There was hopefulness in abundance at ArtSpring Gallery as artist members planned for its reopening on 14th April.
The Tonbridge-based artist collective has not been idle during lockdown and the Gallery’s online shop has been essential in staying connected with many viewers and customers. ArtSpring generously donated 10% of all sales to NHS Charities Together through their #JanuaryKindness campaign. Now they are looking forward to welcoming visitors through their door to view in person the exciting new display of contemporary work.
On display will be a whole new range of paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewellery and glassware by artist members. An exciting addition for April are colourful and joyful paintings from guest artist Baljit Balrow whose British Indian cultural identity feeds into her work using colour psychology and pattern, as well as guest ceramicist Rosie Tweedale’s wood inspired ceramics.
In May and June, two more guest artists will be featured. Whitstable-based Daphne Candler explores her world through mixed media. Ceramicist Jane Gibson has developed an unusual technique of firing her pots in a paper kiln with added wood in a brick surround, producing a burnished finish with fire markings, similar to pit firing.
Looking ahead, June will see a whole profusion of art in Tonbridge with an Art Fair, South East Open Studios and the opening of a new art hub in the town.
ArtSpring are planning to take part in the Tonbridge Art Fair 2021 which is scheduled to take place along the banks of the River Medway on Saturday 5th June from 10am to 5pm. Some of the gallery artists will be taking part in South East Open Studios in and around Tonbridge – for all the information please go to
And there is a real buzz about the new Escape Art Centre at the Tonbridge Old Fire Station opening in June, which will include a cafe and wine bar. So there are exciting and art-filled times ahead for Tonbridge, Covid permitting.
For all information about ArtSpring Gallery and its artists go to www.artspringgallery.co.uk or find them on social media @artspringallery
(pictured at top: Ruth McDonald, Looking Down From The Downs, detail)