Telling Tales – from 16th August

After a few weeks away from the gallery, I’m now starting work in earnest on Telling Tales, The Byre’s summer exhibition. I had planned for it to open on 26th July, but the best laid plans…

Sadly my parents, who live in Scotland, have serious health issues at the moment so I’m spending quite a lot of time north of the border. It makes sense to give myself a bit more time to get the exhibition ready so I’ve decided to postpone for a couple of weeks and open on 16th August. More news about all the wonderful pieces of contemporary craft I’ll be showing very soon…

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The Byre Gallery – new web site launched

Hello and welcome to the new website, please visit here for news and updates about the current and forthcoming exhibitions and makers who will be taking part.

Quite a few visitors to the gallery have asked me about its name, what it means and why I chose it. The Byre is a Scottish word (and Old English I’ve recently discovered) for cowshed or barn. And as the building that stood on the exact footprint of the gallery was an old cow shed it seemed very appropriate. The Byre is also a – currently sadly closed – theatre in St Andrews, in Scotland where I went to school. A professional rep theatre for many years, for one week every January my school’s drama group – the Quad Theatre – would take over the theatre to stage a new production. I was lucky enough to take part in some fantastic plays there including The Winter’s Tale and The Recruiting Officer and have many happy memories of the theatre; it seemed appropriate to reflect those in my gallery.

"The Byre" before demolition and re-building.

“The Byre” before demolition and re-building.


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