Address Mansfield park gallery, 5 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5QE, Scotland, UK
Mansfield Park Gallery & Picture Framers
This independently run gallery in Glasgow’s west end sells a range of paintings, photographs, ceramics and prints by living, Scottish artists.
Proprietor Victoria Cassidy, a Glasgow school of Art graduate, believes in supporting her contemporaries.
As the puts it: “When you buy a piece of art from a living artist, it is like buying artisan cheese from a farmers’ market–you can take pride in supporting the producer.”
But Victoria understands that entering a gallery can be an intimidating experience for a novice, but she is willing to help anyone who simply wants cover a walls pace.
Victoria explains: “if someone asks for some thing blue, that’s fine with me. People apologise for not knowing about art but there is no need. We don’t feel like that about food or music. It should be like that with art. You should be allowed to just like it.”
With some prints and lino cuts starting at around £45, the gallery is an ideal source of affordable personal gifts. But the works exhibited can go up in price to around £3000.
Victoria recognizes that is not for everyone, but says: “some people spend that on a TV that will be thrown out after a few years. A piece of art will last.”
Another way the gallery aims to support both artists and customers is by providing a bespoke framing service. Victoria’s husband, Mark Greer of Art hire picture framers, has worked with many of scotland’s best-known artists and the two started working together out of necessity.
Victoria explains: “Artists would come to me with work that was good but I would say, look just can’t hang it in that frame it. Let me reframe it. It makes such a difference.
“There is a saying that a bad picture needs a good frame, and a good picture deserves one.”
Victoria is now on a mission to help people reframe their existing or inherited art works, not only to improve their appearance, but also to help preserve them.
Frames that date back even 30 years or so can damage paintings.
Old-style window mounts used to leach acid into pictures, but to day a lot more is known about conservation. Victoria believes it is a good idea to check existing frames and think about getting them replaced.
“In any case,” she says, “a new frame can give an old picture a new lease of life.”
- Tues – Fri: 10:30 – 5:30
- Sat: 10:30 – 3:00
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