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Summer 2021

Ben Wardle
Ben Wardle – 20th to 26th May
 I am lucky enough to spend my working days on horseback exploring some of the most beautiful countryside East Anglia has to offer. My paintings are of what I see in these landscapes, but more importantly how I feel when I am in them. Being in wild spaces has a tremendous effect on our mental health and this psychological/environmental link gives me a great source of creative inspiration.

I am inspired by the research of Environmental Philosopher Glenn Albrecht, ‘Deep’ Ecology, and the writings of Roger Deakin, Robert Macfarlane and all the other creatives who enrich the East Anglian art scene and promote a more positive, healthy future for ourselves and our environment.
See Ben's work now on his Online Gallery page.
Derek ChambersDerek Chambers
Derek Chambers – 27th May to 2nd June
Derek Chambers, having come to live in the area in 1994, held his first solo exhibition in this gallery in 1997 (it was then the Tudor House Gallery). This exhibition will revisit the work of the intervening years and will also include new and recent pieces.

Sophie Elinor Martin
Sophie Elinor Martin – 3rd to 9th June
Sophie Elinor Martin is a British mixed media artist based in Suffolk. Graduating with a fine art degree from Norwich University of the Arts, her work is inspired by poetry, places, people and feelings. SEM's work is held in both a number of private and public collections including the NUA Alumni Collection.
Michelle Thompson
A Collector's Exhibition – 10th to 16th June
Artists and Illustrators
Featuring Michelle Thompson with other contemporary and mid 20th century artists and illustrators.
Including Mark Hearld, John Craig, Hannah Firmin, Jonny Hannah,Valerie Thornton, Richard Bawden, Angie Lewin, Emily Sutton Edward Bawden, Chloe Cheese, John Lawrence, Tessa Newcomb, Chris Brown and Geoffrey Clarke.
Meet Michelle Thompson In the Gallery on Saturday afternoon June 12.
Ian Cook
Ian Cook – 17th to 23rd June
Ian Cook has been a professional photographer since the 60s and his work has appeared worldwide in newspapers and magazines. Subjects range from Dali to Mick Jagger and Leonard Cohen to Germaine Greer.
Richard Ward
Richard Ward, a retrospective exhibition – 24th to 30th June
Margaret Currie's brother Richard painted from a very young age and he had his first exhibition at the tender age of 15 at his grandmother's house and later in various Aldeburgh galleries. After Leaving Lowestoft Art College, he went on to spend three years at the Chelsea School of Art. He had many exhibitions in London, mainly group shows, and on returning to Aldeburgh years later he had his own exhibitions here in the Aldeburgh Gallery. He had a natural gift for painting and his work was liked and collected by many local people. He was an amazingly colourful character in every sense of the word and is very much missed. Richard died at the age of 39 and this is an exhibition in memory of him and his work, a celebration of a talented but short life.
Janie Pirie
Rosa – 1st to 7th July
An exhibition of illustrations depicting the most beautiful of British favourites – the rose. Thirty original works by RHS gold medal winning botanical artist Janie Pirie, from her acclaimed book ROSA – A Life in Roses. Remaining copies of the limited-edition book will also be on sale, each signed and numbered. If you missed the exhibition in London, you must see it in Aldeburgh.
Boo ComptonKelvin Philpott
Boo Compton – 8th to 14th July
Boo Compton is a Contemporary Abstract Artist living in rural Suffolk. 

She creates distinctive works that embrace strong visual dynamics, colour and often texture.
She is looking forward to showing a collection of her works at The Aldeburgh Gallery.

Kelvin Philpott will also be displaying a collection of his beautifully hand carved wooden decoy ducks and shorebirds.

Clive BarnettRuth C Day
At the Edge – 15th to 21st July
This exhibition is a collection of 'new works' by Clive Barnett and Ruth C Day (previously Ruth Seabrook).
The exhibition includes printmaking and textile pieces by both artists and demonstrates a bringing together of the two mediums. The works are influenced by our Suffolk light and seascapes, with some work of Ruth’s being in response to the experiences of Covid 19.
Tony Hatt
Tony Hatt – 22nd to 28th July
Tony works mainly in watercolour to depict scenes of the Suffolk landscape and coast. Many of his paintings are inspired by his experiences of sailing around Britain and Europe
and the sea and boats feature in much of his work.
ELEMENTAL – 29th July to 4th August
'A part of nature, not apart from nature’: An exhibition by award-winning artists, Iain Nutting, Dide, Tobias Ford and Meryem Siemmond. The different elements used by the artists – stone, metal, oil and graphite – question the elemental role humans play in a natural world gone mental. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the charity Renewable World.
Maria and Lia FletcherSara JohnsonJane CourquinShirley Vauvelle
In Celebration of Summer – 5th to 11th August
A collective summer show of paintings, ceramics and sculpture. Paintings by Jane Courquin who resides in France, Sara Johnson, Ruth Bunnewell, Lisa Henshall and mother and daughter Maria and Lia Fletcher, sculpture by Shirley Vauvelle, paintings and ceramics by Jean McIntosh.
Bolam StyleBolam Style
Bolam Style – 12th to 25th August
BolamStyle summer collective showcasing art, ceramics, baskets, clothing and jewellery. Including John Heywood-Waddington, Penny Madden, Cristina Di Paola, Rebecca Wordsworth, Maison Bengal and BolamStyle clothing.
Guy William Eves
Guy William Eves – 26th August to 1st September
Stunningly detailed and exquisitely observed botanical drawings. Fellow and tutor, Society of Botanical Artists, Fellow of The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Silver-Gilt Medallist - RHS London Botanical Art Show 2015 for an exhibit of The Black & White of Colour. Works held in the permanent collection, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh. Outstandingly beautifully pieces.
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