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World Mental Health Day 10 October 2020

'The current worldwide pandemic, arose against an already dire mental health landscape, that saw mental health disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. One person in every four will be affected by a mental disorder at some...

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'As artists, we’ve been blessed with the ability to turn to our work at such a time: for solace, or for catharsis, or simply to make sense of our experience … and although we do this for ourselves, it’s a double blessing when such work speaks to others as well.'

Alan Weisman

'Seasons I' Mixed M...

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It is a pleasure and privilege to have been shortlisted for this year's 'Sir John Hurt Art Prize', as part of the Holt Festival 2020.

The standard and variation of the artwork is phenomenal and this year, sees entries from around the world.

My piece of work entitled 'The World Outside Your Wind...

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We have some stunning NEW photographic prints in the gallery by our local professional photographer, Andrew Bamforth, which are flying out of the door.

There will be more work, framed and unframed, coming in over the Autumn and Winter months.

Pop in the gallery to see his full collection.

Dare I say it ... Christmas is coming! :) I know it is September and the weather is still lovely but I have had a few excited customers in already, picking up some little surprise gifts for their loved ones.

Each year I make driftwood Christmas trees, which are always very popular but this year ...

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I joyously pledge
to create
heart centered work,
made from a place of love and light…
work that is
infused with only
good intentions,
to nurture, inspire
and uplift our spirits,
shared with the
primary goal of
spreading a sense
of well-being and hope.

Kathy Van Kleeck

'Shine Yo...

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I am delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted for the 'Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2020'

My piece 'The World Outside Your Window' reflects on my experience of Covid-19 during lockdown and will be for sale during the exhibition, which will be held in a garden near Melton Const...

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a year ago
Really eclectic mix of art, so friendly and wonderful welcome! Definitely visit this gallery if you're in Holt! Some very tempting art to purchase! Love Tess's work too
- Carolyn B
a year ago
A lovely little gallery in Hopper's Yard, one of Holt's charming 'lokes', Tess is always welcoming, occupying a small accessible space, where she sells a wonderful variety of original art work, both her own and that of other selected artists, as well as her own delightful and amusingly imaginative cards, with collaged images and messages for every occasion. Highly recommended and well worth a visit.
- Phil B
a year ago
Love this quirky Gallery in Holt,something different , always enjoy calling in to see art work on display and lovely silver jewellery designs .i always find a nice mix, and great for gift ideas 🙂I have couple of the mixed media pictures ,looking forward to calling in again
- simone m

If you're looking for something a bit different from the mainstream but still affordable and handmade, then this is your one-stop shop ...

Tess Ainley Gallery is an independent, contemporary, artist-run gallery and shop, specialising in original and unusual mixed media art, crafts, drawings, paintings, photography, jewellery + printed and handmade cards.

You will also find other unexpected vintage treasures, hidden amongst the artwork, as well as unique gift items for the home. A great place to visit if you are looking for something a bit different but still affordable.

The gallery and shop are in a small but tranquil and beautiful space, tucked away in centrally located, Hoppers Yard, just off Bull Street.

Tess is happy to post items you see on the website, anywhere in the UK or overseas and also welcomes commissions.

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1A Hoppers Yard
NR25 6LN
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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