The British Art Portfolio exhibition at Sicily Oak Gallery, Cholmondeley

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 May 2016

Beatrice Forshall, Cheetah, hand painted monotype engraving

Beatrice Forshall, Cheetah, hand painted monotype engraving


Judy Bromley-Davenport tells Janet Reeder about the contemporary art show at her Cholmondeley gallery

Ken Maycock, Still life orange and turquoise, oil on canvas.Ken Maycock, Still life orange and turquoise, oil on canvas.

Art lovers will be swooping on one of Cheshire’s loveliest locations this month, not just for the stunning surroundings of the Sicily Oak Gallery but to discover some of the most exciting contemporary art in the country.

It is the fourth year that co-organiser Judy Bromley-Davenport, owner of the gallery in Cholmondeley, near Malpas, will host the British Art Portfolio show.

Judy was originally asked by British Art Portfolio founders Amanda Lowther and Louise Newton to provide a location for the first ever exhibition and it has been so successful, their collaboration is now a source of ongoing delights.

‘Amanda and Louise started this business looking at artists all over the country and seeing who was good and potentially saleable,’ explains Judy. ‘They have impeccable taste and there is a real combination of artists on display, some young, some older and that’s what I love about it.’

Sicily Oak Gallery, CholmondeleySicily Oak Gallery, Cholmondeley

Judy is involved in choosing some of the artists who are displayed during the eight-day show. ‘What I’m trying to do is bring really good, talented artists to the north west - and I haven’t seen anything matching this,’ she says. Among this year’s exhibitors is a wide range of artists and sculptors, including Ana Bianchi, Jill Barthorpe, Sophie Bartlett, Becky Bland, Francis Bowyer, William Bowyer RA, Martin Bradley, Emma Cooper Key, Sue Campion, Edmund Fairfax-Lucy, Catherine Forshall, Beatrice Forshall, Leonie Gibbs, Stanley Grimm, David Imms, Christopher Johnson, James Kerr, Anne Lever, John Melville, Jean Noble, Heather Pocock, Chris Prout, Jo Taylor, Josephine Trotter.

Artworks can cost from £200 soaring to up to £15,000 which means it has a broad appeal. ‘There is always something for someone. Obviously if you didn’t like contemporary art then you would not come but they really are pieces you’d love to have in your home. We get a good mix of visitors, from very arty people to those who just want to buy a picture. There’s a good eclectic selection.

‘This is the fourth year of the exhibition and because we have done it consistently a lot of people are coming back. They’ll maybe not come back every year but perhaps say “My goodness we need a painting. Do you remember that wonderful exhibition? Let’s go back!” ’

Exhibition dates: 13th - 21st May 2016. (NB Closed Sunday 15th May) Opening hours: 11 am to 5pm daily

The British Art Portfolio exhibition is at Sicily Oak Gallery, Croxton Green Lane, Cholmondeley, Malpas, SY14 8HG

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