Brett Gallery is situated in the pretty Suffolk village of Monks Eleigh. It is part of Bridge Farm Barns, a collection of several unique and independent retail businesses offering the customer an unparalleled selection of distinctive products and good service. The outlets include a tea room, gift shop, vintage collectables, vintage fashion, quilting and felting as well as a garden nursery. It all began life as the family concern of “ Corncraft” in 1970.
One of the founders, Win Gage, opened Brett Gallery in 2015 with the aim of promoting the work of locally based artists and crafts people. There are some 35 regular East Anglian Exhibitors displaying a range of work covering original fine art and prints, pottery, jewellery, glass, photography and wood.
Win had decided to retire at the end of March 2020 and this now well-established centre was then to have been taken on by husband and wife team, Suzanne Perry and John Reading who intended to continue to source works that fit into this bracket. Along came the pandemic when the Gallery had to close on 19th March..................
Following the deferral of the sale of the Gallery, its gradual re-opening alongside Corncraft Tea Room, proved to be more successful quicker than anticipated and it is now open again building on Win's vision, this time with the extended opening hours ofTuesdays to Sundays, 10.30 to 16.30.
From October, Sue and John took over the reigns, with a busy first month which included the neighbouring monthly Saturday Vintage market. These extended hours are accompanied by a refresh of exhibits, as well as the introduction of some new artists. Win will continue to assist for one day a week and Mary, a founding member of staff, has asked to stay with the Gallery, working two days each week.
The Gallery re-opened on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 following the second lockdown which showed a month with people wanting to return to see, as well as buy, something different and unique. A visit to the calm atmosphere of Brett Gallery within the Bridge Farm Barns rural complex has always been an unequalled retail experience – one in which you will feel safe and we hopefully thoroughly enjoy again, leading you to come back to re-visit us. There is also free parking, and good disabled facilities.
Boxing Day saw the start of the third national lockdown. Whist disappointing, it has given us the opportunity to concentrate our efforts on the expanded area, which is now ready and complements our rearranged original space. Some new artists are keen to join our existing supporters, many of whom will be exhibiting new works when we open again. We hope you will find Brett Gallery inviting to come along and browse out here in rural Suffolk, as safely as possible.
And so to 2021....... It is looking like we will be emerging from lockdown in April and we are geared to opening on Tuesday 13th. We have spent our enforced closure getting the Gallery looking even more inviting. As well as developing this website, the extra space created has been designed to have a homely feel and is full of new exhibits, tastefully arranged. Most of the new artists' and makers' work is now in place, including pieces from Colin Boatman ( woodturner ), Sue Eaton, Carol McKue and Cluck Cluck, ( all artists ) and an additional range of locally made jewellery from Shelley Watts will be on display in time for re-opening day. Most of our popular, regular Exhibitors have re-stocked after the busy December, introducing their new work as well as versions of old favourites.
In this relaxed rural setting, we believe we have created an even more welcoming experience, with safety much in mind too. Do come along and see the inspirational work of our local artists and makers, we look forward to introducing their work to you.