5 Best contemporary art galleries in Bath

No. 1 ATTICUS gallery

11 a Queen Street, Bath BA1 1HE

ATTICUS brings a fresh perspective – through championing artists from all corners of the globe. Focusing on artists at the height of their practice, the gallery showcases their work through a diverse programme of exhibitions and events.

Along with other projects of the Curtis Foundation, ATTICUS specialises in promoting art from Europe and its neighbours to introduce a greater understanding of the rich linguistic, religious and historical ties that connect these areas to international audiences. The gallery is further expanding to support artists working in digital art through its online platform.

No. 2 David Simon Contemporary

37 High St, Castle Cary, Bath BA7 7AW

The gallery shows monthly changing exhibitions of new work from their stable of some fifty contemporary artists. Interspersed with these shows is a growing programme of work from a number of artists’ estates and large-scale exhibitions of the 20th and 21st century masters’ original works on paper. Notable examples since 2020 are exhibitions of Picasso works on paper, a School of Paris exhibition, including works by Dali, Dufy, Miró, Chagall, Giacometti, Matisse, Braque and Magritte; and St Ives Modernists which included original paintings and signed works on paper by Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Ben Nicholson and William Scott.

David Simon regularly stocks signed, original prints by modern British artists including David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, William Scott and Henry Moore.

If you are looking to start or grow your art collection, David is happy to advise and source work through his personal network of established contacts across the art world, from a small number of the most highly regarded and reputable dealers and auction houses globally. Investing in high quality art continues to be one of the safest and most rewarding undertakings in life, for your personal and cultural enjoyment and your family’s future.

No. 3 Waller & Wood

ONE TWO FIVE Box Road, Bath BA17LR

Waller & Wood is an arts practice and gallery founded by co-directors Carole Waller and Gary Wood. Specialising in contemporary glass, textiles and ceramics for interior and outdoor settings, Waller & Wood is a

showroom/gallery 3.5 miles east of Bath on the A4 between Batheaston and Box – and this website is its online home.

Freestanding bespoke glass artworks for hotels, public buildings, gardens and landscape design

Carole’s monumental glass pieces encompass a combination of bold painting on silk, held within toughened glass. These panels are freestanding artworks which can also be incorporated into architectural and interior design concepts, gardens and landscape design.

Ceramics for use in the home, site-specific installations and exhibitions Gary Wood’s expertise is ceramics: painted stoneware, porcelain wall-art, sculpture and pots for use in the home. His work is vibrant, contemplative and evocative. His wall panels can be made to order as single items or in series for public or private commissions, site-specific installations and exhibitions.

Gary also enjoys collaborating with other artists and has recently been involved in public projects including ‘Transfer’, a public interactive, immersive event forming part of The Bath Fringe Festival. This project involved working with a filmmaker, sound engineer, lighting designer and a painter, to create a peaceful, contemplative interior space, exploring the idea of images appearing on unfamiliar or untypical surfaces to question our sense of how and why we find evocation in the unexpected.

Gary’s ceramics installation for Bath Abbey

Gary has also worked in collaboration with Bath Abbey in which he installed hundreds of ceramic candle holders containing lit candles, forming part of the Abbey’s annual Advent Procession – ‘Yearning for the Light’. His installation at this event took the form of a boat situated on the main altar steps and was dedicated to the plight of refugees and their children.

No. 4 Gallery Nine

9B Margarets Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP

The gallery founder and owner, Sarah, studied Interior Design at Brixton School of Building. While at college Sarah started to develop her interest in studio ceramics, purchasing items when funds allowed, from the Craftsman Potters shop in London.

She made her own pots, which were exhibited with the Kent Potters Association, as well as jewellery at Goldsmiths College.

A move to Bath in 1990 saw Sarah take a position at St James’ Gallery in Margaret’s Buildings. After 14 successful years, the owner Ron Sloman

offered the gallery to Sarah upon his retirement. She saw this as an opportunity not to be missed and so Gallery Nine was born.

No. 5 Emma Rosa Art Works

The Art Studio, Knight’s Barn, Wellow, Bath BA2 8QE

Emma Rose grew up between the West Country and London, loving equally the countryside, the sea and the city. Her colourful family instilled a love of art, theatre, literature, photography, dance, nature, gardening and wander-lust.

After being educated at Sherborne in Dorset, she settled in London. A vibrant 15-year London career in the arts followed – in theatre, film and photography. Working with well-known directors, producers, actors and theatrical impresarios, she was as happy backstage and on film sets as being ‘front of house’.

During this creative time, she also trained in tap, modern and jazz choreography at The Dance Centre, Covent Garden, while also studying painting, photography and sculpture at the renowned Chelsea Studios.

In tandem, there has also been a lifetime of artistic tuition with her stepfather, Godfrey Cake FRSA, the painter, photographer and sculptor.

After moving from London to Somerset, Emma settled in a beautiful village just outside Bath in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At Bath College,  she studied abstract theory/colour/technique, which fuelled her creative passion. For five years, she delighted in running her own gallery on Walcot Street, the artisan quarter of Bath, and now works from The Art Studio in Wellow. Here she creates, exhibits and enjoys visits from customers or discusses commissions.

From an early age, she travelled extensively – these vivid experiences often inspired her work. Combined with her keen interest in the processes of growth in nature and landscape evolution, her travels help her paint from her internal reservoir of remembered impressions.

With an obsession for colour, form, texture and patina, her eye finds beauty in the most unlikely places, making her work atmospheric and evocative. Her work pulsates with imagination, exotic colours, textures and dynamic brushwork and mark making. The skies and landforms reflect her interest in the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, the process and beauty of aging, which creates irregularity and imperfection.

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