The Eyebrook Gallery
You’ll find The Eyebrook Gallery nestled on the prettiest of high streets, in the charming market town of Uppingham in Rutland. Opened by Victoria & Adam in 2015, the gallery continues to flourish, having grown organically with the support of the town along the way.
Owners Victoria, 27, and Adam, 30, started The Eyebrook Gallery after they both decided it was time for a change. Having graduated with a degree in History & Tourism in 2013, Victoria found it difficult to find work in her area of knowledge, already having done a two-year internship. Partner Adam was working as a manager for Iceland at the time, and so the pair decided to take a leap of faith and begin a new adventure together.
For the first year, The Eyebrook Gallery was solely online alongside a variety of different shows. “Everyone was asking if we had a place where they could come and have a look”, and so The Eyebrook Gallery was born. Finding the shop in a bit of mess, the pair did a lot of work with a minimal budget. They opened with only a few pieces and have built up their stock gradually to create a gallery jam-packed with beautifully unique pieces.
Victoria & Adam have been together for 5 years and find working together easy. “Adam works downstairs in the workshop and I work upstairs in the shop so we’re not together all the time. Working with your partner means you’re both on the same page.”
With the shop open, Adam did a framing course and learnt everything from scratch - something he now really enjoys. “Nowadays there aren’t many young framers around” says Victoria, “you see a lot of framing shops shut down as there’s no one to take over.” The gallery offers framing for anything including vinyl records, medals, artwork bought from the gallery, or those prints you have lying around at home because you can’t find a frame that fits!
Stocking mainly wildlife, landscapes and aviation pieces, there is something for everyone. Aviation artwork and framing are very popular, with the gallery taking this over from Victoria’s father. As well as prints, they regularly frame medals alongside commissioned drawings of customer’s planes, who live as far as America and Australia.
The Eyebrook Gallery supports local and national artists including Francesca Simpson, Alice Rose Healey, Kimberley Dewhurst and Jenna Green. “Most of the artists we stock are female; it can be harder for them to break into the industry and they are so talented”, says Victoria. One of the newest additions to the gallery is Sophie Mills-Thomas, an artist from Bristol who uses bold, bright colours and gold leaf on creatures big & small. The Eyebrook Gallery will be taking on more of Sophie’s work very soon.
You can find original art, prints, greeting cards, sculptures and coasters at The Eyebrook Gallery, as well as a great selection of home textiles. From oven gloves to tea cosies, and lampshades to cushions, the products are adorned with gorgeous prints and illustrations that are sure to add colour and character to your home.
The pair love working in Uppingham due to the fantastic community feel about the place. Looking ahead, Victoria & Adam intend to move to a bigger building at some point in the future. “We would love to have a bigger framing workshop so we can take on much bigger projects, and also have space for more artists - a lot of people want to be part of The Eyebrook Gallery and it would be amazing to do this.”
The Eyebrook Gallery are supporting the ‘Just a card’ campaign, which aims to encourage people to buy from independent makers, designers, galleries and shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, even ‘just a card’ are crucial to the survival of small businesses. The gallery stock some brilliant and unique cards & gifts, so make sure you pop in and make a purchase!
You can browse and buy everything in store online too, visit www.eyebrookgallery.com. To keep up to date, follow The Eyebrook Gallery on instagram @the_eyebrook_gallery.