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Old bank becomes state-of-the-art gallery in Ashtead

PUBLISHED: 13:32 04 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013

Old bank becomes state-of-the-art gallery in Ashtead

Old bank becomes state-of-the-art gallery in Ashtead

After several successful years in Wimbledon Village, Caroline Burns decided to relocate her business, Advocate Gallery to Ashtead

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2011


After several successful years in Wimbledon Village, Caroline Burns decided to relocate her business, Advocate Gallery to Ashtead

With a growing client base from Surrey, combined with living and raising a family here, the time was right to move Advocate Gallery away from Wimbledon Village after several successful years.


So, when the perfect location presented itself, in the form of the old bank in Ashtead, it was an easy decision.


Historically, banks hold a prominent position on the High Street, says Caroline. The building needed to make a visual statement where the works of art can be easily seen, as a lot of art is sold from the gallery window.


Not everything was straight forward for architect Richard Gardiner. When it came to the banks vault, structurally it was impossible to remove as it has 3ft thick walls of reinforced high-density concrete.


Its important that when clients walk into the gallery they are not hit by a sales person, that they can browse an exhibition and look for that perfect genuine piece of art, that they connect with, at their own pace.


Advocate Gallery aims to be the premier gallery in Surrey specialising in the best of British contemporary fine art.


By not importing work, dealing in reproductions or trading with mass market suppliers, Advocate Gallery can offer something unique to its clients.


Over the coming months the gallery will be exhibiting work from established artists such as celebrated landscape painter Chris Rigby. A selection of his new work, an exploration of the Surrey landscape, will be displayed at the gallery this June.


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