Old Fire Engine Celebrates 50 years with a stunning Exhibition!

David Remfry RA and Elaine Pamphilon will be among 100 artists exhibiting in Cambridgeshire at The Old Fire Engine House to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. The month-long show at the restaurant and gallery near Ely Cathedral begins on 7th June and will feature works across all media throughout the house.

50 Years…a celebration! is an exhibition of new and retrospective works from artists who have previously exhibited at The Old Fire Engine House. The show will include painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, mixed media and photography from artists including Shirley Felts, Christopher Marvell, Julia Ball and Anthony Day, the first artist to exhibit in December 1968.

Ann Jarman’s aim to create a gallery showcasing contemporary art and a restaurant using local ingredients and traditional recipes was a relatively unusual concept fifty years ago however the business has been a huge success and thrives today. With her husband Michael, Ann has now curated this extraordinary exhibition which she describes as “a wonderful celebration for everyone who has supported us over the last fifty years; staff, artists and customers, some of whom have been with us from the very beginning and have become great friends.”

Visitors to The Old Fire Engine House are free to explore the galleries and large walled gardens and customers can enjoy morning and afternoon teas, lunch and dinner. Guests are welcomed into the bar where a photograph of Ely’s horse-drawn fire engine and firefighters hangs over the log fire as a reminder of the Georgian property’s history. The exhibition will hang throughout two floors and gallery spaces from June 7th to July 8th with free entry for all.

For further details on the gallery and restaurant including opening and service times please visit the website where you can also subscribe to the gallery e-newsletter

The Old Fire Engine House, 25 St. Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4ER Tel: 01353 662582

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