Owner says that exhibitions will be innovative, different and edgy
THE latest addition to Whitstable’s burgeoning art gallery scene is set to fling open its doors next month – and the happy day cannot come soon enough for owner Paula Chappell. Chappell Contemporary will be located at 30 Oxford Street and it will be home to a number of contemporary artworks, with an edgy and innovative feel. Paula Chappell, who lives in Herne Bay, is a former manager of the Lilford Gallery in Canterbury.
She managed this space for three years, and although she “loved” her job she said there was no room for her to grow.
The 33-year-old said:
“In my position at Lilford I had the opportunity to deal with exceptional artists and curated shows, with work from some of the world’s best-known artists including Hockney, Gormley and Turner and Tracey Emin.
“I decided to take the step of opening my own business towards the end of 2014. It was then that I applied for a government start-up loan, as I knew the business would need quite a large Initial investment, which I personally would not be able to save for on my own. The new venue is in a fantastic location. This end of town is fast becoming a Mecca for interesting interior design and vintage shops, and I feel this is the best place for the gallery to be placed. It is both a scary and an exciting time!”
The new gallery will show limited edition art pieces as well as original works by young talents and established artists from across the UK.
Ms Chappell lived in Whitstable for three years previously, so she is very much aware of the artistic buzz in the town. She said:
“Although Whitstable has many pop-up spaces, cornmunity art centres and more traditional galleries, I really do feel a permanent exciting innovative gallery is needed in the town to represent the strong artist community and creativity the town has on offer. The focus will be on the unexpected, there will be no paintings of beach huts or seascapes, but the space wifi instead echo a London gallery misplaced in the quaint seaside town.
“I really wanted to show contemporary edgy artwork, as I feel Whitstable has a fast growing amount of collectors that are looking for something different and innovative to put on their walls.”
Chappell Contemporary 30 Oxford Street, is to launch on Saturday, February 14 from 10am to 5pm.
Herne Bay Times, January 28th 2015