The Aldeburgh Gallery

Exhibitions 2017

Aldeburgh Gallery hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Please select a season from the list below.

Exhibition Archive

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10:00 - 17:00

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April – October

Julia Watson

21 April – 27 April

An exhibition of contemporary abstract art in a variety of media by this East Anglian based artist, including paintings, prints and collages. Julia’s exuberant work is primarily an expression of the relationship between colour, texture, space and form.

Frances Scott

28 April – 04 May

Recent works, watercolours and mixed media.

Anna Wakerley

06 May – 11 May

Oriel Fine Art deals expressly in Pre and Post War 20th Century Painting and has been an established dealership in Cambridge since 1984. Artists to include Rowland Suddaby.

Marion and Scott Stuart

12 May – 18 May

Ceramics by Marion Scott explores tidal housing and vessels in paper-thin porcelain clay etched with text. Paintings, drawings and prints by Scott Stuart. Layers of paint and media are worked and reworked on a fresco surface using a variety of surface treatments, sometimes revealing the works own history and referencing the passage of time.

Shelley Nott

19 May – 25 May

Shelley is absorbed in the world of slow photography. This exhibition offers a glimpse of her developing personal portfolio as well as the extraordinary range of items she has been asked to photograph by the clients.

Guy William Eves

26 May – 01 June

Guy William Eves SBA, FCPGFS -RHS Silver Guilt Medal, London 2015 for an exhibition “ The black and white of colour”. Exquisite detailed pencil botanic studies.

Drawn and Quartered

02 June – 08 June

Helen Armstrong Bland, Lindsay Harris, Valerie Irving and Emma Johnson explore drawing, cutting, painting, colour texture and folding.

Venice Observed

09 June – 15 June

A Collector’s Exhibition, including work by Mark Hearld, Alex Malcolmson, Emily Sutton, Chloe Cheese, Tessa Newcomb, Ed Kluz, Richard Bawden, and Jo & Gary Hincks, and a room by other 20/21st century artists including David Hockney, John Bellamy, Edward Bawden, Geoffrey Clarke and Maggi Hambling.

Josephine Harpur

16 June – 22 June

Josephine Harpur’s exhibition will include aneclectic mix of contemporary British artists including Salliann Putman, Jane Corsellis, Adam Binder, Eileen Hogan, Louise Balaam and Robert Wells. A real opportunity to see and buy some exquisite pieces.

Nicolas Slattery

23 June – 29 June

Figurative narrative paintings and prints from the imagination of Norfolk artist Nicolas Slattery RBA.

Steve Higton

30 June – 06 July

Steve Higton is a Suffolk based impressionist artist whose love of the East Anglia coast is depicted in his atmospheric paintings of the area.

Ian Russell

07 July – 13 July

Atmospheric and impressionistic depiction, watercolours, of the inspirational East Anglia land and seascapes.

Carol Lawrence

14 July – 20 July

Carol Lawrence presents an exhibition which employs the medium of paint, print and photography. Her daughter Jessica Lee Short, designer and illustrator, constructs dream-like images using photography. Geege Sandhu, photographer, has an eye for the drama of nature and Julian Brian Leitch, Carol’s nephew (son of Brian Jones, Rolling Stone) an outsider artist uses photo manipulation and paint to create radical self portraits.

Sarah Muir Poland

21 July – 27 July

Sarah Muir Poland is a colourist painter with a particular feel for the landscapes of East Anglia. This is her second show attention Aldeburgh Gallery following her successful debut exhibition last July.

Aldeburgh Gallery Artists

28 July – 03 August

A mixed summer show. Painting, ceramics and sculptures.

Aldeburgh Gallery in association with Foss Fine Art

04 August – 10 August

An eclectic mix of contemporary and applied art including Annabel Fairfax SWA, Jane Muir, Nicolas Rose, Nicholas Turner RWA and Elizabeth Lecourt.

Sara Johnson

11 August – 17 August

Sarah Johnson shows a series of new, atmospheric, landscape paintings from Blythburgh to Bawdsey.

Steve Higton

18 August – 24 August

Steve Higton is a Suffolk based impressionist artist. Recent works.

Nicola Mountney

25 August – 31 August

Nicola lives and works in Tuscany surrounded by the mountains and water which inspire and inform her work. She exhibits in Italy and England. Having spent many years studying Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting, she now creates a fusion of East and West.

Janie Pirie

01 September – 07 September

Predominantly a coloured pencil botanical artist Janie will be showing her latest collection using this unusual medium. From amazingly detailed plant details to dramatic and eye-catching still life studies.

Peter Chadwick

08 September – 21 September

Peter Chadwick is a member of Sudbourne Printmakers and enjoys making etchings, often of local subjects. Peter is also a photographer and he prints his photographs of local landscapes and seascapes in pigment ink which gives superb true colur.

Eastern Edge

22 September – 28 September

Artist/friends exploring the natural, made and expressive world through a variety of media. Patricia Davidson, Bill Haward, Marilyn Jackson, Angela James.

Katherine Barney

29 September – 05 October

Hand painted ceramics, jugs, bowls, plates, using nature, animals, fish, flowers etc as inspiration. Commisions undertaken. Back for third exciting year.

Sara Johnson

06 October – 12 October

Sara Johnson returns with more evocative images of estuary, marsh, reddbeds & coast.

Landscapes and Spaces

13 October – 19 October

This group exhibition brings together the work of six artists who express their interpretations of space and landscape with divergent individuality. Though distinctly contemporary, they also reflect past traditions; from traditional representations of Suffolk landscape and interpretations of the Norfolk Coastal areas, to abstract interpretations of space and re-imagined territories.

Although these artists produce very different visual images of the world around them according to their individual style and technique, there is a harmony and synergy around their paintings that evoke a sense of place, somewhere not necessary known to us but somehow remembered.

Robert Dearman, Rw Easterby, Chris Filtness, Tony Foster, Adrian Perry and John Wood.

Nicola Coe

27 October – 02 November

Nicola Coe is an artist who uses the camera to ‘draw’ with. Her works consists of an original Polaroid image, printed and often painted upon. Nicola is drawn to the beauty of the detail of natural objects, things she ‘finds’ in nature.

Rendham Arts Group

03 November – 09 November

Another opportunity to enjoy the private more personal work of this dedicated life Drawing Group. Almost a sellout in 2013.

Margriet van Nieuwburg

10 November – 16 November

Margriet van Nieuwburg is Dutch artist based in Suffolk. This exhibition of oil paintings shows her love of colour, bold expressive mark-making and the Suffolk landscape.


17 November – 23 November

Four local artists, Chris Seabrook, Ruth Seabrook, Stephen Worrall and Veronica M Worrall, exhibiting prints, paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Two Suffolk Artists

01 December – 07 December

Two Suffolk Artists annual exhibition of new works by Kay Nightingale, of Aldeburgh & Michael Hughes, of Wickham Market, in watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media.

Aldeburgh Literary Festival Exhibition

02 March – 08 March

Penny Graham studied at Chelsea School of Art in the early 90s. She is best known for her intense and colourful interiors, which she paints on commision. Subjects have varied in size and content, from the magnificent Carved Room at Petworth House to the tiny and idiosyncratic interior of Roald Dahl,s writings hut in Buckinghamshire. In this show, Penny is exhibiting her more recent paintings, based on photos of friends, from books and imagination.

Aldeburgh Studio Trail Artists Preview Exhibition

09 March – 15 March

Private View ( All Welcome ) Saturday 11 th March 6 – 8 pm.

Ink Pots

16 March – 22 March

‘Inkpots’ are a diverse and flourishing group of five contemporary printmakers graduating together from the The Curwen Print Study Centre in 2016 and continuing to print and exhibit together. March 2017 sees them here at The Aldeburgh Gallery, where a selection of beautiful woodcut, lino, etchings, collagraph and silk screen prints will be for sale from £35. Inspiration from coast and nature to bishops and buildings, both figurative and abstract.

Rufus Owen

23 March – 29 March

Exploring Suffolk through my eyes, capturing the dramatic simplicity of the landscape. An exhibition of recent photography by local artist Rufus Owen.

Venetia Rose Freyberg

30 March – 05 April

Venetia Rose Freyberg is an artist celebrated for her colourful landscapes and vivid portrayal of abstract floral themes. Her latest exhibition explores the changing seasons in the magical allotments that encircle Aldeburgh, one of the most beautiful towns on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast.

Morag Warrack and John Thompson

06 April – 12 April

Morag and John met in 1986 when Morag was recommended life drawing classes with John: “He’s great- he won’t mind you just turning up for just that one class in November!”
Thirty years on, they are still working together and occasionally even work on the same painting.
They have long been popular ‘artists in residence’ at Nymans Gardens (one of the National Trust’s most visited gardens) and Wakehurst Place Gardens (Kew’s Sussex partner) where their joyful, colourful acrylics of landscapes and flowers describe ‘enhanced reality’ or ‘how the world should be’ as visitors have exclaimed.
The job of the artist as we see it, is to notice beauty and present it for others to enjoy too.

David and Helen Riches

13 April – 19 April

Helen and David Riches paint exclusively from life, their inspiration the natural world, their medium oils on board and canvas. This exhibition features new work from Suffolk, North Essex and Southern Spain.

Eastern Edge

20 April – 26 April

Patricia Davidson, Bill Haward and Bill Ungless uniquely interpret the character of this area along with their own visual preoccupations in drawing, collage, monoprints, acrylics, oils and reliefs.

Frances Scott and Helen Trevisiol

27 April – 03 May

Dramatic images of coast, boats, beaches, washed with colour, gold and silver. Both work from studios in Hanwell, W.London

Carol Lawrence

04 May – 10 May

Carol Lawrence employs the medium of paint, print and photography to explore the numinous. Jessica Lee Short’s background in theatre design inspires much of her work. Geege Sandhu, photographer, has an eye for the drama of nature. Julian Brian Leitch, uses photo manipulation to create radical self portraits.

Gill Dove

11 May – 17 May

Walking is integral to these landscapes; a response to the breath-taking but fragile beauty of our environment; how light, through colour, reflects our moods and emotions. A mixed media celebration of our wide open spaces; of air and atmosphere. Recently being exhibited at the BBC.

Designer Crafts

18 May – 24 May

Designer Crafts from the region. Printmaking and textiles from Annette Royston. Exquisite lampwork jewellery from Clarence Gaylard. Raku fired ceramics from Rob Wheeler.

Guy William Eves

25 May – 31 May

Outstandingly beautiful drawings.. Stunningly detailed and exquisitely observed botanical works. Silver-Gilt Medallist – RHS London Botanical Art Show 2015 for an exhibition of The Black and White of colour. Member and tutor, Society of Botanical Artists, Fellow of The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

Derek Chambers

01 June – 07 June

An exhibition of sketches, prints and paintings of some of the oldest, rarest, largest, historic or culturally famous trees of Britain and Northern Ireland by Derek Chambers.

Aldeburgh Festival Exhibitions

08 June – 14 June

Tessa Newcomb. Works on paper with Maggi Hambling, Mark Hearld, Richard Bawden, Colin Wilkin and Jeffrey Fisher and other 20th Century artists including Geoffrey Clarke, Mary Fedden, Julian Trevelyan and Edward Bawden and Prunella Clough. The exhibition will show works in watercolour, oil, collage and print together with painted boxes, design, ephemera and illustrated books. Tessa Newcomb will talk about her work on Saturday June 10th at 3 pm.

Josephine Harpur

15 June – 21 June

Josephine Harpur’s exhibition will include an eclectic mix of contemporary British artists including Salliann Putman, Jane Corsellis, Adam Binder, Eileen Hogan, Louise Balaam and Robert Wells. A real opportunity to see and buy some exquisite pieces.

Alistair Carr

22 June – 28 June

Alistair Carr is an author. artist and explorer who has a long-standing affinity with wilderness landscapes and their horizons. The North Sea’s horizons are desert and steppe-like in character and this series of charcoal and oil works has been created in autumn mist, deep winter and high summer.


29 June – 05 July

An exhibition of works created by Marion and Scott Stuart exploring our connection to land and sea, through painting, drawing and sculpture. Scott Stuart’s works combine mixed media with painting, while Marion Stuart’s pieces are delicate ceramic boat like vessels.

Julia Watson

06 July – 12 July

Julia Watson’s expressionist paintings and Lucy Lutyens organic sculptures complement one another in their use use of the abstract form. Julia uses vivid colours, form and texture to express the language of emotion and Lucy creates abstract sculptures inspired by the nature and wildlife around her.

Oriel Fine Arts

13 July – 19 July

Many artists have connections with Aldeburgh or the nearby villages or countryside. Expect to see works by Rowland Suddaby, Margaret Thomas, Mary Potter, John Nash, Tessa Newcomb, Colin Self and Moss Fuller.

Steve Higton

20 July – 26 July

Steve Higton’s inspirational and masterly depictions of the East Anglia coastline and landscape, in oils.

Sarah Baddon Price and Patrick Elder

27 July – 02 August

Revisiting the Aldeburgh Gallery with a selection of recent abstract, semi-abstract and figurative paintings. Sculptures by Patrick Elder.

Christopher Humphries

03 August – 09 August

Christopher Humphries experiments with new ideas, bigger and bolder pattern forms and lush, vibrant colours in multiple media. One of his defining features is his versatility and open mind regarding his approach to his unique subjects

Den Phillips

10 August – 23 August

The celebrated East Coast maritime photographer Den Phillips specialises in photographing Classic and Traditional boats and seascapes in black and white. Joining Den is a collective of other Salty Dogs Artists featuring driftwood, paintings, pottery and more, all with with a local nautical theme.

Brian Coetzee

24 August – 30 August

Brian Coetzee creates unique watercolour paintings inspired by the Suffolk landscape and then have them digitally printed onto Silk. Both original framed artwork and Silks will be available to view in his new exhibition.

Tony Hatt

31 August – 06 September

Tony Hatt is an accomplished watercolour artist, living and working in Suffolk. He is fascinated by the elusive imagery of the ever changing reflections on the restless surface of water in the sea and rivers. His sense of humour is apparent in his witty food paintings.

High Tide Festival Show

07 September – 13 September

A special mixed exhibition to highlight some of the new artists and exhibitions for 2018. Artists include Justin Lois Thorpe and Sarah Poland and others.

The Print and Stitch Group

14 September – 20 September

Seven artists, Clive Barnett, Louise Chick, Nicky Eastaugh, Sally Heydon, Margaret Holder, Anne Humphreys and Ruth Seabrook explore the diverse theme of ‘Identity ‘ in the media of print and stitch.

Eastern Edge

21 September – 27 September

Three painters and an architect explore a sense of place with drawing, collage, monoprints and acrylics. Patricia Davidson, Marilyn Jackson, Miriam Smith-Phillipson and Bill Haward.

CO3 Studio Artists

28 September – 04 October

CO3 Studio Artists who live and work on the Essex/Suffolk border, are presenting a variety of mediums and styles in representation of the coast. Paintings, drawings and sculpture will be on display.

Katherine Barney

05 October – 11 October

Hand painted ceramics, jugs, bowls, plates, using nature, animals, fish, flowers etc as inspiration. Commissions undertaken. Back for a fourth exciting year.

Martin Ive

12 October – 18 October

The exhibition will recount a fantasy journey I often make between Aldgate in the East end of London to Aldeburgh. I leave behind the memory of a seething incoherent metropolis and travel through the vast brooding wilderness vistas of Iceland finally arriving at Aldeburgh.

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