The Allen Gallery is an art and ceramics gallery in Alton, Hampshire. It houses a large, permanent ceramics collection. as well as temporary exhibitions, and is dedicated to the memory of the artist W.H. Allen.
Exhibits[edit | edit source]
As well as ceramics, the gallery displays furniture, and a statue of a woman known as 'Dolores' by the sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein Since 2014, the gallery has been managed and supported by Hampshire Cultural Trust. The gallery is funded through gift shop, cafe and workshop proceeds, visitor donations and charitable bequests
History[edit | edit source]
The front section of the Allen Gallery was originally the coach house, stable and coachman’s house of the Curtis family of 4 High Street. In his will, William Hugh Curtis, the final owner, left the premises to be used as a public museum. The gallery first opened in 1963, and in 1979 was extended with funds from the W.H. Allen Bequest and Hampshire County Council.
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