The Connection Gallery

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The Connection Gallery in Finkle St, Thirsk is home to Abstract Art, photography and ceramics. The abstract art displayed belongs to the Gallery owner – Dave Waddington, the photography in the main is by Richard Gladstone who runs the gallery and the ceramics are from local ceramicists.  Therefore, making this gallery exclusive to local emerging artists that can’t be currently bought or seen anywhere else. Dave’s vision is to make art “affordable” so it’s accessible to everyone who enjoys art. 

The abstract art is all original and truly one off’s that has mostly been inspired by global travel and personal interpretation of all things that surround us. The “Connection” to what you see is what makes it unique and all pieces of art will never be reproduced. So, once it’s gone and it’s yours! There is something quite satisfying knowing you own something knowing you’re not going to see it hanging somewhere else and because it’s affordable you can quite easily build up a collection or even have a commission. 

Dave’s art is very diverse in style and presentation. Every piece reflects no other, offering different techniques in application, textures and colour, making it stand out from the rest and from the last to the next. All pieces are ready just to hang and enjoy.

Dave is self-taught only using only his imagination to producing thought provoking pieces and through determination, passion and the love of abstract art Dave’s personal goal is that lovers of art can feel the connection and enjoy his work as much as he enjoys creating it.

The photography is both iconic and seasonal. Capturing the essence of all things that surround us. Richard started photography by being challenged to do a daily blog and to create a daily journal for 365 days to which the photograph had to be taken on that day – he extended this to two years and beyond and is still striving to learn more and create better. His drive was always to make the next one better than the last. During this process, he studied at Teesside University to improve his skills and gain a better understanding of the technical side of photography.

The ceramics on display are from local ceramicists who specialise in different aspects of pottery.  From stoneware to Raku, the ceramics are truly unique in style with very abstract finishes which complement the gallery beautifully.  The ceramicists are also new to the world of showcasing their work which makes the Connection Gallery that little be extra special and one of a kind.

The Connection Gallery is a small gallery with the focus mainly being on abstract art, whilst photography prints are sold, the selection is limited. There’s plenty to see and do and being home to the World of James Herriot and much much more… Wanting to make a day of art, Thirsk is also home to other galleries. Spectrum, Rural Arts and there’s a great art supplies shop “The Artist’s Palette”.

Opening Hours

Sun 11:00 15:00
Tue 10:00 17:00
Wed 10:00 17:00
Thu 10:00 17:00
Fri 10:00 17:00
Sat 09:00 16:00

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