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Tess Ainley Gallery introduces Simon Kirk

Press Release - Tess Ainley Gallery introduces new artist

Holt, Norfolk February 21 2017


Simon Kirk is the latest artist to be introduced to Tess Ainley Gallery. Simon is a contemporary artist based in Leigh-on-Sea and free associates images and cut-up text to evoke haiku and the allusions that help us view everyday life with fresh eyes. His work is primarily layers of painting combined with collaged elements and he also uses the decollage technique - cutting, tearing or sanding away parts of the built up surface image to reveal layers below.

Since beginning his career in 2007, works by Simon Kirk have proved a great investment and are increasingly sought after by art collectors, notably in America, Dubai and Continental Europe. He exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He has had solo exhibitions in France, Denmark and the USA and will be exhibiting this year in Los Angeles, South West France and Hong Kong.

Tess Ainley Gallery opened in November 2016. This small, friendly gallery is unique, in as much as you can see Tess making her work in the gallery. Tess’ work is already proving popular and she has been commissioned to do several private pieces of work. ‘I have had a fantastic response since opening’ she says, ’people are finding the work refreshingly different and quirky’. Tess is currently showing the work of several artists who work in paint, collage, ceramics, mixed media, jewellery, photography, wood and furniture. She has a busy summer lined up at the gallery, including taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios 27 May - 11 June, the Holt Fringe Festival, 22 - 30 July and is also participating in Cley 17 6  July - 6 August. 

Tess Ainley Gallery is located at 3 Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt NR25 6LN and is open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Contact Information:

T: 01263 714024




‘The Island’ Simon Kirk 61 cm x 76 cm Acrylic, Collage and Image Transfer on Board

Opening of Art Gallery in Holt

Press Release - Saturday 5 November 2016, 12.00pm-5.30pm

 Tess Ainley Gallery, a working artist’s gallery located at 3 Hoppers Yard, Holt is opening on Saturday 5th November at 12pm.


The opening exhibit will highlight the works of up to 9 contemporary artists, including Tess Ainley, who uses handmade and recycled pieces of paper, stitch and paint to create collages, mainly with a muted palette, to convey a feeling of quiet and calm; Karen Stamper, whose bold and joyful collages, based on her travels, are skilfully built up using layers of found papers, tissue and acrylic paint; Mel Sheridan, who uses narrative, humour and atmosphere to paint stories about emotional memories of her life and Marion Stuart, who makes sculptures and installations with clay; whose forms, largely inspired from the Devon shipping industry, are taken from boats, cider jars, houses, tools and language.

The exhibit also includes works by Tamlin Lundberg, currently working in ceramics and drawing, who explores notions of place, identity and permeability through subtle influences like the weather, local folklore and textiles; Marit Ammerud, a potter, painter and maker who produces beautiful pieces for the interior of the home; Hannah Collins, who specialises in designing and hand making distinctive, limited edition and bespoke jewellery and accessories; Bek Genery, a jeweller whose work is heavily influenced by water: the towering reflections of the mountains in the Kintyre sound or the epic meeting of sky and sea on the East Anglian coast and Julia Headland, a furniture restorer and painter, specialising in subtle and authentic aged finishes.

Based on the previous success of her studio workshop in St. Ives, Cornwall in 2009-10, Tess Ainley, owner of the gallery, says 'I have been waiting to find the right location to create a multi functional and interactive space; a place where I can work and exhibit my own and a changing selection of other artists work. I was very excited to find this space in Holt’.

Hoppers Yard already comprises 2 other well established interiors shops, a boutique B & B, a tea shop and tearooms. It is described by the owner as being ’a tranquil and beautiful environment, hidden away; a magical place where you can take a breath and escape from the stresses of life.

Next year, Tess plans to introduce workshops and talks by exhibiting artists and writers. It will be something unique in Holt' she says, ’as I will be making and engaging with my customers in the same space. I also feel very privileged to be showing and promoting the work of these amazing artists.

For more information, call 01263 714024 or visit

Tess Ainley Gallery is the newest addition to the art scene in Holt. The gallery will be exhibiting emerging, mid-career and established artists, creating contemporary works on paper, paintings, fine art photography, ceramics, jewellery and assemblage. The historic Georgian town of Holt is a haven for artists and photographers and has some fabulous antiques, books 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 shops 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.


Launching a new website

Tess Ainley Gallery, opens on 5th November 2016, in Holt. This website is being built to promote the gallery. We appreciate your patience, as we add news, photographs and updates to the website. Please return here soon to read about the first artists that are being introduced to the gallery.