This colony of similar thinking artists encourages public access to the studios and gallery free of charge. Three studios are situated on the ground floor where artists of mixed mediums work and sell their work.
The gallery space is unique. In both its size and general layout the gallery has been fitted with floating partitions especially designed to give extra hanging space without compromising the feeling of the open gallery space. Eleven “arrow slit” windows filter any direct sunlight due to their deep reveals allowing an even filtered light to fill the gallery which enables the special gallery lighting to enhance the pieces on display.
The gallery will be open for open exhibitions, private exhibitions, joint shows of 2D & 3D works including amateurs, students and established artists.
The gallery will feature the work of established artists, amateurs and students within open and private exhibitions, single and joint shows in both 2D and 3D works and artist led workshops.
History of the building.
The Trerise gallery and studios were originally the changing rooms to the former men’s tidal pool below Hoe Road. All the tidal pools and diving boards were removed by Plymouth City Council due to neglect and the injuries caused by a local craze called “tomb stoning” The diving board was removed and the pools filled with concrete in 2010. The changing rooms have been bricked up for over 20 years.
It was this concrete covered pool area that made a perfect dance floor which in the summer of 2010 inspired Andrew Downey to utilize it for an outdoor dance event known locally as “Splish Splash Salsa”. Sometime later that year Andrew made enquiries to obtain the lease to the changing rooms and in 2012 was successful through open tendering. Planning permission was granted for A2 use and the roof of the Trerise Gallery now has a wonderful open air cafe.
. The gallery is unique with its views of Plymouth Sound and location on the South West Footpath