Halesworth Art Gallery

Halesworth Art Gallery

Halesworth is an old Suffolk town whose market was granted by King Henry III in 1223. 

The Gallery occupies what used to be the town’s almshouses, lying alongside St Mary’s churchyard. It is a beautiful building erected c 1686 with a legacy from benefactor Mr Cary.

Halesworth Art Gallery

The Halesworth Art Gallery Association was founded in 1966 when the building was converted into extensive gallery space, and it has held an annual range of exhibitions since then.

The objective was, and still is, ‘to exhibit modern painting and sculpture of the highest possible standard on a non-profit making basis and for the enjoyment of all.’  Early exhibitors included John Constable (a descendant), Elisabeth Frink, Mary Fedden, Felix Topolski, Mary Potter, Josef Hermann and Margaret Mellis.

The Gallery shows mainly the work of those artists who have a connection with East Anglia.  Selection of artists for exhibition takes place in January each year following advertisements in the national art press.

 Email [email protected] for submission details.

The gallery is run by a Committee made up of artists and local people interested in Fine Art, and the shows are supervised by volunteers.

Vital support is also given by ‘Friends of the Gallery’ who pay a small annual subscription, for which they receive a specially commissioned artwork and are invited to previews.

   Email [email protected] for more details.

The Halesworth Gallery

Steeple End



IP19 8LL

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Gallery Tel: 01986 873064

Opening Hours:

Weekdays and Saturdays 11am – 5pm

Sundays 2 – 4pm

Admission free

All details of our forthcoming exhibitions can be found on our website

Upcoming Exhibitions:

1 to 19 July

Preview Party 30 June

Sally Pond image


From Halesworth to the Himalayas


Halesworth is the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and we will be celebrating the bicentenary of his birth with exhibitions, trails, talks and events. The Halesworth Gallery has invited CSBA Students and members of Amicus Botanicus (Alumni of CSBA) to exhibit botanical paintings of plant species relating to and named after Hooker.

The process of creating a botanical painting will be shown through the work of CSBA students. Students of the CSBA will be in the gallery, demonstrating the art of botanical painting, on the opening weekend and then on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the exhibition.

Find out more about the CSBA on their website at chelseaschoolofbotanicalart.co.uk

Opening weekend 1 & 2 July: Elaine Searle and Michele Riseley

Elaine is Course Director at CSBA. She exhibits internationally with work in the Highgrove Florilegium, the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute (USA), the Garden Museum London and private collections around the world. Awards include RHS Silver Gilt medal in 2008, the Talas award at the American Society of Botanical Artists′ Annual International Exhbition 2013 and People′s Choice Award at the ASBA Annual Meeting 2015.

Elaine Searle′s website Botanical‒The Slow and Mindful Art

Sally Pond Friday 14 July

Sally was awarded her diploma in Botanical Art & Illustration in 2011 with a Distinction. Since then she has regularly exhibited and runs workshops at Sarum College, Salisbury Cathederal and the Artsmartschool in Beaconsfield. Awards for her work include 3 RHS Silver-Gilt Medals and Certificates of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists′ annual exhibitions in Westminster.

Sally Pond Botanical Painting

Penny Price Wednesday 5 July

Penny graduated from the school with a Distinction in 2013. She exhibits in the UK, is a member of three Florilegium Societies: Hampton Court, Chelsea Physic Garden and Sydney Botanic Garden. Her work was awarded an RHS Silver Gilt medal in 2014. Penny teaches part-time at CSBA and the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.

Penny’s work can be seen on her website.

Christine Battle Saturday 15th July

After graduating from the school with a Credit in 2009, Christine was awarded an RHS Gold Medal for her paintings in 2010. She has exhibited in the UK and USA for the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation and the ASBA (her work being singled out for an Honourable Mention). She is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and regularly illustrates plates for Curtis′ Botanical Magazine.

Christine Battle’s work can be seen on her website.

Pearl Bostock Wednesday 12th July

Graduating from the school with a Merit, Pearl went on to be the founder member and chairman of the Florilegium Society at Bedgebury National Pinetum, Kent ‒ regarded as having the world′s most complete collection of temperate conifers. As well as her work for Bedgebury, Pearl has also exhibited in Buenos Aires and the UK.

Pearl is a member of Amicus Botanicus.

22 July to 9 August

Preview Party 21 July

Gerald will be “off the wall” with a display of witty postcards and small works. Rebecca will be making site specific sculptures especially for the gallery and Martin will be showing recent landscape paintings and drawings.

Gerald Nason


Martin Coe


Rebecca Greathead


4 August 7pm

Poetry Evening

Gerald Nason, Naomi Jaffa, Dean Parkin

Three local poets not to be missed.

12 to 30 August

Preview Party 11 August

Simon makes elegant wood sculptures and relief works. Marianne will be showing collage sculptures and paintings and Lucy will be exhibiting new paintings inspired by landscape, paint and mark-making.

Simon Turner


Marianne Koby Johnson

Koby Johnson

Lucy Bell


2 to 20 September

Open Show

Handing in day 30 August

Preview Party 1 September

Entry form on the website in May and in the gallery.

23 September to 24 September

Earth and Fire

Anglian Potters

Anglian Potters

Preview Party Friday 22 September

Special selling show of a wide range of ceramics by skilled potters.


Overview: Halesworth Galley 17

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