A young Derbyshire couple took the opportunity of the annual Melbourne Festival’s art trail to unveil the county’s newest art gallery.
Emily and Charlie Daley recently moved to the town from a village near Belper and are living in a glorious Georgian home close to Melbourne Hall, in Church Square.
Emily, who studied design at university has always wanted to run her own gallery and was looking for a new challenge she could juggle around bringing up their three-year-old twins Alice and George.
“This lovely room seemed the perfect space and it gives us the opportunity to invite people into a gallery which has an informal feel because it is in our home,” she said.
Emily’s mother Mary Ford is an artist and her work is included on the walls of the light and airy room alongside a painting by Sandra Blow, ceramics by Andrew Rouse and glass Reaction bowls made by Simon Alderson.
“The feedback we had from the visitors to the festival was incredible and we were so grateful for all the lovely words of encouragement we had. It is an exciting venture for me and I am really quite enjoying meeting both new artists and customers,” said Emily.
They don’t currently have specific opening hours and will open to suit the needs of customers when they telephone to book an appointment.
However they plan to change that as the business grows, and have hopes of eventually expanding into a gallery on the high street.
“It is early days for us, but we have lots of ideas for the future,” said Charlie, who although he is helping Emily with the gallery, also works as a commecial airline pilot.
There will be a Christmas exhibition at the gallery from November 26 with a preview on November 25 from 6-8pm.
To book an appointment to look around the gallery telephone 01332 863883 or email the couple on firstname.lastname@example.org