About Mandell's Gallery
The art world has witnessed extraordinary changes over the last fifty years. Many art galleries have come and gone but Mandell’s Gallery, at the top end of Elm Hill, has survived and in fact blossomed. This year the Allen family celebrate fifty years at the helm of this enterprising gallery – a highly-regarded fixture in the vibrant artistic life of Norwich and Norfolk.
Many of us who love art and also buy art can remember vividly the Mandell’s Gallery of yesteryear. Geoffrey Allen, always genial and smartly attired, presided over his gallery space which was indeed distinctive with its rich red velvet curtains. What might have been a slightly hushed atmosphere was often lightened by Geoffrey’s (second) wife Pauline, who together with Whisky their cat, welcomed clients into the gallery. Chat and gossip were as much part of the offer as the Art and therein lies much of the success of the business.
An astute businessman with a fondness for the paintings of the famous Norwich School, it was in 1966 that Geoffrey staged his first Norwich School show in his new gallery named after the next-door passageway – Mandell’s Court. Geoffrey and all subsequent members of the clan still ield enquiries addressed to Mr or Miss Mandell. From the word go, the 1960s design gave the Mandell’s Gallery the bonus of good light, essential in the early days when the artificial lighting was somewhat subdued.
Geoffrey’s son, John, has been involved at Mandell’s off and on for forty years and under his guidance the gallery space has been updated and much improved giving artists two large, light galleries in which to show their works. Over the last five years his daughter Rachel has joined John running the gallery and they have greatly extended the range of exhibiting artists. A glance at the list of artists on the 2016 celebratory programme includes many who can be described as the top names in East Anglia, plus others from beyond this partof the world.
The story of Mandell’s is one of both continuity and vision. I salte John, Tina and Rachel in reaching this landmark anniversary.
As part of our 50th year celebrations we have planned an exciting exhibition programme please check the Future Exhibitions page or sign up to our mailing list in the banner below.
Mandell’s Gallery Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HN +44 (0)1603 626892
Until Saturday 1 September
Henry's Odyssey - a sale of artwork at Mandell's Gallery in Elm Hill to raise money for Henry's adventure and for Children's cancer charities. All artworks are £40 and you could be buying a Colin Self, a Susan Gunn or another well-known and respected artist with a Norfolk connection. There is also a Vanessa Pooley sculpture being auctioned. Arrive early (5.30pm) to get the best choice and see www.sarahcannell.com/henrys-odyssey for details of what's on offer.
UPDATE: over £7600 raised so far but still lots of works to buy - Emrys Parry, Martin Battye, Malca Schotten, Suzie Hanna and many more. Sale/exhibition is on till Saturday 1 September so go and bag a bargain work of art and help young cancer patients too
From Saturday 8 September 2018
Inspired by manual work at the British Antarctic Survey, Anthony creates silk screen prints using paper and precisely placed shapes to represent the alien-like environment.
Mandell’s Gallery is pleased to host a solo exhibition of works by Anthony George 8-29 September 2018.
Join us for the opening on Saturday 8 September 12pm-4pm
Anthony’s works are inspired by his manual work at the British Antarctic Survey. His preferred medium is silk screen printing. He works with the shapes and colours of the Antarctic’s natural and man-made environment -icebergs, sunlight, oil drums, freight containers. Cleverly using the paper combined with precisely placed brightly coloured shapes to represent a lone pole or setting sun. His works depict the surprisingly sensual delights of an alien-like environment.
The immediate impression of Anthony’s works is abstract forms. It is only on closer inspection that they become minimalist landscapes of the Antarctic, conveying the boundless, horizon-less, depthless space. He seeks to investigate questions of what is natural and what is human or naturally occurring and artificially produced Phenomena.
Anthony completed a BA at Norwich University of the Arts in 2014, he won the Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society Award and the Vernon Crowther Prize. He was also invited to join the Norwich 20 group.
Living in Norwich, much of his work is produced in his studio in the North of the city.