The gallery reopens on 23rd March with two solo shows by Nicola Toms and Madeline Mackay and a selection of David Farrer’s animal Trophy Heads.
11 am to 4 pm. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays (except 23rd March)
We are always happy to see visitors outside of these hours but please telephone ahead.
Nicola Toms’s childhood experiences of life on a Zimbabwean cattle ranch have left her with an enduring love of animals. This exhibition brings together the media of drawings and sculpture in a dramatic combination. Life-size charcoal drawings of thoroughbred horses, cattle and whippets look down on Nicola’s vigorously observed animal bronzes, prints and relief work. This is her first major exhibition since 2006 and shows a renewed dedication to her passion for animals. Click for full text
Brought up in the Flow country of Northern Scotland Madeline engages with a land that is untamed and unpopulatd. An aspect of her work is her interest in wild birds, exploring the nature of the land through the creatures that inhabit it. This exhibition reveals a group of prints and drawings relating to birds made over the last three years and draws heavily on her residency on the remote Aland Islands located in the Baltic Sea 80 miles off the coast of Finland. Over a six week period, Madeline immersed herself in this lonely landscape accessible only by boat, observing the birds and their relationship to the natural rhythms of the landscape. Click for full text
David spent many afternoons as a child among the stuffed animals in Leeds City Museum and much later on, trips to Africa left an indelible impression on him. Apalled by the big business of African Game Trophy hunters Farrer’s recycled heads use old magazines and other recycled parts to provide a witty alternative take on the display of stuffed animal heads.
Made primarily from old magazines (and as a feature they remain obviously so) they are an alternative - lacking the implications of the 'real thing' and incorporating modern ideals of recycling and conservation, with a touch of humour thrown in too!
The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery is a spectacular 120 square metre converted barn with stunning views over the Rother Valley and South Downs. It opened in 2005 to hold regular exhibitions of contemporary painting and sculpture.
Prior to running the gallery Elspeth Moncrieff worked for several years as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum before becoming Deputy Editor first of the Antique Collector and then Apollo Magazine.
From 1996-2004 she was the Art Market Correspondent for The Art Newspaper building up a wealth of experience about the art market. She is currently also the Editor of the Sydney based World of Antiques and Art.