New Great Cornard art gallery aims to showcase emerging talent in East Anglia

Peter Rumsey, who has launched the Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre. Picture: PEPTALK PR

Peter Rumsey, who has launched the Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre. Picture: PEPTALK PR - Credit: Archant

A brand new gallery and arts centre near Sudbury which will host monthly exhibitions of local contemporary artists has officially opened its doors.

The Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre, in Great Cornard, aims to celebrate new talent and provide a platform for undiscovered artists from across the region.

The gallery has launched with a Printworks exhibition, which will run throughout October and November, and feature work from artists such as Alison Coath, Mick Manning, Paul Cleden, Colin Moore, Hannah Rumsey and Elaine Marshall.

Launched by Peter Rumsey, from Belchamp Otten, who runs the creative agency 032 Design, the gallery is housed in a historic mill building with views across the River Stour.

Mr Rumsey said the gallery will also be holding courses at the venue in the future.

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He said: “I am delighted to open the doors to Mill Tye Gallery and to showcase our Printworks exhibition. The Stour Valley has been infamously portrayed by artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, and as such, the area is renowned as a hub for talented creatives.

“Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre is a great addition and offers the town a brand new venue for amazing new works and gifts – many of which are from undiscovered talents from across the area.

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“Located in a converted mill and situated next to the Sudbury and Cornard water meadows, we have created a contemporary open space in an enviable spot that includes the gallery in addition to a fantastic space for courses, art classes and as a photographic studio. We plan to release details of upcoming courses soon.

“We are initially open every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Mondays and look forward to welcoming people to see the amazing prints, sculpture, pottery and textiles, while taking in the local scenery, as well as browsing the range of gifts and cards available.”

The Printworks show opens today, with a special viewing time of 2.30pm-7pm today only, through to November 26 at the usual opening hours of 11am-4pm.

A Christmas exhibition will then commence from December 2 to January 7, 2018, with a spring 2018 exhibition scheduled to start from March 9.

For more information, click here to visit the gallery’s website.

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