Wednesday 22 January 2020

17 places to buy great art at sensible prices

Track down the perfect piece of art for your home or office in Gloucestershire, with options to suit all budgets.

While you might assume that gorgeous paintings and stunning sculptures are things you can only aspire to own, SoGlos, along with Cheltenham’s Fresh: Art Fair, have rounded up 17 places to buy truly amazing art, without breaking the bank.

From fine art paintings, through to contemporary sculptures, there’s a style to suit all tastes and budgets! For more information and inspiration, visit directly.

1. Fresh: Art Fair

Billed as ‘the best UK art fair outside London’, Fresh: Art Fair takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April 2019. Offering buyers and browsers the opportunity to view the works 51 leading UK galleries, representing around 500 artists from all over the world, conveniently in one place – Fresh: Art Fair is a haven for both newcomers and established collectors.

This contemporary art fair is open to anyone with an interest in art, and welcomes those with limited experience in purchasing art, encouraging them to enjoy the guidance and expertise from the fair’s exhibiting galleries.

Home to original prints, paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics, prices starts from as low as £100 and go up to £30,000; meaning it’s the ideal place to pick up both a stunning investment or a reasonably priced statement piece for your home.

Fresh: Art Fair is also launching a new fair at Ascot Racecourse from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September 2019.

2. Paragon Gallery

Cheltenham’s innovative Paragon Gallery is located in the stylish Montpellier area of town, offering original art, prints and sculptures to suit all budgets.

Promising to stock a high proportion of affordable signed and authenticated originals, the gallery in the heart of Cheltenham is home to a regularly changing display of new work, providing a fresh and interesting visit each time you return.

The gallery also offers a payment scheme, allowing buyers to spread payments over 10 months with an interest free loan, making larger purchases even more affordable.

3. Park Gallery

One of Gloucestershire’s newest contemporary art galleries, Park Gallery in Montpellier Avenue works with a team of handpicked artists and makers to offer a range of works to impress a range of tastes.

Stocking original paintings, limited edition prints, glass, ceramics and cards, the gallery prides itself on offering a friendly and welcoming environment.

With many pieces available for under £100 and interest free payment options available for any purchase over £100, there’s plenty of choice if you’re looking for an affordable addition to your home or office.

4. Wren Gallery

A fine art gallery in the Cotswold town of Burford, Wren Gallery has four large showrooms on the high street, displaying work from an array of artists, ceramicists and glass makers.

Specialising in contemporary British and Irish Art, with a penchant for works with a Cornish or seaside theme, the Wren Gallery encourages people to come and browse its works in person.

Should you fall in love with a particular piece, the gallery offers free shipping to your home or office.

5. Binghams Art Gallery

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Binghams gallery in Stow on the Wold specialises in British modern fine art.

Stocking paintings and sculptures, the gallery’s owner has an interest in music and architecture, which is reflected through the Binghams collection.

Some of Binghams’ pieces can be purchased for a few hundred pounds, providing the opportunity to invest in modern art at the more affordable end of the price spectrum.

6. Little Buckland Gallery

Contemporary British art gallery Little Buckland is housed inside a stunning listed barn on the border between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, in Broadway.

The gallery stocks a number of established artists who work in a wide variety of media, with ceramics, furniture, jewellery, paintings and sculptures taking pride of place in both the physical and online showroom.

7. Hadfield Fine Art

Contemporary British art gallery Hadfield Fine Art was established in 2007 and is based in Cheltenham. Specialising in paintings from the abstract, landscape and still life genres, the gallery also stocks a range of sculptures, ceramics and glass.

Paintings can be viewed outside of exhibition time by appointment only, or at any time online.

8. John Davies Gallery

Located in the chocolate box Cotswold village of Moreton-in-Marsh, John Davis Gallery has been in business for more than 40 years, stocking a post-impressionist, modern and contemporary art collection.

It even offers free deliveries to those living within a 25-mile radius of the gallery, and offers a monthly instalment option for those wanting to split the payments for their new art investment.

9. Wetpaint Gallery

Providing the chance to buy, sell and re-sell contemporary art pieces, Wetpaint gallery in Stroud is available to visit in person or by appointment only.

However, its online gallery showcases the works of modern British and contemporary artists from all over the world.

Wetpaint Gallery also accepts offers of works for sale from studios and private collections, with the benefit of having each sale guided by an experienced broker.

10. Artizan Editions

Original screenprinting company, Artizan Editions is based in Coleford.
Having run successfully for twenty years in Hove before moving the workshop to the Forest of Dean in 2014, the business specialises in working with artists to create high quality, affordable, original serigraphs.

The business started in 1994 when owner Sally Gimson realised there was huge demand in the market for affordable contemporary artwork, as the price of one-off original pieces continued to rise.

11. Green stage Gallery

Just over the border in Bishop’s Frome in Worcestershire, GreenStage Gallery is located within the Hop Pocket Craft Centre.

Stocking works it describes as ‘vibrant, fresh and original’, the gallery promotes the work of both well established and younger, emerging artists from all over the world.

The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions and encourages people who are new to original art to give them a visit, promising a comfortable and friendly environment.

12. Cheltenham Open Studios

This fantastic not-for-profit association is a collaboration of Cheltenham’s artists which aims to make people in Gloucestershire more aware of the art being created in the county.

Biennially in June, Cheltenham Open Studios hosts an open studio event, where almost 200 artists allow members of the public into their homes and studios to enjoy a behind the scenes look at locally produced artwork.

It’s also a great opportunity to pick up a fantastic local piece, finding out its history directly from the artist.

13. Art Salon

Art Salon in Bath stocks a range of prints, fine art, and sculptures from talented British artists, alongside secondary market pieces.

The gallery also hosts regular life drawing classes, giving visitors the chance to create their own works of art to enjoy at home.

14. Lime Tree Gallery

Based just across the border in Bristol, Lime Tree Gallery specialises in contemporary fine art and glass, and has a passion for Scottish artists.

Art lovers can view all the contents of Lime Tree Gallery’s regular exhibitions in its web catalogues, where pieces start from a few hundred pounds and are available to purchase directly from the website.

15. Kingfisher Art

Oxfordshire based Kingfisher Art is an online only gallery, where viewings can be arranged by appointment.

A framer by trade, Rick Brownsill started the business alongside Jane Wait, wanting to showcase both established and emerging artists from across the country.

16. The Stratford Gallery

As the name suggests, The Stratford Gallery is based in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the famous Sheep Street.

Stocking contemporary painters, studio ceramicists and UK sculptors, the gallery says it caters for ‘both serious and occasional collectors’, with all of its works available to view online.

17. IAP Fine Art

After 22 years in central London, IAP Fine Art relocated to Monmouth in 2016, exhibiting the work of British contemporary fine artists.

Specialising in painting, the gallery says that ‘in any era, great painting is exciting’ and encourages those with a keen interest in art to visit its exhibitions.

The gallery also offers a payment scheme to help spread the cost when investing in artwork.

For more information and inspiration, visit directly.

By Melissa Hamblett

© SoGlos
Monday 18 February 2019

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