About Us

ac Gallery is located at 11 Byram Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1DA.


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Huddersfield opening hours are:

  • Monday 10-5
  • Tuesday 10-5
  • Wednesday 10-5
  • Thursday 10-5
  • Friday 10-5
  • Saturday 9-5
     

Our history:

The gallery is now in the third generation of the same family. The business started life as 'George Fox Art Shop', managed by Mrs. Win Halstead who, when Mr. Fox retired too over the business. Win's daughter Carol, and son in law Keith Baggs, took the business over in the 1960's and Keith soon began offering a picture framing service (all work done in his cellar at home).

The Art Shop was re-named Arts & Crafts and was soon heavily involved in mail-order, supplying customers as far afield as Australia with a huge variety of art and craft materials as well as supplying the local student population (from Huddersfield Polytechnic as it was then).

The unit next door (number 11) became available and was opened as a high glass gift & interiors shop under the name 'Casa Bonita', here they sold furniture, mirrors, gifts and pictures. The picture framing service took off so much that a trade company was formed and that went onto be one of the biggest picture framing company's in the North. Over the years the arts & crafts shop slowly declined as fashions changed. The arrival of the computer games and the arrival of the polytechnic's own art shop was the death knell and so, sadly, the art & craft shop at Number 10 Byram St eventually closed.

Number 11 had evolved from Casa Bonita into a picture & framing shop and was re-named AC Gallery. In the 1990's and early 2000's the gallery sold mainly framed prints with a few limited editions offered occasionally. Slowly this changed as the trade company became a bigger player in the publishing world so the gallery began to stock its own exclusive artists. In the early 2000's the gallery began to offer original paintings and this proved a popular move. Since around 2006 the gallery has focused more and more on original paintings, limited edition prints and of course its picture framing service.

Sourcing work that is both appealing but also realistically priced is the key to the gallery's success. Local artist Peter Brook RBA (1927-2009) has proved a big draw for the gallery. Setting out as his exclusive publishers in 2002 the gallery held a mini-exhibition in 2004 which proved a huge success. Ever since, every Autumn, the gallery holds a Peter Brook exhibition and dedicates its entire space to this one artists work. The gallery is now the main dealer for Peters work, as well as his exclusive publisher. In February 2011 a dedicated Peter Brook room was opened, showing a selection of prints & originals all year round. In addition to Peters work the gallery offers many other artists, some established, some new.