Bob Freeman, Ali Freeman, Chantal Freeman and Rhys Cowe

9 – 15 October 2013


  • An exhibition by Bob Freeman, Ali Freeman, daughter Chantal Freeman and son-in law Rhys Cowe showing abstract and figurative paintings, lithographs and ceramics.


  • Bob Freeman

The dynamic response of musical performers has often been a source    of interest and I show a series of figurative paintings displaying some of the energy and movement in the reaction of performers to both classical and modern music.


  • Ali Freeman

I favour the idea of drawing and sculpting with a lightness of touch.


  • Chantal Freeman Black Forms

Always with drawing at the centre of her work, Chantal reclaims some of the subjects of British folk art and re-imagines them with graphic clarity so that simplified forms are revealed. Hedgerow birds, hens, vegetable garden detritus are the mainstays, presented without sentiment, but with tenderness. Closer inspection shows complex layers of collaged drawings brought together to make a striking whole.


  • Rhys Cowe

Synaesthesia: a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when hearing of a certain sound induces the visualisation of a certain colour.

Rhys is an artist whose abstract expressionist paintings are centred around his optimistic and spiritual view of life. Inspired by a wide range of music, his vibrant and dynamic marks depict an overall sense of rhythm melody.

“As far back as I can remember, when I heard music, I saw vivid colours in my head, and just assumed that everyone else did! I later realised that this was the result of quite a rare condition called synaesthesia (see above) where the senses are merged together, as the message is confused before it reaches the brain. As an artist, rather than seeing this as a defect, I have embraced it as a gift, and now all my work is heavily inspired by music”

For this exhibition, I have produced a series of painted viola’s, inspired by Ed Alleyne-Johnson’s album ‘Ultraviolet’. His own musical interpretation of the spectrum of colours. Each painted instrument represents one of the tracks on the album.


  • Open daily 10am – 5pm


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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.

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  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.

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