24th June -7th July 2015

Mark Setchell and Bridget McCarthy


  • A collaborative exploration of Timelessness – featuring the calm, minimalist mono photography of local photographer, Mark Setchell and the vibrant Sensual Art of Bridget McCarthy.


  • Mark Setchell
    • It is always a joy and a pleasure to be out and about with the camera, normally around sunrise and sunset when the light is at its most magnificent. A challenge too! To try and capture the beauty of our surroundings – whether it is a beautiful grand vista, a man-made canal or a simple rock, partially submerged in the sea. But the joy when it works makes it worth the getting up early, the searching for a good location, the getting soaked and the waiting for the light.
    • I find myself especially drawn to long exposures, particularly when I am beside the sea or a Scottish loch. These remove the hectic motion of the water and reveal the underlying structure. Likewise, I enjoy long night-time exposures which can also capture things the human eye cannot see. Maybe, I just enjoy the quiet, calm process of capturing the essence of what is there.
    • Mark has no formal training or qualifications in photography, and by day is an IT consultant.


  • Bridget McCarthy


    by Bridget McCarthy


    Everything in our cosmos spirals.

    Blood in veins spirals.

    Water down a plughole spirals.

    Entire galaxies spiral.


    I harness the movement of the spiral in the creative process:

    The painting is the spiral and the spiral the painting.


    The spiral is sacred.

    It’s sensual magic.

    Provides a portal to the source of all creativity:

    to oneness.


    I offer the spiral in my art to reconnect you as it reconnects me:

    to the infinite.


    Relax your eyes.

    Connect with the painting,

    you’re absorbed into the spiral…

    and the spiral is absorbed into you.

  • Bridget McCarthy is a professional artist, who’s developed her art over many years, has a degree in fine art, taught art and is a mother, grandmother and vibrant sensualist.


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 https://tinyurl.com/MontpellierGardens for a history of the gardens and https://www.facebook.com/MontpellierGardens/about 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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