‘Lack of support’ leads to Gordon Gallery closure

Derry's Gordon Gallery at Pump Street is set to close next month.

Derry's Gordon Gallery at Pump Street is set to close next month.

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One of Derry’s best known art galleries is set to close next month - heralding the end of a 150 year association with the city.

The Gordon Gallery, at Pump Street in the heart of the city centre, is to shut its doors for the last time at the end of July.

Owner Richard Gordon says “lack of recognition and support” for the visual arts locally is one of the reasons for the closure.

Writing on the gallery’s facebook page, Mr. Gordon says that seven years of recession and a “disastrous foray into the UK market” also swayed him to pull the shutters down on his city centre premises.

He adds: “This brings to a close over one hundred and fifty years of Gordon family connection with art in this city.”

Mr. Gordon says he will continue working in “another form” but insists the visual arts locally doesn’t attract the support “to the extent they deserve.”

He adds that the “failure to confirm the ‘no brainer’ plan to retain the Turner Gallery [at Ebrington] as an independent international gallery at the core of the city’s regeneration convinces me that the time is right for me to give up the best private commercial gallery space in Ireland.”

It was in the 1860s that David Gordon first established ‘The Empire Picture Frameworks’ in Derry. In 1953, his nephew, Nat, established ‘The Art Shop’, developing a gallery alongside china & glass, bringing names such as Waterford & Wedgewood to the city.

In 1983, Nat’s son, Richard, established ‘The Gordon Picture Frameworks’.

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