To many of the older generation in the Alnwick district, particularly the artists, the name of Ian August will always be linked to the Bondgate Gallery.
When I first came to the area in the early ’90s, I was pleased to find in Narrowgate a gallery run by local artists and art lovers.
Introduced to Ian and becoming involved in Alnwick and District Arts Association, I soon discovered from other members that the Gallery move from the Corn Market to Narrowgate owed much to Ian.
His work background and artist’s qualities had been essential to the refurbishment and opening of a gallery which provided a showcase for artists and crafts people for many years.
When Ian took over his Alnwick Garden responsibilities, he had to stand down from committee duties but still retained a great interest in the gallery and its subsequent relocation to the Alnwick Playhouse.
I was pleased when the 50th anniversary of the Bondgate Gallery was celebrated at the Playhouse in 2014 that Ian was able to collaborate with me in telling the history of the gallery and displaying work from artists past and present. It was a pleasure seeing Ian meeting up with some of his old contacts and I can now appreciate how fortunate we were to have Ian at the event.