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The Old Fire Station Gallery

Welcome to our website page for the Old Fire Station Gallery, a converted fire station providing a magnificent gallery for artists to display their paintings, sculptures, tapestries and photography.  The Gallery can be hired on a weekly basis.

            

If you would like to hire this space please click here to download our booking form.  The form is in 'word' format so you can complete and return it to us by email.  Please return the form as a word document to l.payne@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk, accompanied by any jpeg images you wish to accompany your information to be shown below.  The same information will be added to our sister 'What's On' website.   

Please contact our information centre to check availability.

Note that the Old Fire Station Gallery can be hired for half price in January and February each year.  This means if you are a local organisation or resident you can hire the facility for just £132.50 per week, or £150.00 per week if you are a non-local hirer.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING EXHIBITIONS WILL BE SHOWING IN 2018

 

 

Thursday 8 November -  Tuesday 20 November 2018

The men of Henley and the surrounding villages who died in the Great War

 

 

Thursday 22 November - 4 December 2018

Alchemy - Paper and Clay

 

Presenting an eclectic mix of 2 and 3 dimensional art on paper and clay by printmakers from the Print @ the Park group together with 2 invited ceramists all based at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell.

Last seen at the Henley Old Fire Station Gallery in 2017, Print @ the Park group return using a wide variety of printmaking techniques such as etching, linocut, lithography, screenprint and collagraph to produce high quality, individual impressions on paper.  They exhibit widely, both at South Hill Park and at other venues throughout the year and have been in existence for more than 10 years.

The styles of the ceramicists Karen Marks and Jana Griffiths, the invited guests, contrast and complement as both the delicate and the bold displayed in this exhibition sit happily together.

 

 

Thursdsay 6 December - Tuesday 11 December 2018

Henley Arts & Craft Guild

Awaiting exhibition details.

 

 

Thursday 13 December - Tuesday 18 December 2018

Exhibition - Fibre Fusion

Fibre Fusion of Hand Rolled Wet Felt.  There will be exciting pieces to see and touch.  Fibre Fusion is when silk meets felt.  Lots of bright colours.  Nuno Felt made to make scarves and ponchos.  Using different breeds of Sheep Fleece to make hats and bags.  Hats with sculpture how exciting to be able to wear a piece of wearable art.  Patchwork bags.  Painting with fibre now that is something to see.

All designs by Felt Maker Gwen.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING EXHIBITIONS WILL BE SHOWING IN 2019

 

 

Thursday 10 January - Tuesday 22 January 2019

An exhibition of ceramics by Sally Dorrity and photographs by Tracy Florance

Images to follow shortly.

 

 

Thursday 24 January - Tuesday 29 January 2019

TRANSITION

'Transition' showcases recent work by alumni of the University for the Creative Arts.  Expressive and innovative, thses established makers come from diverse discipilines, including ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal textiles and product design.  Textiles which test our conventional ideas of cloth and basketry, wrapped pieces articulating messages of ethnic unity, stitching which marks an exploration of place, and, in a third instance, an expression of the hidden anguish of mental illness, are just part of what is on offer.  The makers have drawn inspiration from walking ancient paths, Scandinavian 'Krokbroad', optical illusions, the experience of macular degeneration and the life of the sea-bed, the response to which is vibrant glass and metal sea-slug jewellery.  They have used painted metals, natural fibre and plant meterial.  Transition gathers under one roof a uniquely talented group of makers.  Browse the website to see the participating makers and some of the work on show.

Images to follow shortly.

 

 

Thursday 31 January - Tuesday 5 February 2019

Heart & Mind

Cat Noble is an artist who works with all sorts of media, but mostly with glass and acrylic paint.  This exhibition consists of Cast and Fused Glass and Acrylic Painting and other Objects.  Cat produces organic work that shows flow and movement.

"I've always been fascinated by the patterns that appear in the world around me - in the sky, the sea, the trees and fields.  Sometimes they appear to be very ordered and almost geometric and other times they appear random and abstract.  People always want to find meaning in the images they look at - wanting to see a face in the moon or an amimal in tree bark.  I love to produce work that allows people to discover their own meaning."

Come along for a chat with Cat and to view the artwork - it is free entry and we dont charge for looking, but there will also be plenty of gifts for Valentine's Day including glass and acrylic hearts for sale.  www.CatNoble.com

 

Thursday 21 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019

Beauty Beneath

I am an intuitive abstract painter; my practice is exploration of surface and texture primarily through the medium of paint, PVA, gloss medium and pigments.

I gain inspiration from my own personal thoughts and feelings, which I then transfer on to the canvas.  I layer and manipulate paint with a number of tools, so, the enviroment that I am working in, and my body movement in relation to the space around me, plays an influential role in the creation of my pieces.

The physicality is hugely important....each brush stroke, movement of paint and mix of colours helps me create considered chaos in my paintings, whilst also transferring my movement as the artist.  I enjoy the balance between freedom and control.

I also involve the use of water and paint reacting with various pigments.  This created a more dramatic effect and I do this by playing with the level of drama within each piece by, pouring, scraping, smudging and re-applying, helping to create intimate layers and marks.