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 Oriel Hicks, Chris Smith, Sue Lewington and Imogen Bone who either live or have lived on the islands, exhibit alongside established and emerging artists from Cornwall, Devon and across the UK who have 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 and Jacqueline Clark together with sculptures by Cornwall-based Kerry Whittle, amongst others.
The gallery exhibits a wealth of jewellery including silver by St Agnes based jeweller Rebecca Smith and Silver Sapling who began their business in Scilly before moving to Cornwall. Additionally, there is stunning, original silver jewellery from West Cornwall's Leah Lewington alongside silverwork from 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. It is supported by 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. All art and craft displayed on this website is inclusive of postage and packaging costs.
The gallery is open for longer hours in the summer, Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm and 10am-12.30pm on Saturdays. In the quieter months we tend to open slightly later and close slightly earlier and over lunchtimes, and in the really quiet times over the winter, we just open on a few mornings. In January and February we close for a refit and refresh! However we can usually open at any point by appointment so please do get in touch if you would like a closer look at something.