Tamarisk Gallery is located in the heart of Hugh Town on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly and boasts a broad range of contemporary art and craft inspired by the islands. The artwork on display is a mix of work by local artists and craftspeople and that of artists from further afield who have been inspired by Scilly.
Celebrated local artists such as Chris Smith, Sue Lewington and Imogen Bone who have all lived on the islands at one time or another, exhibit alongside established and emerging artists from Scilly, Cornwall, Devon and across the UK who have all been captivated by Scilly's unique light and outstanding natural beauty. Accomplished artists such as Hester Berry, Daniel Cole, Claire Henley, and innovative printmaker Anita Reynolds are some of the artists who have visited Scilly over time and created a body of work based on the islands, exclusively for Tamarisk Gallery.
Alongside paintings and original prints, the gallery also displays work by local craftspeople such as that of Oriel Hicks who creates fused glass art and craft. There is also Vickie Heaney, a local printmaker who designs ceramics inspired by her love of birds and Piers Lewin from St Agnes who turns wood and also created much the interior display of the gallery from found and recycled timber. As well as this, work is on display from Cornish ceramicists Charlotte Jones, Jacqueline Clark, Eleanor Crane and most recently, Rebecca Harvey.
The gallery exhibits a wealth of jewellery including silver by Silver Sapling who began their business in Scilly before moving to Cornwall. Additionally, there is highly original silver jewellery from West Cornwall's Leah Lewington alongside that of accomplished silversmith Jen Williams, whose tactile silver and sea glass jewellery is also inspired by her life in wild, windswept Penwith.
The gallery was founded by local glass artist Oriel Hicks and her daughter, Erica, in 2016. The gallery is part of the Arts Council's Own Art scheme which makes buying art affordable by enabling customers to take artwork home immediately but pay for it over a ten-month period with an interest-free loan.
The gallery is open for longer hours in the summer and shorter hours in the winter (usually closing for a refresh in January/February). Our most up to date hours can be found on Google Maps. However we can usually open at any time by appointment so please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a viewing.