The History of Artsway
Early in the 1990′s a group of local artists were using an abandoned old coach house and stables behind a nearby pub/hotel as studios. They had a vision for a high quality gallery. With the support of local people, business and authorities (New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council) ArtSway was developed with major funding from Arts Council England funded by National Lottery, Foundation for Sports & the Arts. Architect Tony Fretton (Lisson Gallery, London; Quay Arts, IOW; Camden Arts Centre, London, British Embassy, Warsaw, Munch Museum, Norway) was employed to design the redevelopment of the gallery, grounds and studios.
ArtSway gained a reputation for showing well-known and emerging artists over the years, including Frank Bowling, Anna Best, Richard Billingham, Anne Hardy, Jamie Shovlin, Nathaniel Mellors, Eamon O’Kane, Dinu Li, Jordan Baseman, Christopher Orr, Alex Frost and Gayle Chong Kwan. ArtSway has also worked in partnership with a range of other arts institutions including the Arts University College at Bournemouth, The Photographers’ Gallery, Oriel Davies Gallery, Autograph ABP and Stour Valley Arts, and re-presented commissioned art work at the Venice Biennale for several seasons under director Mark Segal.