Today, a final posting for this blog of the Beetroot Tree gallery.
Having made a move from the UK to New Zealand 2 years ago, the Beetroot Tree was handed over from my care into to new mentorship just before Christmas 2012.
Unfortunately that winter was one of the hardest and longest that the UK has suffered for many years, this, along with the uncertainty of the economic times rather set the tone for the next 18 months and though every effort was put into restoring the gallery visitor numbers and sales, it became impossible to continue trading by June 2014.
The decision has been made to close the doors to the public and begin the long process of sending work back to the artists and clearing out all of the 'stuff' which has accumulated in 15 years in the barn.
If you are an artist with work remaining at the Beetroot Tree, please contact Paul though the facebook page to arrange it's collection. If you think there may be furniture or equipment which we still have that might be of use to you or a group you belong to, also contact via facebook and keep a look out for a last sale day coming soon.
Over the years we have been able to bring to the attention of our visitors, in person and on line, the work of many hundreds of accomplished artists and designer makers. We have also hosted workshops for adults and children, played a part in festivals, hosted installations involving participation in the form of creating work, soundscapes, music, dance and video. And been able to provide a calm refuge from daily life for many thousands of you.
I would like to thank the many people I have met and worked with during the life of the Beetroot Tree for being so loyal and supportive.