Starting on the Pantiles, home to several delightful galleries as well as inviting cafés.
Enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine, whilst making that all important decision about which piece of art work to buy to add to your collection.
The spacious Fairfax Gallery, “a great find” exhibits over 100 original paintings and contemporary figurative works of sculpture. The gallery works with selected artists who are particularly strong in their chosen genre and includes established artists such as Fred Cuming RA and Adrian Parnell to newly emerging talent.
At the Spa Galleries, Philip Bret-Day specialises in the buying and selling of inexpensive, easily collectable prints and pictures. He currently represents a number of local contemporary painters.
The Beumée Gallery focuses on contemporary fine art – including paintings in a variety of media, photography, ceramics and sculpture. One amazing exhibition featured Louise Gilbin, a locally based sculptor, noted in particular for her “Body-Casting Olympians” project as seen on TV.
The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society holds regular exhibitions featuring the work of many artists ranging from trained professionals to self-taught artists, showing the breadth of their talent and creativity.
The Gray-Webster Fine Art gallery, specialises in exhibiting the work of established modern British artists like Norman Thelwell, Anthony Gormley and Bernard Dunstan RA, with a range of high quality paintings and drawings from the 1800s and 1900s.
Contemporary Art and Award Winning Artists
Just a short walk from the Pantiles you will find the Artique Gallery on the High Street which specialises in showing art works and sculpture from a portfolio of award winning artists such as Gary Benfield, Maya Eventov, Rebecca Lardner, Imogen Palmer, Carl Payne and Fabian Perez, Anna Razumovskaya, April Shepherd and Jack Vettriano.
Next door is the newest gallery in town Castle Fine Art where you can view contemporary limited editions, sculpture and orginal fine art.
Castle Street just off the High Street, is the location of the Redleaf Gallery that specialises in fine 19th and 20th Century watercolours, oil paintings and Modern British works.
So Much To See
With so many galleries in close proximity hosting regular exhibitions and frequently changing the art on display, there is no easier way to grow your own art collection than with a stay in Tunbridge Wells.
At the top of the town the gallery at Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre is home to a regularly changing array of artwork from artists of whom many of are locally based.
Whatever you’re into: sculpture, fine art, contemporary works or photography, our art galleries are full of treasures to inspire your artistic interests.
Arty Events and Open Studios
Being host to such an artistic community, there are galleries throughout the region from Sandhurst to Speldhurst.
Each year in June, the South East Open Studios event provides public access to local artists across Kent.
The artists open their doors and invite the public in to their studios where it is possible to meet and talk to them, watch them working, browse their completed works and pick up a little something to take home!
With over 300 artists taking part in the South East, every art form from painting and sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, photography to metal work and woodwork is represented.
Quotes from visitors include:
“It gets better and better each year”
“A wonderful way to spend the day”
“The exhibitions were inspiring. There are so many talented people in Kent”
Pashley Manor Gardens, just 12 miles south of Tunbridge Wells, is the perfect setting for sculpture in the gardens.
Every year there is an exhibition of work by renowned sculptors and local artists. The sculpture on display ranges from figurative to abstract pieces and includes many different styles.
The exhibition changes each year and most pieces are for sale.
The popular annual event, Sculpture In Particular, which takes place in the Great Hall of the house not usually open to visitors, hosts a display of smaller pieces of sculpture designed for small gardens as well as several pieces that would be perfect for indoor display.
We recommend that you confirm opening times with the galleries as these can vary.
Our Events’ search facility can help you decide which exhibition to go to. Art trails and open studios are popular events too throughout the countryside.
Extend your stay to make the most of all that is on offer and book your accommodation now.