The Lion Street Gallery was recently rated as one of the best galleries in Wales by the Culture Trip website. We are only 50 yards from the clocktower in the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye . We mainly promote artists who work in Wales and the Borders. There are regular solo and group shows throughout the year, showcasing both established Welsh artists such as Aneurin Jones, as well as up and coming talent such as Beth Fletcher.
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Brent Blair: Gallery Director
I have a degree in Fine Art from Kingston, specialised at that time in painting and building environments. In my twenties, I exhibited several times at the Mandela and the Arnhem Galleries in London.
When I first started out, I was lucky enough to work in the film and TV industry in special effects. I have helped create costumes for Starlight Express, transformed people into werewolves with prosthetic makeup and even worked as an animatronics creative on the film ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Pinewood studios. I was part of a team that built the monster plant’s mechanical vines.
With the film industry’s recession in 1989, I then changed career and eventually established a consultancy in the West End of London that specialised in managing and promoting creative people’s careers in advertising and design. I was the managing director of this business for 18 years, until I recently decided to sell the business to a group of employees and move to Wales.
I have always had a passion for the Brecon Beacons and have finally made the break from London. Having recently moved to this wonderful part of the country, it’s now my aim to use my expertise, combined with my creative background, to actively promote Welsh artistic talent through The Lion Street Gallery. We will be holding regular solo shows and will be promoting both established and up and coming talent. The Gallery will be showcasing the very best in painting and sculpture.