New art gallery ‘The Apothecary Gallery’ to open in Thornton

A NEW art gallery is set to open in Thornton later this month.

Local artist and printmaker Patrick Whitehead is behind the business, having transformed the Grade II listed property on Market Street.

The Apothecaries’ Gallery takes its name from the former use of the building.

Mr Whitehead said: ‘The building was originally a Victorian apothecary and had been in the Waddington family for over 150 years.

“It seems appropriate and appropriate that my gallery continue this name.

“The gallery is divided into two rooms – one for the print studio and personal gallery and the second for showcasing the world of other artists.”

He added: “I hope my gallery will contribute to the regeneration of the village of Thornton and complement the excellent work being done at the South Square Arts Center in the village.”

In March, the Telegraph & Argus reported how Mr Whitehead had asked Bradford Council to change the use of the residential building.

In his application, Mr Whitehead described how the house had been modernized by the previous owners and the front of the premises had been split into two rooms.

The property on Market Street, Thornton. Photo: Google Street View

“I intend to keep the current layout in-house as I don’t want or need any construction work,” he said.

“The plans submitted show that I would use both rooms as an art gallery to display my prints, with Gallery 1 also being my studio where clients can see exactly what the print entails.

“The front of the building has two large glass cases which I would use to display my framed prints which would change regularly, especially when I complete new work.”

He adds: “I can confirm that there will be no physical changes to the rooms.”

He also explained that he would not make any physical changes to the facade other than adding signage above the windows.

The plans were approved, with conservation officer Jon Ackroyd describing the building as presenting “a beautiful, characterful storefront” to the street.

“The proposed use will be a positive change for the street, reintroducing activity and commercial presence. This is considered an improvement to the conservation area.

“Improving the vitality of this property will benefit the conservation area and restore the property’s commercial use. The improvement is to be welcomed.

The official launch of the gallery is Saturday, June 11, starting at noon.

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