ArtsBank was set up as part of The Hambleton Group in 2010. Based in Thornaby, North Yorkshire, the group runs a retail gallery for prints, originals, photography, sculpture, and toy art with a vibrant online presence, which curates the best of Modern British and Contemporary art.
ArtsBank began by showcasing local art, something which they still do today. This includes artists like Ray Lonsdale, Robin Dale, Mackenzie Thorpe, and Alexander Millar. Their collection has expanded beyond just northern artists to encompass works by national and international artists. Sir Terry Frost RA, Sandra Blow, Geoffrey Key, John Hoyland RA, William Turner and Dame Barabara Hepworth are amongst the names on show in the open plan ArtsBank gallery.
ArtsBank’s commitment to the region is something which comes directly from the ethos of its parent company, The Hambleton Group, which has remained in the North East since its conception. Initially set up as a husband and wife hamper business in 1976, The Hambleton Group has grown and expanded exponentially over the last 40 years. No longer just ensuring families have an affordable way to buy all of their food essentials in time for Christmas, they have now branched out to caravans, vinyl, and art. As well as expanding The Hambleton Group has also found time to support Middlesborough Football Club, be entered in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest painted sign, and receive a visit from Princess Diana in 1989.
To celebrate Terry Frost’s centenary ArtsBank will be holding an arts fair which will highlight his original paintings, prints, and Murano glass, in October. His work will be shown alongside a number of the other internationally renowned artists featured in ArtsBank’s collection.
ArtsBank: Terry Frost Centenary Arts Fair, 9-10 October, Chelsea Town Hall.
For more information visit www.artsbank.co.uk.
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1. Robin Dale, Free To Roam, 1972. Courtesy of the artist and ArtsBank.