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elephantstones Gallery

Named after the elephantine jumble of rocks on the edge of kinder plateau, the gallery is home to photography and artwork unashamedly intended to trigger a memory or evoke an image of a visit to the area.

The gallery also has an eclectic collection of objet, glass, ceramics, homewares, and things that we've instantly connected with. Often with a Scandinavian origin, typically vintage, mostly unique, frequently handmade and perfect as a "thoughtful and unusual gift" ...or indulgence.

The gallery shares space with carbonsix, a creative consultancy (owned by the same folks that run the gallery). As a result (apologies), inconsistency is a feature of the opening hours - the gallery is open when the office is in use. There have, however, been efforts to open at weekends, so catch the elephant if you can!

If you've seen something in the window when we've been closed, just call 07815 458 842 and we'll fix something up with you for a viewing.

Welcome :) 

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The collections


Framed photographic prints, original drawings and unusual, collectable objet and homewares.

The collections


Framed photographic prints, original drawings and unusual, collectable objet and homewares.

It's been an interesting experience, this gallery lark. It all started from "why don't we put a few pictures in the office window to brighten things up". Passers by made gentle enquires as to how much they cost and the penny dropped. The office became gallery space too and, when the carpet came up, the floorboards got a lick of paint and a sign went up, things really took off at elephantstones.

We try to keep things affordable so that great imagery doesn't have to be a luxury purchase - visitors often ask if the price includes the frame - it does. We won't sell anything that is of a quality we wouldn't buy ourselves :)

What do people want to buy from a small gallery in the heart of the Peak District? Photographs, yes, but colour or black and white? Arty or post-cardy? Big vistas or small details? We've given up trying to second guess and decided to go with what we like -  a mix of the expected alongside the oblique. The reaction has been great and we've sold a few "no one will ever like this" images, so bravo to you! (condescending, us, never...)

We've added line work because we happen to know a talented young artist and the objet are there because it's fun to track down things that have been made by hands for the sake of, well, beauty.

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Harry Ousey


“Some landscapes cannot be expressed in words, only in paint." - Ousey

Harry Ousey


“Some landscapes cannot be expressed in words, only in paint." - Ousey

Sue Astles, who lives in Glossop, called into Elephantstones Gallery, shared the story of Harry Ousey and we immediately connected with Harry’s art. Making a space to hang these pictures is a great way to bring into the light works of such strong resonance with the landscape that surrounds Hayfield. 

Harry lived at Hill House farm in Hayfield from 1947 to 1950 where he walked the moors in all weathers making sketches and learnt to build dry stone walls. These walls that stretch across the landscape were the beginning of his idea for Edge Movement, a concept he explored throughout his painting life.

His assured paint handling and a freedom to simplify and indeed abstract from natural landscape motifs characterise his work.

Harry moved to Cornwall to become part of the St.Ives art scene in 1950 and was a contemporary of other notable artists of the day. Later, Harry moved to France and died in Marseilles. His wife Susie brought what work she could back to England and it remained stored in the attic of a house until discovered by their niece Sue Astles.

The works are for sale! Call in and see the original works! 

visit harry ousey's website

A video record of the curation, hanging and finished exhibition of Harry Ousey's 'Abstracted Landscapes' at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery - January 20th to February 24th 2018.

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The Creatives


The Creatives


Simon Bridges

Photographer

Simon Bridges moved to Hayfield in 1993 for a taste of country life. He is, apparently, older than he looks, but not wiser.

His career began as a commercial photographer, covering product pack shots, fashion, architecture, right through to album covers for bands.

He now runs a creative and marketing consultancy business and, since taking an office in Hayfield, the draw of capturing images of the local area led to the opening of Elephantstones Gallery. 

Simon captures photographic images of landscapes in broad vista and textural detail.

Eve Bridges

Illustrator

Eve Bridges has lived in Hayfield all her life and has the misfortune to be the daughter of Simon, the photographer. She is studying for an MA in Illustration at the Manchester School of Art.

Eve creates sparing line work of local landscapes alongside ceramics, mixed media and illustrations inspired by collections and memory.  

The response has been really positive with lots of sales  - just the thing a new artist needs to break into the world of commercial art.

Eve has exhibited works in the 2017 & 2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Yay, go Eve! 

Suzanne Bridges

Curator

Suzanne is the third corner of the wonky triangle that is elephantstones. Suzanne started her career as textile designer for the likes of Habitat and M&S. As the textile industry withered away in the UK, the opportunity to work with her idiot husband (guess who) made sense.

Suzanne sources the lovely objet in the gallery, dresses the window and walls and oversees the finances to make sure those "crazy prices" stack up and pay some bills every month.

Suzanne knows how to work the card machine so seek her out if you hope to leave with something you've actually paid for, along with a free receipt for every item.