Why I bought Chantry House Gallery in Ripley

The new owner of Chantry House Gallery, Emma Hargreaves.
The new owner of Chantry House Gallery, Emma Hargreaves.

The new owner of Chantry House Art Gallery has said the move has fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition.

Located in the heart of Ripley, Emma Hargreaves has bought the picturesque gallery with her husband John. Thirty-eight-year-old Emma, who grew up in Thirsk and studied design and theatre studies in York, said:

“Of all the positions I have held over the years my favourite was working in an art gallery.

“It was always a dream to be able to run my own gallery, and when Chantry House Gallery became available, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.”

Emma, who previously enjoyed a career in the textiles industry and jewellery retail before working for herself, aims to make Chantry House a welcoming place, especially for northern artists, fostering new and existing talent.

“We have refurbished the gallery, created a new website and encouraged new artists to exhibit with the gallery.

“We aim to be a truly friendly gallery. We exhibit original works of art including painting, original prints, ceramics, glass, wood and, soon, jewellery.

Emma is very conscious of the history of the Chantry House Gallery and is determined to build on its reputation.

“Chantry House Gallery was established in 1980 and has the reputation of being one of the most interesting and affordable art galleries in North Yorkshire.

“Previous owners, for example, have included Terry Logan, the photographer who launched the legendary Calendar Girls on their way to fame.”

The gallery’s first programme of exhibitions under new ownershp starts in October and runs through November with three highly-talented Yorkshire artists.

The autumn programme of exhibitions starts on October 5 with a show dedicated to the talented Kate Lycett from Hebden Bridge.

Her exhibition, entitled Hidden Places, Open Spaces, lasts until October 20 and will feature some specially-commissioned work by the gallery.

This is followed by an exhibition by Laura Wallace from Ilkley, whose floral studies, landscapes and seascapes are attracting a loyal and appreciative following across the country.

Laura’s exhibition runs from November 1 until November 10.

Finally Nel Whatmore, one of the gallery’s most popular artists will be returning for her end-of-year exhibition which has always proved very popular from November 16 to 30. Like Laura, Nel will be bringing her beautiful florals, landscapes and seascapes to Ripley.

Emma said: “This is a long-term commitment for me. I really love in such wonderful surroundings and with such talented people.”

For further information, call 01423 771011 or visit www.chantryhousegallery.co.uk