Art gallery to close due to lack of trade
AN art gallery in Peterborough is to close down just six months after opening.
The Gallery, based at Aston Business Park, in Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough, will shut its doors for the final time at the end of this month following an exhibition by the Peterborough branch of the University of the Third Age.
Owner Julie Fisher (48), from Orton Longueville, said she had taken the decision due to a lack of trade.
Mrs Fisher said: “This has been a very tough and a sad decision to make because opening the gallery was such an exiting adventure.
“Unfortunately the bottom line is that buying art is not a priority for people at the moment.
“Since the gallery opened in November we have had plenty of visitors and several positive comments in our visitors’ book.
“But there is a huge difference between people visiting an art gallery and deciding to buy a piece of art, that is something I’ve learned here.
“It is a pity but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, made several new friends and will really miss the place.”
Mrs Fisher decided to open the venue in a bid to improve the city’s art scene.
Along with the help of her husband David (49), they opened the 93 square metre warehouse on November 6.
Mrs Fisher has hosted a number of exhibitions of work by local artists at the site and hopes to continue to exhibit art in the future.
She added: “Rather than having a permanent art venue I’m looking at setting up a temporary gallery somewhere in the city.
“My new ambition is to try and rent out a hall or a community centre and hold exhibitions every so often.
“There are plenty of talented artists out there in Peterborough and I know there is demand to see good quality work as well.”
closing: Julie and David Fisher at The Gallery in Woodston, Peterborough, which is closing at the end of May due to lack of trade. (METP-20-10-11DL017) Picture: DAVID LOWNDES.