Shopping centre’s artistic endeavours

From now until December 23, the Tunbridge Wells Pop-Up Gallery will be open in Royal Victoria Place, showcasing the talented and diverse work of 15 local artists. Eileen Leahy finds out more…


At this time of year we’re all consumed with Christmas present buying and deciphering how we can ensure we buy the perfect gift for a loved one.

If you’re looking for something super special then we have the answer: a piece of unique artwork.

And luckily this has never been easier to source courtesy of the fact that many of our favourite local artists have gathered together to launch a pop-up gallery in Royal Victoria Place for the second year in a row.

Running from now until December 23, on the shopping centre’s top trading floor, visitors can browse and buy the work of 15 artists and craft makers.

“They truly brighten up a previously closed store with a vast range of colourful artwork,” says a spokesperson for the creative collective behind the Tunbridge Wells Pop-Up Gallery.

“You will see dazzling glassware crafted by Hilary Shields and Clare Summons, gorgeous Raku ceramics from Wes Groves and silver, gold and bronze individually crafted jewellery from Andy Young, Rob Ketch, Karin Keidel-Henderson and Charlotte Tabor of Cara Jewellery.

There will also be hand-printed textiles from Kate Hasted.”

The spokesperson adds: “Adorning the walls of the pop-up is a wide selection of paintings and photography which features everything from portrait artwork from Maria Turner, to dramatic land and seascapes from painters such as Di Drummond and Suzy Phillips.

“These pieces are complemented by eye-catching photography from Lena Bruce and Phil Wey. There are also contemporary florals from painter Amelia Jay and beautiful woodland animal scenes from artist Becca Galbraith.”

This is the second year the artistic group have taken on this particular space and many will be there in person to chat to visitors about their work.

“We think this could be the answer for those individual gift ideas and cards you search for,” the spokesperson said.

The Tunbridge Wells Pop-Up Gallery is open every day until December 23 and is located on the top trading floor in Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells opposite HMV.

It’s open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm

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