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Earth Air Fire Water Exhibition 2015

Earth Air Fire Water Exhibition 2015

With Autumn firmly upon us its time to take stock of the summer months and move into the new season. 

Firstly we would like to welcome our most recent creatives to the Shed and hope you’ve all had a chance to look through their portfolios and leave a supportive comment and follow them on their social media too. Those of you who have sold recently please make sure you keep your profiles current and fresh with new work and publicise that your work is out their on someone’s wall! Please add key words and full descriptions to the images, a carefully curated portfolio of strong work is much more interesting to the buying public. However ‘ideas’ or ‘inspiration’ can be tagged as such in separate collections. It is also important to note to upload the highest resolution possible (without private water marks) even of print work, illustration or paintings. Only 15 images scroll through in any given collection.

When you delete an image from a portfolio it remains in the main gallery, this is because we often get enquires once an image has ‘disappeared’ trust me there is a LONG gap between someone seeing an image and committing to buy. However please contact me if there is an image that you really don’t want in the gallery and it can be removed.

Our annual group Summer Show inspired by the Elements EARTH – AIR – FIRE – WATER was a huge success with hundreds of new and repeat visitors. We sold an incredibly wide range of photography, illustration and original artwork. Our community participated with their usual enthusiasm and got to meet one another. It’s always great to put a warm and friendly face to a name seen only on the website. A special mention goes to Paula Youens for her unwavering support and hours spent in the gallery with me selling everyone’s work with the same passion as if it were her own.

Now is the time to capitalise on all that goodwill and reflect on the important feedback from the show and as we finalise the last orders we can turn our attention to the coming months and how to sell more work.

As we move forward it is imperative that you let people know about where they can buy your work. Behind the scenes we do what we can to contact and establish new clients and deal with the logistics for you but the hard sell does need to also come from yourselves. Friends and family will buy from you especially if you show them the final product printed or mounted on the aluminium. The wider public will also buy if you target them directly and show a keen interest in your own work by putting on exhibitions, giving talks and so on. Invite people round for dinner and let them see how fantastic your work looks on the wall in your own home. Go big, most of the images from our show that sold were the 90cm x 60cm images. The photography sings when given space.

I know I am a stuck record about this but modern photography has moved far away from standard A4 prints in black frames. Believe me, it’s the thing nearly every discerning visitor to our exhibitions says: ‘What a relief no hideous nasty frames – How modern they look- Wow how affordable in such a large size’. I couldn’t agree more, Aluminium is by far and away the most stylish way of displaying your work, unless is it framed professionally. Be aware of cheap frames…Think carefully about the print and frame, should it have a large border, white frame, floating, group a series and so on. We have added photo prints to the products we can supply, which can be printed in any size depending on the image selected – your potential customer can find this by selecting the photo print option on the image they would like to purchase.

In all the major exhibitions there is a balance between framed and on aluminium from David Hockney to Ai Weiwei. If you take the expense, care and trouble over your work then it will be more likely to connect with the viewing and more importantly buying public.

An example of a group of images by Ai Weiwei

An example of a group of images by Ai Weiwei

We will be opening our Artist of the Week from mid October so if you have something you would like to publicise and have us focus on your work for a week then let us know. We will need 1 blog post as a minimum. We will then make a selection. If the rest of the community could then leave a comment and share on social media that persons work that would be much appreciated.

Thank you again for being part of our growing community and we look forward to having a productive and creative autumn with lots of lovely new images!


Earth-Air-Fire-Water exhibition.

The Shed Gallery houses a myriad collection of images by photographers and artists from as far afield as Spain to as close to home as Lyme Regis.

Our creatives find inspiration in all aspects of life and this exhibition showcases the breadth of their work under the title Earth-Air-Fire-Water, and the work will be exhibited at the Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis until the 1st September.

We asked our photographers and artists to send us submissions of how they interpreted the title and as always the responses were unexpected and wonderfully inspirational.

Fiery sunsets, ethereal night skies, rolling landscapes and stormy seas were submitted alongside the more surprising and subtle images. Paula Youens ran with the brief and found a ‘crying ‘ poster in the streets of France for water. Catherine Gillingham went abstract with the 300’ Fahrenheit where you can almost feel the molten heat. The sumptuous countryside in Nathalie Robert’s ‘First Cold’ is a perennial favourite in the gallery whereby Air in the still night skies of Lois Wakeman’s beautifully captured dusk over Portland Bill nestle quietly next to the technically breathtaking Astrophotography by Ollie Taylor and Stephen Banks.

The work exhibited here includes pieces by Anna Duckett, Andy White, Asmita Kapadia, Beatriz Chamussy, Bob Healey, Caroline Collett, Charles Headey, Guy Kirkham, Geoffrey Beer, Gina Williams, Liz Shewan, Maisie Hill, Matt Pinner, Paul Newman, Paul Taylor, Pete Hackett, Rosie Mathisen, Sam Rose, Susan Furber, Tim Starkey and Tricia Scott.

We are also delighted to be showing for the first time in the UK work by Cristian Sainz whose stunning Cloud paintings have been shown in Paris and Barcelona and the allegorical photography of Andrea Torres Balaguer. We have illustration and drawings by Odile Moreno Sanchez and Ana de Lima originally from Galicia who is now based in Germany. We have paintings by Fiona G Roberts, Jacquelyn Beggs and our curator Chelsea Davine.


Our Mission

Our aim is to curate a beautiful exhibition of affordable artwork and photography. The pop up exhibitions we hold throughout the year provide an opportunity for our creatives to exhibit their work alongside other professional and working photographers and artists as well as selling directly to the public. All the work in the show can be bought and taken home today and can also be ordered in different sizes or formats. We hold a stock of further images and artwork too. Please ask if you are interested in seeing an extended portfolio by any of the creatives we have on display here or in our online gallery which can be ordered here and now or later at home.

If you are interested in taking part in an exhibition or showing your work online in the gallery then please contact a member of staff and we can explain how you do so, or pick up a flyer and go to the website to sign up for a profile with us.




Applications for the Shed Summer Show have now closed and we are delighted with the variety and quality of images submitted.

We are also pleased to be showcasing new talent from our Barcelona gallery. The photographer Andrea Torres Balaguer and painter Cristian Sainz as well as some of our most respected photographers Caroline Collett, Andy White, Paula Youens, Lois Wakeman among many others.

We will release the details of the chosen images over the course of the coming weeks.

Mermaid by Andrea Torres Balaguer

Mermaid by Andrea Torres Balaguer

The dates for this years show are Friday 21st August utill Tuesday the 1st September. 

We have been contacted by many of you wishing to submit limited edition pieces or have more than the images selected exhibited. If you missed the deadline please write to us with your proposal and we can make a selection that we will hold in stock during the show. Our selling shows mean we can rotate work and we are more than happy to introduce new pieces throughout the exhibition. Please write a short email titled ‘Summer Show late submissions’ with the URL links from your profile with prices. We are also happy to quote to print extra copies of the pieces selected. These will be considered up until July 31st please write to

Portland Bill by Lois Wakeman

Portland Bill by Lois Wakeman

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