Ragley Hall Gallery and Studios

Dear Readers

Please accept my apologies for the lack of manual dexterity on my blog of late. I can assure you that even if it appears my fingers have been idle my feet have not and although I have been otherwise indisposed there are changes afoot!. Normal service will be resumed shortly but in the meantime I am pleased to announce that I now have a Studio Space at Ragley Hall in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. Ragley Hall is a working Estate, Stately Home, Gardens, Butchery and Saw Mill open to the public at the weekends. I will be taking part in the Warwickshire Open Studios Event June 28th 2014.

“Harris Visual Arts was established by Dawn Harris and is based in Ragley Gallery and Studios at Ragley Hall. Operating as a community for artists to develop their practices their aim is to provide affordable artist and gallery spaces to graduates, early career and established artists from the surrounding communities. Currently there are few viable options available to graduating students and artists wishing to develop their practice within this area. Often ignored in terms of producing artistic talent, the West Midlands represents a particular challenge both in terms of the commercial arts scene and artists who wish to sustain their practices in this region after graduating. Harris Visual Arts at Ragley Hall is pushing forward to develop an arts market and keep artists in the region. The unique position of the Gallery and Studio, in a site with an audience interested in heritage and culture, will benefit emerging artists by highlighting quality emerging talent and offering a crucial bridge between training and a professional career. This is a positive step; as London continues to draw in talent from across the UK (and the world) developing off–centre scenes offers an alternative view and a chance for artists to shape their own community.

Many arts organisations work in partnership with a variety of host venues, whether locally loved destinations, tourism, heritage sites or historic gardens with an established visitor base. This encourages audience participation,  creates new audiences and cross-fertilisation between the contemporary arts and heritage sectors. All of which we aim to achieve but critically different is the provision of a permanent gallery and studio’s within an established site where a sense of place and reputation can contribute to the growth and development of the Arts. This will also provide opportunities for education and outreach programmes at the heart of our activity encouraging participation, discussion and reflection about contemporary art.”

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