Visual Arts

In September 2019 we opened our new gallery space and cafe-bar.

The gallery is home to specially curated and touring exhibitions, with a particular focus on theatre.

September 2019 – February 2020

The Half by Simon Annand

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (and before shows)

Simon Annand is one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers and has photographed the most recognisable faces of stage, including Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Jude Law.

In this new exhibition to celebrate 25 years of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Simon will showcase 74 photographs capturing actors and actresses at the beginning of their careers through to playing on the most famous stages.

Simon Annand’s reputation for vividly striking photographs and his ability to capture honest and diverse moments on stage has enabled him to gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the world’s most prestigious venues from the National Theatre to the Royal Court, and further afield to Moscow Arts Theatre and the Comédie Française, making him one of the most in-demand theatre photographers.

The exhibition will feature the artist’s most iconic images of the godfathers and female stars of British Theatre (including photos of Simon Callow, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Colin Firth). This new selection of rare photographs that span Simon Annand’s career over 35 years encapsulates the atmosphere and emotion like no other by capturing the conflicting emotions of anticipation, humour, happiness, fear and nerves in a world that is usually off limits to the public. Simon Annand’s photographs in this new exhibition also include Maggie Smith, Lenny Henry and Priscilla Presley.

Entry is free but if you’re able to make a donation we’d be incredibly grateful.

We also offer studio space to passionate practicing local artists, so they can develop their work with others in a creative environment. With an open door policy visitors are welcome to visit their space and find out about their current works in progress.

Our current Visual Artists in Residence are Barbara Hellowell, Freyja Boycott-Garnett and Jane Wilson.