Past Events

Langham Exhibition 2017

Tess will be exhibiting 3 pieces of work for the Langham Exhibition this year. There will be a variety of local artists working in different mediums. Some of the proceeds will go towards Village Hall funds.

'First Year Anniversary' Celebration

  • When Nov 04, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Europe/London / UTC0)
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Tess will be celebrating her first year of opening the gallery, on Saturday 4th November from 10am - 5pm.

It has been a very exciting first year for Tess, having participated in lots of events, both in the gallery and locally, including Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios, the Holt Festival and Cley 17 exhibition, plus working on several private commissions throughout the year.

Over the next few weeks, Tess has some NEW and exciting British mixed media artists joining the gallery, including textiles, ceramics and jewellery. There will be also be plenty of small, affordable, unframed work, cards and luxury gift items.

The gallery will be celebrating all day on Saturday from 10am - 5pm with drinks and canapés. All are welcome. We will be in a festive mood, complete with Christmas tree, lights and decorations ... it will be a winter wonderland of art and unique, handmade gifts and cards. 

Holt Christmas Lights

  • When Nov 15, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM (Europe/London / UTC0)
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The Annual 'Holt Christmas Lights' switch on night, takes place on Wednesday 15th November.

Join the Holt Community, for this much anticipated, exciting annual event, which includes a parade of light, food and drink, pantomime theme, entertainment, fireworks and lots more...

Entertainment is from 5pm and the switch on is from 6.30pm.
For more information, see their website.

The gallery will be open from 10am - 7.30pm and will be stocked full of Christmas goodies. There will be lots of new and exciting mixed media artwork on display, as well as ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints, cards and small, luxury gift items. Come and join us for the celebration ...


Holt 1940s Weekend

  • When Sep 16, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017 (Europe/London / UTC100)
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One of the first events to take place this Autumn, in Holt, is the spectacular ‘Holt 1940’s Week-end’ on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, at various venues throughout Holt town centre and the North Norfolk Railway.

Embrace the character and spirit of the wartime years with wartime music, vintage fashions, military vehicles, live performances, ration book trail and pigeon race, amongst many other events…

See the website for more details about daily events and times.

The gallery will be open on Saturday 16th September from 10am - 5pm and will be showcasing some fabulous new work. There will be several new and exciting, local and UK mixed media artists joining us over the next few weeks… Watch this space for more information...

Please note that the gallery will be closed from 7th-15th September but will be open for the 1940’s week-end on Saturday 16th.


Winter Sale

  • When Nov 24, 2017 to Dec 25, 2017 (Europe/London / UTC0)
  • Where Tess Ainley Gallery
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ON THE WEEK-END of Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November, Tess will be starting her WINTER SALE on ALL her OWN original, framed and unframed artwork. This is an ideal opportunity to purchase an original piece of art for Christmas, at an affordable price.

Gallery opening hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Tess is also offering a FREE Christmas gift wrapping service ...


Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is one of the largest and most successful Open Studio schemes in the UK and this year will take place between 27th May and 11th June

Tess will be holding her Open Studios in the gallery this year and is open every day between 10-5pm, except Sundays. She will also be doing 2 late night Fridays on 2nd and 9th June from 5-7pm.
Her Private View is on Friday 26th May from 5-7pm. There will be Pimms and nibbles and the event is free to attend. All are welcome.
Tess’ new work is inspired by the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Holt Festival

Tess will be participating in the Holt Fringe Festival 2017 from Sat 22nd - Sat 29th July - 10.00 - 5.30pm (see flyer below). The Holt Festival brochure can be picked up at various locations across Norfolk, including inside the gallery. Tess is part of the #FestivalArtTrail and can be found on pages 62 (D) and the back page of the brochure (no 13).
Click on the image below to see the Holt Festival flyer:
Click on the image below to see the Holt Festival Art Trail leaflet:




Cley 17

Tess has been selected as one of the artists to exhibit at 'Cley 17' this year, inside the main venue of St. Margaret’s Church, in Cley next the Sea. This year’s theme is ‘Connectivity’. Tess has produced 100 small, unframed, works on paper, entitled '100 Prayers'. The Private View is being held on 5th July from 6-8pm in the church. The exhibition is spread over several venues in Cley and runs from 6th July - 6th August. For more information see