Hello! We are Hannah Athayde and Lucy Pedlar, great friends who are passionate about inspiring a love of art and nature.
We run a small artist studio and gallery space in the oldest part of Westbury-on-Trym about three miles from the centre of Bristol.
Several things came together to form our business.
Our friend, artist-naturalist Greg Poole, died suddenly in December 2018, leaving a treasure-trove of beautiful artwork in his Redland studio. We were invited to catalogue his work and manage sales. We loved getting to know the work: learning more about the wild species Greg celebrated through his observations and the printmaking processes he used. We wanted to share this experience with others!
Then, a very special space at Trymwood, the house that Lucy’s parents have lovingly restored, became available as a gallery and printmaking studio. We wanted to share that too!
Our first exhibition celebrated the work of Greg and his friend and colleague Nik Pollard who works with us at Trymwood Studios. We really enjoyed welcoming guests to the gallery, discussing and selling the artwork. It’s a joy to see others inspired by the work we have chosen to exhibit.
Now we are working with other artists who celebrate the natural world. All of them spend a lot of time drawing in wild places and have knowledge built up over many hours of looking very closely at animals and plants. The artists have all worked alongside scientists and ecologists on projects that seek to understand and conserve nature. They combine their scientific knowledge with a love of exploring different materials and processes to create inspiring artworks full of depth and poetry.
We also have a shared interest and years of experience in education, and it seemed very natural to create a programme of events and workshops to go alongside our exhibitions. We love working with all age groups to develop curiosity and creativity.
During the pandemic, we have noticed, more than ever, the power of the original artworks on our walls to connect us with other people and the natural world. We hope to inspire others to find these connections too.