Specialising in contemporary and 20th century British paintings, prints, and ceramics, The Art Stable holds eight exhibitions a year of both established and emerging artists. There are two spaces – one showing solo exhibitions, and the other an ever-changing selection of pieces by gallery artists. The gallery itself is in the courtyard of an organic farm, next to a café and a farm shop. From the door of the gallery there is a spectacular view of Child Okeford’s Iron Age hill fort, Hambledon Hill. The first in a string of hill forts across the country, it was once the site of a battle in the Civil War, and in the Summer walkers can see orchids and glow-worms on its ramparts. The village itself sits just above the border into North Dorset, between Shaftesbury and Blandford.
The Art Stable was founded in 2006 by Kelly Ross, a short walk across the farm from her house in Child Okeford. Kelly has worked in the fine art market for nearly 30 years, a career that began at the European print dealer William Weston (in Albemarle Street, Mayfair). Following four years with Austin/Desmond Fine Art she co-ran the Gallery at John Jones before opening the Coram Gallery (in Bloomsbury) in 1993. After moving to Dorset in 1999 Kelly ran the Summerleaze Gallery in Wiltshire, before opening The Art Stable in 2006.
The gallery stock, much of which is listed on the website, is varied and ever-changing, offering a selection of pieces from works under £100 and upwards. We sell to individuals, businesses, and interior designers, and also purchase or sell paintings on behalf of clients.
'The Art Stable, a little jewel of a gallery' – Fiona Robinson in Proof Directory
'The style of this gallery and the artists it shows . . . would not be out of place in the West End of London' – Nicholas Usherwood, Editor of Galleries Magazine
'In just a few years, gallery owner Kelly Ross has established a remarkable reputation for The Art Stable – she has a sharp eye for talent, and confidence in the artistic knowledge of the Dorset community to support exhibitions that bring national and international artists to her tiny gallery in a farmyard' – Fanny Charles, FTR
Illustrated right: George Young, Morning Mother and Child, woodcut, 59 x 46 cm