Angela's new art business creates a 'culture corner' in Budleigh
PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 October 2016
A Budleigh Salterton woman is hoping her commercial art consultancy business will create a ‘culture corner’ in the town.
Angela Yarwood, who has been advising people on their interior art needs for four years, now has premises for Brook Contemporary.
She recently moved her commercial operations, which is separate from the town’s Brook Gallery, into a building in Station Road, which used to be part of the old NatWest building.
The office space is being shared with Bright Blue C, a graphic design company run by Budleigh business woman Trudie Burne.
Angela said: “A lot of people do find us quite often on the internet or by recommendation. We tend to have more of a national remit.
“That side of the business is becoming more successful as we supply more and more commercial organisations, whether that is hotels, restaurants or solicitors’ offices.
“If I had a customer who wanted to do up the house and they came to Brook Gallery, I might ask them to come down here – it’s a nice space.
“This space has allowed us to run something which I have wanted to do for a long time - it will complement the Brook Gallery name.
“The really exciting thing about it is that Brook Gallery has its own identity. What we are doing here is creating an alternative identity.”
Brook Contemporary will have a portfolio of 12 West Country artists, including Exmouth-based Gina Parr.
This move coincides with the closure of Brook’s Exeter operations after an 18-month stint in the city.
Since Brook became a business exclusively located in Budleigh Salterton, Angela has been looking for a place for the commercial arm of the company.
After looking through the former bank window while building work was taking place, she decided to approach builder Dave Cockman about taking over part of the attractive corner site.
Angela added: “Budleigh is beginning to enhance its cultural identity, which is starting to differentiate it from other towns.”