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Hornchurch art gallery to open at Fairkytes Arts Centre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 February 2018

Artwork from residents in the borough will be displayed at the new Fry's Gallery at Fairkytes Arts Centre from Saturday, February 24. Picture: Havering Council

Artwork from residents in the borough will be displayed at the new Fry's Gallery at Fairkytes Arts Centre from Saturday, February 24. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

An art gallery displaying artists’ work and crafts from around the borough will officially open its doors at the weekend.

Visitors will be welcomed tomorrow (Saturday. February 24) to Fry’s Gallery, in the Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, the new exhibition space to showcase creativity in Havering.

The gallery is named after a former owner of the main Grade II listed Fairkytes building, Joseph Fry (1809-1896), son of the famous prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.

The opening exhibition will be Still Life by Steve Cook which will be displayed until March 16.

The Fairkytes Arts Centre opened in 1973 and has firmly cemented itself at the heart of the community as a fun learning and social space.

From painting, flower arranging, pottery, jewellery making and theatre workshops, to a live music performance venue featuring professional and homegrown acts, Fairkytes has something to offer everyone. Along with professional acts, the venue is well-known for promoting homegrown talent.

An annual event takes place where school and college bands from around the borough battle it out to become the last band standing and open mic nights provide people of all ages with a variety of talents to perform.

As well as arts and crafts created by residents, the gallery will also provide additional teaching accommodation and a space for performances.

Cabinet member for culture and community engagement, Councillor Melvin Wallace, said: “The Fry Gallery is a valuable new exhibition space for local residents and visitors to experience the culture of Havering. It also provides an excellent space for local artists to display their work.

“I am very proud that we have this new gallery in the borough and encourage residents to use this space to showcase their talents.”

Fry’s Gallery will be open Monday-Friday 10am-6.30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-1pm.

For enquiries about the new Fry’s Gallery or information on the current or upcoming exhibitions, call Havering’s Arts Development team on 01708 432791 or email lucy.single@havering.gov.uk. To find out what events are taking place at the arts centre, visit havering.gov.uk/fairkytes

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