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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.

This year's exhibition is being held outdoors, in marquees, in a garden outside Melton Constable.

The standard and variation of the artwork is phenomenal and this ...

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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

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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Check out the September issue of KL magazine to see the write up about 'Hopper's Yard' and why it should be number ONE on your list when you visit Holt :)

We have some FABULOUS quirky vintage items scattered throughout the gallery, which are updated weekly!

If you are looking for something totally one-off, unique and collectable, pop in and see what eclectic treasures we have found for you to browse through :-)


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 a small, independent, contemporary, art gallery, specialising in original and affordable mixed media art, sculpture, textiles, photography, prints and jewellery + an eclectic range of printed and handmade cards. However, you will also find other unexpected vintage treasures, hidden amongst the artwork. A great place to visit if you are looking for something a bit different! You can find Tess, most days, busily making her work in the gallery and she is always happy to stop and have a friendly chat.

Holt's close proximity to the stunningly beautiful North Norfolk coast, make it an ideal place to visit. It is full of secret little yards that you can explore and Tess' gallery is tucked away in centrally located, Hoppers Yard, just off Bull Street. It is a tranquil and beautiful space, inside a secret garden, full of quirky, independent artisan boutiques. A great place for art and interiors enthusiasts!

Tess is always happy to post any piece of her work, both in the UK and overseas and also welcomes commissions for any special occasion.

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1A Hoppers Yard
NR25 6LN
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tue:10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wed:10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thu:10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri:10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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