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Red Lobster Gallery
25 Station Road
Tel: 01263 825590
A fun and quirky contemporary gallery with an emphasis on functional everyday living that sells both traditional and modern artwork as well as designer-led gifts and lighting
Where to find it
Red Lobster is a new venture for the Parriss family who have run businesses in Sheringham since 1945. An old seaside town with a strong traditional appeal, some would say this gallery is a brave move. Bringing modern art and design to the area is, in my opinion though, a welcome addition to an already bustling resort that can more than cope with its heritage and future side by side. Centrally situated in the main street of shops with interesting frontage and a funky red logo, you cannot miss its presence and I strongly urge you to take a look inside.
What to expect
Think traditional gallery meets the Tate modern and you’ll be in the right headspace to enter this approachable and fun gallery. There is a good selection of artwork on offer ranging from traditional oils and watercolours to screen prints, etchings and lino cuts. National and international artists are featured but there is a strong local presence. Alison Parriss has opted for an eclectic mix of designer led gifts too to complement the canvases and where possible, these products are made in the UK by British artists. Stocking functional items cleverly brings in all tastes and interests as it doubles up as a trendy home and kitchen shop too where you can find that something a little bit different for your creative living space. It makes art accessible for all; children aren’t forgotten in the mix either with kiddy’s corner offering a range of arty activities for the little ones.
What can you buy?
Artist’s work is exhibited here on a rotational basis; on my last visit Jon Gibbs, the well known photographer from Great Yarmouth, was being showcased. To name others currently under spotlight: James Bartholomew, Karen Issac and Michael Sanders’ work can be seen and bought here. The gallery holds ‘meet and greet’ days with the artists wherever possible too so look out for details on their website each month. They sell both originals and limited edition prints to cover all budgets from £80 to £1450.
Another feature of the gallery is there bespoke canvas service. Bring in a favourite image and let Red Lobster turn it into a Banksy or Warhol style picture; prices start from £99.
They also stock a mixture of larger design brands such as Mathmos, Alessi and Carrol Boyes, as well as a good helping of smaller independent designers to provide consumer with a wide and varied selection of products. Expect to find sculptures, ornaments and vases; egg cups, tea towels and glass painted coasters and mugs. You’ll also find stationary, clocks and a selection of lighting from indoor lamps to colour changing lanterns for outdoor use. If it’s funky and functional, it’s probably here; anything with arty flair that bridges the gap between everyday living and art/design.
This gallery is refreshingly contemporary and well thought out; the end result of a lifelong interest in art and a gallery-cum-shop that has evolved from an obvious passion for design and creativity. Withhold any judgement until you step inside for this place is well worth a visit.
Red Lobster is open seven days a week (closed Mondays during the winter – November to March): Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm; Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm.