Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Downstairs Gallery
The Downstairs Gallery on the corner of Dark Passage and Crow’s Foot* boasts work by both International and local artists. Opened in 2004 as an adjunct to the bookshop above, it has since gained in popularity and attracts buyers from London and Oxford. It comprises three distinct studios: Sculpture, Painting and Transient Materials. There were plans to open an outdoor area but the council refused to pull down the derelict Careers Office next door, citing the opinion that the recession was only temporary.
The Downstairs Gallery suffered damage in 2007 when an underground pipe burst, flooding the building to a depth of twelve feet. An exhibition of watercolours by local artist and wife of the Mayor, Jean Fielding, valued at £12,000 was destroyed. The gallery director, Ms Felicia Turling, said at the time that the flood was a blessing in disguise and the public had been saved from a severe headache.