Tucked away in the picturesque Montpellier Gardens, the Gardens Gallery is located in the Proscenium Building. The Proscenium was originally opened in 1900 as an additional concert venue next to the park’s bandstand. Deserted and empty for a number of years, the building was refurbished in 2007 and converted into a community art gallery. The gallery serves to give local artists a space in which to display their work, as well as providing a home to community arts projects.
Exhibitions are held in the gallery between March and December, and changed regularly, often weekly. Visitors to the gallery can expect to see an eclectic mix of exhibitions, all from aspiring and established local and regional artists. Previous exhibitions have included paintings, sculptures, photography and video installations.
During the Christmas period, the gallery has Christmas themed displays and craft fairs. The gallery also hosts regular workshops throughout the year that are held by local artists and can be booked by members of the public.
The Gardens Gallery is one of the many features of the Montpellier Gardens, a picturesque park surrounded by Grade I listed regency style buildings, in the fashionable Montpellier District. Within the park, visitors will find a toddler play area, tennis courts and an arboretum. The Garden Café is close to the gallery and is open daily. The café serves sandwiches, homemade cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks.
The Gardens Gallery is situated within the Montpellier Gardens and access to the gardens is via Montpellier Walk in the centre of Cheltenham. There is no car park designated for the gardens, but there is on-street pay-and-display parking in many of the surrounding roads and the central car parks are within walking distance. A number of the main bus routes that operate in Cheltenham stop on Montpellier Walk.
Opening Times and Cost
Opening times are usually between 10am and 5pm and the gallery is usually closed in January. Best to check the official website to ensure it will be open for your visit. Admission is free.