The Ox Yard Gallery
Richard and his wife, textile artist Anne have their own gallery and workshop premises at Buckland Abbey, the National Trust property situated between Plymouth and Tavistock in Devon. Nestling in a secluded valley of the River Tavy, Buckland Abbey still has an air of peace and tranquility about it. Parts of the Abbey are over 700 years old and are an inspirational place for Richard and Anne to work.
The gallery space offers a large and light space to exhibit their wide ranging artwork and Richard and Anne are often there working and are happy to discuss their work in more detail. On display and for sale in the gallery is an ever changing selection of artwork;
this ranges from Richard’s paintings and woodwork to Anne’s exquisite hand embroidered pictures. There is also a range of printed and hand made cards and other hand made items, all produced by Richard and Anne.
Because the business in not VAT registered and there is no gallery commission to pay, customers are guaranteed excellent value.
Every item is painted, framed and produced within the family business and no stock is bought in, a rare thing indeed in these days of high street and internet shopping.
Because of the often rapid turnover of gallery items, work cannot be sold via this website, instead these pages offer a showcase into the varied work produced.
However, if you are at all interested, current stock items can be photographed and emailed to you. Artworks can be held for collection or posted at cost.
This system seems to work well and artworks have been successfully and safely posted worldwide.
A little about Buckland Abbey
Tucked away in its own secluded valley above the River Tavy in the Tamar Valley, Buckland Abbey was originally a small but influential Cistercian monastery. After the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII, the Abbey became a private house. The house, which incorporates the remains of the 13th-century abbey church, has rich associations with Sir Francis Drake and his rival, Sir Richard Grenville, and contains interesting memorabilia from their time, including the legendary Drake's Drum. In addition to the newly decorated plaster-work ceiling in the Drake Chamber, there are exhibitions on seven centuries of history at Buckland, as well as a magnificent monastic barn, Elizabethan and herb gardens, and extensive estate walks.
Buckland Abbey is owned and managed by the National Trust. There are also a number of special events hosted at the Abbey throughout the year.
Ox Yard Gallery opening times
The National Trust Buckland Abbey is open every day between mid February and Christmas and there is free access to the Ox Yard gallery (just request directions from the main visitor reception).
The Ox Yard gallery is open between Easter and October 11am - 4pm but is closed on Fridays and Mondays. Richard and Anne advise that anyone wishing to make a special visit to the gallery should make contact with them first so that they can be there to welcome visitors in person.
At various other times Richard and Anne may be working at the gallery and will be pleased to receive visitors then.