As the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton continues to undergo a major facelift, Gallery in the Gardens located inside has been enjoying its busiest summer on record. Improvements across many areas of the gardens complex have been now been completed with work continuing on the exterior of the Grade II listed building. These continued improvements have attracted more visitors, particularly since covid restrictions were lifted earlier this year.
The gallery, operated by High Peak Artists, has been able to grow as a result welcoming new artists to the group for 2022 and expanding their events programme. Pauline Townsend, Resident Artist, said, “The footfall is more than we’ve ever seen here. It’s fantastic to see the gallery so busy and we’re selling more artwork than ever before, it’s a record summer for us.”
“The artists and makers we have in the group showcasing and selling their work are some of the best in the region. Undoubtedly the improvements to the gardens have attracted more visitors. The family can enjoy a full day out here with something for everyone – whether that’s the park, or lunch in the café, and there’s events on in the Octagon at weekend too. The gallery shares its space with the Forest Gin bar and shop which was a new addition in 2021 and it has proved to be enormously popular,” said Pauline.
The roof and windows were restored earlier this year in this part of the building, benefitting the gallery with much more natural light.
2022 is shaping up to be the gallery’s most exciting and ambitious yet. The recent ‘Art in the Octagon’ event was a roaring success and was nominated for Best Visual Arts event in the Buxton Fringe. The group hope to hold another similar event next year.
High Peak Artist member Tracey Coverley opens a solo exhibition on 28th July for two months, showcasing her striking textile work upstairs in the Pavilion Tea Room (on the mezzanine floor, up the spiral staircase).
A summer themed, mini-exhibition is also now on display for the summer holidays, featuring a range of gallery artists’ work inspired by “summer seaside, places, people & activities on holiday”.
As well as continuing to see work from some of the gallery’s most popular artists such as Adele Kime, Lucy Gell, Pauline Townsend and Jill Kerr, four new exhibitors joined the group in Spring. Buxton based photographer, Natasha Braithwaite, Printmaker Colette Payne. Rita Chang, acrylic painter of wildlife and watercolour artist Paul Morin.
“The gallery is staffed with two artists every day so visitors will always find someone ready to talk about the work on display”, said Pauline.
As well as very affordable original art, if you’re looking for a greeting card with a difference, there are hundreds to choose from in the gallery, all produced by the group.
The gallery is free entry and open daily 9.30am – 5pm.
Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE
T: 07849 673058 / 01298 23114