12 – 13 York Street, Bath BA1 1NG
Tel: 01225 464850
First opened in 1979, Beaux Arts is the longest established commercial gallery in Bath and is the sister gallery to Beaux Arts in Maddox Street, London. It specialises in the very best contemporary painting, sculpture and studio ceramics. Works by 20th century artists, such as Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick and Paul Mount, rub shoulders with new luminaries such as Nathan Ford, Anna Gillespie, Helen Simmonds and Simon Allen. The gallery has a programme of eight annual exhibitions, half of which are dedicated to promoting new talent.
Noteworthy artists of the current vintage include the 2015 Sunday Times watercolour artist of the year Akash Bhatt, who is also a winner of the Villiers-David Prize and the BP Travel Award. Nathan Ford is another artist of singular talent, frequently lauded by the late Brian Sewell in his Evening Standard column. There is also a wealth of local talent to be seen at Beaux Arts, among them painter Helen Simmonds and sculptor Patrick Haines. Bristol Sculptor Beth Carter’s minotaurs and other fantastical beasts also prowl the exhibition spaces within.
Beaux Arts is spacious and open and you can depend on work being curated beautifully. With high ceilings and old fireplaces, there is a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. Forthcoming shows: 16 October – 11 November: new paintings by Akash Bhatt, new sculpture by Beth Carter, new ceramics by Akiko Hirai. 18 November – 24 December: new paintings by Jo Barrett, new ceramics by Jane Muir, small paintings for Christmas.