Brett Gallery Website
Our website is not intended as a replacement for visiting the Gallery, more a place to browse to see some of what is currently available. It is catalogue to return to if you want to see what might have caught your eye on your last trip to us. It is somewhere to first see what might tempt you to visit us for the first time. Having said that, customers from outside our region are buying through the site and we thank them for their support and interest in what we are trying to achieve. Hopefully we will see you in person one day!
There are two Gallery sections on the site for Exhibitors:-
1. Examples of Exhibitors' work, not necessarily all available for sale in the Shop. It is intended to show a broad range of their creations.
2. Our Shop, which is updated each evening for sales that have taken place to avoid disappointment. Some, not always all, of our regular deliveries of new stock, are added to the site shortly after arrival.
We are still compiling more of our paintings' catalogues, which is not yet a full refection of the works on offer at the Gallery.
The site is constantly evolving, so do re-visit it regularly to see what has arrived. Better still, pop along and see what appeals to you in real life, there will be some pleasant surprises!
A Brief History......
Brett Gallery is situated in the pretty Suffolk village of Monks Eleigh. It is part of Bridge Farm Barns, a collection of several unique and independent retail businesses offering the customer an unparalleled selectionof distinctive products and good service. The outlets include a restaurant and tea room, gift shop, vintage collectables, vintage fashion, quilting and felting, the Outrageous Cake Company as well as a garden nursery. It all began life as the family concern of “ Corncraft” in 1970.
One of the founders, Win Gage, opened Brett Gallery in 2015 with the aim of promoting the work of locally based artists and crafts people. There are some 50 regular East Anglian Exhibitors displaying a range of work covering original fine art and prints, pottery, jewellery, glass, photography, textiles and woodturning.
Win had decided to retire at the end of March 2020 and this now well-established centre was taken over by husband and wife team, Suzanne Perry and John Reading in October that year following the early stages of the pandemic, extending their opening times to 10.30 to 16.30 for the months of April to December. The closing time in the three winter months is 16.00.
The first six months saw four of them closed due to the national lockdowns! Whist naturally disappointing, it gave John and Suzanne the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on expanding the area, which is now in full use, complementing the original space. Some new artists were keen to join their existing supporters, many of whom are still exhibiting They hope you will find Brett Gallery even more inviting than before and that you will want to come along and browse out here in rural Suffolk, as safely as possible.
The Gallery re-opened in April 2021 as the third lockdown was lifted. A visit to the calm atmosphere of Brett Gallery within the Bridge Farm Barns rural complex has always been an unequalled retail experience – one in which you will feel safe and hopefully thoroughly enjoy again, leading you to come back to re-visit.
The enforced closure was spent getting the Gallery looking even more inviting. As well as the ongoing development of this website, the extra space created has been designed to have a homely feel and is full of new exhibits, tastefully arranged. Most of the new artists' and makers' work has been very well received, including pieces from Colin Boatman ( woodturner ), Sue Eaton, Carol McKue and Cluck Cluck, ( all artists ) and an additional range of locally made jewellery from Shelley Watts. Oswaldo Menchor, with his renowned bronzes has also joined the extensive ranges available. All of the Exhibitors re-stock regularly, introducing their new work as well as versions of collectable old favourites.
In this relaxed safe, rural setting, John and Suzanne believe they have created an even more welcoming experience, enhancing Win's original vision. Do come along and see the inspirational work of our local artists and makers where they will introduce their work to you. There is also free parking, and good disabled facilities.