How do you describe your Gallery?:
Oil & Oak is a community Gift Shop & Gallery, supporting local independent makers, creators and artists. Located in the beautiful Hay-on-Wye, in the Welsh Borderlands, we are proudly unique, artisan and independent. Showcasing over 40 local creatives and their handmade sustainable gifts, we want to support as many artists and makers as we can. Oil & Oak is a curated space for contemporary craft and design from Wales and beyond. We stock a range of Jewelery, Homewares, Clothing, Greetings Cards, Wrapping Paper, Vegan Gifts, Original Artwork, Prints, Beauty Products, Dried Flowers, Sustainable Products, Ceramics and Sculptures. We also have a Gallery and Workshop space upstairs, hosting artists and makers wanting to share their skills with you. As well as it being a safe space for Hay-on-Wye’s smaller residents to enjoy Art Club and our Sensory Creative Play.
What's important to you when you choose whose work to exhibit and sell?:
I've been working as an Abstract Painter for over 10yrs and also a curator in Bristol for the past 8 yrs, where I've supported artists and makers through exhibitions and events. Over that time I've cultivated many artistic relationships and I truly love working with artists and creatives. I've always felt art should be accessible for everyone, be that through the sale of affordable artwork or the provision of creative workshops. Art is good for the soul. Opening a Gift Shop & Gallery where we supported local makers, crafters and artists was a natural evolution for me.
Your notable exhibitions in the last few years:
Tales From The Mabinogi - 29/12/21-30/01/22 - Inspired by the mystical world of the Celtic People, the artists intertwine myth, folklore, tradition & history. Exhibiting artists Karin Mear, Emma Bevan, Amanda Rose, Hetta Johnson, Francesca Kay.
Who are the Artists you show on a regular basis:
Some of our resident artists include: Amanda Bee, Lyn Art Wales, Jo Dewar, Janet Chaplin, John Myers, Karen Green, Paul Clarke, Bic Beaumont, Rachel Blakeway & Jacky Edwards.
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