Gallery marks its first birthday

Bridlington SPA'1st birthday of the SPA Gallery'PA1151-7b'Martyn Coltman, Cec Lindley, Jane Evison, Jo Clark'pictured with some of the artists

Bridlington SPA'1st birthday of the SPA Gallery'PA1151-7b'Martyn Coltman, Cec Lindley, Jane Evison, Jo Clark'pictured with some of the artists

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ONE of Bridlington’s newest arts venues, which has given the opportunity to many local artists to exhibit their work for the first time, recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Gallery@TheSpa has enjoyed a successful first year since opening – so much so it is already fully booked up well into 2013.

The venue, which opened its doors in December 2010, has hosted over a dozen exhibitions featuring a range of works by local and regional artists over the past 12 months, from photography to sculpture and paintings to mixed-media works.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services, said: “Gallery@TheSpa has been well-received by both the art community and by residents and visitors to Bridlington and the East Riding.

“In this difficult economic climate, the council has identified that culture has a key role to play in promoting the area as a place to visit as well as providing a boost to the local economy and ensuring that communities can benefit from various activities.

“The East Riding is home to a vibrant and colourful cultural scene and the council is always keen to support the arts and expand the cultural offer available.”

Cec Lindley, from West Hill Community Artists, who are exhibiting their Christmas-themed works until Saturday, December 31, said she is “delighted” that her group’s work is being displayed at The Spa.

For further details about Gallery@TheSpa or for a list of up-coming exhibitions, call the Spa box office on 01262 678258 or visit www.TheSpaBridlington.com