The Gallery 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 Gallerys’ 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 solo 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 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 continues to generate significant global interest, particularly in connection with international media sources recognising the unquestionable artistic talents of 17-year old Kieron Williamson.
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.