An Arts Hub

21st April 2017

The Pantiles isn’t just an incredible shopping destination, it is also home to a fantastic arts hub. There are three galleries within The Pantiles with a vast degree of artistic delights. From fine contemporary art to local artist showcases, there is something for everyone.

The county of Kent has influenced some notable artists, for example, it was J.M.W Turner’s favourite place to paint and visit. More recent artists, such as contemporary artist Tracey Emin, also grew up in Kent. And Gary Hulme, another Turner Prize nominee, resides in the area too.

Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society: Spring Exhibition

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society has been hosting its Spring Exhibition and Sales for the last month, and this week is your last chance to view it. The exhibition runs until Sunday 23rd April.

With over 160 members showcasing wonderful artwork that uses all types of media and utilises different techniques, it’s a great opportunity to purchase some unique work.

The exhibition is hosted by the oldest society in Kent, formed in 1935, that supports both national and local artists, such as Carol Ann Slater and Ian Kesterton.

The exhibition is an event not be missed. Not only is it a great way to enjoy local and national art, it’s also FREE to attend!

If you fancy visiting, the exhibition is open 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday offers a later opening time of 11am to 9pm. So, why not head to the exhibition after dinner on The Pantiles?

Fairfax Gallery

The outstanding Fairfax Gallery is home to both original and contemporary paintings. It houses sculptures from all walks of life, from established award-winners to emerging artists.

Currently displaying over 100 different paintings and sculptures, there is something to suit all tastes. On offer is a selection of styles including landscape, figurative, abstract, contemporary media and sculpture for the home and garden.

Fairfax Gallery was recently voted ‘Best Gallery in Kent’ in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016.

Upcoming – David Atkins’ Solo Exhibition: 22nd April – 10th May
The David Atkins’ Solo Exhibition at Fairfax Gallery will feature 28 original oil paintings by this established artist, including The Ashdown Forest, Brighton and London. The Gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. It will also be open midday to 4pm on Sunday.


Another notable gallery at The Pantiles is Beumée, host to plenty of fine contemporary art. The gallery boasts award-winning artists and sculpturists, on both international and national levels.

David Bartholomew, a lifelong resident of Tunbridge Wells, is currently working on a series called ‘Frozen I’ that focuses on objects of nature frozen in ice.

The Spa Galleries

This local gallery is run by Phillip Bret-Day, and focuses on local contemporary painters. It specialises in purchasing and selling reasonably priced prints and pictures. The gallery occasionally hosts exhibitions too.

The Pantiles has such a wonderful array of galleries and exhibitions, so why not immerse yourself in art from both local and national artists! It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon.