The Gallery, Picturecraft has showcased the work of numerous artists since opening in 1972 and is now firmly established as one of East Anglia’s leading art venues. The gallery continues to evolve under the ownership and personal day-to-day management of Adrian Hill who represents the third generation of the Hill family.
The Gallery, Picturecraft’s award winning display system provides a regular programme of exhibition changes and ensures the gallery remains an exciting and stimulating place to visit, attracting interest from artists and visitors from all over the world. The use of the gallery for major one-man exhibitions, book launches and group exhibitions by recognised Societies, Institutes and Federations, has furthered the gallery’s position in the artistic calendar of events in North Norfolk.
Despite being situated just a stone’s throw from Holt’s historic Georgian town centre the gallery is quite difficult to find. However, its tucked away position has not prevented Lees Yard from rightfully earning a reputation for being, “the place to visit in Holt”. Where the eclectic mix of other business ventures established on the site continues to bring advantages in promoting awareness of the gallery through interlinking joint advertising campaigns, the biggest change to the dynamics of Lees Yard was instigated by the opening of ‘Adrian Hill Fine Art‘ in July 2013.
Operating as a completely stand-alone gallery, Adrian Hill Fine Art has successfully achieved the need for a special dedicated exhibition area in Holt to display original works by some of the greatest names of British Art. The exhibitions contain fine paintings including works by Edward Seago, Sir Alfred Munnings, Sir Peter Blake, David Hockney, Ken Howard and Sir Hugh Casson. However, the intention of the gallery is to also support a comprehensive range of contemporary work providing an artist has been recognised through membership of a Royal Institute, Federation or Society.
The stunning exhibition setting has quickly attracted a high volume of sales and its popularity as a unique place to visit in Holt is further enhanced through the provision of high quality speciality teas and coffees. This year saw the publication of “Out of the Blue” the latest art book written by Adrian Hill, the first to be released in association with the Fine Art Gallery and published by Halsgrove. Detailing the life story and works of Rosa Sepple VPRI, the book was launched at an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London arranged and hosted by Adrian Hill Fine Art in August 2015. Immensely successful the highly prestigious exhibition featured all 122 paintings published in the book which were framed personally by Michael Hill, Adrian’s Father.
The move of the Picturecraft Artists’ Material shop into much larger premises in Lees Yard took place during 2013.Integrated with the adjoining framing showrooms has proved extremely beneficial… the most significant advantage being the extended opening hours to 9am-5pm from Monday to Saturday. The result of all these changes, and advantage of disabled access and improved signage, has seen an increase in the number of visitors discovering Lees Yard for the first time.
The Gallery, Picturecraft website continues to generate significant global interest, particularly in connection with international media sources recognising the unquestionable artistic talents of 13-year old Kieron Williamson. The increased awareness of Picturecraft Publishing Limited has progressed through the release of new prints, greetings cards and books throughout 2014. Major exhibitions in 2015 included The Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) annual open exhibition; Godfrey Sayers; Ian McManus; Kieron Williamson; Wrenford Thatcher and a retrospective exhibition of original paintings by the late Jack Cox.
Major one-man exhibitions continue to attract wide and appreciative audiences due to the impressive size of the gallery making it a most fitting venue to showcase paintings on a large scale. The gallery’s membership of ‘Own Art’ makes buying art easy and affordable by allowing the cost of a purchase to be spread over 10 months with an interest free loan. ‘Own Art’ is an Arts Council England initiative operated by Creative Sector Services CIC, a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales under number 08280539.