Where is the Packhorse Gallery?
We're in the upstairs area of the Packhorse Shopping Centre in central Huddersfield, stairs to our Gallery are opposite the stairs to Barclays Bank (near the 2 'Fillings' sandwich shops)
How can I get work displayed in the Packhorse Gallery?
Anyone who lives in Kirklees can display work at the Gallery, there is a small membership fee of £30 for the year, if we think we can sell your work at a price you are happy with, we will accept it
What happens when I sell something?
If you sell an item, you can then replace it with a new item within your years membership
What if I dont sell anything?
We will move your work around and aim to display it to best effect, however, if it doesnt sell, we will let you know and you can exchange it for another item within your years membership
How and when will I get paid?
We keep a record of all sales and pay out on a monthly basis, your payment will be ready for you to collect at the Gallery by the 5th of the month following your sale. We take a commission fee of 30% of the sale price but this goes back into continuing the project
How long has the Gallery been here?
We opened in June 2012 in a shop unit downstairs, however, this was only while we waited for the renovations upstairs to be completed. We moved into the upstairs Gallery in November 2012, it should be acknowledged that this would not have been possible without the continued support of both the Staff & Management Team at the Packhorse Shopping Centre and New River Retail who own the building
Whats it all about?
The Packhorse Gallery is a project through Kirklees based mental health charity Support to Recovery, (S2R) who have been supporting people in this area for 20 years, we have an office in central Huddersfield and one in Dewsbury. The Gallery was made possible by seperate funding for wellbeing within creativity
Who funds it?
The main funders are Kirklees Community Partnerships and SWYPT Creative Minds and a small grant from The Big Lottery
Can anyone come to the Gallery?
Yes, the Gallery is open to the public, both to browse, join community sessions and become artists. Our intention is to reduce isolation and stigma surrounding mental health issues and encourage integration, peer support and involvement
What else does the Gallery do besides display art?
We provide community sessions such as knitting, arts & crafts, we hold regular Sketching sessions with a unique character model each month and events such as craft & gift fayres and provide space for community groups & societies to exhibit their work. We are the home of Huddersfield Central Womens Institute and work in partnership with North Huddersfield Learning Community & Huddersfield Open Studio Trail. Please contact us if you would like to hold an event, meeting or exhibition at the Packhorse Gallery
How could being a member of the Packhorse Gallery help me?
The Gallery hopes to provide an opportunity to people who may not get a chance to display their creativity elsewhere, we help and advise new artists, making their experience a positive one and encourage people to realise their potential. Seeing someone learn they've made their first sale is such a wonderful moment and we have already seen artists and regular visitors grow in confidence and self esteem just by being involved in our project. Also have many artists who sucessfully sell and exhibit their work in other areas and have helped others to exhibit in other places
How can I help the Gallery?
As you now know, the Packhorse Gallery is part of a charity, therefore we welcome all offers of help, support and donations. Some people give time by volunteering, some artists donate work, some people take posters or pass on events information to other areas for us. We also have a Gallerista's Group which meets the last Friday of each month from 11 till noon, to throw ideas and opportunities around, if you feel you can help us, please call in
Can you offer me advice around mental health issues?
We have an information area in the Gallery with a large selection of free advice leaflets, we also provide calm and friendly support and initial advice, can offer a non judgemental ear and provide phone numbers for local mental health services if necessary
What if I dont have a mental health problem?
Thats the great thing about the Gallery, it is a public space, anyone can attend, visit & gain, no one need be aware of any information about you, unless you chose to share it. The person whos artwork you admire may, or may not have a mental health problem, around 30 - 40% of our artists have declared experience of mental health issues
How many artists do you have?
Since we opened in June 2012, the Gallery has taken work from over 180 different artists, plus exhibitions from local schools, groups and art societies
What if I saw an item I liked last week and now its gone?
Occassionally an artist may take their work back if it has been on display for some time, however, if the item has been sold, quite often the artist will be able to undertake a commission and make you a very similar item. We have received and completed over 60 commissions since we opened
Do you have disabled access?
Unfortunately the Gallery does not have full disabled access at present, plans are underway to rectify that, however, if you need support to visit us, please call in advance or ring the bell at the bottom of the stairs as we will be able to help you
What facilities does the Gallery have?
The Gallery has a kitchen and seating area where we are able to serve you basic teas, coffee, juice, biscuits & occassionally cakes, you are also welcome to bring cold food in, puchase a drink and eat in our cafe area. We also have ladies and gents toilet areas and plenty of comfortable seating areas with leather settees and free Cloud WiFi