Lifestyle and Hospitality

Established Stratford-upon-Avon gallery expands into larger premises


A Stratford-upon-Avon gallery has expanded into larger premises following the closure of Bards Walk. Castle Fine Art has moved from 2 Bards Walk to 40 Wood Street, the same address where it originally opened more than 20 years ago. The new, state-of-the-art outlet opened to the public on Saturday (30th December).

Boasting 2,000 square feet of prime retail space, the building underwent six weeks of renovation work to offer the ultimate experience for visitors.

A bespoke lighting system has been put in place to complement the wide range of art on display, which includes work by some of the art scene elite, from Bob Dylan to Ronnie Wood and Raphael Mazzucco.

The gallery continues to be managed by Jason Lawson, who has worked for the company since it was first established. It joins Castle Fine Art’s portfolio of 36 galleries across the UK as part of its rapid nationwide expansion.

Enjoying more than two decades at the top of its industry, Castle Fine Art is part of the Halcyon Group, one of the largest and most prestigious art groups in the world. Since it opened its first retail outlet in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1995, the company has succeeded in making fine art more accessible, bringing the art world’s contemporary talents to the high street.

Consistently produced to the highest quality, every piece of art hanging on Castle Fine Art’s walls is made by Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publisher.

Ian Weatherby-Blythe, group managing director of Castle Fine Art and Washington Green, said: “Our gallery on Wood Street was the first site that we opened, so it’s hugely coincidental that we found ourselves moving back to the same location to open our brand new gallery.

“The old gallery was always extremely popular and we eventually outgrew the space, so the closure of Bards Walk presented a great opportunity for us to open an impressive new outlet. We look forward to welcoming customers to the gallery to enjoy the exciting programme of exhibitions and events that will be taking place year round.”

Jason Lawson, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art’s brand new Stratford gallery, said: “I’m extremely excited to be operating from the new site on Wood Street. The larger space allows us to house even more work by some of the best artists in the industry and the impressive layout and design makes for a fantastic experience for both visitors and staff.”