Allen Gallery

Allen Gallery Ceramics, exhibitions, cafe, garden. Part of Hampshire Cultural Trust.
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An intimate setting for one of the South's most outstanding ceramics collection of English, continental and oriental pottery, porcelain and tiles from 1250 to the present day. Regular special exhibitions of art, crafts, photography, local and natural history, local artists and the delightful watercolours and oil paintings of W H Allen. There is the comfortable coffee lounge, and charming walled garden provides a peaceful retreat in the middle of Alton.

Lots of free events this half term. On Monday 27 May the Alton Arts Festival team will be running a workshop to create e...
20/05/2024

Lots of free events this half term. On Monday 27 May the Alton Arts Festival team will be running a workshop to create entries for the Street Stories art trail. Drop in from 10am - 2pm, learn some woodworking and other making skills and get inspired at a FREE Woodwork and Fabrication Workshop - Street Stories No need to book but please email [email protected] if you'd like to pop along so we can have materials ready for you.

On Tuesday 28 May from 8.45pm we have a special moth trapping event led by Chris Piper with Alton Natural History Society - email [email protected] to reserve spaces!

On Wednesday 29 May from 10.30am-12.30pm the nature theme continues with more moths and minibeasts in the garden, hosted by experts Chris Piper and Dr June Chatfield. No need to book!

We can't wait to see you there!
https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/events?location=58

We are delighted to be running an Open Art Exhibition this summer! See your work on display in the gallery as part of an...
04/05/2024

We are delighted to be running an Open Art Exhibition this summer! See your work on display in the gallery as part of an exhibition celebrating our creativity.

Work will be exhibited during Alton Arts Festival and throughout the summer period. There will be voucher prizes for pieces chosen by vote. With a focus on process - such as techniques or themes explored - as well as finished pieces, we aim to display a wide range of works to inspire our audiences.

Allen Gallery Open Art Exhibition returns on 6 July - 8 September 2024

Lovely textures in this work by ceramicist Bridget Macklin Ceramics whose work we look forward to displaying next month ...
30/04/2024

Lovely textures in this work by ceramicist Bridget Macklin Ceramics whose work we look forward to displaying next month at our exhibition Re:connecting - Habitats, Wildlife, People. https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/reconnecting-habitats-wildlife-people

Alton Natural History Society

My darling kiln has taken it upon itself to remind me what it is that I love about my process. I have been wrestling with why I do what I do recently but lifting the lid this morning feels so good. They need finishing, but don't you just love these textures!

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Today, we celebrate Hampshire's rich heritage, from historic, regal ruins to our astonishing and impressive collections ...
18/04/2024

Today, we celebrate Hampshire's rich heritage, from historic, regal ruins to our astonishing and impressive collections - both on display and in our archives. Help us continue to preserve Hampshire's treasures for generations to come and discover more on Hampshire Cultural Trust's website, hampshireculture.org.uk

Join us at the Allen Gallery for family activities this Easter! From a family film, to craft workshops, trails and our f...
26/03/2024

Join us at the Allen Gallery for family activities this Easter! From a family film, to craft workshops, trails and our free craft table - lots for everyone to enjoy in our beautiful little gallery, garden and cafe.

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/events?location=58

Gosport Museum and Art Gallery is delighted to announce the return of its Open Art exhibition in 2024. This vibrant exhibition presents a unique...

We can't wait to welcome the Echoes of Iceland exhibitors back to the Allen Gallery soon. 3 April - 12 May. Looking forw...
25/03/2024

We can't wait to welcome the Echoes of Iceland exhibitors back to the Allen Gallery soon. 3 April - 12 May. Looking forward to some beautiful and evocative works in textile and mixed media, inspired by the Icelandic landscape.

We are delighted to be partnering with  this summer! 😍First up, check out the exciting Street Stories project which give...
20/03/2024

We are delighted to be partnering with this summer! 😍

First up, check out the exciting Street Stories project which gives everyone an opportunity to create an amazing artwork for the festival.

We will be hosting some fun workshops on 20 April and 27 May to support you to design and make your entry. Find out more and sign up now!

Street Stories gives everyone a chance to participate in the Alton Arts Festival 2024. Showcase your creative ideas from your own home, your street, or your business.

Don’t forget, we are taking part in the National Lottery’s Open Week from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March. During these da...
13/03/2024

Don’t forget, we are taking part in the National Lottery’s Open Week from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March. During these dates you can bring along a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard to get a free hot drink in our lovely café or garden.

Just our way of saying , for the support of the incredible National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Today is the first day of The National Lottery Open Week (Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March). If you bring along a National ...
09/03/2024

Today is the first day of The National Lottery Open Week (Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March). If you bring along a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard to the Allen Gallery during these dates, you'll be entitled to a complimentary hot drink in our café or garden.

This is our simple way of showing appreciation, saying for the ongoing support from National Lottery players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

From Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March, it’s National Lottery Open Week and we are saying   for the support of the incredibl...
07/03/2024

From Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March, it’s National Lottery Open Week and we are saying for the support of the incredible players. Visit the Allen Gallery during this week with a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard to get a free hot drink in our lovely café or garden. Find out more here https://buff.ly/432Lc8Z.

Our show, Curious by Nature, is featured in the Alton Herald today. Drop in until Sunday 3rd March to see some fabulous ...
21/02/2024

Our show, Curious by Nature, is featured in the Alton Herald today. Drop in until Sunday 3rd March to see some fabulous work by rising star Camilla Hanney. One to watch for the future, Hanney's work already sells through a number of contemporary galleries. Pieces are available to purchase from the Allen Gallery show.

We are delighted to have delivered this opportunity for a young practising artist to develop her career through our first ever Artist Residency.


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Drop in this weekend to see our show by rising star, artist Camilla Hanney. Camilla's work combines the beautiful and th...
16/02/2024

Drop in this weekend to see our show by rising star, artist Camilla Hanney. Camilla's work combines the beautiful and the unusual as she explores the history of the gallery's secluded garden and its links with the Curtis family apothecary. Works are available to buy, and our award-winning Artist in Residence is definitely one to watch.

The garden itself will also be open for Snowdrop Saturday, hot and cold drinks available from the cafe all day.

Sign up for Stepping Stones, our new programme aimed at supporting young people's well-being. This 10-week project, led ...
04/02/2024

Sign up for Stepping Stones, our new programme aimed at supporting young people's well-being. This 10-week project, led by professional artists and makers, is delivered in partnership with the Murray Parish Trust.

Here at the Allen Gallery we are delighted to be holding two pottery workshops in the half term break, followed by a 10-week Saturday programme building confidence, creativity and technical skills. The programme is free, but places are limited. Please register via the website.

The Stepping Stones programme promotes positive mental health and provides regular long-term opportunities for young people in Hampshire to use creativity to build emotional resilience. The high-quality sessions are delivered by professional artists and held in our museums and within education and c...

Last weekend of our Alton Art Society Thursday Paint Group show! Drop in to see a wide range of works by this active loc...
27/01/2024

Last weekend of our Alton Art Society Thursday Paint Group show! Drop in to see a wide range of works by this active local group.

We have loved showing their work - a real privilege having a member of the group in each day painting. Pop in to find out how you could be a part of this group or join Alton Art Society.

We are delighted to be hosting a number of artist-led workshops this year for young people, starting on 20 January 2024,...
08/01/2024

We are delighted to be hosting a number of artist-led workshops this year for young people, starting on 20 January 2024, 2-4pm with a FREE abstract painting workshop led by artist Chris Horner. Only 8 spaces available, parents/guardians please email [email protected] to receive your booking link.

Tapping into our January painting theme as part of the Alton Art Society Paint Group exhibition, you will be taking home your very own painted canvas!

22/12/2023

Season’s Greetings!

Inspired by the real thing - yes we have two beautiful trees in central Alton! - join us for a lovely felt Christmas Tre...
08/12/2023

Inspired by the real thing - yes we have two beautiful trees in central Alton! - join us for a lovely felt Christmas Tree workshop tomorrow, Saturday 9th December!

Led by local designer and artist Judith Venn, this workshop will be an opportunity to learn new sewing skills or hone your existing ones to create a beautiful felt centrepiece that will last for many future Christmases!

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/felt-christmas-tree-workshop

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Delighted to see that artist Jennifer Fynn will be on Make It At Market this Thursday 14th December. Jennifer ran our ab...
03/12/2023

Delighted to see that artist Jennifer Fynn will be on Make It At Market this Thursday 14th December. Jennifer ran our abstract floral prints workshop this summer, which explored colour mixing and design inspired by our tile collection - watch this space as we hope to invite her back soon!

Family activities this Christmas! Join artist and designer Judith Venn for a special felt Christmas tree workshop on Sat...
26/11/2023

Family activities this Christmas! Join artist and designer Judith Venn for a special felt Christmas tree workshop on Saturday 9th December and learn some sewing skills, or join our popular short make-and-take clay sessions on Tuesday 19 December. Book via our events page https://buff.ly/46mBy1p

Local artist Hilary Kimber brings the ancient craft of embroidery into the 21st century in her vibrant new exhibition in...
09/11/2023

Local artist Hilary Kimber brings the ancient craft of embroidery into the 21st century in her vibrant new exhibition in the Allen Gallery cafe, which displays an exciting range of techniques and effects. Pieces include a covid walk map as well as city skylines and many beautiful abstract works.

We are thrilled that Hilary will be sharing her skills through two affordable workshops for beginners upwards + a FREE workshop for all participants.

Join us this Saturday for "Stitching the Blues" inspired by Hilary's work on our blue and white ceramics! You will be given a stitching kit and 2 hours of expert tuition in this small and friendly session (only 8 spaces). This session is aimed at adults but will also be suited to older children and young adults with an interest in crafts, textiles and fashion, so why not bring a friend or family member and join the class together? Tea and coffee will also be provided - we can't think of a better way to spend a cold November afternoon!

Alton Town Council

Stitching the Blues is an interactive workshop series by artist Hilary Kimber to accompany her exciting exhibition of contemporary hand-stiched needlework on display in th

Our exhibition by the Ceramicus Group continues until this Sunday 5 November. Drop in to see and buy a beautiful range o...
03/11/2023

Our exhibition by the Ceramicus Group continues until this Sunday 5 November. Drop in to see and buy a beautiful range of work.

Pictured today is a vessel by Nigel Hobbs.

Nigel specialises in Raku fired work, the Japanese technique of firing to a temperature around 1000°C when the hot work is taken out of the kiln and reduced in sawdust before quenching in water.

Nigel says "this creates unpredictable and exciting surfaces. Other finishes involve decorating the hot work using horse hair - a Native American technique. I am developing techniques using other materials to burn onto the surface of the work as well as developing coloured Raku glazes.

I also produce thrown stoneware or porcelain pieces all usually decorative."

Calling artists and makers: if you are interested in selling your work through our shop, please email us at allen.galler...
01/11/2023

Calling artists and makers: if you are interested in selling your work through our shop, please email us at [email protected]

With our local and national visitors often looking for unique gifts we are a great local platform. By selling through the Allen Gallery you are also helping to support Arts and Culture across Hampshire, through the work of Hampshire Cultural Trust.

We are particularly keen to hear from jewellers, ceramicists and textile artists.

We can't wait to showcase work by more local artists - do drop us a line with any queries!

Today we shine a light on the wonderful Debi who has given us a hand by making some ceramic leaves for our fundraising a...
27/10/2023

Today we shine a light on the wonderful Debi who has given us a hand by making some ceramic leaves for our fundraising appeal. Thank you Debi!

Don't forget, there are only a few days left to come and take a look at our tree and to donate a leaf!

New on Culture on Call - Interview with teacher, artist and maker: Kathy Mason from 318 Ceramics and West Street Potters...
24/10/2023

New on Culture on Call - Interview with teacher, artist and maker: Kathy Mason from 318 Ceramics and West Street Potters. Kathy talks all things ceramics and where her inspirations come from.

Today on , we chat to teacher, artist and maker Kathy Mason. Kathy and her team at 318 Ceramics and west Street Potters have been instrumental in their support of the Ceramic leaf appeal at the Allen Gallery. Read about the appeal below.

Today we say a big thank you to Christine who has helped to make some wonderful leaves for our fundraising appeal. Thank...
20/10/2023

Today we say a big thank you to Christine who has helped to make some wonderful leaves for our fundraising appeal. Thank you Christine for your help and support!

Pictured today is a close-up of a bowl by Ceramicus group member Mike Bush, whose work explores glazes and their applica...
15/10/2023

Pictured today is a close-up of a bowl by Ceramicus group member Mike Bush, whose work explores glazes and their application, as he aims to create pots and glazes that "work together".

This piece is now sold but new work is regularly available to buy throughout the exhibition, which runs until 5 November.

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10-12 Church Street
Alton
GU342BW

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4pm
Friday 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday 10:30am - 4pm

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+44142082802

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