Written for Folio magazine, June 2010.
Fiona Hamilton brightens up Clifton Arcade with her display of prints, ceramics, textiles and jewellery supplied by local and established artists.
“I opened in 2004 and originally it was just prints,” she recalls. Mainly attracting budding illustrators at the time, contributors have gone on to establish successful careers. Early prints by Rob Ryan, Graham Carter and Anthony Burrill have all turned into highly sought-after pieces, and up-and-coming artists Anna Marrow, Ian Chamberlain and Peskimo are all hoping to follow suit. Fiona’s view on mainstream culture is evident in the unique pieces she chooses to sell: “they’re personal works and not layered by advertising,” she says. The success of her gallery speaks for itself, having branched into the realms of gifts and fashion. Creators of stylish stationery, badges, bags and cushions have all been drawn to the gallery and their products can now be found alongside the dynamic selection of prints.
Soma caters for all tastes, from those looking to spice up their walls, to serious lovers of art, so expect an eclectic collection of limited edition prints and crafts. The gallery is due for an autumnal revamp in September, so for your last chance to see this summer’s offering, drop by now for a browse.
Soma Gallery Clifton Arcade, Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 973 9838, www.somagallery.co.uk/