Whatever your artistic taste, there are plenty of opportunities to whet your appetite here in Southwold… starting with a wander around some of our popular galleries.
On Station Road, Gallery Thea is a studio and ceramics shop where Thea Cutting produces hand-drawn illustrations on earthenware bisque pottery, creating ceramics to celebrate a range of special occasions for customers all over the world. If you fancy having a go yourself, there are studio tables where visitors can decorate their own pottery.
At the beginning of the High Street, close to the Adnams Cellar and Kitchen store, the Craftco shop is an outlet for contemporary crafts and applied arts, all sourced from East Anglian makers. Run as a co-operative, the enterprise began in 1987 when ten local craftspeople joined forces. On the ground floor you’ll find unique prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and toys, while the upstairs gallery is home to a number of exhibitions throughout the year.
Further along the High Street, Karen Keable’s Southwold Gallery is always full of colourful paintings, prints and canvases, many inspired by the people and places seen around the town. There’s jewellery, sculpture and driftwood creations too – something for everyone!
One of East Anglia's leading contemporary art galleries, Buckenham Galleries offers a wide variety of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, glass work, sculptures and bespoke furniture, all housed in one of the oldest buildings in Southwold. Beneath, the Buckenham Coffee House is situated in the 16th-century cellar – ponder your purchase over a speciality tea or coffee and a cream cake.
Colourful, contemporary crafts and artworks will draw you into the Serena Hall Gallery on Queen Street – there’s a lot of local coastal and countryside influence, and a sense of fun throughout. Seasonal exhibitions and the constant addition of new works keep everything fresh. Look out for Serena’s own joyful paintings that celebrate her love of the seaside and, particularly, her home-town of Southwold.