Author Archives: Jan Arditti

Open for Christmas

We are delighted to be open again on Wednesday 2nd December and looking forward to seeing you and helping you find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. We are open on Sundays too until 4pm and also staying open for an extra hour on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 6pm.

Monday 10 – 5
Tuesday 10 – 5
Wednesday 10 – 5
Thursday 10 – 6
Friday 10 – 6
Saturday 10 – 6
Sunday 11 – 4

Virtual Shopping at The Arc Gallery

Virtual Arc Shopping

We appreciate how difficult it is to visit us at the moment and we are here to help. We would like to offer you a virtual personal shopper appointment via video call. 

We will be delighted to show you around the gallery and our Christmas gift ideas to suit your budget. We can take payments over the phone and either post your shopping out to you or arrange a suitable time for you to collect your pre gift-wrapped shopping from our door.

If you would be interested in shopping with us in this way please contact us at or call us on 01244 348379 to arrange a suitable appointment. 

Jan and Karin are happy to help you.

A Little Bird Told Me

Summer Exhibition :

Showing the work of three new artists who’s work is inspired by birds, their characteristics and personalities.


Liz Toole’s original paintings on driftwood and hand-printed limited edition prints.

Katy Taylor’s delightfully detailed copper bird sculptures.

Debbie Barber’s tactile decorated Raku ceramic bird sculptures.


Driftwood Bird Paintings by Liz Toole

These delightful original paintings on driftwood by Liz Toole have just flown into the shop. There’s something about Liz’s bird characters and the colours she uses that lend themselves so beautifully to the lovely found pieces of driftwood that have been naturally shaped and weathered by the ocean. Liz paints directly onto the wood and each piece captures the bird’s characteristics. These artworks can be wall hung or are sometimes freestanding.

This work is part of an exhibition called A Little Bird Told Me which focuses on work by three new makers, Liz Toole, Katy Taylor and Debbie Barber who are all inspired by birds.

We are OPEN hurrah

We are so happy to be open again and looking forward to seeing all of our lovely customers soon. To help us all stay safe we have implemented a few safety policies including a perspex screen at the till.

We are only allowing 2 customers inside the shop at a time.

We are also asking you to use hand sanitiser before handling stock.

We’ve also decided to only accept card payments just at the moment.

Please also keep 2 meters apart. With these procedures in place we hope to keep everyone safe and be able to bring you the very Best of British Craft and Design once again.

See you soon.


Christmas Opening Hours

We are sorry that due to staffing issues we are not able to open quite as regularly as we usually do over Christmas and New Year period. Apologies for the inconvenience, we will be open on Saturday 28th December and then back as usual from the 3rd of January 2020 when you can get your usual fix of handcrafted treasures and beautiful gifts.

Festive Opening Hours

We are adding some extra hours to our normal routine during this festive season, to include Sundays and an extra hour on Thursdays until 6pm.

Hope to see you soon well be happy to help you find perfect gifts you are looking for.

Taking The Silk Route

We are thrilled to be showing the work of Liverpool-based Helen Chatterton at our ART OF THE SCARF event on Thursday, November 14. Our friendship with Helen goes back a long way when we became her very first customer all those years ago….

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We are delighted that we will have her extremely popular Cities on Cloth range at the gallery for our event. These silk square designs will appeal to the keen travellers amongst you, as well-loved cities and special places in our lives are mapped out so wearers can take the silk route around Paris, New York, Liverpool or London.

Helen Chatterton Scarf photography by Yeshen Venema.