Visitors are welcome to explore a range of contemporary art for sale around the house, including two dedicated galleries on the ground and first floor. In 2019 we are hosting six exhibitions, each running for two months.

The preview evenings are open to everyone on the following dates from 6-8pm:

  • Oct 2nd - 12 Printmakers & Ruth Beloe
  • Dec 4th - Anthony Day & Richard Neal

Current Exhibitions

Upper Gallery - 12 Printmakers

On display until Dec 1st

12PM was formed in 1984 from a group of professional artists working in and around Colchester. The name of the group derives from there being twelve founding members. Many have had solo exhibitions, shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibitions, Originals' Print Exhibitions, or taken part in mixed exhibitions all over the UK and abroad. The group feels strongly about the need to heighten public awareness about printmaking as an art form and to dispel any misunderstandings about the definition of an original print.

The Lower Gallery - Ruth Beloe

On display until Dec 1st

Ruth trained at the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence over a period of three years, studying portrait and figurative drawing and sculpting using the 'sight-size' technique.

Once back in the UK she opened her studio in Ely and was appointed Artist in Residence at the Kings' School. Ruth then worked in an artists' foundry to better understand the processes and practicalities of lost wax casting for bronze, and used this knowledge to inform her own work. More recently, attracted by the different visual challenge it presents, Ruth has spent her time painting in oil and currently works from her studio in York.

The Sitting Room - Barbara McGirr

On display until Nov 3rd

Having studied textile design at Belfast College of Art and Reading University, Barbara has worked as a freelance designer for Sandersons, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Colefax and Fowler, Textra and Liberty's, as well as producing wallpaper collections for New York. In 1976 she moved to Ely and began illustrating children's books for Dinosaur Publications, Longmans, Cambridge University Press, and Collins, on mostly Natural History subjects. Her botanical painting commissions include a plan of Marjorie Fishes Garden in Somerset and portraits of new species for Blooms of Bressingham and is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists.

Coming Soon

Next Preview Wednesday Dec 4th 6-8pm

  • Anthony Day & Richard Neal

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Gallery opening times
10.30am 10.30pm Mon-Sat
12-5pm Sundays
Coffee, tea and cake served 10.30am - 11.30am Mon - Fri & 4-5.15pm daily.
Please note:
The downstairs gallery is used as a dining room 12-2 & 7-9pm daily.
Closed on public holidays and for two weeks every Christmas and New Year.

To submit art work for consideration, please email some of your work to