A new era as gallery’s offering is expanded

Samphire Bay's Julia Wilson and Helen Holden with Fiona Stanley outside the Bakehouse.
Samphire Bay's Julia Wilson and Helen Holden with Fiona Stanley outside the Bakehouse.

A north Northumberland art gallery has been relaunched and is now open for business with a new name and an

extended range of products.

Fiona Stanley, owner of the Bakehouse Gallery in Alnwick, has teamed up Samphire Bay business partners, Helen Holden and Julia Wilson, to form The Bakehouse Gallery and Gift Shop.

It is located in what was once Alnwick’s old town bakery and is now the working studio and creative hub of Fiona Dane Jewellery and Samphire Bay Homeware.

Fiona will continue to sell her hand-made Fiona Dane jewellery brand and the work of selected artists while Samphire Bay will be offering their range of unique handmade gifts and home accessories crafted by local artists and selected northern designers.

“The Gallery was always popular with both local people and visitors and we now expect even greater interest with the addition of Helen and Julia’s novel and unusual Northumbrian gifts,” said Fiona.

“Samphire Bay’s arrival has injected a new energy into the place and it now buzzes with creativity.”

Samphire Bay was formed by Northumberland artists and textile designers Helen and Julia in 2012 making their own textiles using screen-printing and other traditional skills with a contemporary twist.

Helen, who this year again designed the Trail Guide for the very successful Alnmouth Arts Festival, said: “There was a lot of interest in our work over the festival weekend and now people can come and see it for themselves at the Bakehouse Gallery and Gift Shop.”

Julia said: “We are really pleased to be working with Fiona and excited about this new venture. We see this as an excellent opportunity to take the business forward.”

The Bakehouse Gallery and Gift Shop, located in Prudhoe Street, is open Thursday to Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Customers can also enjoy a coffee and free Wi-Fi.