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New drawings by Seren Bell

New drawings by Seren Bell have just arrived at the gallery.

Born in the West Country, distinguished pen and ink artist Seren Bell went to Tiverton Grammar School and trained at Tiverton University where she gained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art and English in 1972.

Inspired by Mid-Wales where she lives and works, Seren produces stunning pen and ink drawings which astound with their level of detail. Seren has been exhibiting successfully for several years and is a well respected local artist. Seren draws rare breed farm animals in the main but other animals also feature in her work.
Seren chooses her subjects carefully drawing only those which really inspire her. She occasionally accepts commissions to draw prize or treasured animals but will not work from photographs taken by others, much preferring to get to know and photograph the subjects for herself.

“I make detailed drawings in crayon, pen and ink, mainly of sheep. Although I feel an affinity for all animals, I return to sheep again and again. It’s not just the soft colours of the fleece and the warm bulk of them, but the ancient bony heads and the look in the eye that exert a hold on me. There is also something about their being in the landscape that is reassuring and timeless.
I love the sight of a flock moving slowly and eternally across a Welsh hillside scattered with hawthorn trees.
My drawings celebrate their unwavering gaze and presence.

My work is rooted in the Welsh landscape where I live.”

Pen, ink and coloured pencil original



Pen, ink and coloured pencil original



Pen, ink and coloured pencil original



Pen, ink and coloured pencil original

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‘Spring Fever’ opens on Sunday March 6 from 11am


‘Spring Fever’ opens on Sunday March 6 from 11am

As the days gradually lengthen, we welcome the prospect of Spring at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge. Our Spring Exhibition which opens on Sunday March 6th entitled
‘Spring Fever’ encompasses a collection of hand picked desirable British made art and craft including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, jewellery and automata.  The line up of collectable and appealing art, all inspired by nature, strikes a heartening mood of optimism.

This exhibition will continue to the end of April 2016

Heading the line up is well known artist Mary Woodin who studied Textile Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and Ceramic Design at the Royal College of Art. Her watercolour paintings will include garden birds and flowers.

Spring fever

Artist Jane Keay paints in a distinctive and individual in style using pen, ink, watercolours and acrylic. Her work reflects the constant changes in nature, showing an energy and spiritualism. Many pieces of work represent her passion for linking pre-historic landscapes with the present and the future, often using elements of imagery and symbolism connecting strongly with her Celtic heritage.

Spring Fever

Also on show will be a new collection of stained glass panels by Tamsin Abbott. Her work always draws much attention and her subject matter is based on the natural world around our Herefordshire countryside and will include hares, badgers, ravens, foxes and more.

Stained Glass Panel

Photographer Brian Griffiths, who has made furniture for us in the past, has turned his hand to watercolours and paints anything from landscapes to fruits and vegetables.

Spring Fever

By popular demand we have a new collection of Raku fired ceramic tiles that are carefully painted and include quotes. Each tile is made individually by hand using ancient techniques dating back to Roman times. The tiles are created by carving into the clay whilst it is still wet and then using coloured slip to bring images and words to life making each tile unique.

Spring Fever

Once again, with spring in mind, we will be showing a new collection of automata made from reclaimed natural wood and colourful off-cuts to include a lady gardener digging her plot and a man playing golf! The mechanisms are quite simple and the colours are natural and depend on what woods are used.
Finally artist blacksmith Malcolm Sheppard has turned his creative flare to making a stunning range of chunky jewellery in silver, some oxidised, and some incorporating red and yellow gold.


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‘The Love of Art’

Limited edition marble resin sculpture

‘The Love of Art’

With the promise of Spring comes St Valentines Day and at Old Chapel Gallery we are celebrating with an exhibition entitled ‘The Love of Art’.

A heart throbbing display of unusual and romantic presents and cards are on display… So, to enhance your chances in the love stakes, visit the gallery anytime between now and the end of February.

Beautiful handmade cards, jewellery and exquisitely crafted wooden jewellery boxes, sumptuously decorated scarves and cushions, cosy British-made throws, romantically-themed metalwork, small limited edition ceramic sculpture ……handmade ceramics, fused glass hearts, coasters, soft lambswool scarves, hats, snoods, jackets and much more. All on the theme of love and perfect for the love in your life…..

Featuring work by Malcolm Sheppard, Wanda Sowry, Rozie Keogh, Chrissie Nash, Jan Fryer, Janette McKinnon, Hilary Mee, Amanda Clark, Paul Smith and many more.

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Christmas Exhibition 2015 ‘All Wrapped Up’

Christmas exhibition 2015

Christmas Exhibition 2015 ‘All Wrapped Up’

The Christmas Exhibition 2015 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge
entitled ‘All Wrapped Up’ opens on Saturday November 7 with a dazzling collection of hand picked, hand made delights! Give the High Street a miss this Christmas and shop for unique British made presents in the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the gallery. Enjoy a truly delightful shopping experience.

We will be featuring a cornucopia of wonderful Christmas present ideas from the best of British artists and makers, many from Herefordshire and surrounds – something for everyone! Including handmade cards, candles and soaps, Christmas tree decorations in copper, brass, glass and porcelain, jewellery in silver, acrylic, pearls and semi-precious stones, studio glass and stained glass, ceramics – functional and decorative, ironwork – including pokers, tongs, snuffers and candle holders, bronzes, sculpture – both for inside and the garden, original paintings, prints, including limited edition etchings and photographs, a wide range of textiles to include jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, cushions and throws.

To adorn your walls we will be showing a new collection of scraper board prints and originals by Kay Leverton, acrylics by James Donovan, watercolours by Mary Ann Rogers and mixed media paintings by Audrey Bradley.

To keep out the winter chill there will be a ‘must have’ collection of scarves, wraps and bags in printed cashmere and lambswool from textile designer maker, Fiona McIntosh and Nuno felted merino wool with silk fibres by Kathie Barrs. Both have created . desirable accessories for any ladies wardrobe!
There will also be chunky sweaters for men in lambs wool and silk, felted lambs wool jackets in a fabulous collection of colours for women and new winter collections from our regular British makers.

No line up would be complete without jewellery so we will be showing new collections by Rozie Keogh, Lesley Strickland, Chrissie Nash, Leoma drew and more.

John Mainwaring creates quirky wooden sculptures that are carved and painted, each one unique.It has been said that his pieces will be our heirlooms in the future.
New to the gallery will be a range of domestic pottery by Stuart Houghton and ceramic sculpture by Valerie James.

Don’t delay your visit, you won’t be disappointed!
Gift wrapping service available, so all you have to do is decide what to give!

Acrylic original Silver Light

Nativity 8

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“Mellow Fruitfulness” Autumn Exhibition for h.Art



“Mellow Fruitfulness”  Autumn Exhibition for h.Art

A special exhibition for h.Art at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge starts on Saturday September 12 promoting the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.

Heading the line up and new comer to the gallery is printmaker Holly Brookes. Inspired by the natural world Holly’s work also explores her fascination for detail and texture. She works across a range of mediums including graphite, watercolour and pen but specialises in traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving and collagraphy.


We are once again delighted to have a new collection of acrylic paintings and mixed media sculpture by Shirley Vauvelle. Her sculptures range from small pieces that hang to more intricate free standing pieces which include vintage materials and maps of our local environment.
Returning to the gallery is Herefordshire based artist Peter Horrocks whose new collection of paintings in his “Strata Column” series will all be presented in box frames. His works continue to explore the use of natural earth pigments. The gesture and textural quality of the works are explored by using additional techniques involving graphite, using a variety of surfaces and even tearing the board’s surface. All these being discovered in natural forms that he explores in nature.
We welcome a new collection of art work by Jemima Jameson who works mainly in acrylics but has more recently included pen and inks and layers of Gesso and varnish to create a more textured finish. She enjoys painting onto wooden panels, bowls and furniture which suits her style.
Silversmith Chrissie Nash will once again present us with an eye catching collection of silver jewellery and semi-precious stone necklaces…lovely enough to adorn any party outfit!
Artist Rachel Sudworth’s paintings are rarely of specific places. She takes drawing, colour studies and photographs she has made in the landscape back to the studio where they are distilled and explored. The complete pieces convey an impression of time, place and season inviting the viewer’s interpretation and involvement.


Returning to the gallery is ceramicist Katrin Moye whose colourfully decorated domestic pieces would happily adorn any kitchen table. From mugs and jugs to butter domes and more.

Ian McKay creates automata and mechanical toys for adults.We will be showing Ian’s new nautical range of wire and driftwood pieces including harbours scenes with sailing boats and lighthouses.

To compliment this exhibition there will be jewellery from many Herefordshire designers as well as pieces from Lesley Strickland, Gail Klevan, Marian Watson and Hilary Mee.







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Summer Exhibition 2015

Textile Collage - Summer Fields

Summer Exhibition  “Images and Reflections” opens on Sunday July 5 2015 and will feature a collection of collectable artists and makers, some new to the gallery.

This exhibition promises, once again, to inspire and excite collectors and appreciators of fine art and quality craft.

Textile artist Sue Williams who graduated from Herefordshire College of Art in 2001
with BA (Hons) in Design Crafts will be showing a collection of her latest textile collage paintings.
Landscapes are her inspiration, for this exhibition she has focused on Herefordshire, where light and colour evoke their unique atmosphere. Mountains, seascapes, vistas, of places she has travelled all inspire her. The nature of the terrain, from soft undulating hills in subtle tones and hues, to rugged scenes bathed in dramatic light.

New to the gallery is artist Caroline McLachlan who went to The Laird School of Art in Birkenhead.
She paints outside ‘en plein air,’ and applies the finishing touches in her studio. She paints in various media including watercolours, oils and acrylics, and mixed media.
She has painted an exciting collection of Shropshire landscapes and Pembrokeshire seascapes.

Potter Arwyn Jones works in what may be considered a traditional way, using the wheel to produce sound functional forms. His over riding intention is for the resulting wares to be undeniably functional and a pleasure to use.

Also new to the gallery will be Adrian Guest with his latest collection of stoneware garden sculptures to include a Hereford bull and sheep.

Finally we will have a new collection of jewellery from Hereford based Rozie Keogh, whose pieces are just perfect for those summer weddings and garden parties!

Our aim from the beginning has been to promote the work of British contemporary talented artists and makers, some already well known in their field and many talented new comers. Now in our 26th year, this continues as strongly as ever.

The exhibition will continue until the end of August 2015


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Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2015

Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2015

Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2015

A special Festival Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge to run during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts opens on Thursday May 21st and continues to the end of June and features the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.

Heading the line up is artist Clive Burnell working principally in acrylics and oils his work tends towards abstraction, evoking images of  remote British landscapes. His recent work is based on landscapes in Wales and the West Country. Clive is a self taught artist who has been painting full time since 2003. He has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries London.
Returning to the gallery is artist Karen Pearce from West Wales.
Karen’s work reflects the landscape around her home town of Aberystwyth. Using tone and colour, each painting explores the meeting of different elements such as town and sea or land and sky through changing times of day, weather or seasons.
New to the gallery is ceramicist Bryony Rich. Bryony grew up playing in her father’s pottery Studio. Making pots became second nature at a very early age. After school she studied at Carmarthen CCTA Art College , specialising in fashion and textiles. She will be showing a collection of Raku and Blue/turquoise Stoneware.

Also returning to the gallery is CPA potter David Frith. His reputation is well established and with his mastery of the potter’s wheel he makes majestic pieces decorated with his personal style of waxed motifs under heavy reduction overglazes and glaze trailing. He shares the pottery with his wife Margaret and they have just celebrated 50 years of potting. Hard work and commitment underlie this unique partnership.

Also on display will be a tempting collection of collectable pottery by regular gallery exhibitors, interior bronze sculpture by Philip Hearsey, stained glass by Frans Wesselman and Tamsin Abbott, studio glass by Jane Charles, wearables in linen and felted lambs wool and a delightful collection of jewellery all by British designer makers.

There is also an ever-changing collection of unique garden sculptures to enhance your outdoor space in a variety of media to include stoneware, forged iron, stainless steel, glass and more.

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Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2015

Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge opens it’s annual garden sculpture exhibition highlighting the work of talented designer/makers with an ever-changing collection of unique works for your outdoor space in stone resin, glass, forged iron, wood, stoneware, and carved stone.

Opening on Saturday May 2nd 2015 the exhibition will continue throughout the year.

The work of several artist blacksmiths will also be on show. A collection of their latest work in forged steel some incorporating fused glass includes green men, poppies, fritillaries, ferns, sheep, butterflies, dragonflies, snails, geese….. as well as abstract pieces, practical garden furniture, planters and plant supports. Some pieces are galvanised to protect them from the weather.

Miranda Michels works in stainless and mild steel. Every piece is a one-off. Miranda produces anything from hares and birds through to full size horses. For this exhibition we will be showing a large hare, a small flock of flat sheep (as pictured) and a collection of birds on rods to include kingfishers, wrens and long tailed tits.
Regular exhibitor is ceramic sculptor Simon Griffith who creates one-off birds and animals in stoneware, all frost proof. The collection will include a snoozing fox and some birds of prey to include owls, kestrels, kites, rooks, some life size and displayed on wooden posts ready for easy positioning inside or out.

Stone carvers’ David England and Lottie O’Leary will show pieces in Portland and Forest Of Dean stone. Each one unique.

Lynette Forrester’s sculpture is inspired by nature and she creates pieces which will enhance the environment in which her art glass pieces are placed, catching the light and sparkling in the sun.

Finally, sculptress Helen Sinclair, a long established artist with the gallery, produces limited edition and unique contemporary sculpture in stone resin. Each unique piece designed to give hours of pleasure to time spent in the garden.

We will also be showing a range of interior ceramic and cold cast bronze animal sculpture by several makers new to the gallery. Come along and enjoy this feast for the eyes!