The gallery was created in Nottingham’s Byard Lane on the top floor of a Victorian Lace Factory. A commercial gallery, specialising in contemporary visual and applied arts. The relocation to Cambridge in 1998 allowed the business to expand into the corporate and public sectors. In September of 2003 Byard Art moved into a gallery space in central Cambridge on St Mary’s Passage which provided a permanent showcase for gallery artists’ work. During this time Byard developed an international reputation supporting a regular exhibition programme as well as participating in major art fairs both in the UK and abroad.
The summer of 2009 saw Byard Art moving to bigger premises on King’s Parade, directly opposite King’s College. The gallery now encompasses 1,200 square feet of exhibition space over two floors, and is pleased to be able to host not only a rolling exhibition programme but also a permanent collection of gallery artists.
The celebrations were a fantastic success. Birthday guests included friends, family, artists and enthusiasts could browse and buy over 40 of Byard’s gallery artists on display. Bubbly flowed, conversations enjoyed and red dots appeared. Ros Cleevely, gallery owner, made a heartfelt speech about how proud she was of Byard and when asked the secret to running a successful gallery she replied, “Loving what you do!”
We are thrilled to have raised over £500.00 for the Red Balloon and we hope Byard’s contribution helps the charity’s quest to provide children and young people who are missing from education, because they are bullied or have suffered trauma, with a safe environment in which to learn and recover from their experience.