1, The Old School, The Fairstead, Cley next the Sea, North Norfolk. NR25 7RL
Not accessible by wheelchair
FREE car parking at Cley Village Hall. When walking out of the car park, turn right onto The Fairstead. Walk down The Fairstead towards the windmill. Walk past the loke on your left. Keep going straight. The road turns into a public footpath. You will see the Old School on your left. Turn left down the drive and we are the first house on the right.
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Tess Meadows is a mixed media artist. She graduated from Cornwall College in 2006, with an HND in Fine Arts and in 2009, opened her first business, an art studio/workshop at the Sloop Studios in St. Ives, Cornwall. She was also a member of Cornwall Open Studios and sold her work through various art galleries, including the New Craftsman Gallery and the St. Ives Society of Artists.
In 2010, Tess moved to Cambridge, where she was a member of Cambridge Open Studios and sold her work locally through independent boutiques, as well as doing private commissions. In 2013, Tess was selected to auction a piece of work at Clarendon Fine Art in London, for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer charity event. The following year, she was invited to create a piece of artwork for 'Cycle of Songs' - an Arts Council England funded project, commissioned by Cambridge City Council and devised by the award winning Pilot Theatre and Historyworks, to mark the 'Tour de France' visit to Cambridge on 7th July 2014.
In 2015, Tess moved to North Norfolk and in 2016 became a member of North Norfolk Open Studios. From November 2016 until May 2022, she ran her own contemporary art gallery 'Tess Ainley Gallery' in Holt, where, as well as her own artwork, she showcased a wide variety of emerging and established British contemporary artists. In 2017, her work was selected for the Cley 17 North Norfolk Exhibition Project and her art gallery was a finalist in the 2019 Muddy Awards. Her artwork was also shortlisted twice for the Sir John Hurt International Art Prize, Holt Festival, in 2020 and 2021.
Tess works from her studio at home. She lives in the Old School, Cley, which was built in the mid-late 1800’s and closed in 1982. Her house is listed (number 2) on the Cley Heritage Walk (free maps can be found outside Cley Village Hall car park.) A great opportunity, to pick up a leaflet and come and see Tess’ studio, inside this beautiful old school building + make a day of exploring Cley’s historic highlights.
From Spring/Summer 2024, Tess will be teaching various art workshops in Cley next the Sea. You can find details and information on these and future exhibitions/stockists of her work, at her Open Studio or on her social media channels.