The Chalk Gallery in Lewes is a cooperative gallery that was established in 2005 by a group of local artists who wanted to create a friendly and accessible place to exhibit their work. The gallery is run by its 21 members, who are all professional artists working in various media, styles, subjects and techniques. The gallery has a programme of featured artists, guest artists and special events throughout the year, as well as regular exhibition changes every nine weeks. The gallery is renowned for nurturing local artistic talent and empowering its artists to evolve in a supportive community.
The gallery was one of the first of its kind in the UK and has been a success story for the local art scene. Over 100 artists have benefited from being part of the cooperative and learning new skills through running the business. The gallery has also been involved in various collaborations and partnerships with other organisations, such as the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, where it held a special exhibition to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015. The gallery also published a commemorative book to mark the occasion.
The Chalk Gallery is located at 4 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PA. It is open from Thursday to Sunday, 11:00 – 16:00. You can visit their website here to find out more about their current and upcoming exhibitions, artists and events. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and news. If you are looking for a place to discover and enjoy contemporary art in Lewes, the Chalk Gallery is definitely worth a visit.
Exhibiting at Chalk Gallery
If you are interested in joining the Chalk Gallery in Lewes, you can apply online through their website. The gallery is looking for professional artists who work in various media, styles, subjects and techniques and who are willing to contribute to the running of the gallery as a cooperative. The benefits of joining the gallery include:
- Exhibiting your work in a well-respected and established contemporary art gallery in the heart of Sussex.
- Receiving mentoring and support from other experienced artists and learning new skills through running the business.
- Enjoying the marketing and publicity that the gallery provides, such as newsletters, social media, press releases and events.
- Having the opportunity to be a featured artist or a guest artist at the gallery or at other venues that the gallery collaborates with.
To apply, you need to fill out an online application form and upload some images of your work, a CV and an artist statement. You also need to pay a non-refundable application fee of £10. The applications are reviewed by a selection panel of Chalk Gallery artists who will assess your work based on its quality, originality, suitability and diversity. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview and asked to bring some original pieces of your work for further evaluation. The final decision will be made by the panel and communicated to you within two weeks of the interview.
The Chalk Gallery is a friendly and welcoming place for artists and art-lovers alike. If you think you have what it takes to join this unique and successful cooperative, don’t hesitate to apply. You can find more information about the application process and criteria on their website. Good luck!
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