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.

This is another artwork by Clifford D'Souza, entitled Copper Beech TreesDwell in nature, be freeStep outside and breathe...
27/05/2020

This is another artwork by Clifford D'Souza, entitled Copper Beech Trees

Dwell in nature, be free
Step outside and breathe, for the gift of air comes
from the trees.
Why make paper out of these gracious beings
When they whisper to you their own revelations
In the twilight breeze.

Clifford D'Souza was due to exhibit this month at the Allen Gallery. As we can't display his work currently, we'll be sh...
20/05/2020

Clifford D'Souza was due to exhibit this month at the Allen Gallery. As we can't display his work currently, we'll be sharing some of Clifford's pieces alongside poems about the work written by his wife.

Our Silver Dawn

Cobwebs shimmer and quiver in the morning light
And the crisp, brown autumn leaves glitter
As the sun begins to melt the patterns
Of beaded frost.

Lying beneath a tree
In a quiet field,
I watch the gentle swaying of the silken threads
And the delicate creatures
Tiny and curious,
Gracefully weaving their silvery web.
It drifts in the breeze
Like a veil floating
Above the sparkling white winter grass.

They abseil their way with joy and ease,
Along their soft strands
Towards me
Clambering onto my feet, my hands –
Little spider babes are playing in my long braid.

The sun moves slowly through the morning and hushes the clocks,
Immersed in their twinkling hidden world
My mind finally stops –
And my heart begins to wonder
“Now knowing their fragile universe,
Where to tread from here?”

This week in the Allen Gallery garden
20/05/2020

This week in the Allen Gallery garden

This week in the Allen Gallery garden
05/05/2020

This week in the Allen Gallery garden

Earth Draining by Sara Armstrong. Sara explains:'Even in our uninhabited wastelands, the human race knows how to overkil...
30/04/2020

Earth Draining by Sara Armstrong. Sara explains:

'Even in our uninhabited wastelands, the human race knows how to overkill a landscape. I have focused on this issue to hopefully bring to the viewer’s attention that there are several reasons as to why oil drilling is bad for the environment, wildlife and our health. Which is an issue we need to address to find other resources. With this piece I am displaying my own interpretation on the oil drilling farms created in the abyss of our landscapes draining the Earth’s natural resources. The cat representing our wildlife you will find in the bottom right hand corner paused looking amongst this monstrous machinery. The foggy haze setting is to signify the harmful emissions and dust polluting the air.'

Thanks for joining us today for #MuseumFromHome. If you'd like to get involved whilst our physical doors are closed, why...
30/04/2020
Lockdown: Open Up

Thanks for joining us today for #MuseumFromHome. If you'd like to get involved whilst our physical doors are closed, why not visit #CultureOnCall and get in touch via #LockdownOpenUp? https://buff.ly/2wgFs0k 🌈

How are you? It’s something we’re asked every day in our ordinary lives, but life is far less ordinary now and that phrase is missing, along with all our normal, daily social interactions.So, we’re here to ask the question. How are you? Tell us how you

#Throwback to some of the great events at Milestones that have taken place over the last year, including brick creations...
30/04/2020

#Throwback to some of the great events at Milestones that have taken place over the last year, including brick creations, a Halloween spooktacular and the festive season! #MuseumFromHome #CultureinQuarantine

#Throwback to just some of the amazing exhibitions that have taken place at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre - f...
30/04/2020

#Throwback to just some of the amazing exhibitions that have taken place at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre - from historic wedding dresses to bold contemporary art, from the distinct designs of Orla Kiely to the revered images of the Sistine Chapel. #MuseumFromHome #CultureinQuarantine

#Throwback to serious nostalgia at the Willis Museum and Gosport Gallery last year for #IGrewUp80s. Celebrating the high...
30/04/2020

#Throwback to serious nostalgia at the Willis Museum and Gosport Gallery last year for #IGrewUp80s. Celebrating the highlights of a 1980s childhood, this exhibition explored the era of the Rubik's cube, leg warmers and Bill and Ted - most excellent!! #MuseumFromHome #CultureinQuarantine

#Throwback to last year's Sealed Knot event at Basing House, where hundreds of visitors watched as re-enactors bought hi...
30/04/2020

#Throwback to last year's Sealed Knot event at Basing House, where hundreds of visitors watched as re-enactors bought history to life, recreating the English Civil War battle of this once great house. #MuseumFromHome #CultureinQuarantine

#Throwback to several occasions where members of Courtlye Musick have performed at Westgate Museum, adding to the histor...
30/04/2020

#Throwback to several occasions where members of Courtlye Musick have performed at Westgate Museum, adding to the historic atmosphere of the unique building. #MuseumFromHome 🎵

🐞 The natural sciences collection contains around 300,000 specimens including preserved plants, animals, insects and geo...
30/04/2020
Natural Sciences | Hampshire Cultural Trust Online Collections

🐞 The natural sciences collection contains around 300,000 specimens including preserved plants, animals, insects and geological samples, mostly collected over the last 150 years and including a well-preserved set of Dodo bones. https://buff.ly/2Uh2SdV #MuseumFromHome

The natural sciences collection contains around 300,000 specimens including preserved plants, animals, insects and geological samples, mostly collected over the last 150 years. They mainly relate to Hampshire although, there are some specimens from across the country and abroad, including a well-pre...

🚚 The Hampshire Cultural Trust transport collection contains more than 60 vehicles and steam engines, as well as the too...
30/04/2020
Transport Vehicles | Hampshire Cultural Trust Online Collections

🚚 The Hampshire Cultural Trust transport collection contains more than 60 vehicles and steam engines, as well as the tools and equipment used to make them. https://buff.ly/2xmmSoc #MuseumFromHome

The transport collection contains more than 60 vehicles and steam engines, as well as the tools and equipment used to make them. We also keep an extensive archive of business and technical records, models, catalogues and photographs which principally relate to the two local manufacturers, Taskers an...

👗 The Hampshire Cultural Trust costume collection contains more than 20,000 examples of historic dress, including early ...
30/04/2020

👗 The Hampshire Cultural Trust costume collection contains more than 20,000 examples of historic dress, including early items made by Burberrys of Basingstoke. https://buff.ly/3cWSoZ2 #MuseumFromHome

Curious about collections? Explore our website and discover fascinating items from working steam engines to ancient arte...
30/04/2020
Online collections | Hampshire Cultural Trust Online Collections

Curious about collections? Explore our website and discover fascinating items from working steam engines to ancient artefacts: https://buff.ly/2KM0kQF 💡 #MuseumFromHome

Hampshire Cultural Trust Online Collections We care for over 2.5 million historic objects, from working steam engines to fragile ancient artefacts. Our collections tell the stories of the people who lived in Hampshire thousands of years ago to the present day. We welcome researchers to use our colle...

Participants of the Horizon 20:20 programme for vulnerable young people have had their work displayed within Hampshire C...
30/04/2020
Horizon 20:20 | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Participants of the Horizon 20:20 programme for vulnerable young people have had their work displayed within Hampshire Cultural Trust venues, including alternative portraiture and pop up theatre. https://buff.ly/2y9LnoY #MuseumFromHome #HCTHorizon2020

Horizon 20:20 is our ambitious arts-intervention programme, using regular engaging arts and cultural activity to achieve positive social outcomes for vulnerable young people who have been excluded from mainstream school, or cannot cope in a mainstream learning environment, for a variety of reasons.

Some of the Hampshire Cultural Trust museums also host social impact projects.  The Still Curious project is a two year ...
30/04/2020
Still Curious | Hampshire Cultural Trust

Some of the Hampshire Cultural Trust museums also host social impact projects. The Still Curious project is a two year funded project being delivered at Red House Museum. The project focuses on increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of the local heritage for people with dementia and their carers: https://buff.ly/2xYRsoh #MuseumFromHome

The Still Curious project is a two year funded project being delivered at the Red House Museum, Christchurch. The project is focused on increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of the local heritage for people with dementia and their carers, by creating new dementia-friendly programmes of activiti...

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... We’re capturing the highs and the lows of lockdown, gathering public thoughts and mood for p...
30/04/2020
Lockdown: Open Up

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... We’re capturing the highs and the lows of lockdown, gathering public thoughts and mood for posterity. We've had some really insightful submissions so far, including art, photographs and poetry. Find out more and and get involved:
#MuseumFromHome

How are you? It’s something we’re asked every day in our ordinary lives, but life is far less ordinary now and that phrase is missing, along with all our normal, daily social interactions.So, we’re here to ask the question. How are you? Tell us how you

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... explore life in Fareham in days gone by with Life Through The Lens, featuring a selection of...
30/04/2020
Life Through the Lens

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... explore life in Fareham in days gone by with Life Through The Lens, featuring a selection of specially coloured historic photographs: https://buff.ly/3cYWIqA #MuseumFromHome

Welcome to ‘Life Through The Lens’. This exhibition of historic photographs showcases a selection of images from the Fareham area, a selection of the images were chosen by our local youth club, volunteer team, museum staff and our Facebook followers. The images feature everyday scenes of people ...

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... join the Gosport Gallery team as they take you on a special virtual tour around the Open Art...
30/04/2020
Gosport Open Art 2020

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... join the Gosport Gallery team as they take you on a special virtual tour around the Open Art exhibition: https://buff.ly/2RRHo6W #MuseumFromHome 🖌️

Gallery Tour Part 2We are bringing Open Art to our visitors whilst we are closed! Join the Gosport Gallery team in part two of a walk through their Open Art 2020 Exhibition, which is returning after a three year break. Open Art 2020 is an opportunity for local artists to

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... catch up with the story of Mr Simpson's bears, an amazing collection getting ready to go on ...
30/04/2020
Mr Simpson's Bears

#ICYMI on #CultureOnCall... catch up with the story of Mr Simpson's bears, an amazing collection getting ready to go on display at Milestones Museum: https://buff.ly/2V9jB4v #MuseumFromHome 🐻

Tino is one of 269 bears that make up the Simpson Collection.

Hello #MuseumFromHome! We're Hampshire Cultural Trust, a charitable organisation in Hampshire established in 2014. Since...
30/04/2020
Culture on Call

Hello #MuseumFromHome! We're Hampshire Cultural Trust, a charitable organisation in Hampshire established in 2014. Since the lockdown closure of our 23 venues, we've taken our arts, history and culture offering online to #CultureOnCall: cultureoncall.com

Bringing culture and communities together

This week in the Allen Gallery garden
29/04/2020

This week in the Allen Gallery garden

Out For Some Fresh Air by Sara Armstrong, explained by the artist:'The intention behind this particular piece is to subt...
27/04/2020

Out For Some Fresh Air by Sara Armstrong, explained by the artist:
'The intention behind this particular piece is to subtly imply the rise in air pollution. Whether it be from power sources or cars, it's a reminder to anyone who's listening that this issue is a recurring threat to our health and our planet. I have painted the scene to be rather inviting what with the beautiful sunrise growing on a dewy early morning. However not to be fooled, as the more engaged you become you see the cat engulfed by nature, (how he should be) yet nature itself being besieged by an accumulation of smoke and chemicals.'

Our final artwork by Wayne Jefferson is called The Soft Veil of Evening.The Soft Veil Of EveningThe veil of evening draw...
27/04/2020

Our final artwork by Wayne Jefferson is called The Soft Veil of Evening.

The Soft Veil Of Evening

The veil of evening draws across the land
The colours leach as seen through haze
The sihouettes of ageless oak trees stand
Shutting the gate on summer days

The shadows lengthen as the sun descends
The gleam fades softly into night
The fields are whispering as daylight ends
As the day wanes out of sight

Another stunning artwork from Wayne Jefferson, entitled Golden Glebe.Golden GlebeThis is JuneSummer’s upMeadow strewnBut...
24/04/2020

Another stunning artwork from Wayne Jefferson, entitled Golden Glebe.

Golden Glebe

This is June
Summer’s up
Meadow strewn
Buttercup

Golden glebe
Under trees
Buttery blooms
A-buzz with bees

Peaceful dream
Over stile
Cooling stream
Rest awhile

Sara Armstrong explains the meaning behind her work A Message in a Plastic Bottle:'The ocean is one of the largest dumpi...
23/04/2020

Sara Armstrong explains the meaning behind her work A Message in a Plastic Bottle:
'The ocean is one of the largest dumping grounds for our plastic waste, threatening and killing millions of marine animals. Sea life are becoming sick and are at a higher risk of disease through the ingestion of Microplastics which break off and form from larger plastics. I wanted to address this issue as it is very much the talk of today where the curtain has been dropped and people are finally seeing the harm being done effecting sea life and our beaches! Although I take my hat off to all those amazing humans out there on the beaches filling up bin bags, thank you! I have really gotten back into using my hands and fingers to paint as the finished style is smudgy such as this piece here. I really feel it helps give a peculiar effect. For this piece I have simply painted multiple plastic bottles (as these are one of the main plastic wastes you will find in the ocean) above and below water. Although simple looking I have only painted a small section of the sea with a few bottles drifting off the page to hopefully imply the mass of this situation. That maybe if the camera angle were lifted up to a landscape view you'd see the real amount of rubbish and plastic waste filling and taking over the waters face. Being my little adventure of pollution I have subtly painted Billy's shadowy reflection leaning over the water to give the indication of him looking out to the ocean full of plastic.'

Some more photos of our beautiful garden
23/04/2020

Some more photos of our beautiful garden

Today's artwork by Wayne Jefferson is entitled Beacon Byeway.Beacon byewayCan this part of England Away from town and hi...
21/04/2020

Today's artwork by Wayne Jefferson is entitled Beacon Byeway.

Beacon byeway

Can this part of England
Away from town and highway
With mellow shades of verdure
Along this ribboned byeway
Create a mood of peaceful past
a sense of our yesterday

Can this tranquil landscape
With beacon on the skyline
A symbol of past centuries
Glimpsed briefly through the tree line
Remind us of a slower world
Of happiness and sunshine

Turn the Stars On? By Sara Armstrong. The artist explains the meaning behind this work:'City nightscapes can be breathta...
20/04/2020

Turn the Stars On? By Sara Armstrong. The artist explains the meaning behind this work:
'City nightscapes can be breathtaking views, however what we don’t realise at first glance is the extent of our light pollution coming from our cities lighting up the sky into day. With this piece I have painted a subtle cityscape simply using dots of white and blue paint and a yellow glow to depict the buildings being viewed from afar. In the corner, the ones whose eyes my paintings see through, is the cat sat on top of the hill in the darkness of wildlife. Yet with just his silhouette being lit up from the polluted glow of the city. I have called it turn the stars on to make it clear to people that instead of being lit up by the nights sky, we are over killed with this mass of manmade light pollution.'

Today's work by Wayne Jefferson is entitled This Silver Refrain.This Silver RefrainA broken barn serenely sleepingBy the...
17/04/2020

Today's work by Wayne Jefferson is entitled This Silver Refrain.

This Silver Refrain

A broken barn serenely sleeping
By the track its watch is keeping
And springtime scents the air

A lonely lane through meadows going
Roaming through the grasses growing
From here to anywhere

Silver birches gently slanting
Help complete a scene enchanting
At which I stand and stare

Throughout April, the Allen Gallery was due to have an exhibition by local artist Sara Jean Armstrong. Her exhibition, P...
16/04/2020

Throughout April, the Allen Gallery was due to have an exhibition by local artist Sara Jean Armstrong. Her exhibition, Paws for Thought, was going to display her series of pictures entitled Billy Cat Pollution – a commentary on the artist’s concerns about the issue of pollution and the negative impact of humans on the planet. We will be sharing some of Sara’s images on our page over the next few weeks. Alongside each image, we will also be sharing Sara’s commentary on her work.

Junk Gazing

'Not only as humans, does our waste disrupt Earth, but our surrounding orbit is effected too. This piece represents how we have disrupted space’s atmosphere and what we will see when we look to space in years to come. Here I have painted the left over rocket and satellite junk from our previous missions, shown by the cat looking up to see the stars but all he can see is trash left by us. If we are to venture into the stars we should not take it for granted and bring our trash home.'

The Garden is looking beautiful in the spring sunshine
15/04/2020

The Garden is looking beautiful in the spring sunshine

This beautiful painting by Wayne Jefferson is entitled How Silent the Night.How Silent The NightWhile the night-time sky...
14/04/2020

This beautiful painting by Wayne Jefferson is entitled How Silent the Night.

How Silent The Night

While the night-time sky is Midnight blue
And the moonlight shimmers bright
While the churchyard glows a silver hue
And reflects the moon’s soft light

While the stars look down from a darkened sky
And the steeple glints its height
Then the stillness gives a peaceful sigh
Which illuminates the night

When the moon sails full in the frosted air
And pale shadows creep in sight
Whilst the church stones echo a peaceful prayer
Through the silence of the night

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Many thanks to Sheila and Glenn for a very informative chat on Wey Valley Radio yesterday evening. Click on the link below if you missed it.
Great RoughditchFolk set in the sunshine today 😊
Sharing my exhibition 'Of Land and Flower' . Thank you to the lovely Allen Gallery staff who were so supportive yesterday. A special mention and thanks go to Sheila, Olwen, Pat and Toby.The exhibition starts today and is on until 31st. May. This gallery is a Hampshire gem....interesting ceramic collections plus a delightful garden, cafe and shop.
Just finished my painting of the sundial in the courtyard...
Just visited the Allen Gallery - such a fantastic display of pots and a brilliant exhibition by local potters "Ceramicus".
Hi Allen gallery please place your order for 2018 Scenic Alton calendars soon Thanks