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THEN... Skylark in the early days 1999

THEN AND NOW

25 Years on London's South Bank 
 
NOW... Skylark in 2020 ready for re-opening on 14th August.

Dear <<*First Name>>

We hope this finds you and yours safe and well.
We are writing to share some exciting news.

Skylark started life on London's Southbank in 1993, and we are still going strong in 2020... with a few changes!

Wilf Frost, our intrepid reporter/artist has been finding out what Skylark has meant to various people over the years.

 

Goodbye Oxo Tower - Hello New Look Skylark in Gabriel’s Wharf

When the Covid health crisis struck, Skylark sadly had to permanently close the gallery in the Oxo Tower, but thanks to the determination of the artists we are very happy to be opening up Skylark in Gabriel’s Wharf again on Friday 14th August 2020 - representing all your favourite artists. Come and see us soon.

New Online Gallery

And we are delighted to launch our new web based gallery where you can click-to-buy art at Skylark for the first time ever! Fourteen artists with lots of work for sale. We want EVERYONE to know about Skylark! 

Not For Profit Gallery

Skylark's main aim is to support its artists rather than make a profit, so we have redesigned our website to better reflect this. Our website hub now gives you direct access to your favourite artists, and all proceeds from any sales will go directly to them. 

The improved website also shows the wealth of artistic activity that Skylark artists are involved in including those who do commissions.

Check it out... www.skylarkgalleries.com

We hope that all these exciting developments will help Skylark Galleries to continue and that customers old and new will follow us and support us on our journey.


 


Gill Hickman

Looking Back - Looking Forward
 

Artist Gill Hickman has been at the helm of Skylark Galleries for the past two decades,  presenting a rich mix of original art to be sold direct from artist to buyer. She has assembled a community of 30 artists, successfully run two galleries and taken part in exhibitions and art fairs around the country.

There have been some highs and lows over the years...
 

“I joined Skylark in November 1998... Gabriel’s Wharf was still quite new, an exciting enclave of creative shops and studios just waiting to be discovered - in a rather run down part of the Southbank - this was still two years before Tate Modern opened!! The Wharf became a popular destination and was really buzzing. I loved my turns at the gallery, getting to know the other artists and meeting the visitors... "


Click here to read the story of Skylark in our blog



How did it all start? 
Wilf asked ANGIE BREW

 

“In 1993 I was invited by the newly formed Coin Street Community Builders to host a solo exhibition in a studio in Gabriel's Wharf,  which was only for practising artists and makers at that time. 

It was exhilarating to be on the Southbank, right next to London Weekend Television. Carol Vorderman, of Countdown fame, was one of my first customers!
 I sold a lot of work that month and I took on the lease. After a while I invited other women artists to share the space, we took turns being there, to work and to sell our art. We held a party every Friday night outside the gallery, with drums to play and rugs to sit on. It was lovely to be part of a vibrant artists’ community, there was Ganesha selling fair trade goods plus several potters and dressmakers, and that is how the collective was born.

Five years later, pregnant with my son Joseph, I asked Gill if she would take over the gallery. Leap forward 21 years to today: Gill and all the wonderful Skylark artists have put their heart and soul into it.

I wholeheartedly support the renewed commitment to refresh Skylark and all that it stands for both online and at the familiar gallery on the Southbank...

Today I'm busy with drawing projects and teaching, but whenever I am reminded of the success of Skylark, I can proudly remember that I founded it all those years ago. 


Angie Brew - Artist Founder of Skylark
www.Brewdraw.com



Carol Edgar - Artist
 
 


"I joined Skylark in 2000, never dreaming that I’d still be part of what has become  a vibrant supportive artistic community twenty years later!

 

Back then I considered myself to be exclusively a printmaker with a special interest in the collograph technique.  I didn’t paint… I couldn’t paint - at least that was what I was led to believe back in the mists of time in my art college days! I didn’t lift a paint brush for another 30 years, until encouragement from fellow Skylark artists and a dollop of courage helped me to put brush to canvas and rediscover the magic and immediacy of painting.


It has been a privilege and a motivation to be part of Skylark and to showcase my work alongside such a talented group of artists."

Link to Carol's page

HAZY YELLOW HILLS
Acrylic painting by Carol Edgar
Image Size 28 x 28 cm
Mounted size. 46 x 46 cm
£175


HAZY BLUE
Acrylic Painting by Carol Edgar
Image size 28 x 28 cm
Mounted size 46 x 46 cm
£175
 
Customers'


Impressions and Memories of Skylark 
 
 
 
Jackie Knowles Cape Town, SA
 
“I’m originally from the UK, and every year travel to London to visit family.  Four years ago, I was walking along the South Bank and discovered Skylark Gallery.  It was all the colourful cards in the doorway and the display in the window that drew me in.  The artist Colin Ruffell shared interesting stories about his and other artist’s work. He was such a lovely genuine person that the meeting has stuck in my mind ever since. I’m not particularly well up on art, but he didn’t make me feel ignorant or small, and I fell in love with one of his prints of Tower Bridge, which now hangs in my hall back home.”



 
 
Seán Coughlan from Newbury

 

Seán fell in love with his first piece from Skylark about 15 years ago. Then working at Sea Containers House, (now the Meridian Hotel) he often visited the gallery during his lunch break, enjoying meeting and chatting with the artists. 

Seán recollects proudly that he was the first person to buy an etching by Veta Gorner - who started her printmaking career at Skylark.
 
Other pieces he has since added to his collection include; a "wonderful cubist ceramic bull" by Vivien Phelan, paintings by Jo Hodgen, monoprints by Clare Johnson and most recently a beautiful still life photograph "White 02" by Michael Frank all of which he "loved at first sight!"

 When asked if we could mention him in this newsletter Seán replied;
"Yes of course… for all the pleasure my wife and I have gained from my purchases and all the delightful chats I have had with the artists. I hope that I’ll get to London again before long: and promise to call in." 

Nicolette Carter

"Home is where the Art Is"

 
"Twelve Dancing Princesses" acrylic painting by Nicolette Carter
 

“I joined in 1999 and was at Gabriel's Wharf on the Millennium New Year’s Eve. Quite a night! 

In the early days we used to bring in recycled carrier bags from home. Strangely, now we consider that a good thing, but it felt slightly embarrassing then packing precious artworks into supermarket plastic bags.


"Blue Tree" acrylic on canvas painting by Nicolette Carter 

Skylark always has a diverse and delightful selection of artworks on show and a fantastic creative energy, as the artists have control over what they exhibit.

Until the lockdown I have enjoyed every other Sunday since 1999 in Gabriel's Wharf so it is a very special place to me.”
 
We are proud that Nicolette is a prize winning artist from the recent BBC series of "Home is Where the Art Is" along with Vivien Phelan.

Link to Nicolette's Page

Wilf Frost 

Skylark - An Important Part of my Life

 

Let Them Eat Cake Wilf Frost oil on canvas 30 x 30cm £90

I joined the gallery in 2004 and it’s been a really important part of my life ever since.

When my two boys were toddlers they used to come and visit and now they are teenagers - Unbelievable!
 
One thing I never tire of is the amazing views of the city when you walk up to the Thames beach from the gallery. I often pick up driftwood and other objects to use in my art on my lunchtime walks.

Link to Wilf's Page 

Dear <<*First Name>>, 
Thank you for all your support. We look forward to hearing from you or maybe seeing you at our gallery, online or in Gabriel's Wharf!


With warm wishes from The Newsletter Team, Gill, Wilf & Zsuzsanna and all the artists of Skylark Galleries.

 

Skylark Galleries  -  No 5 Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
Opening Fri, Sat, Sun 11.30 - 3.30 from August 14th 2020
    
 
Skylark Galleries Ltd Reg No 6543742
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