About Us
A chance meeting at a pub and the casual mention of a big, old, and rather dilapidated potting shed going begging, and a tiny seed began to germinate. Could this be the opportunity to open a much-needed Fine Art gallery in Rutland…?

Yes, it certainly could, and now we are thrilled and proud to announce that from tiny acorns mighty oaks do grow! That tired old barn has now been transformed into a warm and inviting haven, exhibiting work by some of Britain’s finest figurative artists. The gallery is owned and run by artist, Peter Barker and his partner, part-time comedic author, Janey Edkins, and their goal is to show work by ‘proper’ painters. ‘Contemporary’ art is well catered for in the area, but disappointingly there is a lack of galleries showcasing classy, representational fine art in the East Midlands. Generally speaking, such top-quality painters are in far-flung places, dotted here and there and often at the end of long arduous journeys, so we are extremely excited to have the cream of the crop all under one umbrella.

Peter Barker has been a professional artist since 1983. Venturing into the world of selling art has been a relatively recent vocation however, but one he most certainly relishes. “I consider myself lucky to have made a living out of doing something I love, and now I’m even more fortunate being surrounded by wonderful works of art by revered colleagues. Apart from some of the most celebrated painters, we also have some relatively lesser known, but incredibly talented artists’ work gracing our walls and our aim is to boost their reputation and get them the recognition they deserve”.

Exciting times! Our walls sing with spellbinding works, and we would love to share them with you. So, come along, browse to your hearts’ content. And if you are undecided about something that may have caught your eye, go and have a cuppa, a slice of cake and leisurely ponder in the comfy Orchard Cafe next door.

Welland Vale Garden Inspirations - Orchard Cafe

That way you can always escape on tip-toe under the window, undetected by our security cameras ... but beware our pet Leopard lurking in the car park ...

Peter will be demonstrating at these Art Societies in 2017

If you are interested in attending any of the following demo's, please email Peter, as most Art Groups are only too happy to have guest visitors for a small fee.

Thurs 9th February, Ufford Art Group, 10am – 12noon
Thurs 16th March, Roche Art Club, Stapleford, 7 – 9pm
Mon 3rd April, Peterborough Arts Society, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Thurs 20th April, Castor and Ailsworth Art Society, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Thurs 18th May, Napton Art Group, 2 – 4pm
Tues 13th June, Deeping St.James Art Group, 1.30 – 4pm
Thurs 13th July, Castor and Ailsworth Art Society, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Sun 16th July, Patchings Arts Festival – guest artist, 10am – 5pm
Frid 4th August, Horncastle Art Group, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Wed 11th October, Sundon Park Arts, 10am – 12noon
Wed 18th October, Mid Beds Art Group, 7.15 – 9.30pm
Sat 4th November, Carlton Le Moorland Art Group, 10am – 12noon
Wed 15th November, Tamworth Art Group, 7 – 9pm

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Welland Vale, Glaston Road, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9EU.
Telephone: 01572 868460 or Mobile: 07591 472228
Gallery Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 11.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm

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