Art gallery to close due to lack of trade

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

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.

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