a bustling, thriving town centre where people can meet, browse, wander and just enjoy the shopping experience.
In our gallery we will have artists and sculptors at work, happy to talk to you about what they do and why. Judging by the number of people already trying to peek a look through the window, I’m sure it will create a buzz in our corner of Swan Walk, beside the eponymous swan sculpture and high street giants BHS, Sony, The Real Eating Company & Ann Summers! I’d love you to come in and say hello and show us your support by telling your friends. We are only open 5 days so be sure to “Pop In”!
Gallery opening times
Wed 6th to Sat 9th March 10-5 Sunday 10th March 11-3
Contributing artists & examples of their work:www.artbylucyames.com Autumn, Worthing, painting www.lesley-taylor.com Rioja Shocka, sculpture www.sculptureform.co.uk Wrapped Head, sculpture www.stevegubbins.co.uk In God’s Hands, ceramic www.knoelpaton.co.uk Poinsettia painting