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St John's Hall Gallery is a quirky, artists led, studio gallery run by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton. During the warmer months, April to September, there are guest art exhibitions and skills workshops, plus talks and poetry evenings, and live accoustic folk music every Monday eve. On the first Monday of the month there is usually a preview social evening with wine and music that all are welcome to come to.
The epic paintings of Bernard Barnes are worth seeing, particularly the huge painting on the north wall called 'The Captives of the Cosmic Web'. Measuring 28' wide by 20' high, constructed from 24 panels, it took 4 years to complete. Each panel is a meditation on various aspects of the formation of our universe inspired by the latest discoveries made by astronomers and physicists. The picture also includes a narrative commenting on the emergence of this understanding as a result of the European enlightenment.
The opening hours are 11:00am -
The gallery is in what was previously the church hall for St John's Church, which is the very big red stone church high on the Rock that you can see from anywhere in the town. The access road, St John's Hill, is just off the High Street opposite Talbot Square and the Spar/garden centre corner. The hill is a little steep. There is a small car park and a ramp access for the step, inside is all on one level, but there isn't a disabled toilet.