About Tess

Tess grew up in Lincolnshire and spent many years travelling; from Scandinavia and North America to the South Pacific islands of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji; she was never far from the sea. When she settled back in the UK, she spent a few years in St Ives, Cornwall. It was in those little cobbled back streets, where artists were tucked away, painting and creating, that inspired Tess to go back to college.

In 2006, Tess graduated from Cornwall College with an HND in Fine Arts and in 2009-10, ran her own studio workshop in St Ives, where she made and exhibited her own work. In 2015, she moved to the North Norfolk coast and was searching for the right location to open a gallery; a space where she could work and exhibit her own and a changing selection of other artists’ work. In 2016 she found that space in Hoppers Yard.

If you are interested in commissioning a bespoke piece of work for your home, feel free to pop by the gallery for a chat with Tess, or use the contact details below.

About the Gallery

Tess Ainley Gallery is situated in Hoppers Yard (formerly Greenways) in the historic Georgian town of Holt. The house and outbuildings originally date back to around 1715, when it was originally an old coaching inn and ale house.

It is a friendly and welcoming, independent art gallery, currently featuring the work of  20+ emerging and established contemporary British artists, who specialise  in mixed media. It also houses a beautiful collection of textiles, ceramics, photography and jewellery.

The historic Georgian town of Holt is a haven for artists and photographers and has some fabulous antique, book and specialty shops. Its close proximity to the stunningly beautiful North Norfolk coast, makes it an ideal place to stay; the perfect location for art enthusiasts and visitors alike. The majority of the boutiques and business services in Holt are independently owned. You can spend a whole day discovering all the intriguing yards and alleyways and get to see some fine Georgian architecture.

Contact Us

Email: info@tessainleygallery.com   Phone: 01263 714024


3 Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6LN

Opening Hours

Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sat 10 am - 5 pm Fri 10.30 am - 5 pm  Sunday and Monday Closed
The Gallery will be closed from 9th - 24th January but will re-open on 25th as normal.

How to find us