About the Gallery
As the name of the gallery implies, our aim is to showcase the work of people whose creativity and craftsmanship is way beyond the norm. We are also determined to offer high quality products at affordable prices and a flexible approach to meeting our customers' requirements.
Having outgrown our first home in The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, two years ago we opened a new gallery in the East Sussex village of Forest Row. The move has enabled us to promote the work of a wider variety of artists and artisans. Most of our contributors live and work in the South East, and their work often has a strong connection with local landscapes, architecture, traditions and heritage.
Forest Row is a highly creative community. It gains much of its inspiration from its proximity to the historically and environmentally significant Ashdown Forest, which, of course, also formed the real-life backdrop for the adventures of Winnie The Pooh.
Forest Row has plenty of excellent places to eat and drink and a wide range of independent specialist shops selling everything from organic vegetables and wine to Deco furniture. So it is well worth a visit, particularly since there is plenty of free parking in the village.
You'll find the gallery at Ashdown Court, right in the centre of the village on the A 22 to Eastbourne. We chose the building because it has large windows and high ceilings which provide a beautiful environment in which to present the work of our ever-growing number of artists and crafts people.
We are continuing to exhibit a wide range of original paintings and prints from Andrew Redden, whose work is available on this site. We also have fabulous and distinctly different pictures from highly-regarded Kent and Sussex artists Graham Sendall, Claire Gill, George Antoni, Jan Norman and Sonya Tatham.
As far as craft skills are concerned, our wonderful ceramics come from the talented hands of Katrina Perchal who has her studio in Forest Row itself, where she also teaches pottery skills. We are also very excited to have introduced a new range of hand-made household ceramics from the acclaimed Lewes potter Topsy Jewell and Eastbourne ceramicist Julie Snowball.
In addition, we have an expanding collection of jewellery and cufflinks, leather and canvas bags, leather handbags, purses, wallets and belts, finely decorated wooden bowls, hardwood serving boards, furniture and stationery. All these items are designed and made in the UK by individuals who believe in using the finest materials.
We also stock some exceptionally beautiful fine wool and cashmere scarves from India and MOWGS baskets which are woven by skilled artisans in remote Asian communities using traditional methods and patterns and colourful recycled materials.
If you do want to visit us in person, we're open from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm on Wednesday to Saturday.