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Artist-led gallery on the brink of closure celebrates bittersweet 10th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 15 April 2018

Putting the finishing touches after hanging a work in the gallery, on St James Street. Picture: Chris Bishop

Putting the finishing touches after hanging a work in the gallery, on St James Street. Picture: Chris Bishop

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After 10 years of showcasing their creative artwork, King’s Lynn artists are hoping a stroke of luck will help save their art space.

Kathy Cossins (left) with artists at Greyfriars Art Space in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris BishopKathy Cossins (left) with artists at Greyfriars Art Space in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Greyfriars Art Space (GAS), an artist-led not-for-profit initiative, was set up in 2008 by BA Fine Art students based at the College of West Anglia.

Based in St James Street, it has allowed both amateur and professional artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to both the public and the art community.

Set up in a minimalist style, the museum-boarded walls come to life with the paintings, photos and sculptures showcasing the talents of West Norfolk artists.

Hanging a work at the gallery. Picture: Chris BishopHanging a work at the gallery. Picture: Chris Bishop

Landscapes illustrate the beauty of the region’s towns and countryside, whilst the more abstract art pieces capture the imaginative genius of its creator.

Despite it’s growing membership, the gallery may have to move elsewhere as the owner of the building, a former BA student, is looking to sell.

Gallery coordinator Kathy Cossins is hoping to raise enough money or find a sponsor in order to keep the gallery going.

Work on display at Greyfriars Art Space in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris BishopWork on display at Greyfriars Art Space in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

She said: “One of the BA students bought the building and she doesn’t charge us for it, but is having to sell it for personal reasons.

“It would be great if we could stay here. It’s quite a community here, people come to visit and for cups of tea.”

GAS boasts a membership of nearly 50 local and national artists, including John Holmes, who created the book covers for Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch and George Tremlett’s The Rolling Stones Story.

Guinness, the gallery mascot. Picture: Chris BishopGuinness, the gallery mascot. Picture: Chris Bishop

Brian Banks, who had studied at St Martin’s School of Art in London during the 1950s and exhibited solo shows in London and Paris, left the studio his paintings spanning half a decade when he died in 2011.

Wisbech artist Neville Palmer, 73, has been exhibiting his work at the art space since 2008 after the Eastern Open, one of Britain’s biggest open art shows, ceased to run at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre after more than 40 years.

Mr Palmer, who has been an artist for 50 years despite being born with colour vision deficiency, said: “There were various venues which was spread out around the town and my work came here, I didn’t know anything about it at that time but I naturally wanted to belong to it all.”

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