Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare
PUBLISHED: 10:59 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:24 12 July 2016
An arts space lovingly tended by owners Sarah and Alaric Pugh, under the historic eaves of their Georgian home in the heart of one of Suffolk’s most beautiful towns, Clare.
Discovering a specialist marine art gallery and framers in the smallest town in Suffolk, absolutely nowhere near the sea, might strike you as strange until you talk to the owners, Sarah and Alaric Pugh. Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare started life as a web only gallery from their former home in Greenwich, London when Sarah was working with one of the Trustees of the National Maritime Museum. Having discovered there were no specialist contemporary marine art galleries listed anywhere they could find, they realised that this was a potential niche market for them. Now, 11 years on and 7 years in Clare, there are no regrets.
A gallery needs trade all year round, not just during the heady months of summer on the coast. The town of Clare is 35 minutes from Cambridge; 30 minutes from Bury St Edmunds; 45minutes from Ipswich, Colchester and Chelmsford and barely an hour from north London suburbs. In fact, it is often a stopping off point for those making longer journeys as much as it is for those just having a day out. Visitors are always full of praise for the town of Clare - “a gem”, “we’ve never been here before but isn’t it gorgeous?”
It is true that the town does have a lot to offer visitors. It is one of the historic Suffolk Wool Towns. It boasts the remains of a Castle, an Iron Age Hill Fort, the Ancient House Museum, huge Wool Church in the centre; it is the home of the Augustinian Friars and with award-winning pubs, independent brewers and a range of wonderful independent shops, what’s not to like?
Exhibitions change regularly and the current Summer Exhibition - Pots, Paintings and Poems - runs until 22nd August. For the first time the gallery is hosting work from the Selected Members of the Anglian Potters and paintings from a number of painters from across the UK. There is work from 20 artists in the show and for those who missed our annual exhibition on printmaking - PRINTWORKS VII - a selection is still on display.
The full exhibition can be seen on the website www.seapicturesgallery.com and in fact, anything that is on the website is to be found somewhere in the gallery - do ask if you don’t see it immediately.
Our autumn programme starts on Saturday 3rd September with Land Ahoy II and is our main exhibition of marine paintings leading up to the presentation of our prize at the Royal Society of Marine Artists’s Annual Exhibition in London.
Sea Pictures Gallery, Well Lane, Clare, CO10 8NH