Fetch Didsbury

Didsbury Semi Transformed into Contemporary Art Gallery

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o Friday 10th December: 6pm-9pm o Saturday 11th December: 10am-6pm o Sunday 12th December: general opening from 10am-4pm

Manchester interior designer and former catwalk model Laura Mayall is transforming her elegant Didsbury home into an art gallery, and is inviting art lovers and investors in to view the work on show.

In what is believed to be a first for the city, the former catwalk model’s Victorian semi-detached house in West Didsbury is becoming the Queenston Arthouse for a three day period this week (Friday 10 to Sunday 12 December).

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Laura has teamed up with art promoter Terence McDermott who operates from Birmingham’s Three White Walls gallery and is curating the show with 25 pieces of work from 8 artists.

The exhibition includes over 25 pieces of work from a range of artists including Mark Evans, Russell Hatton, Annemarie Wright and Henrik Simonsen.

Members of the public will have to book appointments to view the works on show on (0161) 445 5901 or through the website www.queenstonarthouse.com

Most rooms in the house, including the living room, kitchen, hallways and bathroom, will be hung with artwork alongside full information about the piece. Only some bedrooms and the home office will be locked and out of bounds to visitors.

Says Terence McDermott: “This is the first of what we hope to be a quarterly exhibition bringing exciting new art from the UK and the continent to the Northwest community of art lovers and investors.”

“We are trying to do much more than simply create another gallery. People need to know what it would be like to live with the work that they are considering investing in, and Queenston Arthouse offers the perfect environment for this.

“The show allows people to experience the art inside a living home, instead of the sometimes sterile atmosphere of a conventional gallery space.”

Laura Mayall says: “I’ve travelled a lot as a model and designer and I’ve always had a house full of people, so the idea of strangers viewing the art around my house isn’t strange to me.

“I wanted to find a way of living with an ever-changing collection of art. Terence has a brilliant network of artists and investors, and when we met we hit on the idea of opening up the house as a gallery.”

Both Laura and Terence share a love of music, and the gallery is already attracting viewings from musicians including the likes Guy Garvey of Elbow and John Bramwell, Peter Jobson and Andrew Hargreaves of I Am Kloot.

Opening times (appointments to view must be booked) o Friday 10th December: 6pm-9pm o Saturday 11th December: 10am-6pm o Sunday 12th December: general opening from 10am-4pm www.queenstonarthouse.com / www.mcdermottgalleries.com