Visit our two free-entry art galleries
The Yare Gallery
Located on the historic South Quay in Great Yarmouth, The Yare Gallery is a new, free to enter art gallery for the town. This beautiful, light-filled and atmospheric three floor Grade II listed building now begins a new chapter under the direction of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust as a setting for inspirational local and international art, with a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year.
The Yare Gallery was conceived when No. 26 South Quay – a 17th century merchant’s house – became vacant in 2019. We had already established Skippings art gallery in the town centre, which has been showcasing established and emerging artists from the region since 2014.
The potential for 26 South Quay to become a centre of artistic excellence in the region was too good to pass up and, thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we were able to make our vision a reality in May 2021.
The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm. Entry is free.
For more information and latest exhibition news, visit the gallery website here.
No. 133 King Street is a late 17th century dwelling with an attached warehouse. This Grade II listed building was converted into a shop with residential accommodation in 1885. To learn more about No. 133, Paul Davies’ article provides a comprehensive history.
Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust purchased the building in 2012, and began a programme of repair, a project which was part of the £4m Townscape Heritage Initiative, an area-based conservation-led regeneration scheme for the King Street area. The project converted the building into a ground-floor gallery, with four artists’ studios for rent in the former warehouse to the rear, plus the creation of one three-bedroom residential unit and one single-bedroom live-work unit. Building works were completed in May 2014. The repairs enabled the building to be removed from the Buildings at Risk Register.
The ethos of the project was to support the vibrant art community in Great Yarmouth by providing the gallery and studios on favourable terms – encouraging creative enterprise on King Street.
The project was also used as a training initiative to help tackle the acute skills shortages within the town, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Apprenticeships were offered to two trainees who had worked with the Trust on its Cemeteries Project. The apprenticeships were delivered by Wellington Construction Ltd. and Great Yarmouth College.
The project was highlighted on Episode 4 of Britain’s Empty Homes, broadcast on the BBC on 17/10/13.
133 King Street exterior prior to work, photograph by Derek Jackson
The building was officially opened by the Earl of Leicester on the 16th June 2014. Guests received a tour of the studios and enjoyed a wonderful exhibition of modern prints by renowned artists, loaned by David Case, ex-Director of Marlborough Fine Art.
The gallery was re-opened in January 2016 as Skippings Gallery, and has since seen great success celebrating the work of local and regional artists.
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