Art­ful way to use very small space

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A new art gallery is open­ing in Bath and it could be the small­est in the UK. The 1.8 me­tre by 1.8 me­tre unit be­came home to the White Heart gallery, in­set, last week. The unit is sit­u­ated next to The Fo­rum Cof­fee House on St James Pa­rade and is op­po­site the bar­bers “The Match­box” which is even smaller. The White Heart gallery will also be a gift shop and fea­ture work from nine lo­cal artists in­side the box. Shelves and book­shelves opti- mise the cosy space which is filled with soft fur­nish­ings, colour­ful art and hand­made trin­kets. The owner of the gallery is Kathryn Scald­well. She paints, makes dec­o­ra­tions and dec­o­ra­tive or­na­ments and will be sell­ing mul­ti­ple other lo­cal artists’ work, as well as her own. She is pas­sion­ate about see­ing other artists be­ing suc­cess­ful and hav­ing a place to show­case their work, so although this is only a small space she still wants to give oth­ers a voice. She said: “I come from a fam­ily of artists so I was al­ways paint­ing. I do sculp­tures as well now. My work is very il­lus­tra­tive but also scenes of oil on can­vas seascapes. The sea­side pic­tures sell re­ally well. Ev­ery­thing in the shop is in­di­vid­ual and noth­ing is mass pro­duced… It’s all crafted by lo­cal artists.” Kathryn has had to make the most of her 1.8m by 1.8m space. They have made the most of wall space and used book­cases to dis­play art from the nine artists. She said: “It doesn’t look clut­tered. There is lots of craft as well and it all fits quite nicely.” The tiny gallery launched last Fri­day with the help of Kathryn’s hus­band By­ron. He said: “It went re­ally well. It was re­ally, re­ally busy! At its busiest point it was re­ally buzzing. “It re­ally just fell in our laps and we jumped at the op­por­tu­nity. We’ve al­ways wanted a gallery and we kept walk­ing past say­ing how amaz­ing it would be to have that as a space.”

Pics: Paul Gillis

Kathryn Scald­well in her 1.8m by 1.8m art gallery

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