Let Your Imagination Run Wild in North Norfolk
Immerse yourself in the artwork of local and established artists in lively Holt. Bircham Gallery is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting the best of modern art.
The gallery was originally set up in Great Bircham by Chris and Deborah Harrison in 1988. It soon developed a reputation as a leading independent gallery for contemporary fine art and craft.
Due to its success, the gallery moved to the bustling market town of Holt. Now situated in a light and spacious Georgian building, Bircham Gallery stocks the work of over 200 artists and craftspeople.
The gallery offers the perfect opportunity to discover a collection of unique craft, ideal for art enthusiasts visiting North Norfolk.
An Enviable Reputation
Gail Stevens, 46 from Fakenham, is a Gallery Manager at Bircham Gallery. She has been a team member since 1998 when the gallery first opened in Holt. Her role includes everything from sales and marketing to admin.
“Bircham Gallery has developed an enviable reputation for exhibiting the best of modern and contemporary British art.
“All work is carefully selected, reflecting the owners’ taste and eye for quality. With over twenty-five years’ experience, you can be assured of our commitment and service.”
The Big Picture
Bircham Gallery offers something for all lovers of modern and contemporary art. It provides the chance to get inspired and learn about the different styles of various artists and designers.
“Visitors can flick through our large print browsers, which hold varying mediums from screenprints to etchings. They can also try on our extensive range of handmade, designer jewellery.”
An array of exhibitions run throughout the year to showcase the work of talented artists and craftspeople. The work caters for all tastes, from abstract to representational.
“Over the years, the gallery has presented exhibitions of work by some great and influential artists. These include Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, John Maltby, Robin Welch and John Piper.
“In October 2016, we held a very special and successful exhibition of paintings and prints by Richard Bawden, together with ceramics by Richard Batterham.”
Based in a charming setting, Gail recommends the gallery to visitors to the local area. The market town lies just a few miles away from the stunning North Norfolk coastline, which has plenty to offer.
“With a lovely mixture of coffee shops, cafes, bookshops, antiques and art galleries in Holt, a visit to Bircham Gallery is a must.”
The Whole Works
With everything from paintings to designer glass, Bircham Gallery offers various crafts. A wide range of art styles are on display, while a series of changing exhibitions and artists ensure returning visits are equally as fascinating.
“The gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, original prints, jewellery, photographs, ceramics, wood, and designer glass.
“We are also a stockist of many modern British artists including the work of Sir Terry Frost RA, Barbara Rae CBE RA, Sir Peter Blake, John Piper, John Hoyland RA and Sandra Blow RA.”
Bircham Gallery’s superb collection includes unique art from East Anglia and beyond. This gives an insight into the craft of local artists, with well-known names also in the mix.
“Our focus is divided between encouraging talent among the current generation of emerging artists and showing the work of established artists, with an equal commitment to both.
“One of our long established artists is John Newland, who lives in Norwich. His landscape paintings are an expression of his love of the rural and coastal areas of North Norfolk.”
The gallery is free to visit, while art for all budgets is available for purchase at the gallery and online. The gallery shop stocks cards, specialist books, magazines and gifts.
“All the work is individually priced and labelled, while biographical information is displayed at every exhibition. Our interest-free purchase scheme is a great way to build your art collection and a very flexible way to pay for works of art. ”
The gallery is wheelchair friendly, with a ramp and bell ring for assistance at the entrance.
Upcoming exhibitions include still-life paintings by Debbie George from April 1st to 26th 2017. Her work is a celebration of her passion for flowers and the objects that she surrounds herself with.
You can find the gallery in the centre of Holt on the A148 between Fakenham and Cromer.