Inspire Gallery

Inspire Gallery Launch Weekend

Driftwood sculpture from By The Bay
Driftwood sculpture by Lin Dean

It was a wonderful weekend at Inspire Gallery with our two day launch event for “The Bay and Beyond – An Exhibition“. Creating the event was a real labour of love for our artists as well as Graham and the team at Inspire Gifts & Gallery.

Family Friendly

Our exhibition artists, Lin and Graham Dean, have never held a joint exhibition before, and they were keen to make sure their love of Morecambe Bay could be felt by everyone who visited.  We worked with them to help create a family friendly event which took place over the Friday and Saturday. As our launch coincided with Dino Day II on the Friday we also thought it might be a bit more fun to have a sand pit installed. Needless to say, no matter how old, or young, our visitors on the day were a fun time was had by all.

The Haselgrave Room

We were also really excited to invite people into The Haselgrave Room for the first time to enjoy beautiful artwork in a stunning setting. As the Saturday launch event was a slightly more grown up affair we are still serving ice cream but the sandpit was removed to create a bit more space.

With over 120 visitors across the two days, and a total of 15 pieces sold it was a truly memorable occasion and a great way to launch our new exhibition space.

Inspire Gallery

The Bay and Beyond – An Exhibition

The Bay and Beyond - An exhibition
Inspire Gallery exhibition by Graham and Lin Dean

At Inspire Gallery we couldn’t have wanted a better way to celebrate the launch our Lancaster gallery than by playing host to husband and wife artists, Lin & Graham Dean with their joint exhibition, The Bay and Beyond.

Our exhibition runs between 1st June and 31st July 2018 and it will feature a selection of their new work. Lin specialises in both pictures and sculptures made from driftwood, pebbles and sea glass. As well as landscapes Graham’s work also includes people and familiar landmarks around the area.

The Artists

Lin finds her inspiration from the shoreline of Morecambe Bay, which is only a few hundred yards from her home. Lin uses her seashore finds to create beautiful, and often delicate looking art work. Lin has caused an online sensation locally with demand running high both online and from her appearances at local fairs.

Graham has a deeply rooted love of landscape photography which has been inspired by his travels around the world. However, it is the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland hills, that help frame our view of the Bay from the Lancaster side, that never cease to inspire Graham’s photography. Graham has been using more experimental techniques lately and he will be exhibiting some of these at these at Inspire Gallery.

Why not check out more details of the event, including The Bay and Beyond preview and launch days, on our Facebook page.

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Inspire Gallery

Welcome to Inspire Gallery

 

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Inspire Gallery may be located in the heart of Lancaster city centre but it seems like it could just as easily be a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.

The first floor gallery area comprises of two very different spaces. As you walk up the urban style steel staircase the room opens up into a stunning high ceilinged gallery. The airy feeling of the room does full justice to the art works displayed in it. This is our main gallery room and it is open all year round featuring mixed contemporary artwork from local artists.

The Haselgrave Room

As you walk out of the main gallery you enter the The Haselgrave Room. This room is a beautiful and peaceful space that has diffused lighting coming through the large Georgian sash windows overlooking New Street. It is because of the beautiful space in this gallery that we use it for our solo exhibitions and workshops.

The room is named after Albert Haselgrave, a relative who was an active watercolourist and illustrator at the turn of the last century, and member of the Leeds Savages. In our family when we talk about Albert Haselgrave we affectionately call him Uncle Albert. He is partly responsible for being an inspiring force behind bringing Inspire Gallery to life. Due to his influence it seemed only fitting to name our exhibition gallery in his honour.

 

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