James Roberts and Mary Grundy

12-18 November 2014


James Roberts

  • An Exhibition of Contemporary Watercolours and Mixed Media paintings  by James Roberts and Mary Grundy.
  • At Junior School he won prizes in “Art”.  Later, during his time at Marlborough College, he was further inspired by his art master Guy Barton, commonly known as “Arty Barty”.
  • Although he pursued a career in Medicine rather than a creative path, his love of art stayed with him and continued to grow.  Since retiring a few years ago from his General Practice in Wotton under Edge, he now has time to focus on this lifelong passion.
  • He paints mainly in Watercolour, but also in oils, and has more recently taken up iPad drawing, where he can express himself in an unrestricted way in a new medium.
  • His work can be seen on his website

Mary Grundy

  • Mary has previously enjoyed a very successful career as a Business Development & commercial Director for more than 20 years.  She balanced her career with the demands of raising and nurturing her three children.  Mary’s love and passion for art has been with her from a very young age, with a determination to explore her desire to make art a significant part of her life made the decision to leave behind her business career to focus full time on her true passion.
  • Mary’s art really took hold in 2006 when she exhibited her work for the first time at the Global Head office of the mobile communications company; Vodafone; in Berkshire. The canvasses exhibited included portraits, figure work, and landscapes, incorporating vibrant colour and light aspects; even three-dimensional techniques, which captivated and inspired many who attended the exhibition.
  • This early success encouraged Mary to travel further afield to Venice, Provence and Morocco where she developed her love for sensuous rich colour, bold distinctive settings and free flowing yet refined style.
  • Mary has spent the past five years travelling with some renowned artists, who have helped Mary to develop and explore the many facets that make an artist develop their inner creative energy by using many differing mediums.
  • Mary is currently studying Art Foundation as a student of Trevor Waugh renowned international Artist, at his studio in Wiltshire, to further develop her skills as a professional artist, and works from her studio here in Cheltenham.
  • Recent exhibitions: “Dream In Colour” at The Brick Lane Gallery London
  • Website:


Open daily 10am-5pm

Entry Free

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The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

Follow for a history of the gardens and for information about Friends of the Bandstand and Gardens(FOMBAG).


  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

For full information about accessibility, please follow this link:


 Typical annual foot-fall is 22000.

If we take out the impact of Festivals then the weekly average is 400 per week.

This varies according to the variables of weather, social media, networking, number of artists, and the appeal of the Exhibition


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