NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Arty Advice Helps Nicola Get Gallery Going
textiles, jewellery, glass and ceramics from Coventry and the
Midlands have gone on show at a new gallery designed to showcase
Gibbs Gallery has been opened by Nicola Haxell in the visitors’
centre next to Coventry Cathedral with the help of specialist
advice from Coventry City Council.
Goodwin-Jones, business advisor to enterprises working in the
arts, helped Nicola write a business plan and get a start-up loan
from the Prince's Trust.
recent winner of the Prince's Trust Unsung Hero Award, said:
Nicola came to me with the idea of opening her own gallery, I
was very keen to help her. Coventry really needed a space where
local people could show their work alongside some of the best
artists and makers in the country.
am delighted that she has been able to achieve her dream.
has a huge pool of creative talent and it is vital that we keep
it here in the city.
is my job to help local people to set up in business and to
offer practical help - like developing a new portfolio or
pricing work and finding places to sell it. “
Gibbs Gallery opened its doors earlier this summer, but was
recently officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Coventry.
is a variety of original craftwork on display including glass,
textiles, jewellery, ceramics, prints and hand made cards.
said she is hoping to introduce lots of new work leading up to
Christmas - and the displays are changed every month or so to
ensure that there is always something different to see.
added that she is already exhibiting new pieces of domestic
ceramics, silverware and pewter. The gallery is open from 10am -
4pm every day excluding Sundays.
who comes from Tile Hill, said:
really pleased with how things are going and hope that lots more
local people will visit the gallery before Christmas.
support from Julie and the Prince's Trust was fantastic and it
was free - they've provided some really sound advice and gave me
the encouragement to believe that I could achieve my dream, plus
lots of tips to keep me going.
to the gallery said they have enjoyed seeing such a high
standard of unusual and well made work."
information about the Gibbs Gallery from Nicola on 024 7626 7006.
Anyone in Coventry with a creative talent who needs specialist
business advice can contact Julie for more information on 024 7683