Sunday, July 21, 2024

Gallery in the suburbs brings new dimension to art in Grays

THURROCK artist, John Gathercole has converted his late father’s house in Victoria Avenue, Grays into an art gallery.

Called “Roncontemporary” in memory of Ron Gathercole, who passed away last year, the gallery had a recent opening.

John said: “The opening was a great success with a large turn out and lots of positive reaction. The Shell Room and SLJ Hall gallery spaces had a constant flow of people whilst the shop space was a hive of interest, showcasing six artists and six crafts people repectively.

There has been no constructed theme to this first event other than the linear one of promoting the artists and arts in Thurrock.

It has hopefully brought attention to the modern art scene evolving locally and this space provides an uncensored opportunity for artists to have their work seen and experienced by society.

The gallery is named and in memory of my late father and the spaces dedicated to those who have inspired and driven me this year and its been a way for me to show my appreciation so am pleased with the response i’ve had.

The opening also raised money for the British Heart Foundation, which will continue through out the galleries existence, with a donation submitted with every sale plus regular auctions.

The interest has led onto a series of forthcoming events at the gallery starting with

The Devils Advocaat Halloween show. 31st Oct-2nd Nov.

A 3 day mini exhibition of dark art and black humour.

Confirmed artists so far are Rart & Sete, Violet Gray, XIII Stitches, Hollie Slater and the Production Design students from Thurrock College will be showing photos and prosthetics.

Forthcoming events,

Thurrock Potters raku night. 5th Nov.
Bonfire pot firing. Fireworks, food & fun for 1 night only at the gallery.

Turnover Prize. 3rd Dec.

An alternative, satirical, humorous take on the Turner prize. An exhibition & presentation night attacking & de-bunking the over commercial over capitalist art world. Exhibition runs from 15th Nov to presentation night on the 3rd Dec.

Contemporary Capitalist Christmas Collective. 6th Dec-24th Dec.

A chance for artists and designers to display and sell user friendly items for the discerning alternative gift buying public.

For further info on getting involved contact John Gathercole at
E mail
Phone 07813 499964


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