New art gallery in Buxton

green man galleryA new community arts space has been opened in Buxton thanks to collaboration between some forward thinking groups in the town.

The Green Man Gallery at 55 High Street (the Fiveways junction) finally opened its doors this month and is currently packed with great ideas for Christmas gifts if you are still looking for a special present.

Unit 8 Art Collective member Neil Scowcroft and Julie Collins, of Vardells Limited, who are both involved with Vision Buxton, came up with a plan to house the artist’s much-needed gallery in an empty shop owned by her company.

The former Alexander’s furniture shop was the perfect space for a gallery and putting it to good use also helped improve shopping area in Higher Buxton which is a key aim of Vision Buxton.

Neil explained: “We’re going to have some interesting neighbours in a changing part of the town.

“Some of the most interesting independent shops and enterprises are appearing in Higher Buxton and I want to see this continue.”

During the preview evening before the gallery was officially opened , the arts collective chairman, Buxton artist Martin Olsson, revealed his enthusiasm for the collaboration saying: “The Green Man Gallery has been given the chance to make a real difference to the artistic output in Buxton.”

The gallery will showcase the talents and products of local artists and craftsmen with a variety of work including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, jewellery, perfume and mixed media pieces.

Changing exhibitions and a range of affordable, accessible workshops will be taking place throughout 2013 and the 18-strong group believes that it will grow into a productive arts hub for the whole community.

The gallery will initially involve the work of it’s 18 members, exhibited on the ground and first floor of the building.

They have had lots of interest from the community wanting to be a part of the gallery and some of their work will be featured on the first floor in the ‘Amber Room’. They will also be hosting workshops in the new year covering a range of the member’s abilities.

The top floor will house studio space and a development area, offering visitors an occasional glimpse into the hard work, preparation and craftsmanship that goes into the art which is exhibited.
The opening weekend was a huge success with many visitors and now the artists want to build on that encouraging start.
The Green Man Gallery will be open daily from 11.30am-5.30pm and for more information go to http://www.thegreenmangallery.com or follow them on facebook.com/greenmangallery