Great new premises for Portside

Portside Gallery moving to Clifton Village in July

We are thrilled to have signed the lease on this lovely shop in the heart of Clifton Village, a thriving part of Bristol – and a place where Jane used to live!

It is in a great location with plenty of footfall and a fab double window frontage. We will enjoy having the space to really do justice to all the lovely work of our talented artists. We will also be welcoming some new artists who have agreed to join us, which is really exciting.

We are currently repainting it and getting ready for a launch in July. Watch this space for further details about the launch event…

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Declutter and refocus

Jane new studio 1

Work wise it’s been a little quiet here as we have just moved house and studio… an enormous feat but we did it! It’s been an interesting and sometimes complicated process but it’s also had it’s upside… there’s no doubt that clearing out the clutter frees us up, practically but also on many other levels. I’d recommend it if you’ve the time and inclination!

The move has encouraged me to plan ahead, to make sure I’ve enough pieces to tide me over whilst sorting my new but temporary studio. So although it’s been a little quiet here, I’ve not been lying on a beach somewhere, I’ve been squirrelling away new work for such a time as this… soon to be on the website and in the gallery.

Jane, May 2019

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A flying visit to Cornwall

Porthmoer Beach St Ives

I just got back from a flying visit to Cornwall… knowing the weather was set fair and the waves would be perfect I took the opportunity to head to St Ives for two days last week.

Always my go-to spot for wave watching, Porthmeor didn’t disappoint 😊. I took far too many photographs… but I hold fast to my practice of only painting waves that I have seen with my own eyes! So I’ve plenty of fresh inspiration to keep me going.

I also wanted to take some photos of some of my glass in situ… just a little experiment really…

Jane, February 2019

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Denim is in… new look for 2019

Portside Gallery Jan 2019

To mark the new year, the gallery walls have been given a stylish ‘Denim Drift’ make over to really set off the beautiful artwork. New displays have been ‘thinned’ a little just to give each item or picture space to be shown off to it’s best and really appreciated for the skill and creativity of it’s maker. There is a story behind every piece.

Our little container gallery is a delightful and inspiring space, an oasis in the city, where time spent is refreshing and a valuable reminder that we live on a beautiful island surrounded by stunning seas.

Jane’s paintings, created with glass and enamels then kiln-fired, represent the sea in all its guises, and the medium is perfect for capturing the shine and reflection from the waves. The quest to capture that perfect wave, the colours, transparency, the unsentimental sense of nostalgia and memory, are satisfied by this striking and unique medium that Jane has developed over the years.

Portside Gallery, January 2019

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